Rearrange, Add and Remove Home Screen Panels on Samsung Galaxy Tab

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The home screen is the main point or starting point when using your Tablet. This is where you place and customize folders, shortcuts or widgets, etc. It has the "Home Panel" and additional four panels that expand away from the display to provide additional field for adding widgets, folders or shortcuts.

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Customizing the Home Screen to Meet your Preferences

Customizing the home screen of your Samsung Galaxy Tab is easy. Just follow the simple instructions below.

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    Widgets are the self-contained applications or codes that are placed on your home screen.
    You can add widgets to your home screen, as well as remove the unwanted or unused widgets from your home screen.
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    1. To Add Widgets: Scroll to the desired screen or to a blank home screen that has room for a widget. Press and hold the screen. It will display the "Add to Home Screen" menu. Tap "Widgets" then select the widget you want to add to your home screen. The desired widget is now added to your home screen.
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    2. To Remove Widgets: Press and hold the unwanted widget until the Trash bin icon
      beside
      appears. Just drag it to the trash bin to remove it.
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    Shortcuts are placed by default on the home screen.
    The use of this feature gives you quick access to features likes email and other applications.
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    1. To Add Shortcuts from your Home Screen.  
      1. Press and hold the screen until a pop-up window (Add to Home screen menu) appears
      2. Tap "Shortcuts".
      3. Then select the desired shortcut like Bookmark, Applications or Contacts.
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    2. To Add Shortcuts from your Applications.  
      1. Navigate to your home screen panel.
      2. Press the "Applications" icon.
        beside
      3. Press and drag the desired application to the home screen panel.
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        .
      4. The desired shortcut icon is automatically displayed on your home screen.
    3. To Remove Shortcuts.  
      1. Just press and hold the unwanted shortcuts until the trash can appears.
        beside
      2. Just drag the shortcut icon to the "Trash bin" icon.
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    Folders:
    People use the folders to organize their items or apps together on their Home screen.  
    1. Navigate to the desired home screen.
    2. Press and hold the screen so it will display the "Add to Home screen" menu.
    3. Click "Folders".
    4. Select from the given options.
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    5. To make a new empty folder, touch "Create Folder".
    6. The selected folder will now be placed on the home screen.
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    Wallpaper is the background on your home screen.
    You can customize your background by using your own picture or selecting one from the pre-loaded wallpapers available on your device.  
    1. Press and hold the screen on your home screen to display the "Add to Home Screen" menu. Select
      beside
      or press the "Menu" key
      beside
      from the home screen, then select "Wallpaper".
    2. Now select the source for wallpaper images.  
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        Gallery: You will have access to the gallery to select the image you want to use. Crop it to resize or if you desire, just press "Save" to make the image your background (wallpaper).
      2. Live Wallpapers: It will let you choose from the pre-loaded animated wallpapers. Just touch or press to see the sample and when you choose one, press "Set Wallpaper".
      3. Wallpaper Gallery: You can choose from the pre-loaded wallpaper pictures. Select the wallpaper that you like then touch "Set Wallpaper".
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    Adding and Removing Home Screen Panels.
    The Samsung Galaxy Tablet has 5 home screen panels. You can customize your home screen by adding another panel and setting one as "Home".  
    1. Press the "Menu" key from the home screen. Select "Edit".
    2. Use the options below to construct or arrange the panels.  
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        Remove: Use this if you want to delete an unwanted panel. Just press and drag the unwanted panel to the trash bin to delete from the home screen.
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        Add: This option will allow you to add new panels. Tap to add a new panel. You can add up to nine panels. To rearrange the panels, just hold and drag a panel to the desired location.
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        Set as Home: This option will allow you to set a certain panel as Home Screen. Just touch the desired panel to set as the Home. Now this panel set as Home will be displayed when you press the
        beside
        "Home" key.
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How do I add a screenshot to Galaxy Tablet Panel?

Adding a screenshot into the Galaxy Tablet panel is not a complex task, and there is no need for additional software or programs to accomplish this. The task simply has to be done by pressing buttons.

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To make a screenshot on the Galaxy Tablet, simply press and hold the Back button together with the Power button. A shutter sound will indicate that the screenshot has been taken.

All saved screenshots will be stored in the gadget's microSD card �" in the Screen Capture Folder. The picture files will now be ready for use.

Tips Tricks & Warnings

  • You can also display "Edit" options by pinching the Home screen.

Questions and Answers

I cannot go to the widget screen on my Galaxy Tab 3 10.1?

I used to see both an app icon and a widget icon at the top of my Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 home screen. After the last Android update, I now only see the app icon and cannot get to my widgets.

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I'd like to set up my Galaxy Tab 4 home screen from the beginning and remove items that I don't want on there. How do I do this?

To remove any unwanted icons or widgets, simply tap and hold on them and drag them into the trash can that appears on your screen.

To Add Apps:

  • Open your Applications list and find the app you want.
  • Tap and hold on the icon until your home screens appear.
  • Drag it to the part of the home screen you'd like it, and take your finger off the screen.
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To Add Widgets:

  • Find a part of your home screen that just shows your wallpaper and tap and hold.
  • When the home screen zooms out, tap the Widgets icon.
  • Scroll through the list of widgets to find the one you want.
  • Tap and hold the widget and drag it to the part of your home screen where you'd like the widget.

How do I remove a home screen I accidentally added on a Samsung Galaxy tab pro 8.4?

I accidentally added a couple of extra home screens on the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 and I cannot figure out how to get rid of them. They're just empty screens. Also, how can I move folders between screens? I'm trying to organize all my apps and I'm getting pretty frustrated because it's not easy, intuitive and the documentation is pretty unhelpful. Any advice you can give would be greatly appreciated!

