Meta-tap (Gesture Area + tap) and Copy/Paste | webOS Nation

Meta-tap (Gesture Area + tap) and Copy/Paste

by Adam Marks Fri, 27 Aug 2010 12:53 pm EDT

Two things that differentiate the hardware of webOS devices and that of all other mobile phones are the presence of both a physical keyboard and the Gesture Area. While the Gesture Area can be used to perform a Back Swipe, a Forward Swipe, or a variety of other gestures, it can also be used for keyboard shortcuts (called a Meta-tap). All you need to do is hold down one finger anywhere on the Gesture Area and then press the corresponding keyboard key for any given shortcut. And how do you know what the shortcuts are? Well, all you need to do is go into any Applica Edit Dropdown Menu tion Menu by performing a downward-swipe from the top left corner of the screen and look for the Bulls-eye + Letter combinations.

The most common use of the Meta Tap is for Copy/Paste. All you need to do is highlight the text that you want (or use a Gesture + A to "Select All"), perform a Gesture + C to copy (a "Selection Copied" dashboard notification will appear), put your cursor where you want to paste, and then perform a Gesture + V to paste. And this is not constrained to just the app you are working in...this even works across apps!

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