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Using gestures on a Veer, Pre 3, Pre 2, Pre

Using gestures on a Veer, Pre 3, Pre 2, Pre

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Using gestures

Gestures are an important, basic part of using your phone. They?re easy to learn, and they make working with the phone fast. You make most gestures with one finger. You make a few with two. Do not use your fingernail. Don?t bear down.

To see short animations illustrating how to make gestures, select the Learn tab at the top of the page.

You make gestures in two areas on your phone: the touchscreen and the gesture area. The gesture area is the black area extending from the bottom of the screen to halfway down the Center button.

Graphic highlighting the gesture area - the area extending from the bottom of the screen to halfway down the Center button, and covering the full width of the phone.

* Gesture area

Here?s how you use the center button:

  • When you?re working in an application, press center to see Card View. Card view shows you all the applications that are currently open, displayed as a series of cards (small active windows).
  • When you?re in Card View, press center to maximize the app in the center of the view.

Check the following topics for more information on gestures:

Basic gestures

Tap: Tap with the tip of your finger?not the fingernail. Tap fast and firmly, and then immediately lift your fingertip off the screen. Don?t bear down on what you?re tapping. Don?t wait for a response; the response comes after you lift your finger. Don?t linger on the gesture; a tap takes only a split second.

Graphic illustrating a tap.

Swipe: A swipe is usually a horizontal gesture, from right to left or left to right. Do it fast and lightly. In a swipe, your fingertip just skims the surface of the touchscreen or gesture area. You can swipe down vertically from the upper-left corner of the screen to open the application menu or from the upper-right corner of the screen to open the connection menu.

Graphic illustrating the back gesture - swiping left from the Center button. Graphic illustrating the swipe gesture - swiping left from the right side of the gesture area toward the Center button.

One kind of swipe you?ll use a lot is back. Make the back gesture from right to left anywhere in the gesture area. Back takes you up a level from a detailed view to a more general view of the application you?re working in. For example, when you finish reading an email message, make the back gesture to close the message and return to your list of messages. Or when you finish writing a memo, make the back gesture to close and save the memo and return to the display of all your memos. When you make the back gesture in an application and only one screen of that app is open, you minimize the app and go back to Card view.

In Web, the back gesture performs the same function as the back button on the browser, allowing you to move back through previously viewed pages.

The forward gesture, which is a swipe from left to right anywhere in the gesture area, allows you to move forward through previously viewed Web pages. Forward is available in Web only.

Graphic illustrating the forward gesture - swiping left to right anywhere in the gesture area. Graphic illustrating the forward gesture - swiping left to right anywhere in the gesture area.

Drag : Drag is the gesture you make for a slow scroll up and down a list. Slide your fingertip slowly along the surface?there is no need to bear down.

Graphic illustrating an application being opened from Quick Launch.

One kind of drag that you?ll use a lot brings up Quick Launch when you?re in an application. This drag gesture begins in the gesture area and ends on the touchscreen. As your fingertip slowly crosses the border between the gesture area and the touchscreen, it drags Quick Launch into view. To open one of the apps in Quick Launch, move your finger to its icon. When you see the app name appear, lift your finger. The application opens.

You also make the drag gesture as part of a drag and drop.

Flick : As its name tells you, flick is a quick gesture, and it?s great for scrolling long lists. Do it fast and lightly; as with a swipe, your fingertip should just skim the surface. The faster you flick, the faster and farther you scroll up or down a list.

Graphic - showing an application being thrown off the top of the screen.

To close an application in Card view, flick the card up toward the top of the touchscreen. This gesture is called throwing the card off the top of the screen.

In some applications, such as Email and Messaging, you can throw a list item off the side of the screen to delete the item.

If an application is maximized, you can flick up from the gesture area to the screen to minimize the app and display Card view. This is the up gesture. If you make the up gesture when Card view is displayed, you open the Launcher.

Scroll gestures

Scroll a specific amount: Drag the screen in the desired direction.

Scroll fast: Flick the screen in the desired direction.

Stop scrolling: Tap or drag the screen while scrolling.

Graphic - showing a drag up on the screen.

Graphic - showing quick flicks down on the screen.

Graphic - showing a tap on the screen to stop scrolling.

Zoom gestures

Zoom in (Email, Web, Photos, Doc View, PDF View, Google Maps): Pinch out: Place two fingers on the screen, and spread them slowly apart.

Zoom out (Email, Web, Photos, Doc View, PDF View, Google Maps): Pinch in: Place two fingers on the screen, and bring them together.

Zoom in or out a fixed amount (Web, Photos, Doc View, PDF View): Double-tap the screen.

Graphic - showing pinch out on the screen.

Graphic - showing pinch out on the screen.

Graphic - showing double-tap on the screen.

Text selection gestures

Place the cursor in a text field: Tap the location.

Move the cursor: Tap the location to insert the cursor. Press and hold Option . Place your finger anywhere onscreen, and drag your finger in the direction you want to move the cursor.

Select text: Tap the location to insert the cursor. Press and hold Shift . Place your finger anywhere onscreen, and drag your finger in the direction you want to select text. Tap the highlighted text to deselect it.

Graphic - showing placement of the cursor on the screen.

Graphic - showing movement of the cursor on the screen.

Graphic - showing text selection.

Select a paragraph of text: When you insert a cursor in the text?for example, on a Web page or in an email message you received?the smallest amount of text you can select is a whole paragraph. Press and hold Shift , and then tap a paragraph. Tap an adjacent paragraph to add it to your selection (you can?t skip around). If you need to scroll down to select the next paragraph, release Shift , scroll, press Shift , and tap the paragraph. Tapping any part of the highlighted selection deselects it.

Graphic - showing paragraph text selection.

Drag and drop

Tap and hold the item, drag it, and then lift your finger to drop it. Sometimes you get a visual cue that the item is ready to be dragged. For example, an icon in the Launcher is ready to be dragged when you see a halo radiating from the icon. A card in Card view is ready to be dragged when it changes size and becomes transparent.

Graphic - showing drag and drop action.

Delete a list item

You can throw to delete list items in applications such as Email, Messaging, Tasks, Music, and Bluetooth.

Throw the item off the side of the screen. If prompted, tap Delete to confirm the deletion.

Graphic - showing a list item being swiped off the right hand side of the screen.

Tip To delete multiple list items, throw each one off the screen. If you get the Delete confirmation prompt after throwing the first item, you don?t need to tap it?just throw the second item, and the first deletion is confirmed automatically. If you can?t delete a list item by throwing it, open the item, and look in the application menu for a delete command. See Using menus .

Turn advanced gestures on/off

Turning on advanced gestures gives you two new gestures, previous and next, and also changes the way you make the back gesture, and the forward gesture (in Web only).

  • New gestures: The new previous gesture is a full swipe to the right across the entire length of the gesture area. The new next gesture is a full swipe to the left across the entire length of the gesture area. Use these gestures when you have several apps open and one app is displayed in full-screen view. By making the previous and next gestures, you can move among your open apps without first going to Card view?you go from full-screen view to full-screen view of each app. The order of the apps is determined by the order in which you opened them or arranged them in Card view.
  • Change to back gesture: The back gesture still goes from right to left in the gesture area, but you must make a shorter swipe, from the center outward.
  • Change to forward gesture: The forward gesture (available in Web only) still goes from left to right in the gesture area, but it?s a shorter swipe, from the center outward.
  1. Open Screen & Lock .Graphic showing Screen and Lock dialog.
  2. In Switch Applications, tap On or Off.

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