Welcome to Tasker Tip Tuesdays, quick tips to help grow your Tasker knowledge. This week I discuss advantages between Widgets and Shortcuts. If you need Tasker Tasks on your homescreen but do no know which type to use, you’ll love this useful tip.
Task Widgets and Shortcuts
Placing Tasker Tasks on your homescreen is often times essential whether a Google Doc, Evernote, or a Daily Water Consumption Tracker. They are both easily accessible. Long-press anywhere on your homescreen, find Tasker, and select the Task of choice. Now that Tasker Task is at your beck and call, easily execute them with the simple tap.
Advantages Between Widgets And Shortcuts
Similar in nature, widgets and shortcuts each have their advantages. Depending on the situation, one is better than the other. Some say shortcuts are easier to use while other say that widgets are the way to go for homescreen Tasks. Either way, you will need to know which type to use before placing on your homescreen. Below are just a few of the advantages of each, from the widgets and shortcuts section of the user guide:
Advantages of Shortcuts
- they can be created in some places that widgets can’t e.g. in home screen folders
- their layout probably better matches the default launcher layout
Advantages of Widgets
- their icon and label can be dynamically changed after creation via the Set Widget Icon and Set Widget Label actions
- they can be created without a label
- timer widgets are possible
Now that you understand the advantages between Widgets and Shortcuts, let’s see just a few examples in action to get a better understanding. Enjoy the video below as I provide some examples of the above items.
Some say shortcuts are easier to use while other say that widgets are the way to go for homescreen Tasks. Either way, your new knowledge makes deciding how to attach a Task to your homescreen simpler.
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