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Know your gestures: Swipe Down

by Adam Marks Tue, 04 Jan 2011 11:02 pm EST

Knowing how to use the various gestures within webOS is your key to getting the most out of your device. While most gesture originate from the Gesture Area (such as the back-swipe, forward-swipe, and swipe up) there is also a swipe down from the top of the screen that will give you access to couple of extremely powerful drop-down menus. From almost anywhere within webOS, you can perform a downward swipe from either the top-right or top-left corner of your screen to bring up the Connections Menu or Applications Menu, respectively. Continue reading after the break to learn about these two menus


he Connections Menu on the top-right of your screen is your gateway to quickly accessing the various "connections" that your phone can make, along with some additional data around the current date and battery level. As you can see in the screenshot, you have quick-access to your Wi-Fi, VPN (in webOS 2.0 and above) and Bluetooth settings, as well as the ability to toggle Airplane Mode on/off, all without leaving the application that you are currently in.

The Applications Menu on the top-left of your screen is a drop-down menu that is unique to the specific application you are in. For most applications, this may only provide you with an "Edit" submenu (for Copy, Paste, etc), a "Preferences" option, and a Help link. However, as you can see in the screenshot for the "web" application, there are also a lot of additional functionality that is opened up to you just by swiping this menu down.


  • You do not actually need to swipe-down, as a simple "tap" on the corners of the screen will bring down these menus. However, you may find it easier to use the downward swipe, as you do not need to hit a specific spot on the screen that is easily missed
  • These menus will not be available to you if you are within a PDK app. You can typically tell an app is a PDK app if you do not see the "top bar" on the screen that shows the name of the app, the time, your Wi-Fi/network signal strength and battery icon
  • There are a number of Homebrew patches that will allow you to customize the Connections menu, including removing the Date & Battery info, adding a screen brightness slider, adding a GPS toggle and even turning on the LED on the back of your phone for an instant flashlight
  • There are also some Homebrew patches that will modify or add additional dropdown menu's to your device, such as the Top Bar System Menus by Sconix.
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