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24th January 2009, 01:34 PM |#11  
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Showing Network Info/Network Info Today Plug-in
i've been asked about the possibility to show network information several times already

Showing Network Info/Network Info Today Plug-in

This is very straightforward. a today plugin called Connstate can show you details on ALL current connections.
You can see the Router's/Access Point's name, your IP Address, Type of connection (ActiveSync/Wifi/Cellular) and which network you are connected to.

Connstate was created by a user called dpduser and can be downloaded from this thread:

all you have to do is install it and connect somewhere. you will see something like this:

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"how do i control my PDA though my PC?"
"how do i control my PDA through my PC?"

to take screenshots, create video tutorials, or just control your PDA from your PC just because it's faster... you can control your PDA from your PC using a few applications.
Generally, they are all the same. i will review 2 common ones.. the rest are pretty much the same.

1. SOTI Pocket Controller PRO -

SOTI Pocket Controller PRO is NOT FREEWARE
This is what I'm currently using... it is nice and useful.. the GUI is cool and very easy to deal with.

As you can see in the screenshot below, there are many nice and useful features and you can even use a skin to see the screen inside an image of your device.

You can explore your device's storage card and app storage, copy and delete files.. get system information, see the tasks running, registry, sync your device... you can rotate the screen, draw on it... and create screenshots or videos of your device... and much more.

connection is done by either ActiveSync or Wifi and you will have to set properties for it to work properly using Wifi.

to use SOTI Pocket Controller Pro
a. download the application from the above link and install it. it will also install a client on your PDA
b. run the app on your PC
c. click the Play button on the upper left side of the app and create a new connection profile and choose activesync
d. connect your device to the PC USING ACTIVESYNC and you will be able to connect.
to use it using wifi you will have to
a. go and click the upper left round icon WHILE THE DEVICE IS CONNECTED in activesync and go to settings
b. click settings
c. create a new profile and choose TCP/IP and leave the IP field blank
d. click ok
e. in Security choose Configure and choose to accept inbound TCP/IP connections.
that's it. when you click the play button you will be given the choice of either connecting using ActiveSync or using Wi-fi. if you choose wifi you will have to write the correct IP of your device. (you can use the previous guide in this thread to see your IP).

there are many many many many other features and options which you should play with.. give it a shot.

2. MyMobiler -


MyMobiler is much lighter and consists of basic features. a full guide to mymobiler is supplied by Menneisyys
in this thread:

there have been a few updates since he wrote the guide but it's generally the same.
you can download it and experiment. if you don't need much, mymobiler is the way to go as it's light and doesn't require a serverside NOR clientside installation. Mymobiler supports ONLY activesync connection.

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"how to make the grey lines between the today screen plugins disppear?"
saw a lot of users pissed of by the annoying grey lines in the today screen separating the today plugins.

a user named "nothin" created a cab to annihilate those annoying lines...


"how THE HELL do i make those annoying lines between the today screen plugins disappear?"

this is what "nothing" wrote:


it works on
and more..

question is, if it works on lower/other ones...
damn, it is so useful.
reg found in 6.5.
of course, soft reset is needed after reg import to see if it works...

btw, tweak has NO effect for HS++ dividers, so hs++ dividers may be still used between hs++ tabs, if needed.

upd: cab in attachment, need info, if it's properly made.
you need to make manual soft reset after installation.attachment:

I'd add a donation link for nothin but... he doesn't have one

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"How to stop activesync from turning itself on all the time?"
"How to stop activesync from turning itself on all the time?"

This is a guide created by "markqld"...

(I've rewritten this for the HTC HD and I works Brilliantly well).

Active Sync can start again by itself via various scheduling routines. There is a way to prevent this known as the "Fake Server Trick":

This 'server trick' was discovered by an Aximsite forum member known as Invid
This post originally created by IamNotMe (Adapted by me for HD)

"1. Turn on your Device
2. Go to Start > Programs > Activesync. This will open the Activesync program.
3. Tap Menu at the bottom right hand corner of the screen. This will bring up the Options Menu. Notice the option Schedule... is greyed out? This is the all-critical option we need to get access to. But as it's disabled we can't change Activesync's default synchronisation schedule.

