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by Adam Marks Fri, 02 Jul 2010 3:37 pm EDT

One action that any webOS user should know is how to "swipe off the screen" to delete items from a list.  While not immediately obvious, you will quickly realize how simple this action is and see how prevalent it is throughout webOS.  Anytime you are in an application that provides a list view (from stock apps like Email or Messaging to 3rd party apps like DrPodder), all you need to do is tap-and-drag an item off the screen (either left or right) to delete. 

Note that if the application provides a prompt to "Delete" or "Cancel", you must press "Delete" to confirm.  However, if you have multiple items to delete, you do not need to confirm each deletion.  Just swipe off the next item and the prior action will automatically be confirmed.

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Also swipe on notifications that pop up on bottom of the screen to ignore them. (i.e. txt msg and email notifications)

"Just swipe off the next item and the prior action will automatically be confirmed."

Cool! Didn't know about that feature. Thanks and keep 'em comin'!

me neither, I've wasted time always confirming multiple deletes

double swipe is good when you are deleting lots of email from a junk folder or something.

Didn't know about the double swipe either! Loving these tips, keep 'em coming!

@Adam:

"Immediately obviously"??

look at the context. "WHILE NOT immediately obvious"... i am saying that it is NOT obvious at first! right?

He was asking about your mistake of two adverbs in a row.

Look at the two words together:

IMMEDIATELY OBVIOUSLY

d'oh.... now i see.. FIXED!

Well alrighty then-
Thanks.
:)

"However, if you have multiple items to delete, you do not need to confirm each deletion. Just swipe off the next item and the prior action will automatically be confirmed."

But you still have to do them 1 at a time right? Not a fan of this.. They should have gone live with a multiple-items delete function.

Oh, and btw, it was indeed almost "immediately obvious" to me. The first time I was trying to figure out how to delete something I did the swipe and figured it out. This is what I love about webos... it really sets the standard for being intuitive. I just wish the OS was a little more polished. Hoping for BIG update soon that will tighten webos up a bit.

I'd like to see this implemented differently in the email app. It is not consistent with the other 'swipe-to-delete' protocols, doing away with the confirmation dialog. Seems strange they chose for it to be different this one time.

Seeing as how I do not delete any email from my inbox (gmail ftw) I'd like a setting or patch to 'swipe to mark as read'

You can change the trash folder to something else so when you swipe off an email it doesn't delete. I use All Mail for gmail accounts. Works spiffy.

Using All Mail is a great tip I hadn't considered. It doesn't completely solve the issue (sometimes you really do want to Trash something), but for mobile email maintenance it definitely helps!

Agreed. It really bugs me that they don't have the confirmation message when you delete an email. There have been too many times when I go to swipe to delete an email and a split second before I swipe, a new email (or two) arrive shifting everything down and I and up deleting the wrong email.

There's a patch for that: Confirm to delete (or something like that)

Good tip: I've had a few people ask me how to delete flights in FlightPredictor, and I was happy to "spread the word" about the swipe to delete gesture :-)

Yeah, but how do you UN-delete. Sometimes I'll accidentally try to click an email, and it 'swipes' instead, and the email is then lost!

You can try looking in your trash folder, but I have noticed that sometimes the delete-on-webOS bypasses that trash folder. There will be a future tip about setting your "trash" folder to move your deleted emails to that folder instead of actually deleting them. For now, I would suggest you look into the "confirm to delete" patch that adds the confirm prompt when deleting from emails

Yeah, but how do you UN-delete. Sometimes I'll accidentally try to click an email, and it 'swipes' instead, and the email is then lost!

Does anyone know how to delete files from pdf and documents to go lists? I have looked everywhere and I don't know how to get rid of them.

This needs to be done in USB mode or using the homebrew Internalz app

Emails just move to the trash folder. Go down to the full account listing and open it. There is a trash folder. Open the email you accidentally deleted, open the menu in the top left corner and select Move to Folder. Select inbox and you are done.

You should be emptying those trash folders regularly. When they fill up, it can drastically reduce the speed of your email app.

need to add swipe-to-delete to contacts

there's a patch for that.

woo.

how to delete multiples emails with it and is there way to retreive deleted files please help me with this matter. https://www.msegat.com thanks