iOS Tutorial : Preview Paging


Paging is a widely used functionality within iOS applications. Paging is build by using an UIScrollView. While scrolling to the left or the right, the user will swipe the application content from page to page.

Besides this normal behaviour of a scrollview, an iOS developer could also like to build a pager like the Safari Page Preview to enhance the users experience:


To be able to create such a paging scrollview, follow the three steps below:

Step 1:

Create a UIView

CGRect viewFrame = CGRectMake(0, 0, 300, 100);UIView *view = [[UIView alloc]initWithFrame:viewFrame];[view setClipsToBound:YES];

Step 2:

Create a scrollView with a width of 250, and position it in the middle of the view

CGRect scrollFrame = CGRectMake(25, 0, 250, 100);UIScrollView *scrollView = [UIScrollView alloc] initWithFrame:scrollFrame];[scrollView setClipsToBound:NO];

CGSize scrollContentSize = CGSizeMake(500, 100);

[scrollView setContentSize:scrollContentSize];

[view addSubview:scrollView];

When ClipsToBound is set to NO, the content of the scroll view will be visible outside of the scroll views own frame. The same applies to the view, set ClipsToBound to YES, so the content of the scroll view will not appear outside of that view.

Having implemented this, it should also be possible to scroll the view while a user touches the view outside of the scroll view.

Step 3:

Create a method for the view that recognizes touches:

-(UIView *)hitTest:(CGPoint)point withEvent:(UIEvent *)event {UIView *child = [super hitTest:point withEvent:event];if (child == self) {

return self.scrollView;


return child;


This method allows a user to scroll the pages within the scroll view, without touching the scroll view itself.


Standard paging is not always good enough to create a great user experience. Using a tiny bit of code to create an additional functionality for existing components, helps you to reach that experience.


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