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by Adam Marks Wed, 13 Jun 2012 7:15 pm EDT

Additional touchpad launcher pagesAlthough you can rearrange your apps/icons across the launcher tabs on your TouchPad with some simple press-and-hold action, you are locked in to the four pre-defined launcher tabs of Apps, Downloads, Favorites and Settings without the ability to even change those names. If you find yourself wanting to separate your apps among more than just those four pages, there is some simple homebrew magic in Preware that will add two more pages to the Launcher: a Games and Homebrew tab, just before Settings

To install these additional tabs, just open up Preware and do a search for "Add Launcher Tabs" or find it in Available Other - Linux Application - Utilities. Once installed, this will not add an icon to your launcher like most applications, but rather just give you those extra launcher pages. Unfortunately, you still can't rearrange or rename these, but at least you have 2 more tabs available. When you go to rearrage your apps after you install this package, you will also notice when the TouchPad is in portrait mode that the "DONE" button is no longer visible. You can either rotate the TouchPad to landscape mode to press Done, or just tap anywhere on the screen between or to the sides of an icon to exit "edit" mode.

These launcher pages will be saved to your webOS Profile as long as you have your backup turned on. Therefore, even if you webOS Doctor or erase your TouchPad, the pages will be restored correctly. If you want to remove the pages, just open up Preware and uninstall the package and all the icons on those new launcher pages will be reverted to the "DOWNLOADS" tab.

If you want to experiment on your own with adding, rearranging or renaming the launcher tabs, you can check out this WebOS Internals Wiki page with some more information. But proceed at your own risk. In fact, you may want to backup your launcher setting using Save/Restore before tinkering, in case you mess something up and need to revert back to your original launcher pages.

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"you will also notice when the TouchPad is in landscape mode that the "DONE" button is no longer visible. You can either rotate the TouchPad to portrait mode to press Done, or just tap anywhere on the screen between or to the sides of an icon to exit "edit" mode."

It's actually the reverse - landscape mode shows the 'DONE' button.

Also after editing icons, not clicking the 'DONE' button will result in unsaved icon layout. Icons will revert back to the last saved layout after a reset (unless of course they fixed this already).

oops..let me fix that.  Also, the issue with not clicking DONE was fixed in 3.0.4, i think.  

I am using suborbital to do these jobs

+1 for SubOrbital, available in Preware or here:
http://www.webosnation.com/suborbital

"SubOrbital allows you to add, remove, and rename additional launcher tabs for the webOS Launcher. You may not change/remove/rename the existing tabs (APPS, DOWNLOADS, FAVORITES, SETTINGS), but you can add and name your own."

Beta 3 adds:

-Batch Icon Management
-Backup/Snapshot manager

To solve the landscape/portait mode issues it would be nice if you could have user defined separate names for each orientation per tab. For example Homebrew for landscape which became H/B in portrait and so on....

I would love that...

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Great patch. I installed this a few weeks ago, and love the extra tabs. Would be nice if I could add one more tab - with ability to name it (without great difficulty) - that could hold all the apps I use for my business.
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This was a great article. I love it. Thanks!!!

Another +1 for SubOrbital--it's far better than the Add Launcher Tabs patch, as it allows you to add, rename, and reorder tabs to your heart's content. Well, almost to your heart's content--due to webOS restrictions, you can't delete or rename the default tabs. Everything else is under your control, however, and SO also supports backups, so that you can restore your layout after an OTA update.

As most posts above noted... Sub-Orbital!!!

Too bad the article didn't mention both of these. They each have different audiences. This patch is for those who want a quick fix with little user input needed. Sub-Orbital is the tweaker's fix (wow, that sounded like a drug ref) as it lets you do so much more. Both look good to me but I already have the S-O, so I don't need this patch.

And KUDOS to the community for the continued effort!!!!

Didn't mention it because, well, I wasn't actually aware of it.  I will be having a future tip on this!

As most posts above noted... Sub-Orbital!!!

Too bad the article didn't mention both of these. They each have different audiences. This patch is for those who want a quick fix with little user input needed. Sub-Orbital is the tweaker's fix (wow, that sounded like a drug ref) as it lets you do so much more. Both look good to me but I already have the S-O, so I don't need this patch.

And KUDOS to the community for the continued effort!!!!