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Old 12-09-2013, 05:26 AM   #1
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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Questions

I just recently got a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 and I have a couple of questions.

I have been able to remove some widgets by long pressing and moving to bin but for some reason there are some along the bottom of the screen which will not be removed no matter how long I press. They are contacts, email, goggle maps, youtube etc. Are they removable or are they permanent widgets? I have no need for contacts etc to be on there and I wanted to personalise the tablet.



The apps I can't remove are the ones right along the bottom of the screen in the pic.

My old tablet was a Motorola Xoom and with a lot of android tablets you can tap the screen and a list of open apps you are using will appear and you can tap on whatever app you want and be taken straight there. I can't seem to find if the galaxy has that feature?

Thanks.

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Old 12-09-2013, 08:08 AM   #2
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Adding and Removing Primary Shortcuts You can change any of your primary shortcuts with the exception of the Apps shortcut. The primary shortcuts are the bottom row of app shortcuts that remain static on all home screens (by default Contacts, Internet, and Apps). Note: Before replacing a primary shortcut, you must first add the replacement shortcut to the Home Screen. For more information, see Creating Shortcuts . 1. Press to display the Home screen. 2. Touch and hold the primary shortcut you want to replace and then drag it to an empty space on any Home screen. 3. Touch and hold a new shortcut on the Home screen, and then drag it to the empty space in the row of primary shortcuts. You can add up to 5 primary shortcuts in addition to the Apps shortcut.
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Recent Apps You can access recently used applications through a display of shortcuts to the applications themselves. 1. Press and hold from any screen to display Recent apps. 2. Touch an image to open the application.
Source: Sprint User Guide - Galaxy Tab 3 (http://support.sprint.com/global/pdf...samsung_ug.pdf)

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Old 12-09-2013, 06:15 PM   #3
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You could try using a launcher app. I use Nova launcher and you can put whatever you want wherever you want - it's very customizable. https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...oilsw.launcher
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I just recently got a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 and I have a couple of questions.

I have been able to remove some widgets by long pressing and moving to bin but for some reason there are some along the bottom of the screen which will not be removed no matter how long I press. They are contacts, email, goggle maps, youtube etc. Are they removable or are they permanent widgets? I have no need for contacts etc to be on there and I wanted to personalise the tablet.



The apps I can't remove are the ones right along the bottom of the screen in the pic.

My old tablet was a Motorola Xoom and with a lot of android tablets you can tap the screen and a list of open apps you are using will appear and you can tap on whatever app you want and be taken straight there. I can't seem to find if the galaxy has that feature?

Thanks.
I had the same with problem with my new Tab 3 10.1.

I found that the screen you show in the photo was full and would not allow anything else to be added. I solved the problem by moving to an emptier screen and then I could move all of the apps (except settings and apps drawer) to the main part of the screen. Once the bottom row was emptied, I was able to customize the apps to the ones I use frequently.

Hope this helps.
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Old 12-13-2013, 04:14 PM   #5
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I'm using Nova launcher on my Samsung phone it's just a different homescreen and app drawer really but more customisable as it lets you download icon packs, resize widgets, pick transitions for scrolling through your home screens and such.

Pretty safe really I had a silly fear of launchers for some time as I didn't really understand them but the only thing to watch out for is if you do ever uninstall a launcher make sure you set your old one back in the settings or through an app like default app manager.
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Pretty safe really I had a silly fear of launchers for some time as I didn't really understand them but the only thing to watch out for is if you do ever uninstall a launcher make sure you set your old one back in the settings or through an app like default app manager.
There's no need to, if you uninstall the default app for an action, next time around Android will pop-up a dialog asking which app you want to handle the action, unless there is only 1, in which case the action goes directly to that app.
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There's no need to, if you uninstall the default app for an action, next time around Android will pop-up a dialog asking which app you want to handle the action, unless there is only 1, in which case the action goes directly to that app.
I suspected that but I guess I'm still a little paranoid of launchers and wanting to play it safe, I am enjoying Nova though and think I'll upgrade it to the Prime version.

Edit: Actually did just upgrade to prime and bought myself a few icon packs.

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I just ended up downloading Nova and adding what I want to the bottom. I'm in the quite simplistic and minimal as possible camp when it comes to a desktop on a tablet. I have no need for all the widgets etc. I added what I wanted to the bottom row and left the home screen free to see my wallpaper and any other app shortcuts get added to empty screens I can flip to.
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