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  1. cart88man

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    I'm talking about the phone, email, web and applications buttons. How can I change those to other shortcuts such as a different browser or text messages?
     

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    Very easy...

    (1) Tap the Applications icon.
    (2) Tap the Menu icon and select View type.
    (3) Tap Customizable grid.
    (4) Tap the Menu icon again and select Edit.

    Now you should see all apps highlighted (third party with a minus sign) and others with a light grey border. For example, tap and hold the Dock Mail icon and drag it out of the dock if you want it off the Dock. You can tap and hold another app from your list and drag it to the dock.

    (5) When you're finished, tap the Menu icon and click Save.
    (6) If you want the apps in alpha order, then tap the Menu icon again and select View type.
    (7) Tap Alphabetical grid and you're done.
     
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    Thank you!
     
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    Awesome!! I tried to figure that out for too long.
     
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    sweet! thanks. i like having the cam button handy. i don't use the email app.
     
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    Great.

    One small remaining inconvenience. There is apparently no way to move the 'Applications' icon. I guess that is intended?
     
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    Yes, that is the only place you have access to your app drawer.
     
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    @Egidio I only made an account to thank you! I have been trying to figure this out for months! So thanks a lot =D
     
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    My two cents: Try Holo launcher instead of TouchWhiz.

    Free program on the market. Easy install. No risk (it's not like installing a custom ROM). Does everything TW does and a lot more (customize rows columns... I like 5 rows above dock), dock area (which you call home) can have more icons (I like 6) per dock and there are 3 docks, switchable by swiping left/right on the dock. Then there are gestures (you can assign whatever actions you want to "swipe up", "swipe down", "pinch in" "pinch out" etc).

    Oh yeah, to add something to a dock, just drag it from the normal icon area above down into dock area... to move it back just drag the oposite direction. To move items left and right on the dock, just drag them. There is nothing specail about the lower right position. What could be simpler (not TWhiz...... 7 steps to rearrange the dock!!!!!!).

    There's nothing to stop you from having both TW and Holo while you're trying Holo out. Use something like Twisted Home Manager to make it easy to swap between your installed launchers. You can go back to TW if you want, but I'm pretty sure you won't want to.
     

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