Tips for Using This Blog

To read these pages most efficiently with a screen reader, use heading level navigation.

• At Level 2 are post dates, archives, subscription info, recent tweets, Good Stuff (a collection of pages), and More Information on Android and Accessibility (a compilation of related links).

• At Level 3 are post topics and subtopics.



For a chronological list of posts, check the archive dropdown list, or use the Topic List link under the Good Stuff heading.

To submit a post, contact AccessAna.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

How Do I Set or Change the Default Home Screen?

When the phone has two applications that do the same thing, Android wants to know which app should be used. For example, if two or more home screens are installed, pressing the Home button makes Android display a list of available home screens and prompts users to select one. Likewise, users who select the Email option from Contacts are prompted to choose between the stock email app and K-9 Mail, if the latter has been installed from the Market. Users can select the app they want to use this time, or they can select the one they want to use all the time.

This post describes how to tell the phone which of two or more applications to use for a particular task. The steps here describe how to set the default home screen, but the procedure is the same for setting the default email reader, web browser, Twitter client, and so on.

Setting the Default Home Screen from the Android System Screen

Once the Eyes-Free Shell is installed, pressing Home brings up the Android System screen, which allows users to select between the Stock Home screen and the Eyes-Free Shell. It also gives users the option to set the default setting.
1. If necessary, slide the physical keyboard out to access the arrow keys.
2. Briefly press the Home button. The phone may say, "Android system."
3. Navigate through the items on the screen: Eyes-Free, Home, and Use by Default for This Action.
4. Press the selector on Use by Default for This Action.
5. Set your default home screen.
a. If you want your default to be the Eyes-Free shell, arrow to Eyes-Free shell and press the selector.
b. If you want your default to be the stock Home screen, arrow to Home and press the selector
6. Briefly press the Home button to move to the home screen you have selected.

Clearing the Default Home Screen in Settings

If pressing the Home button opens a particular screen, then that home screen has already been set as the default. To set a different default, users must clear the current one. When they do, they can access the Android system screen and follow the steps described above to choose a new default home screen.

1. From the Home screen, go to Settings.
a. On the stock Launcher, press Menu, navigate to Settings, and press the selector.
b. On the Eyes-Free shell, down-stroke to Applications, type S, navigate to Settings if necessary, and press enter.
2. Navigate to Applications and press the selector.
3. Navigate to Manage Applications and press the selector.
4. Focus is on Downloads. At this point, you can arrow down through your installed applications or arrow right to All applications.
a. If your current default is the stock Home screen and you want to change it to Eyes-Free shell, arrow right to All; then arrow down to your Home screen, which may be called "Home" or "Launcher"; Press the selector.
b. If your current default is the Eyes-Free shell and you want to change it to the stock Launcher, Arrow down to Eyes-Free shell, and press the selector.
5. Navigate to Clear Defaults, and press the selector there. This screen is a nonuniform grid, so you may need to navigate in different directions.
6. Briefly press the Home button. Focus should move to the Android System screen, allowing you to use the previous instructions to set your preferred Home screen.

Clearing the Default Home Screen in the Eyes-Free Shell

The Eyes-Free Shell offers a convenient way to clear defaults for most apps on the phone. The stock home screen isn't one of them, so for that app specifically, users need to follow the steps described in the previous section. For most other cases (e.g., setting the default email reader or web browser), the following method is very handy.

1. Go to the Eyes-Free Shell.
a. If the Eyes-Free Shell is your default home screen, press the Home button.
b. If the stock Home screen is your default launcher, press the Home button, Navigate to and press the selector on All Applications, then on Eyes-Free Shell.
2. Down-stroke to the 8 position for Applications.
3. Navigate to the app that is currently the default. Do not press enter.
4. Press the Menu button.
5. Navigate to and press the selector on Details.
6. Navigate to Clear Defaults, and press the selector there. This screen is a nonuniform grid, so you may need to navigate in different directions.

20 comments:

  1. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Can i change any icons on my android device..??

    ReplyDelete
  3. I just got Zenfone and it has a beautiful home screen! So i think i don't have to change it :D

    ReplyDelete
  4. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Thanks for taking the time to discuss that, I feel strongly about this and so really like getting to know more on this kind of field. Do you mind updating your blog post with additional insight? It should be really useful for all of us.
    buy mobile homes new or used

    ReplyDelete
  6. Thanks for sharing information.
    online recharge
    Existing customers can avail the tariff benefit of ALL LOCAL CALLS at 25P/min for 3 months on Special Tariff voucher (STV)priced at Rs 38 only in Haryana.

    ReplyDelete
  7. I can see that you are a specialist at your field! I am dispatching a site soon, and your data will be exceptionally helpful for me.. A debt of gratitude is in order for all your help and wishing all of you the achievement in your business. HOA Accounting Services

    ReplyDelete
  8. Nice to be visiting your blog again, it has been months for me. Well this article that i’ve been waited for so long. I need this article to complete my assignment in the college, and it has same topic with your article. Thanks, great share. construction companies in tampa

    ReplyDelete
  9. I was very pleased to find this site.I wanted to thank you for this great read !! After you read this post, you’ll be wishing you worked from sunrise to sunset Alaska time how to activate phone online

    ReplyDelete
  10. Thanks you for sharing . . . .
    Welcome To Casino online Please Click the website. . .
    บาคาร่าออนไลน์
    gclub
    gclub casino

    ReplyDelete
  11. I’m going to read this. I’ll be sure to come back. thanks for sharing. and also This article gives the light in which we can observe the reality. this is very nice one and gives indepth information. thanks for this nice article... MVNO API

    ReplyDelete
  12. I would like to say that this blog really convinced me to do it! Thanks, very good post. 如何撰寫新聞稿

    ReplyDelete
  13. My siblings and I decided to add mobile home steps in our home and it was quite a task! Although in the end, we really enjoyed it. Some of my siblings did the construction while I did most painting. It was affordable to say the least because we've planned for it as an anniversary gift to our parents who own the mobile home. For more DIY options that can save you quite a lot of money, see this link: http://modularhomeblog.com/diy/mobile-home-steps.html

    ReplyDelete
  14. Recent times when internet has so much gossiping and stuff, your content really refreshes me.Johnny Chen

    ReplyDelete
  15. This is a great post. I like this topic.This site has lots of advantage.I found many interesting things from this site. It helps me in many ways.Thanks for posting this again.
    aptoide apk

    ReplyDelete
  16. We are tied directly into the sate’s renewal database which allows us to process your request almost instantly. Garage Doors Seattle WA

    ReplyDelete
  17. Thank you for sharing, I found this article is very helpful and easy to understand. Keep up the good work, guys!


    Web Designer

    ReplyDelete