In computing, "an act of pressing a button on a mouse or similar device is called" : click.

Does the action of pressing or touching the screen with the finger has a special name?

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    One taps on a screen.
    – Jim
    Jan 6, 2017 at 22:03
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    Related: Click or tap and similar question on User Experience: 1 | 2
    – Andrew Leach
    Jan 6, 2017 at 22:05
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    If you are looking for a technical term, then you are better off asking on a technical Stack. The general public may tap, touch, push, press, and any number of other things.
    – choster
    Jan 6, 2017 at 22:23

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When using your finger on a touchscreen, this is usually called a tap.

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    Except when you keep doing it it becomes a smudge.
    – Hot Licks
    Jan 6, 2017 at 22:39
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    A click is a tap, a double-click is a double-tap, a click and hold is (I usually hear) a tap-and-a-half (that is, tap once, and hold the second time tapping instead of lifting again).
    – Megha
    Jan 7, 2017 at 3:52

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