I basically posted this under another thread to help a new user get a widget on his homescreen and thought maybe it may be of use to other new Galaxy users unfamiliar with the concept of Widgets, Folders etc. If you think it may of use to other new owners then maybe it would be worth adding it to the FAQ / How To sections :-
Ok - Homescreen and widgets etc. As a starting point you first need to be aware that some Applications do not contain any Widgets, Some Applications do and if so normally the Widget will be installed along with the Application, and some " applications " are in fact only Widgets.
A normal Application ( with or without Widgets ) will appear in your Applications - any Widgets that came with an Application will be on the list of Widgets - and any " application " that is only a Widget will not appear in your Applications but will only appear on the list of Widgets
Some Applications that do include widgets will allow you to change the widget settings in the Application menu - some do not
Putting things on the Homescreen :
The standard Homescreens are basically a 4 x 4 grid - some Widgets are different sizes or maybe give 2 or 3 different sizes to choose from - a shortcut to an Application is normally 1 x 1 therefore you could fit 16 of these on one Homescreen - if you put 2 Widgets each 4 x 2 on one Homescreen these two would then fill the screen. So to place something on a Homescreen you need enough blank space on that screen to take the widget or whatever - if you try putting something on and there is not enough space for it you will get a popup message saying no more room on this screen. You can move existing icons / widgets by tapping and holding on it and dragging it to a new position - or take it off the screen by tapping and holding it and dragging it to the bottom of the screen till it is highlighted in red, then release it and it will be deleted from the Homescreen ( note if you hold it too long at the bottom of the screen you may be asked if you want to uninstall it - if you confirm uninstall it will be uninstalled from your device not just deleted fropm the Homescreen !!!
Useful things to try : Long press on a blank area of Homescreen - will get the popup menu " Add to Homescreen " with a list containing Shortcuts, Widgets, Folders. Wallpapers
Tap on Widgets – and you will get a list of the Widgets installed on your device – tap on the one you want and it will then appear on your Homescreen
Now do the same again – long press on the Homescreen – but this time tap on Shortcuts – then tap on Applications – now you will have a list of your installed Applications – tap on the one you want and a shortcut for it will appear on the Homescreen
Now do the same again but this time tap on Folders - you will then get another list, ( you can play with these to see what you get ) but for now tap on " New Folder " - you will now see an icon on the screen called Folder - tap on it and you will get a blank box -tap and hold on the top border of the box where it says Folder and you will get an option to re-name it - change it to eg Family. Now tap and hold on a blank bit of Homescreen again and this time select Shortcuts - now you will get another list - Applications, Activities ....... Contact, Direct Dial ....... ( again you can play with these to see what you get ) but for now tap on Contact - will show your contact list so now tap on a contact - eg your home or your mother or whoever - now you will have an icon on your homescreen for that contact eg Mum - so now you can leave it as it is - or - tap and hold on the contact icon and drag it to the Family folder icon we just created and drop it in to the folder. Now when you tap on the Family folder you should see the Mum contact icon - tap on it and you will get options to call, email or text that contact - tap on call and all that contact's numbers will appear eg home, mobile , work etc - tap the number you want and phone will dial it ( or if you don't actually want to make the call press the back button or tap on a blank bit of homescreen )
( You could select " Direct Dial " instead of " Contacts " but if the contact you want has say 3 numbers - home, work, mobile - you can only select one number for Direct Dial, whereas the Contact option will let you choose which number you want when you go to call them )
The above is just an example - you can create however many Folders ( if you want to use them ) and drag and drop either contact shortcuts or application shortcuts in to whatever Folder you want to put them - or obviously if you didn't want to put the contact shortcut for Mum ( as we created above ) in to a folder then just leave it on the Homescreen
Have a look at what Widgets you already have on your device and look on the Market - some of the Widgets I use allow me to toggle Airplane on / off, Wireless on/off. Bluetooth on/off, adjust the screen brightness, display calendar events etc etc
Have fun - and remember you can always take an item off your homescreen if you try it and don't like it by tap and hold and drag to bottom of the screen
Hope this helps to open up the usefulness of your Galaxys