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Adding a Widget to a Home Screen

It’s easy to add a widget from the Widgets screen to an existing Home screen or a new one that you create. When you add a Widget to a Home screen you can specify where that widget—either an icon or the widget area—will reside on the Home screen. If you decide that you want to move the widget to a different location on the same or a different Home screen, you can drag the widget to that new location on the current Home screen, another existing Home screen, or a new Home screen that you create.

Some widgets also enable you to change the size of the widget before you place it on your desired Home screen. If the widget you’re trying to add to an existing Home screen won’t fit on that Home screen then Jelly Bean adds a new Home screen automatically and places the widget on that new Home screen.

Place a Widget on a Home Screen

  1. Tap Apps on the Home screen.

  2. Tap Widgets at the top of the Apps screen.
  3. Navigate to the page that contains the Dual Clock (Digital) widget used for this example.

  4. Press and hold your finger on the Dual Clock (Digital) widget. The Edit Home screen appears; the Home screen appears in a smaller area of the screen and the widget you’re moving appears as an outline on the screen.
  5. Move the outline over the Home screen to which you want to add the widget. The Home screens appear as small thumbnail buttons at the bottom of the screen and each button contains different elements as they appear on the Home screen. The Home screen buttons appear in a row of three and the main Home screen (the one that opens when you start your Galaxy Tab 3) appears second from left in the row.

  6. Release your finger. The widget appears at the top left of the screen by default. If any other widgets appear on the screen then the Dual Clock (Digital) widget appears to the right of the widget or on the left side of the screen underneath a row of widgets.
  7. The Dual Clock (Digital) widget lets you configure the information that it displays. Tap the plus sign to set the city.

  8. Swipe down the list of cities and tap one. For example, perhaps a friend has traveled to Rome for the summer and you don’t want to call her in the middle of the night. Swipe down the list of cities and then tap Rome.

  9. Rome is added to the clock, and now you know the current time for the city where your friend is staying.
  10. Tap either city to change to a different city. You can search for a city by typing the city name in the Search Cities box.

Move a Widget on a Home Screen

You can move a widget to a different location on the same Home screen by tapping and holding the widget within the Home screen. This example shows how to reposition the Dual Clock (Digital) widget.

  1. The widget outline appears on a smaller version of the Home screen so you can see where you can move the widget.

  2. Drag the widget to the new location on the Home screen. The Home screen is ordered in a grid format, and + signs within the Home screen denote grid corners. As you move the widget to the new location, a lighter copy of the outline appears below and to the right of your widget outline. This lighter outline copy denotes where your widget will reside on the screen. If there’s a widget that already resides in the location you want, the widgets reposition themselves on the screen to accommodate your desired location for the widget.

  3. Release your finger. The widget appears in your desired location.

Resize a Widget

Some widgets come in a preset size. Others allow you to change the size of the widget when you add it to the Home screen. You can also change the size of an adjustable widget after you add the widget to a Home screen. This example describes how to add the Email widget.

  1. Tap Apps on the Home screen.

  2. Tap Widgets at the top of the Apps screen.

  3. Navigate to the page that contains the Email widget.

  4. Press and hold your finger on the Email widget. An overlay of the Home screen that you chose appears and the widget you’re moving appears as an outline on the screen.
  5. Move the outline over the Home screen to position the widget within the screen. When you’re satisfied with the location of the widget on the Home screen, release your finger.

  6. The widget appears on the Home screen with an orange box around it. Orange circles, or handles, appear on all four sides of the box.

  7. Resize the widget by tapping and holding on one of the handles and then dragging left and right or up and down depending on the handle you’re moving. For example, if you drag the bottom handle up and down then you change the height of the widget. If your widget size is too large for the available area on the Home screen then the box and handles turn red to tell you that the widget is too large for the available space.

  8. Release your finger. The resized widget appears on the Edit Home screen. If the widget is too large for the area you want, Jelly Bean automatically resizes the widget to fill the available width or height.

  9. Tap the Back touch button. Your widget appears on the Home screen at your desired size.
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