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 ...
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"
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 ...
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:
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
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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. ...
It has to do with the site having an icon for "apple-touch" defined in the page. for example O Globe has the following:
<link rel="apple-touch-icon" href="favicon.png" />
And it works. There are differences in how other versions of android handle this. Here is an article explaining some how this works a bit. There could also be a "catch 22" to this ...
Yes, it's possible to add a shortcut to a settings menu, but probably not as "deep" as you'd like.
Long-press on a screen and select "Shortcut" in the menu that pops up. Then choose "Settings" and then the settings menu you want.
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 ...
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);
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 "...
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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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.