When the App is started you see a start up screen for a few seconds. In this time the application loads resources. The loading time highly depends on the capabilities of your device.
TouchRemote uses the following touch gestures:
Gesture Action Tap Touch - lift Double Tap 2× touch - lift (quickly) Triple Tap 3× touch - lift (quickly) Long press Touch - wait - lift Tap + long press Touch - lift - touch - wait - (move) Drag Touch - move Swipe Touch - move (quickly, short) - lift Pinch zoom 2-finger touch - move (outwards/inwards)
Buttons are pressed by tapping on them. Each Button has a symbol on it to indicate its function.
Buttons for Previous Track, Pause and Next Track
- Volume Bar
Volume Bars can be used with several gestures.
Gesture Operation Drag Increase/decrease volume Tap Increase/decrease volume Double Tap Mute/unmute
The following options are always available in the Menu:
Help Opens a help page with a summary of the features available in the current Panel Settings Opens Settings Exit TouchRemote Stops TouchRemote from being executed
Additionally when opened from the Main Screen:
About Opens an info page about TouchRemote Wake Computer Sends a 'Magic Packet' to the PC to wake it up. For more info have a look at WakeOnLAN.
Additionally when opened from an Application Control:
Close [application] Closes [application] on the computer.
Menu of Winamp Control
Typically a touchscreen remote control has the disadvantage that you have to look at the screen to hit a certain button.
TouchRemote's Pad panels give you the opportunity to control important functions with just a touch gesture. You can apply gestures somewhere in the area with grey background.Example for Winamp Pad
Gesture Function Single Tap Play/Pause current Track Double Tap Play/Stop current Track Drag up/down Increase/decrease volume Drag left/right Wind backwards/forward Swipe up/down Skip to last/next track Swipe left/right Change panel (as on all panels)
For information about the provided functions of a certain Pad have a look at its help page (Menu → Help).
If your mobile device has a hardware keyboard you can use it to type on the PC.
TouchRemote's virtual keyboard is available in System Control (Mouse and Desktop). Its layout can be switched between QWERTY, QWERTZ, AZERTY and JCUKEN (Cyrillic) at Settings → Interface. The JCUKEN layout also provides QWERTY via long press on the 123-key.
Buttons Keyboard Open keyboard 123 Change to numbers, symbols & arrows abc Change to keyboard Fn Show/change/hide functional keys Smileys Show smiley choice dialog SYM Show symbols choice dialog
Tap on a key to enter its main character/number.
Long press a key to enter the number/symbol shown on the top right or to choose from special characters (ä, á, å etc.).
Long press on SHIFT, CTRL, WIN or ALT to lock them. This has the same effect as holding down the key on the PC's keyboard. This way you can trigger key combinations like Ctrl+C or Alt+Tab. To unlock tap or long press again.
Close the keyboard with the Back button
Numbers, symbols & arrows
Functional keys 1
Functional keys 2
Select the PC and the associated connection you want TouchRemote to establish.
Edit Edit the PC entry Delete Delete the PC entry and all associated connections (after confirmation)
Tap 'Scan Local Network' or 'Scan Bluetooth' to search for a PC. For a more detailed description seeAdd new PC
Press 'Add PC manually' to create a new PC entry. For a more detailed description seeStay connected when in background
If enabled the current connection will be kept when the app is in background (for example when a call is coming in or if you minimise it with the Back button).
Show Status Bar
Enable this if you want see the Android status bar while using TouchRemote.Enable Landscape Orientation
Disable this if you don't want TouchRemote to be switched to landscape orientation.Touch Feedback: Vibration
Enable this if you want vibration feedback when triggering a function like pressing a button.Keep Display On
Enable this if you want to disable the screensaver while you use TouchRemote.Display Brightness
Sets the brightness of the display if 'Keep Display On' is activated. Otherwise brightness is set by the operating system.Colour Intensity
Use this option to adjust colours to fit your savour/display.Language
Choose the language (Note: some sections/messages may still be provided in English).Keyboard Layout
Choose your preferred layout for TouchRemote's virtual keyboard (Note: JCUKEN also provides QWERTY via long press on the 123-key).
Allow to Exit TouchRemote
Usually the Android OS takes care of apps in the background. However, if you prefer to have full control enable this feature. The Menu will then contain the option 'Close TouchRemote'.
Note: When in background TouchRemote will not use any resources except memory which is managed by the Android OS.
To open Settings press the Menu Button and choose Settings from the Menu.
Note: Some of the settings described here may not be available on your device.
Note: Some of the settings described here may not be available on your device.
- Main Screen
After start up TouchRemote tries to establish the PC Connection currently selected in Settings → Connections. If you have not set up a connection yet a corresponding message is shown. See
Connection Setupfor more info on how to set up a connection.
When connected the Main Screen shows the connection status in the upper area. The buttons below represent the applications controllable with TouchRemote. A coloured button indicates that the corresponding application is running, otherwise the button is grey. By pressing a button you can open the Control Screen of the application. If the application is not running on the PC yet, it will be started.
