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You should be able to do this natively. Android 3.0 (and below): In your launcher, press and hold on a blank area and click "Shortcuts". Select "Drive Shortcut", then your document, and it will create a link for you. Android 4.0 (and above) Open your app drawer and jump to the Widgets section. Swipe until you get to "Drive Shortcut". Long-press and drop ...


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From what I've read, Tasker should be able to do this. You can turn on or off the screen lock mechanism based upon whatever criteria you want, including the value of a variable. You can also change the value of a variable via a widget. Combine the two and it should work. Caveat Lector: I've researched Tasker, I've read about what it can and can't do, but ...


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It sounds like you just dragged the tray shortcut off the action bar accidentally. Try doing the following: Long press on an empty space on any home screen Select "Launcher Actions" from the menu that appears Select "Open/Close App Drawer" Drag the new shortcut back onto middle button of the Action Bar


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I've ended up using Tasker, it is trivial to create a task to kill a specific application (Google Chrome), than add a shortcut (widget) to that task on the screen. Edit: I've actually created a task that not only kills Chrome, but restarts it afterwards as well, all in one click:


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The Tasker app will let you do this (and much much more) Once installed, add a "Task" widget to your homescreen, and have it run a "Send SMS" action. This lets you specify the target of the SMS, as well as the full body of the message.


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I have the same phone and pretty much the same issue(s). First of all, you shouldn't be using a task killer. It's unnecessary and counter productive. (See this question and this other question.) One thing that will help is using a Home Screen replacement. There are several, but I've been using Zeam. While it doesn't remove the homescreen redraw delay ...


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If you want to add a shortcut on your home screen to your Downloads folder or any other folder for that matter get ASTRO File Manager (free). The app is pretty useful on it's own, but it also adds the option to create a shortcut directly to any folder on the homescreen. To do this, simply long click on the homescreen, choose "Shortcuts", then choose ...


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There's no built-in functionality for this, but there are a handful of third-party launchers that support locking the desktop. Off the top of my head, I know that both Apex Launcher and ADW.Launcher do. For Apex, simply double tap on an empty space on the home screen and then select "Lock Desktop" to prevent icons from being added or removed. On ...


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You can create a screen shortcut for "home" or any location you use often. Long-press on the home screen, select the Shortcuts option, and scroll down to get a Directions option. You'll be prompted for an address, which can be either specific or general. Choose car, public transit, or walking directions, ensure "Turn-by-turn navigation" is checked, and give ...


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Sounds like you tapped into some spam trap. Certain apps place advertisements this way -- though the new playstore rules do no longer allow that. Others do the same in the notification area. Airpush is the best known evil source of such. I suggest you scan your device for such apps. Try e.g. with TrustGo Ad Detector. Quoting from the apps description: ...


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Astro File Manager (free, ad supported) will do what you want. Once installed, add a shortcut to Astro to your homescreen and it should let you browse to your PDF (or any other file, for that matter). The shortcut on the homescreen will then take you directly to the file you chose in the file browser.


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In the mean time I got 2.3.7 up and in case someone needs another solution - now I use power widgets to toggle screen lock on and off manually. When I am on my home network, I use WIFi Unlocker to keep the screen lock turned off while the connection is on. Works very nice. edit: After upgrading to 4.2+ I simply started using built-in Android profiles. ...


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It's possible that you're long-pressing the icon and then sliding it over to the other screen. This is also how you could put it back where you want it without deleting and re-adding the icon/widget. Several times I've inadvertantly rested a finger on the keyboard long enough to bring up the menu.


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That's a little bit tricky with Touchwiz. In order to move app links in and out of the icon bar at the bottom on phones with Touchwiz, you have to enter the app list (App Drawer) via the blue menu icon. This is the only icon that can't be removed. Then press the left hardware key and choose edit, but make sure that you are in the "Customizable Grid" view ...


