How to stop Honeycomb from automatically adding newly installed apps to home screen

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Now that the Honeycomb update for the HTC EVO View 4G has been around for a few weeks, I can honestly say that I would never go back to Gingerbread again. The new OS seems refined, crisp, and responsive. Core Google apps now looks great on the View's large screen, and I've long since forgotten about the original capacitive buttons. Honeycomb on my tablet rocks!

However, there is one thing that bugs me. Honeycomb automatically creates app shortcuts on the home screen after anything is installed from the Market. While removal of these shortcuts is easily done by holding the icon and dragging it to the upper right corner, I don't want to do this every time I install an app.

Fortunately, disabling this "feature" is quick and easy.

  1. Open up the Android Market.
  2. Click the Menu button at upper right corner and select "Settings."
  3. Uncheck the "Auto-add widgets" option. You can re-enable it at any time.
  4. Press the Back button to exit.
  5. Enjoy a clutter-free home screen.

Now you can take charge of organizing your home screens without having app shortcuts automatically created for you.

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Greg Malinao

Greg is a former contributing editor at Good and EVO, which was merged into Pocketables in 2012.

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