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Quick tip: Add app shortcuts to home screen directly from app drawer

Evo-add-drawertray How do you add app shortcuts to your HTC EVO's home screen?

Long press on the home screen, tap "App" from the Add to Home menu, scroll through the list to find what you want, and then tap what you want? Or maybe you press the "+" button in the HTC Sense dock or press Menu -> Add to Home to get to the menu instead.

While these are all perfectly fine ways to add app shortcuts to one of your home screens, but did you know that you can also add them directly from the app drawer/tray? All you have to do is long press an app in the drawer and it'll automatically appear on your active screen (or ask you to move it to another screen if the active one doesn't have any room for it).

This isn't unique to the EVO or a new feature, but it's one that I think most people don't know about because more things can be done using the other methods. It comes in handy when you're scrolling through your app drawer, though, because if you see something you decide that you want on your home screen, you can just do a long press to get it there. This is obviously much faster than having to get out of the app drawer to follow one of the "Add to Home" paths.

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Jenn K. Lee

Jenn K. Lee is the founder of Pocketables. She loves gadgets the way most women love shoes and purses. The pieces in her tech wardrobe that go with everything are currently the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Sony Tablet P, and Nexus 7, but there are still a couple of vintage UMPCs/MIDs in the back of her closet.

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4 thoughts on “Quick tip: Add app shortcuts to home screen directly from app drawer

  • Avatar of joepennant

    Ohhh, so THATS why I often have apps spontaneously appearing on open home screens.

    Thanx for the tip, Jenn.

  • Avatar of Greg L

    I’ve also found this is the fastest way when using LauncherPro. For some reason if I try to add a application by long pressing the homescreen, then choosing shortcuts-Applications with LauncherPro it takes FOREVER to load my list of applications. It’s much easier to just load the app drawer and do it.

  • Wow, that’s really helpful! Thanks Jenn!

  • I don’t understand how anyone one would not know that.That’s a basic function on Android & has been since 1.6! Wow.


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