soft key

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soft key

(1) A simulated button or keyboard key that is displayed on a touchscreen. Also called a "soft button," "virtual button" or "virtual key," touchscreen soft keys enable smartphones, tablets and remote controls to display any style of user interface. However, they have not entirely made real keys obsolete. A few physical buttons can greatly enhance a touch user interface. See touchscreen and virtual keyboard.

(2) A physical button that serves multiple functions on cellphones and other devices. The button is located next to the screen, which displays the key's purpose at that moment. See virtual keyboard.

A Soft Key
In this example, the same physical key on this earlier cellphone is used to make and terminate a call. After the call is connected, the soft key changes from Call to End.

Soft Keys at the Gas Pump
A common use is at the gas pump when a response is required. The screen asks the user if a receipt should be printed and displays Yes or No next to the appropriate soft keys (arrows).
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The on-screen Soft Button feature offers easy, centralized access to applications, wireless and modem connections, volume controls and screen rotation via an intuitive interface.
For example, the industry standard for the laser pointer switch may be a small soft button, but the major feedback feature might be missing.
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Below the knobs and above the trackballs are three soft buttons: LOG, OFFSET and VIEWER.
Ford's Sync replies on voice commands as much as possible as well has hard and soft buttons. This year it launched Sync3.
People can work with three on-screen soft buttons for multitasking.
Tap the device icon and you have more soft buttons to control volume up, down or mute; rotate the screen; or even to shake the device (does the same as shaking the phone to undo typing).
That idea makes a lot of sense, and Google seems to validate it by providing built-in speech tools to supplement the soft buttons and soft keyboard.
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