25. April 2012 22:20
When you’re panning a page in Internet Explorer 10 Metro, you’ll feel it lock the panning direction on you at times. If you’re like me it won’t necessarily be intuitive and will take some getting used to. Here’s how that’s working…
It’s called “Rails” panning mode. If you grab the screen with your finger and drag far enough in the direction of one of the shaded areas below, the panning direction will be constrained to that direction. The reason is that usually if you scroll in the general direction of up, down, left, or right, what you want is to scroll exactly in that direction because you’re browsing content that’s laid out vertically or horizontally.
I didn’t like it at first because sometimes I scrolled down a little and then wanted to see what was off screen to the right and it wouldn’t scroll that direction. I don’t think it will take long to get into the habit of initiating my scroll diagonally if I might want that option, however, and I’ll have the added benefit of the rails functionality for when I truly am just wanting to go up and down.