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    Default how to hide command bar in 4.3 AND how to add widgets to lock screen?

    I have recently acquired a Dell Venue 8 tablet and updated it to V 4.3 that was available from Dell. This is my first Android device so I am trying to figure things out. Right now these are two of my biggies - the command bar at the bottom seems to take screen real estate where it should be hidden when an app is running. Is there a way to do this? Also I like live widgets but could not figure out how to make them appear on the lock screen. A link to a solution of either of these - or a quick reply - will be appreciated. TIA!

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    Default Re: how to hide command bar in 4.3 AND how to add widgets to lock screen?

    Welcome to Android Central! I think whether or not the bar at the bottom disappears while running an app depends on how the app is coded. I don't think there's a way for you to make it go away, at least not without modifying the system (by rooting it, which is the process of gaining superuser status).

    Not all widgets are available to be placed on the lockscreen. To find out which widgets you can place, swipe the lockscreen to the right until you see the big [+] sign. Tap that sign, and enter any passcode or pattern, then select the widget you'd like to place on a lockscreen. This is the procedure on the Nexus 7 (running unaltered "vanilla" Android)--I'm not sure if Dell modifies this at all with their version of the user interface.
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    Default Re: how to hide command bar in 4.3 AND how to add widgets to lock screen?

    Weren't lockscreen widgets turned off by default in 4.3? {If so go to settings>security>enable widgets} Or am I getting release notes confused with 4.4? 4.4 has immersive mode that hides control temporarily for certain apps displaying certain types of content but you would need to root and rom for this feature...

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    DISREGARD quoted above post when I meant to edit. DISREGARD
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    Default Re: how to hide command bar in 4.3 AND how to add widgets to lock screen?

    Thanks, that at least solved my lock screen gadget issue. Wish Dell has built hardware/dedicated buttons for home/back etc. in the lower border like some cell phones I have seen... For now I have to sacrifice some area of my already lower res screen for this control bar.

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