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PreCentral: Enable swipe to switch applications (LunaCE)


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#1 NewsDummy

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Posted February 01, 2013 - 03:41 PM

This tip is only for HP TouchPads running webOS 3.0.5 and LunaCE 4.9.5 or higher

Tweaks - LunaCEOne of the defining features of webOS has always been the gestures that you can use to navigate around the OS. While the release of the TouchPad saw the first webOS device without a gesture area, it still kept many of the same gestures that were found on webOS phones. You could still swipe up to minimize a card or swipe down to access the Application or Device dropdown menus, but gone was the ability to quickly switch apps with the Advanced Swipe (full swipe of the gesture area). Because, you know, no gesture area was there.

However, once HP released their Open Source webOS Community Edition for the HP TouchPad (not to be confused with Open webOS), the group at WebOS Ports was able to bring back the advanced gesture to quickly switch between apps as part of LunaCE (pronounced "lunacy"), available in Preware. Note that LunaCE is currently in beta so you will need to go through the process to set-up the beta feeds in Preware, which can be found at testing.preware.org. In addition, you will need to have Tweaks installed on your TouchPad to toggle this new feature.

Once you go into the "Luna" section of Tweaks and toggle "Enable Side Bezel Gestures" to YES in the "GESTURES" section, you can then swipe in from either side of the screen to switch to the next open app, based on the direction of you swipe. However, this functions a bit differently depending on if you have also enabled LunaCE's Tabbed Card feature and the app is part of a larger stack.

  • If Tabbed Cards is not enabled, swiping in from the side of the screen will switch to the next app, regardless of it's the next app in the same stack or in a separate stack.
  • If Tabbed Cards is enabled and your current app is not part of a larger stack, swiping in from the bezel will act the same as if Tabbed Cards aren't enabled and just switch you to the next app.
  • If Tabbed Cards is enabled and the app is part of a larger stack, swiping in from the side will first activate the tabbed card functionality and show the remaining cards in that stack as tabs on the side of the screen. You can then swipe in the from bezel again and it will switch to the first card in the next stack.




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