How to Resize, Move, or Remove a Widget on Your Nexus 7 Tablet - dummies

How to Resize, Move, or Remove a Widget on Your Nexus 7 Tablet

A widget is a tiny window on your Nexus 7 tablet, which provides a gateway into another app on your tablet. The Nexus 7 tablet comes with some widgets already on the home screen. You can adjust these and any additional widgets you add to make the home screen look like you want it to.

How to resize widgets on your Nexus 7 tablet

Big widgets
Small widgets
Widgets that change size
Wide widgets
Tall widgets
Change before your eyes

Some widgets can change their size; some cannot. To find out what the case is for a particular widget, long-press the widget. If the widget can be resized, you see four dots appear, one on each edge. (Lift your finger after long-pressing the widget.) The dots are handles, which you can drag by using your finger to resize the widget.

Some widgets can be resized in only two directions: left-right or up-down.

Touch anywhere on the Home screen when you’re done resizing a widget.

How to move and remove widgets and icons from your home screen

Widgets and icons are fastened to the Home screen by something akin to the same glue they use on sticky notes. You can easily pick up an icon or a widget, move it around, and then restick it. Unlike sticky notes, the icons and widgets never just fall off.

To move an icon or a widget, long-press it. Eventually, the icon seems to lift and break free.


You can drag a free icon to another position on the Home screen or to another Home screen panel, or you can drag it to the Remove icon that appears at the top of the Home screen.

Widgets and folders can be moved around or deleted in the same manner as icons.

  • Dragging a Home screen icon or widget to the Remove icon doesn’t uninstall the app or widget. It merely ousts that icon or widget from the Home screen. The app or widget can still be found on the All Apps screen. In fact, you can always add the icon or widget to the Home screen again.

  • When an icon, a widget, or a folder hovers over the Remove icon, ready to be deleted, its color changes to red.

  • Your clue that an icon or a widget is free and clear to navigate is that the Remove icon appears.