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 ...
I havent been able to find an intuitive way to modify a desktop shortcut's URL, but I have found a workaround for the problem.
Put your phone in airplane mode and disable WiFi to turn off all internet access
Open the Chrome browser
Type in the URL you are trying to set a shortcut for
Press enter and the browser will alert you that you are currently in an ...
Here is a slightly different take on Mike's answer, with screenshots:
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Open the Drive app (not the app for the specific document type; this won't work in the Docs, Sheets, Slides, etc. apps)
Click the 3 dots (or touch-and-hold) to open the context menu on the document
Scroll down if needed and click "add to homescreen"
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.
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:
You'll need an app like Tasker than can assign actions with activity launches. Create a New Task, name it, and Add an action. Go to System → Send Intent. Then fill out these fields:
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:
First, check if your time and weather widget are taking too much space.
To check: long press on that particular widget and you will see how much of space it is taking.
If you are using two different widgets for time and weather, it's recommended to use one by choosing it from:
Tap Widgets from lower settings appearing on your screen,
Right swipe widgets ...
Easiest solution: Ask the developer!
Reason: It's the most reliable source if he/she answers. You cannot say easily what parameters to set and if it's even allowed to start other activities from your own 'intent launcher' (be it Tasker or something else).
I had a quick look at it, it's a paid app and a small dev. Often those developers really care and ...
Found it. There's a Direct dial widget you can add from the Applications/Widgets menu. When you select this, it prompts you to choose a contact.
There are also shortcut widgets for Direct message, Open contact, etc.
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. ...
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 to ...
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.
To prevent deleting or moving your home screen Icons accidentally
On your Android version 7 or up.
Go to Settings > Accessibility > Touch and hold delay.
Now Select Short, Medium, or Long or custom delay
It worked for me.
To bypass any site's web app manifest...
Copy the following code...
if (meta=document.querySelector('meta[name="mobile-web-app-capable"]')) meta.parentNode.removeChild(meta);
if (mani=document.querySelector('link[rel="manifest"]')) mani.parentNode.removeChild(mani);
You could try launching it from the command line using the am command. Either from a terminal emulator or from an adb shell you can try:
am start -a android.intent.action.MAIN -n com.android.soundrecorder/com.android.soundrecorder.SoundRecorder
This works on my EVO and on my Xoom, and it's probably important to note that my Xoom does not display the Sound ...
There's a new widget available from Google Play Store that solves this issue:
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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 ...
Same happened to me on my NOTE 3, and what I found was I had inadvertently TURNED OFF the CONTACTS app.
On Samsung phones go to Settings, General tab, Application Manager scroll to the last page labeled "TURNED OFF". Click on the app you need to turn on and select Turn On.
That did it for me.
Not for a specific person -- but still a shortcut, which simply opens the "compose new mail" screen: Compose Mail Shortcut. There's also Send Mail Shortcut which, from the name, sounds to exactly fit your purpose -- but as it helds no description at all, it's hard to tell. Last but not least: Mail Linker even seems to fit right from its description.
I don't think it's possible to add a shortcut to the "add reminder" card at the moment. I've had a look through the Activities as well and none of them appear to do what you want.
There is a "Set reminder" option in the menu within Google Now which may help? Click the three dots at the bottom right (you might need to scroll down) and you should see the "Set ...
You can't with the stock launcher, but in Nova Launcher you can multi-select apps in the Add to Home screen list and add them all at once to either the home screen or a folder. I've also read that LG Lucid's default launcher has a customization that adds this feature. There may be other launchers that can do it, but those are the only ones I know of.
You need to have the manifest.xml of the APK. If you rename the .apk to a .zip you can open it. Hopefully you can read the Manifest else you need to decompile the APK (lots of tutorials online)
Then you need to lookup the Intents it listens to and use that.
Or use the component name and launch it explicitly.
How to do this in Tasker is unknown to me, to do ...
Android applications are distributed as 'apk' files. This is basically just a standard 'zip' file with a different file extension.
If you change the extension to' zip' you can simply extract the contents of any app.
In your particular case the icons will be inside the 'res' folder in one of the folders that have 'drawable' in their names.
They're standard ...
You could use Manual Intent Shortcuts.
It offers to add a custom launcher widget that sends intents defined by you.
To launch the VoiceSearch Settings window, do the following:
add a new "manual intents shortcut" widget to your home screen
enter a name
Action = "android.intent.action.MAIN"
Component Package = "com.google.android.voicesearch"
Titanium Backup itself offers the corresponding Widgets:
long-press on a free space on your homescreen
select to add a widget
select Titanium Backup
select one of
activate & execute App
toggle (de)activate App
select the app
tap the "create widget" button
Can't see how to get an individual bookmark with a thumbnail screenshot of the webpage, but there are a couple of similar things you can do with the default browser in ICS.
In the screenshot above the top row are bookmarks added to the home screen by going into the browser, opening the bookmarks list, long pressing on a bookmark and selecting "Add to Home ...