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I have a number of widgets that I really like, but my Droid takes an awful long time to draw the home screen, even using the Zeam launcher replacement.

Can I use folders on my home screen to hold widgets (and keep them handy) and will that improve my performance any?

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I think it would only work if the "folder" was a widget that you could put other widgets inside of? –  Bryan Denny Feb 15 '11 at 16:13
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I can also recommend reducing the number of homescreens you use. I went from 7 screens to 4 with Launcher Pro and noticed a significant performance boost. –  Bryan Denny Feb 15 '11 at 16:15
    
I'm already limiting Zeam to 3 screens. I suppose if put to it I could reduce it to two. –  Al E. Feb 15 '11 at 16:17
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After much experimenting, it is apparent that you cannot put a widget inside a folder. Folders will only hold shortcuts.

I have a stock Motorola Droid with Android 2.2.1. Admittedly, there may be a ROM out there that lets this happen, and perhaps even a customized version from some carrier/manufacturer that allows it. But without significant modification, this just can't be done.

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There is a widget that allows you to combine widgets into a 1x1 square, called WidgetFolder. Unfortunately, it's not as sleek as even the standard folders, as clicking on it doesn't slide out a pop-up with the contained widgets (or files, apps, contacts etc), but opens up a separate screen where you can open, arrange and add widgets (or other folder items). Opening up that screen takes a good one or two seconds, which can become quite frustrating in the long run. It also crashes to force close every now and then, especially when you're arranging or deleting icons from it. But so far it's the only one I've found. Sadly, it's definitely not good enough for me to stop looking.

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This might be a late answer, but Lightning Launcher is free, and allows you to put any widget inside a folder. You can even put more than one widget in a single folder if you like.

The downside to this launcher is that when you restart your phone, the widgets don't reload, but it could just be my phone.

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