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Sometimes when you add an extra screen the Tab will shuffle all your apps and widgets onto the new screen so the new blank screen is actually one of the original primary home screens and not a new screen at all. This usually happens if you try to put a large widget on the home screen (for example such a widget as the full sized calendar) the primary screens cannot be dragged to the bin and dumped they are locked and can not be deleted. What you then need to do is first get rid of the oversized widget if one is present by holding (continual finger touch) until active and then dragging to the trash bin which will appear the at top of the screen. Next drag your Apps etc back onto their original screen. When you have transferred them all back you should find that the screen they were on can be (long touch) dragged to the trash bin. Like you I once added extra screens by accident and my apps moved from both primary screens and populated the newly added screens.

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How do I remove a website that has infected my Tab3? Every time I tap on the new Tab icon the website appears?

Would you be able to help me with this? My 14-year-old son got a hold of my Tablet and I'm not sure what he was doing.

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Could you, please tell me how to change the wallpaper on my Galaxy Tab 8.4?

I just bought the Tablet a week ago and don't know how to change the wallpaper nor how to get the original one back if I'm not happy with any new one I could use instead.

Personalizing a new device is always a bit confusing. However, if you follow the steps below to change your Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.4 wallpaper, you'll find that it's actually very easy:

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    Go to your home screen by pressing the home button.
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    Tap and hold on an empty space on the home screen.
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    Now you should see the edit page.
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    Tap on the 'Set Wallpapers' option.
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    Select Live Wallpaper for live and Animated Wallpapers, or select 'Standard Wallpaper'.
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    Choose the wallpaper that you like.
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    Select whether you want the wallpaper on your home screen, the lock screen, or on both.
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    Crop the photo to the size you want.
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    Tap on the 'OK' button on the top right of your screen.
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    Your wallpaper is now changed.
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If you need any additional help, let us know in the Q&A section.

How do I change screen settings?

How do I change which screen is my home screen on my Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro? And How Do I Delete Unused Screens?

Personalizing home screens can be confusing as there are multiple home screens and many options for personalizing them. If you want to set a default home screen, follow the steps below:

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    On your home screen, perform a pinching motion on the screen using two fingers.
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    Navigate through the screens and tap on the home icon to set that as the default home screen.
    You'll see this icon at the top of your screen.
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    Now your preferred home screen has been set as the default.
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If you want to delete a home screen, follow these steps:

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    On your home screen, perform a pinching motion.
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    Tap and hold the home screen you want to delete, and then drag and drop it on the delete icon.
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    Now you've removed one of your home screens.
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    To delete more home screens, just repeat the steps above.
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If you have any additional questions, let us know in the Q&A section.

New 4 panel layout for Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2?

My Android tablet came with preset Panel pages when I scroll to the right or left of my home page. They have like magazines, calendar, news. When I hold on one, the screen zooms out and I get a widget icon and a change layout icon I love this feature but the widgets are not regular home screen widgets and you can basically only select magazines, a few twitter type widgets, and Samsung music player. Is there any way I can get more or different widgets? Basically, I would like to keep layout format but have Facebook in one panel, sound cloud in another and so on, stuff that I myself use.

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Camera icon missing on home screen.

I accidentally put my camera icon into the TRASH on my new Galaxy TAB A. How can I get it back on my home screen.

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When I tap and hold the home screen, I cannot see the widgets icon and wallpapers icon. My mobile is a Samsung Galaxy Star 2?

Give me a fine answer. It should be clear and easy to understand.

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    Turn off the phone.
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    Remove the back cover.
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    Take the battery out for 5 minutes.
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    Reinsert the battery and close the cover.
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    Press and hold the volume up, home, and power buttons until the Samsung logotype appears.
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    Use the volume buttons to navigate and the power button to confirm selections.
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    Choose "wipe cache partition".
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    Choose "reboot system now".
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    Wait until phone boots up.
    Unlock it.
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    Press the home button.
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    Tap on "Apps".
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    Tap on "Settings".
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    Tap on "My device".
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    Tap on "Motions and gestures".
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    Disable everything.
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    Press the home button.
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    Pinch one of the home screens.
    To do that, spread your fingers, touch the screen, and pinch them together. You should see the widgets option at the bottom of the screen.
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    Alternatively, tap and hold an empty space on some of the home screens.
    You should see the widgets option at the bottom of the screen.
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I have created folders in the main menu but now I'm unable to delete them. Also, I want to move the apps placed in the folder before deleting.

I have created folders in the main menu but now I'm unable to delete them. Also, I want to move the apps placed in the folder before deleting. How can do this? I need advice.

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Hi, I have deleted my photo app on my Samsung Tab 4 and I am not sure how to retrieve the app, I am also unable to find the recycle bin app?

Hi, I have deleted my photo app on my Samsung Tab 4 and I am not sure how to retrieve the app, I am also unable to find the recycle bin app

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Missing (4x3) Yahoo News (default) widget on Home Page?

I have a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 that my wife bought at BestBuy. Today, the Yahoo News Widget (4x3) on the Home page is blank. Just Gone! It has always been there before. What do I do? I have tried: Restarted the Tablet twice. The widget is still missing. I think it was caused by: Well, Yahoo News is still online from my PC, so I have no idea. The Android version is 4.4.2 in this Model GT-P5210. Seems like a device issue.

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Hello, I am very OCD and when I add screens it moves my home screen. How can I place it in the middle of all my screens?

Moving my home screen to the center. I have tried: Holding down on the screen to move it.

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