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How to Organize the Apps Screen on Your Samsung Galaxy Tab S

By Dan Gookin

The go-to place for apps on your Galaxy Tab is the Apps screen. It lists all available apps on your tablet, which makes the Apps screen an important place. It’s also something you can customize to make accessing your apps easier.

Changing the Apps screen view

The Apps menu sports two views:

  • Customizable Grid: This view allows app icons to be moved around and organized.

  • Alphabetical Grid: This view arranges apps in alphabetical order. New apps are inserted into the grid alphabetically. That makes locating an app easier, but it also means the apps change position on the Apps screen each time one is added or removed.

To set the current view, heed these steps:

  1. Tap the Apps icon on the Home screen to visit the Apps screen.

  2. Tap the Action Overflow icon and choose View Type.

  3. Select a view, either Customizable Grid or Alphabetical Grid.

The Apps screen changes to reflect your choice.

Rearranging apps on the Apps screen

The Customizable Grid option for viewing the Apps screen lets you rearrange and order all your phone’s apps. Unlike the Alphabetical Grid, the apps stay where you put them.

To begin redecorating the Apps screen, tap the Action Overflow icon and choose the Edit command. The Apps screen enters editing mode. Here are some things you can do:

  • Drag an icon to change its position.

  • Drag an icon up to the Create Page icon (atop the screen) to add a new Apps screen page.

  • Drag an app up to the Uninstall icon (trash) to uninstall that icon.

  • Drag an app icon up to the Create Folder icon to build a new Apps screen folder.

When you’ve finished editing, tap the Save icon in the upper-right corner of the screen.

New Apps screen pages are created by dragging an app icon over the Create Page icon. To remove a page, simply drag away all of its icons and the page vanishes. (Apps screen pages must have at least one icon.)

Working with Apps screen folders

Just as you can have an apps folder on the Home screen, the Apps screen can sport apps folders. These folders help organize apps on the Apps screen, which may help you locate certain types of apps.

To build an Apps screen folder, follow these steps:

  1. Tap the Action Overflow icon and choose Create Folder.

  2. Type a name for the folder.

  3. Tap the Done or OK button to create the folder.

The folder is created. You’ll find it on the far-right Apps screen page. Alas, the folder is empty. To populate it, you need to edit the Apps screen again and drag app icons into the folder.

  • You can work with App screen folder whether the Customizable Grid or Alphabetical Grid view setting is chosen.

  • Don’t forget to tap the Save button atop the screen when you’ve finished moving app icons into a folder.

  • To remove an app from a folder, edit the Apps screen and drag the app icon(s) out of the folder.

  • When a folder is empty, remove it by editing the Apps screen and dragging the folder icon up to the Remove icon atop the screen.

  • Folders created on the Apps screen can be copied to the Home screen. Drag the folder to the Home screen as you would install any app.