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This chapter is from the book Working with Cover Flow

Working with Cover Flow

Cover Flow splits the window into two panes:

  • The Cover Flow pane at the top of the window displays each item in the window as an icon or a preview of its first page.
  • The item list pane at the bottom of the window displays a sortable list of the items in the window.

When you select an item in the item list, its icon or preview appears in the Cover Flow pane.

You can use either pane to flip through the contents of a window to see item previews. This makes it possible to scroll through files to find one you’re looking for, even if you don’t know its name.

To flip through documents in Cover Flow:

Use one of the following techniques:

  • If the scroll bar is displayed in the Cover Flow pane A, drag the scroller to the left or right to display different icons or previews.
  • Figure 29 A You can drag the scroll bar in the Cover Flow pane to flip through icons and previews.

  • If you have a multi-touch device, use gestures to scroll icons and previews in the Cover Flow pane to the right or left. This works even if scroll bars are not displayed B.
  • Figure 30 B You can also flip through items in Cover Flow if scroll bars are not displayed.

  • Click the icon or preview for an item in the Cover Flow pane.
  • Press the Up Arrow or Down Arrow key to display the previous or next item.

To change the size of the Cover Flow pane:

  1. Position the pointer on the resize box beneath the scroll bar in the Cover Flow pane.
  2. The pointer turns into a hand.

  3. Press the button and drag:
    • To make the Cover Flow pane smaller, drag up.
    • To make the Cover Flow pane larger, drag down C.

    Figure 31 C Drag the resize handle down to make the Cover Flow pane larger, thus increasing the size of the icons and previews within it.

    As you drag, the hand pointer seems to grasp the resize box C as the pane’s bottom border moves.

  4. When the pane is the desired size, release the button.
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