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Just as you can add apps to the Home screen on your Nexus 7 tablet, you can also add widgets. A widget works like a tiny interactive or informative window, often providing a gateway into another app on the Nexus 7.

The Nexus 7 comes with a smattering of widgets affixed to the Home screen, possibly just to show you how they can be used. To add more widgets on the Home screen, follow these steps:

  1. Touch the All Apps icon on the Home screen.

  2. Touch the Widgets category atop the screen.

    Or just scroll the list of apps to the left until you see widgets displayed.

    The widgets appear on the All Apps screen in little preview windows.

  3. Scroll the list to find the widget you want to add.

    Some widgets, such as the contact widgets, are icon size. Some are quite large. That’s okay — you can resize widgets.

  4. Long-press the widget, and drag it to a Home screen panel.

    The widget is plopped on the Home screen.

The variety of available widgets depends on the apps you’ve installed. Some apps come with widgets, some don’t. Some widgets come independently of any app.

  • The Home screen panel must have room or else the tablet doesn’t let you plop down the widget. Choose another panel, or remove icons or widgets to make room.

  • More widgets are available at the Google Play Store.

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