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I am running a Galaxy Tab A with Android 6.0.1, but it differs from my cell phone in one regard.

On my cell phone I can press-and-hold the "Home" button center bottom, and get a list of open applications, and can then select one.

On my Tab A, I get Google.

I want to get Google out of the Alt-tab feature WITHOUT removing Google itself from my tablet (as I have Gmail etc.). How do I do this?

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    The feature you describe is the "last used apps". Most recent devices have a separate key assigned to that, looking like two intertwined rectangles. Seeing some screenshots of the Galaxy Tab A, isn't that the key to the left of your "Home button"? – Izzy Aug 16 '16 at 9:37
  • @Izzy : yes and thanks. This accordions through them and is better than the alt tab as it gives me a reduced view of the last visual state of the app, AND allows me to close the app with the X upper right. For the record, I had a bazillion of them open. Thanks, I feel much more in control now! – Oliver Williams Aug 16 '16 at 14:03
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The feature you describe is the "recently used apps". Most recent devices have a separate key assigned to that, looking like two intertwined rectangles:

LRU button

Seeing some screenshots of the Galaxy Tab A (and finally approved by you), this button is located to the left of the "Home button" on your device.

  • In more recent Android versions the icon is just a square, and it's to the right of the home button. – Keith Thompson Aug 17 '16 at 0:40
  • @KeithThompson That might well be – but on the Galaxy Tab A (which the OP asks for) it looks like that. And when talking about Samsung, the button is always "on the other side". – Izzy Aug 17 '16 at 6:20

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