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Working in card view 13

by Adam Marks Wed, 22 Sep 2010 12:22 pm EDT

Card View Pressing the center button/LCD or swiping up from the Gesture Area will bring you to Card View, where you are able to perform a variety of actions to access data on your phone or manage your open applications. Of course, you can open up the launcher by tapping on the  Launcher Icon icon in the Quick Launcher Bar or by swiping up again, or you can just start typing to access universal search to find contacts, applications or more. You can also see all your open applications, swipe to the right/left to find whichever one you want, and then tap that application to maximize it. But, there is more that you can do with those cards, as well. Keep reading after the break for some other actions that you can perform while in card view.

  • To exit/close an application, everyone should know that you just need to throw that card off the top of the screen. But did you know that you can actually throw off any card that you see on the screen (not just the card in the center), as long as can see any part of that card?  So, in the screenshot above, you would be able to close Preware (card on left), the web browser, or the Phone app.
  • You can also rearrange the cards. Just like moving icons around the launcher, you can press-and-hold on any card for a few seconds to zoom out (you will be able to see about three and a half cards), and you will be able to rearrange that card anywhere just by dragging it around.
  • Another way to zoom out on your cards is to tap on the area just below your cards, but right above the quick launch bar. At this point, not only will you be able to see more cards, but you can also rearrange any of the cards just by dragging a card up or down out of the middle row and place it where you want, all without needing to press-and-hold on that card.
  • Finally, in addition to swiping left/right to scroll between your applications, you can also just tap on an adjacent card on the side of the screen to have that card slide to the center. Or, instead of just tapping on an adjacent card, pressing-and-holding on it will scroll through all your open apps in that direction, not just that next one.  Just let go when you get to the card you want.

Anyone have any other actions you can perform while in card view, that is not listed here?

Thanks to Joshua Hopkins-DeSantis for suggesting this tip

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You can also activate advanced gestures and swipe left or right in the gesture area and switch between apps in card view or full screen.

Cool, I didn't know about the tap-and-hold on the adjacent area to scroll in that direction through the open apps. That's neat.

What webOS needs is wrapping when the apps are in full view. A lot of times, I dont know where the other opened (in full view) app is, on the left or right of the card. so first I swipe left, doesnt work as app is on right, is there was wrapping, swipping would be so webOS, seamless and fluid. Once you reach the last app swipe in the same direction would bring you back to first app.

+1 that would be nice (similar to wrap pages patch)

You can also throw the card to the bottom of the screen to go into the card (you have to throw the card all the way to the gesture area). It's redundant but it looks cool...

Similar to swiping up to get to card view, you can swipe down to maximize the currently focused app. That's pretty neat!
And I don't mean to pull the whole card down (which works as well) but rather swiping from somewhere at the launcher bar down.

Together with #1 above that's a whole new and great experience =)

Of course, the tips you cover are not new, just not always obvious. I really appreciate having them covered and expanded on. Always learning about the great capabilities to get more out of my phone. ThanX!

Several actions I didn't know about--thanks to Adam and folks posting comments!

Alright, The best thing about webos is the ability to not only have open more then one card but the ability to actually launch 2 apps at once. Here's how.

After pressing on an App Icon, It will launch a card, I then tap on the screen (outside the card) and it will minimize it and bring up the Launch bar which gives me access to search for another app to open it. Depending on how many you open and how much memory the app takes up this will slow down the phone a lot, Also to note that Palm facebook App opens to full screen when finished loading and will take over your screen even if you are in another app, (very annoying and have wrote to them maybe times about it.

Every morning I open up about 5 apps and by the time I get into the Car they are all open and ready for me to plug in.

Give it a try, Let me know if you like or dislike, I'm using Palm Pre Bell, Let me know how many apps a Plus can open without getting too slow.


"Let me know how many apps a Plus can open without getting too slow."

Is that like the "How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Tootsie Pop?" question? The world may never know...

you can also do this via the quick launch bar launcher icon. as an app is launching, i swipe up to bring up the quick launch bar and then slide over to the launcher icon and start another app. with a pre plus overclocked to 1ghz, i can launch 5 apps at once.

ok, here you go:

if you have a bunch of apps open on your screen, you can cycle left or right via a method OTHER THAN swiping. i find this useful b/c when i have 14 apps open i might not want to swipe 14 times to get all the way from the rightmost card to the leftmost card.

to do this, open up a bunch of apps, then go to the far right or the far left app. in card view, place your finger on the edge of the screen in the direction you want to go. your finger should just barely be on the screen. as long as you keep your finger pressed there, the phone will cycle through the apps one at a time (about a second each). if you time it just right and you remove your finger just as another card is sliding into view, the phone will actually slide that app into maximized view as it is going.

Good call on the "the phone will actually slide that app into maximized view as it is going", dirty6. At first I thought you were just repeating what was already in the hint.