Amazon AppStream 2.0
Administration Guide

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Touchscreen Devices

AppStream 2.0 supports gestures on touch-enabled iPads, Android tablets, and Windows devices. All touch events are passed through to the streaming session and handled according to Windows conventions. Examples of supported touch gestures include long-tap to right-click, swipe to scroll, pinch to zoom, and two-finger rotation for supporting applications.

Note

To enable support for gestures on touch-enabled devices, your AppStream 2.0 image must use a version of the AppStream 2.0 agent released on or after March 7, 2019. For more information, see AppStream 2.0 Agent Version History.

To display the on-screen keyboard on an iPad or Android tablet, tap the keyboard icon on the AppStream 2.0 toolbar. The keyboard icon turns blue, and you can use the on-screen keyboard to input text within the streaming application. Tap the keyboard icon again to hide the on-screen keyboard.

Tap the Fn icon to display a row of Windows-specific keys and keyboard shortcuts.

Following is an example of how Windows-specific keys and keyboard shortcuts are displayed when the Fn icon is tapped. Swipe to the left on the shortcut toolbar to display more keys.

To use a key combination that includes the Windows Control key, tap the Ctrl key on the shortcut toolbar and then type any key on either the on-screen keyboard or the shortcut toolbar. Tapping the Ctrl key changes the color to blue. In this case, any other key that you select is interpreted as a key combination that includes the Control key.

Tap the Ctrl key again to release it. For example, to use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + F, tap the Ctrl key on the shortcut toolbar, and then type the f key on the on-screen keyboard. Tap the Ctrl key on the shortcut toolbar again to release the Control key. To use shortcuts that include the Alt or Shift keys, tap the Alt key and/or the Shift key on the shortcut toolbar in the same way. You can use the Shift key on the shortcut toolbar only for keyboard shortcuts. This key doesn't affect the capitalization of keys that you type on the on-screen keyboard.

Note

The remote keyboard, the on-screen keyboard that is displayed when a user taps the keyboard icon on the AppStream 2.0 toolbar, is different than the local keyboard, the on-screen keyboard that a touch-enabled device automatically displays when a user taps inside an input control in a locally running application. During AppStream 2.0 streaming sessions, the remote keyboard can be used to input text into streaming applications only. Users can display or hide the remote keyboard only by tapping the keyboard icon on the AppStream 2.0 toolbar. A blue keyboard icon on the AppStream 2.0 toolbar indicates that the remote keyboard is active.

The local keyboard can be used to input text into elements of the AppStream 2.0 web portal, including the My Files dialog box. This keyboard can't be used, however, to input text into streaming applications. Also, users can't display or hide it by using the keyboard icon on the AppStream 2.0 toolbar.

AppStream 2.0 doesn't display the keyboard icon or the Fn icon when streaming to a Windows device because Windows already provides a way to display an on-screen keyboard that includes common Windows keys. To display the on-screen keyboard on a Windows computer, tap the keyboard icon in the Windows system tray. If the keyboard icon doesn't appear in the Windows system tray, switch to Windows tablet mode. Tap the keyboard icon in the Windows system tray again to hide the on-screen keyboard.