The Samsung Galaxy Tab S Home Screen - dummies

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S Home Screen

By Dan Gookin

Many interesting items festoon the Home screen, known as the Classic Home screen on the Galaxy Tab S. You should familiarize yourself with the following items and terms when using the Home screen:

  • Status bar: The top part of the screen, this area shows notification icons and status icons. The status bar may disappear, in which case a quick swipe of the screen from the top downward will redisplay it.

  • Notification icons: These icons come and go, depending on what happens in your digital life. Notification icons appear whenever you receive a new email message or have a pending appointment.

  • Status icons: These icons represent the tablet’s current condition, such as the type of network it’s connected to, its signal strength, and its battery status, as well as whether the tablet is connected to a Wi-Fi network or using Bluetooth, for example.

  • App launcher icons: The meat of the meal on the Home screen plate, app (application) launcher icons are where the action takes place. Touching a launcher icon opens an app.

  • Widgets: A widget is a window through which you view information, control the tablet, access features, or do something purely amusing. A special widget is the Google Search widget, which lets you search the Internet or use the powerful Google Now feature.

  • Folders: Multiple apps can be stored in a folder. Touch the folder to see a pop-up window that lists all the apps. Touch an app icon to start.

  • Wallpaper: The background image you see on the Home screen is the wallpaper. It can be changed.

  • My Files app: This icon provides quick access to the My Files app on the Galaxy Tab S. It appears in the bottom-left corner of every Classic Home screen page. This app is available also on the Tab 4, just not pasted to the Home screen.

  • Apps icon: Touch the Apps icon to display the Apps screen, where all the apps installed on your tablet are found. This icon appears in the lower-right corner of every Home screen page, both for the Classic and Content Home screens.

The Home screen is customizable. You can add and remove icons, widgets, folders, and shortcuts, and even change wallpaper (background) images. The Content Home screen shows only widgets and the Apps icon.

You may see numbers affixed to some Home screen icons. These numbers indicate pending actions, such as the unread email messages.