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How to Manage Widgets on the Android Tablet Home Screen

The Home screen on your Android tablet is the place where you can find widgets, or tiny, interactive information windows. A widget often provides a gateway into another app or displays information such as status updates, the name of the song that’s playing, or the weather. To add a widget to the Home screen, heed these steps:

  1. Switch to a Home screen page that has room enough for the new widget.

    Unlike app icons, widgets can occupy more than a postage-stamp-size piece of Home screen real estate.

  2. Touch the Apps icon to visit the Apps drawer.

  3. Touch the Widgets tab.

    If you don’t see the Widgets tab, keep swiping the list of apps to the left until widgets are displayed.

    The widgets appear on the Apps screen in little preview windows. Swipe the list left or right to peruse the lot.

  4. Long-press the widget you desire and drag it to a Home screen page.

    At this point, the operation works just like adding an app. One major difference, however, is that some widgets can be quite big. Room must be available on the Home screen page, or else you can’t add the widget.

Some widgets may require additional setup after you add them, such as setting a few quick options. You might also see a resize rectangle around the widget. Drag the edges or corners of that rectangle to resize the widget.

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  • The variety of available widgets depends on the apps you have installed. Some apps come with widgets, some don’t.

  • A great widget to add is the Power Control widget. It contains buttons for turning on or off various tablet features.

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