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Tasker allows you to customize the app icon because some users like to have a consistent theme across their Home Screen. Google has also suggested that apps default to a black and white default icon, while some users prefer the older color icons. Many apps allow this icon customization. Tasker also allows icons to be chosen for various other purposes, like ...


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This happened on my Nexus - you just have to reboot your device, and the Icon will show up. Most likely Niantic changed the Launcher activity, so the short cut is no longer pointing to the correct activity, hence the error message. Rebooting the device/restarting the launcher, and then re-adding the home screen shortcut will fix this.


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No, this won't work for shortcuts to apps. EDIT2: Turns out this part of the answer was wrong. Thanks Bryan and Drake for your answers. Yes, it works for internet bookmarks. From your browser, select Menu > Bookmarks. Long-press the given bookmark and select Edit Bookmark; this will allow you to change its name. You may need to delete/re-add the shortcut ...


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There's a new widget available from Google Play Store that solves this issue: Direct dial with Skype by sbice One Click Skype! Calling friends through Skype is no longer time consuming and complicated! With "Direct dial with Skype", it's simply just ONE CLICK AWAY!!! It's a widget installed on your desktop & help you speed dialing your ...


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I don't think this precise behavior exists in ADW at the moment. However, you can lock your desktop entirely if you want to, which prevents you from moving any of the icons or adding new icons (or widgets). You'll have to unlock it whenever you want add widgets/icons but it's only three clicks (Menu button->More->(un)Lock Desktop).


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Linda File Manager allows you to do that. Just long press the file and select Create Shortcut. A shortcut icon shall appear on your Home screen As a side note, it is also a nice file manager. There might be tons of other options, though.


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If you're using LauncherPro go to your home screen, press Menu -> Preferences ->Backup homescreen & settings to backup and Restore backup is in the same place. This can't restore your widgets but remembers their places though. Also some app-specific shortcuts need to be recreated (in my case, shortcuts to K-9 Mail mailboxes).


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If you're using the default version of ADW Launcher that comes with CyanogenMod 7 then you can add a shortcut to your homescreen fairly easily. Long press on an empty space on one of your home screens and then select Launcher Actions->Open/close notifications to add the shortcut. On older versions of ADW you can also do this, but you have to use a ...


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If they're on your home screen then long press them and drag them to the trash can on the screen. Depending on what phone you have and what version of Android it's running the trash can be in a different place. On the image below the trash can is at the bottom of the screen however I think on Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean it's at the top. If you want ...


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You'll need an app like Tasker than can assign actions with activity launches. Action com.google.android.finsky.VIEW_MY_DOWNLOADS Package com.android.vending Class com.google.android.finsky.activities.MainActivity You can use QCustomShortcut to create this shortcut! I tried several different shortcut creators with no luck, but this one actually works. Use ...


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Here you go. Just move the icon to your homepage as a shortcut and you're good to go :) MoreRecent via droidforums.net


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If you use ADW Launcher, you can create the label shortcut on your homescreen and then use icons from a themepack to customise the look of said shortcut.


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LauncherPro is a great Home Switcher app, personally is the best. Between the different dozens of useful features it provides also the possibility to change the text of all home icons that are shortcuts to applications, to bookmarks, etc.


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Check out his blog post on it. LauncherPro Shortcuts are a new way of creating, adding, and sharing custom shortcuts for LauncherPro. Shortcuts are created and shared as LPS files. LPS files are self-contained shortcut files that have all the info needed to make a shortcut, including the label, icon, and Android intent (more on ...


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To answer your questions, yes - there is an app that will allow you to invoke the notification panel: exsbar allows you to assign the long-press search button or long-press camera button to this function. Whether or not this is "an easier way" depends on you, the end-user. :-)


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You can also press the Menu button and then "Notifications" to pull down the notification screen. It will not be shorter but you will not risk pressing the shortcuts on the top of the screen. And on some phone when holding it with one hand it is easier to use the Menu button than to reach the top of the screen.



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