Main Screen while connecting
Main Screen when connected
- Application Controls
To control an application on your computer press the corresponding button on the Main Screen. If the application isn't running yet it will be started. There may be a short loading time before the Control Screen is ready for use.
Each Control Screen consists of multiple panels. Each panel offers different control features related to the application. You can easily switch between panels with a swipe gesture (left/right). Alternatively you can tap or drag on the title bar on top.
- System Control
Controls Screensaver Switches the screensaver on or off Media Buttons Same functions as media keys on a keyboard
(Play/Pause, Stop, Prev./Next Track)
Volume Bar Controls the system's main volume
This panel gives access to the computer's file system.
Navigation Drag or Swipe up/down Scroll list Double Tap on directory Open drive/directory Double Tap on .. Back to parent directory Home Back to file system home (Computer) Folder Up Back to parent directory Refresh Reload currently shown content Selection Tap Select/deselect single file Drag on icons Select/deselect multiple files Long press Open context menu for selection Context menu (opened by long press) Open with.. Open selected file with an application (opens dialog to choose application) Move to.. Move selected files to a folder (opens dialog to choose destination) Copy to.. Copy selected files to a folder (opens dialog to choose destination) Rename Rename selected file Delete Delete selected files Details Show details of selected files More Functions Double Tap on file Open file on the PC (with default application) New folder Create a new folder in the currently shown directory (opens a dialog to enter name)
Gesture Function Drag Control mouse pointer Tap Left click Double Tap Double click (left) Long press Right click Tap + long press Left click + hold (e.g. to mark text)
Drag up/down on the scroll bar (right) to control the mouse wheel function.
Buttons Full screen Expands the Mouse panel to fill the entire screen Keyboard Opens TouchRemote's virtual keyboard (Back button to close)
Gesture Function Drag Move the desktop image Tap Left click Double Tap Double click (left) Long press Right click Tap + long press Left click + hold (e.g. to mark text) Pinch zoom Zoom in/out Triple Tab Switch to window mode (and back)
Triple tap into any window on the desktop to enter window mode. The window will be focused to fill the panel (in landscape orientation the full screen). Moving and zooming the view are disabled while touching the screen simulates pressing the left mouse button. Try window mode with e.g. YouTube videos (non-full-screen) to better understand its benefits. Triple tap again to get back to normal mode.
Buttons Full screen Expands the Desktop panel to fill the entire screen Zoom in Zooms into the desktop Zoom out Zooms out of the desktop Quality Toggles between four quality levels of the image
(Lower quality → faster transmission, higher quality → slower transmission)
Keyboard Opens TouchRemote's virtual keyboard (Back button to close)
Current zoom level and current image quality are shown in the upper right corner.
Buttons Shutdown Shuts down the computer Hibernate Set computer to Hibernate state
(RAM saved to disk)
Sleep Set computer to Sleep state
(RAM stays powered)
Lock Locks computer
(User has to re-enter his password to unlock
Note: Unlocking is not possible via TouchRemote yet!)
- Multimedia Controls
Current track and current play time are shown on top.
Buttons Play Play current track Pause Pause current track Previous Switch to previous track in playlist Next Switch to next track in playlist Rewind Rewind current track Forward Wind forward current track Stop Stop playing
The Volume Bar is used as described
The current playlist is shown here. The currently active track is marked by a symbol that indicates its play status.
Note: As some applications do not load a playlist automatically nothing may be shown at start up.
Usage Select Track Double tap on a track to play it Scroll List Drag or swipe up/down
Drag the slider on the right (not always shown)
On top the current track, current play time and a progress bar are shown. On the left the current volume is shown by a volume bar.
Gestures can be applied to the entire area with grey background.
Gesture Operation Tap Play/Pause current Track Double Tap Play/Stop current Track Drag up/down Increase/decrease volume Drag left/right Wind backwards/forward Swipe up/down Skip to last/next track
The following panels are part of the controls for multimedia applications like Winamp, Media Player etc.
- Media Center Control
The Navi panel allows to navigate in Media Center.
Buttons Start Green Start Button functionality Back Navigates back Arrows Navigate up/down/left/right OK Confirm selection Full screen Toggle full screen Info Display more information
The Volume Bar is used as described
The Play panel is the same as the
Play paneldecribed above.
The Pad Panel allows to easily navigate in Media Center with gestures.
Gesture Operation Tap OK Double Tap Back Drag up/down Navigate up/down Drag left/right Navigate left/right
- PowerPoint Control
The Slideshow panel allows to control slideshows.
Note: Except the Start button all buttons only work when in slideshow mode.
Buttons Start/Stop Start/Stop slideshow Previous Switch to previous slide Next Switch to next slide First Switch to first slide Last Switch to last slide Screen black Switches the screen to black Pointer Show/hide mouse pointer
The Pad panel allows to control slideshows sightlessly with touch gestures.
Gesture Operation Tap Show next slide Double Tap Show previous slide Drag Control mouse pointer