Here’s a very simple tip for you iTunes Cover Flow (View -> Cover Flow View) addicts. You probably know you can flip through your album covers by dragging the scroll bar below the covers to the left or right; that’s the obvious way to navigate your collection. However, you may not have known about these two alternative methods of browsing your collection:
- Type some characters: First make sure that iTunes browsing panel is active by clicking on any song in the library or playlist. Once you’ve done that, you can type a few letters, and Cover Flow will jump to the matching CD in your collection. But what defines a match? Matching is based on the sort order of your library or playlist.
For example, if I’m viewing my library and click on the Album column, then type
no c, Cover Flow jumps to No Code by Pearl Jam. If I sort on Artist instead, those same characters jump to No Doubt. Sort by name and type the same thing and I jump to No Ending by Delays. This is a very efficient way to move around in Cover Flow view. But it’s not nearly as much fun as the next method.
- Use your mouse’s scroll wheel: Just give your scroll wheel a spin, and watch the covers go flying by. If you use a third-party mouse, you might have to use its configuration software to slow down your scroll rate—on my Microsoft mouse, if I had the scroll speed set anything above the lowest setting, I couldn’t scroll slowly enough to move cover-by-cover in iTunes. I’ve had no such issues with the Mighty Mouse on my other machine, however. And if you’re using a laptop that supports two-finger scrolling, give it a try. It’s a really easy way to browse through Cover Flow; just drag your fingers across (or down; doesn’t matter which) your trackpad, and watch the covers go gliding by.
Between the scroll bar, typing, and (my favorite) using your scroll wheel, there are a number of ways to move around in Cover Flow view mode.