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Customize the Home Screens on Your Tablet

Your house is where you keep all your important stuff, and the Home screen on your tablet is where you can access all your important apps and features. Learn how to customize your Home screen to make it as cozy as your real home. And you can take your customization one step further by changing the wallpaper!

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Manage Home Screens

When you open your tablet, you want to get right to the good stuff. Learn how to add, remove, or change your main Home screen, so everything is just how you like.

From any Home screen, touch and hold an empty space. Use the following options to manage screens:

  • Add a screen: Swipe left until you see an empty Home screen, and then touch Add (it looks like a plus sign).

  • Remove a screen: Swipe to a Home screen you want to remove, and then touch Remove in the upper right-hand corner.

  • Set a screen as the main Home screen: Swipe to the Home screen you want to make your main screen. Touch the Home icon at the top to make it your go-to screen.

  • Change the order of screens: Touch and hold the screen you want to move, and then drag it to a desired position.

App Shortcuts

Add a Shortcut to a Home Screen

If there's an app you are always using, you can add a shortcut for it on your Home screen for easier and faster access.

Touch and hold a desired app, and then drag it to a Home screen. You can also touch and hold an app, and then touch Add to Home.

Remove a Shortcut from a Home Screen

On the other hand, if there's an app shortcut on your Home screen that you don't use very often, you can delete the shortcut but still keep the app.

Touch and hold the app shortcut you want to remove. Touch Remove from Home and the shortcut will be deleted. However, the app itself will do not deleted and it will remain on your tablet.


Add a Widget to a Home Screen

Widgets are almost like mini apps. They provide shortcuts to your favorite apps' features. For example, you can put a widget for Device Maintenance and it will optimize your tablet right then and there!

Swipe to the Home screen where you want to add a widget, and then touch and hold an empty space of the Home screen. Touch Widgets, and then touch and hold your desired widget. Then, drag it to your desired position.

Depending on the widget, the following options may be available after you've place the widget:

  • Resize: If the widget can be resized, it will have a blue line along the edges. Simply touch and drag the blue circles to lengthen or shorten the widget.

  • Color: Some widgets can be set to different colors. Select the color that best matches your theme or background.

  • Transparency: Increase the widget's transparency to make it suitable for your wallpaper.

Remove a Widget from a Home Screen

Having too many widgets can make your Home screen look crowded or disjointed. If you want to delete a widget for any reason, you can do so at any time. You can always add it again later if you'd like.

From the Home screen, touch and hold the widget you want to remove. Touch Remove from Home screen to make the widget disappear.


Add a Folder to a Home Screen

Your tablet comes with preloaded folders, like the Samsung folder, so all your related apps are together in one place. But you can also create and edit your own folders to help you organize your other apps.

From the Home screen, touch and hold an app. Drag the shortcut on top of another app, and then release. The two apps will both be added to the same folder. Touch Enter folder name and enter an appropriate name for the folder. To select a color for the folder, touch the Palette in the upper right-hand corner. You can add more apps to the folder by touching ADD APPS or by dragging other apps into the folder.

To exit the folder, touch anywhere outside the folder. Then, touch and hold the folder, and drag it to your desired location on your Home screen. Or, you can touch and hold the folder and then touch Add to Home. In both methods, a shortcut for the folder will appear on the Home screen and a copy of the folder will remain on the Apps screen.

Delete a Folder from a Home screen

If you’ve made so many folders you’ve lost track of where everything is, or if you aren’t really using a certain folder, you can delete the folder whenever you want. And don’t worry, the apps will return to where they were before.

Touch and hold the folder you want to delete and then touch Delete folder. The folder will be removed and the apps will return to the Apps screen. If you have multiple copies of the same folder (i.e. one on the Home screen and one in Apps), they will have to be deleted separately.

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