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  1. BORIStheBLADE

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    I did a search and when you type in .PDF the search doesn't find anything. I'm sure its because of it being a short word.

    I have a .PDF I would like to put possibly on one of my home screens as a shortcut. I plugged my Cliq into my computer and put the document in the memory card, but can't navigate to it through the phone. The only way I can find this file is if I open up Beamreader.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    thanks
     

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    Astro will let you do this easily.
     
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    Astro file manager?
     
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    Yes, add an Astro shortcut to your screen and it will let you pick the file. Tried it with a pdf and it worked fine.
     
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    That worked pretty good!
    Thanks
     
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    Sure. Proably some others ways too, but this is how I'd do it.
     
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    The AnyCut app should also let you create icons for pretty much any document/file on your phone or SD card.
     
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    In case anyone is trying to create a custom shortcut to a file on their SD card, such as a video (3g2, mp4, m4v), image (jpg, png), HTML file, or PDF file, I finally figured out the correct parameters to use in Any Cut, BetterCut, or dg QuickCut:

    Code (Text):
    1. Action: android.intent.action.VIEW
    2. Data: content://com.android.htmlfileprovider/sdcard/mymovie.mp4
    3. Type: video/*
    Code (Text):
    1. Action: android.intent.action.VIEW
    2. Data: content://com.android.htmlfileprovider/sdcard/myimage.jpg
    3. Type: image/*
    Took me several days scouring the web to figure out why I couldn't just use "file://sdcard/mymovie.mp4" as the URI. Turns out, the phone doesn't want to open a file directly from the SD card because of some kind of security concern running local files.

    You can also have Astro create a shortcut for you, but the disadvantages are a) it runs Astro in the background every time you click, and b) the shortcuts fail if you uninstall Astro.
     
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    I'm trying to put a PDF on my Home screen.

    Is there an easier way or an app that simply lets me browse to the file and create the shortcut?

    I couldn't figure out how to create a shortcut to the file from Astro.

    If I use Any Cut, what would I insert into the "Type:" field?
     
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    easier?
    longpress on your home screen
    shortcuts
    astro
    browse to the file
    done
     
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    You set the type to application/pdf if you have a pdf viewer installed

    So just like above but like this

    Action: android.intent.action.VIEW
    Data: content://com.android.htmlfileprovider/sdcard/somefile.pdf
    Type: application/pdf
     
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    The "File Jump" app on the market provides this functionality directly.
     
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    Install ES Bookmark (a plugin for ES File Explorer). Then long-press a file or folder in ES File explorer and tap "Shortcut." This puts a shortcut to the file or folder on your home screen.
     
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    Thanks! Simple.
     
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    Thanks mmace, simple, works!
     
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    The way diabo says actually just puts a short cut to the file on your home screeen.
    So just press the short cut and volia you open the file, you can even encypt it;)
     
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    I cannot seem to pull this off for the life of me! I have tried ES explorer and cant seem to create a shortcut to a document on my external SD card. I longpress it and it only gives me the option to delete.

    Then using ASTRO I found the file and long press and it does not give me the option to create a shortcut. Then I long pressed my home screen and went to shortcuts and then clicked astro and it simply puts a shortcut to the Astro app on my home screen it will not browse the files using astro.

    Any help would be appreciated...
     
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    I'm not sure about the Cliq, but try this:

    long-press on a blank area of a home screen. Choose "shortcut" from the menu that pops up. Choose "Astro" from that menu. Select the file you want - it should place a shortcut to the file on that space on the homescreen.
     
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    Did you also install the ED Bookmark add-on that Diablo mentioned above?
     

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