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Know your gestures: Back Swipe 14

by Adam Marks Mon, 28 Jun 2010 1:59 pm EDT

Back Swipe The Back Swipe is one of the most used gestures in webOS, replacing the need for a “Back” button throughout webOS. Whenever you need to go back one-level within an app (for example, to go from reading an Email back to the Inbox), simply perform a half-swipe from right-to-left in the gesture area. It can be done on either side of the center button/LCD, just make sure that you don't cross over that center line.

Other uses of the back-swipe:

  1. When there are no more levels to go back within an app, performing a Back Swipe will minimize your App into Card View
  2. If a Phone Call comes in, a Back Swipe will minimize the call to the dashboard. Then, either ignore the call and it will go to voicemail, or tap on the notification to answer the call
  3. When reviewing your dashboard notifications, a Back Swipe will minimize them back to the dashboard icons
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I think you mean to say "just make sure that you *dont* cross over that center line." You can swipe all the way across the gesture area to Go Back when you have Advanced Gestures turned off (default). If they are turned on, a full swipe will slide to the next app without having to exit to card view.

You should make a tip about using Advanced Gestures.

Fixed...

also, there will be additional "Know your gesture" tips coming, such as "forward swipe", "swipe up", and "advanced gestures"...

haha.. i was just gonnna comment about that only applying to advanced gestures. But there's always someone already on top of it haha.. good job guys.

haha.. i was just gonna comment about that only applying to advanced gestures. But there's always someone already on top of it haha.. good job guys.

Works for Undo in FreeCell.

I wish there was a patch for wrapping up the full swipe.

I personally have advanced gestures disabled and I do a half circle around the center button for a back gesture. It just feels more ergonomically correct being in the center and all.

When reviewing your dashboard notifications, a Back Swipe will minimize them back to the dashboard icons

Seems to me that on my Palm Pre a single tap works as well, just much quicker.

yes, that will do it too, but it will also cause the tap to register in the existing app... so, you can back-swipe to minimize without affecting the current app.

Never knew about #2 for the phone calls. Good to know.

You can also do a half circle over the button. I find this to be the most accurate backswipe.

Late last summer I attended a Palm Pre after-launch party at a high-end Yorkville eatery (part of the venue encompassing the Toronto International Film Festival which was going on at the same time); this was 2 weeks after the Pre launched in Canada. They had executives from Palm and Bell Canada there. Some of the Palm reps were handing out free touchstones to anyone who came up to them and said "hi" and shared their thoughts of their new phone. Prior to entering this venue (where they served us free drinks and finger foods) I hadn't seen anyone else with a Pre so felt I was the only one in Toronto with it; it was so refreshing to see several dozen people playing with their new Pre's. And, we were all quite excited to be on the forefront of cellphone technology. :-D

One thing I'll never forget is they had us all switch our phones to "Advanced Gestures", and I've had it set there since. I can't for the life of me understand why this is not set by default as it's rather pedestrian to have to use 3 swipes (swipe up, drag new app across, and tap on new app) just to go from one app to the next app; with advanced gestures it's just 1 swipe (left or right) across the full length to switch to the next app, or a half-swipe to go back to the previous screen. I've seen so many videos on Youtube where they do the 3 swipe routine and I wonder why these people don't show off the phone properly, but then realize this was all they knew.

So, I look forward to the day you show off Advanced Gestures so people can finally get with "it". :-)

love the gesture thru apps... webos is so userfriendly.. my girl loves it!

Anyone use advanced gestures? I love it!