By Dan Gookin

In addition to the navigation icons, various other icons appear while you use your Android tablet. These icons serve common functions in apps as well as in the Android operating system. The following list describes the most common icons and their functions.

  • Action Bar: Displays a pop-up menu. This teensy icon appears in the lower-right corner of a button or an image, indicating that actions (commands) are attached.

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  • Add: Adds or creates a new item. The plus symbol (+) may be used in combination with other symbols, depending on the app.

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  • Close: Closes a window or clears text from an input field.

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  • Delete: Removes one or more items from a list or deletes a message.

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  • Dictation: Lets you use your voice to dictate text.

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  • Done: Dismisses an action bar, such as the text-editing action bar.

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  • Edit: Lets you edit an item, add text, or fill in fields.

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  • Favorite: Flags a favorite item, such as a contact or a web page.

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  • Overflow: Displays a menu or list of commands.

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  • Refresh: Fetches new information or reloads.

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  • Search: Searches the tablet or the Internet for a tidbit of information.

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  • Settings: Adjusts options for an app.

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  • Share: Shares information stored on the tablet via email, social networking, or other Internet services.

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Here are some other things you should remember about Android icons:

  • Other common symbols are used on icons in various apps. For example, the standard Play and Pause icons are used as well.

  • Older tablets may use the Menu icon to display onscreen menus. This icon serves the same function as the Overflow icon. The icon is found as a button on the device.

  • Some Samsung tablets use a MORE button in place of the Overflow icon.

  • There are different variations on the Settings icon. It serves the same purpose as the Gear icon, although this older Settings icon is being phased out.