Ok, so how do we enable the Schedule option? Easy!!! Fool Activesync into thinking there is an Exchange Server to sync with:

1. From Activesync's Menu tap on Add Server Source.
Enter any email and untick box then click next.
2. In the following screens you can enter any old garbage. It does not matter, but just in case your unsure, just type the following in the indicated boxes:

Server Address: fake
Leave box ticked and Tap Next
User name: fake
Password: fake
Domain: fake
Leave box ticked and Tap Next
Untick all of the 'Data you want to synchronise' options
Tap Finish

3. Ok, we're done creating the server. You should now see in Activesync's main screen your normal Activesync connection(s), and a new connection called Exchange Server.
4. Go back into the Menu, and lo and behold the Schedule option is now enabled! Go ahead and tap it!
5. You will see that both options in the Schedule screen may be set to Every 5 Minutes
6. Using the drop downs, change both the Peak times and Off-peak times boxes to Manually.
7. Press the OK button at the top right of the screen.

Congratulations! Activesync is now gagged from opening on it's own and ruining your life! Your work is not done just yet though – time to clean up and get rid of the now unwanted fake Exchange Server.

1. Go back into Activesync's Menu, then Tap Options.
2. Highlight Microsoft Exchange, then tap Delete. A warning message will appear about removing files etc, but as you have no files associated with the fake Microsoft Exchange, it's nothing to worry about – just tap Ok.
3. The list will now only show your remaining PC Sync connection(s). Obviously do not delete these!"

Note: some users say it works better if you leave the fake server there (undeleted). Not the case for me, however, it does no harm to leave it undeleted as it is totally inactive and has no effect.

PS. If you connect your HD to your PC with USB cable, ActiveSync will start automatically and everything will sync up as usual (I tried it). But after you disconnect, click the Task Manager button at top right corner of HD Flo home screen and tap the X next to ActiveSync to close active sync.

My Results: Processor & working memory usage is significantly decreased, battery lasts longer and ActiveSync is not trying to sync all the time.

another solution by bradipo.xda

I found that many of the latest ROM cooks of WM6.1 have the annoying issue of Activesync always starting itself every minute... i searched a lot and found the best common solution is the fake account with manual settings...
After playing around with the registry i managed to find a better way.
Just open your favourite registry editor and set the value:
to 0
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"which shell is the best shell?"
people tend to ask a lot of questions about different WM shells while the most popular one is "which is the best shell?"

honestly, it is very hard to answer this question if not impossible. customizing your today screen depends solely on your individual preference.
of course, there's the issue of usability. some shells are heavy on weak devices... some shells are more into the looks rather than being as usable as one wishes.. and so forth.

so in favor of you from this constant dilemma, let's elaborate on this issue.

I obviously forgot about a few shells.. i will edit this guide until I get the majority of them

"Which shell is the best shell?" (this is written mainly for search purposes)

I will specify the most popular shells, some created by users from xda-devs..
downstairs you will find a link to a file containing some photos of the shells.. just so you can get a feel of them.

1. Ultimate Launch AKA UL
xda-devs thread:
official website:
resolution support: not resolution depedent

The reason for which i'm starting this list with Ultimate Launch is single and pure. Ultimate Launch is a "naked" and endlessly configurable shell. People who want to be 100% specific about their today screen looks, should use it.
Ultimate Launch consists of different tabs (or one only, if needed) while each tab can contain either icons, separators, or - yes, OTHER TODAY PLUGINS in it. This makes ultimate launch immensly usable as you can pretty much put whatever you want in any of the tabs.
You can move between tabs either by sliding the screen or by clicking the tab icons - that is, if you want to save screen space, you can have the tab icons at invisible and switch tabs only by sliding - this simulates a regular today screen .. doubled.. tripled.. quadrupled.... you get the drift.
To create a fitting today screen you will have to do some work, that's where my advice comes: if you want something work-ready, don't use UL.

In the picture below you will see only 3 tabs of the tabs in my UL setup.. just as a demonstration. The first tab contains FEWidgets, the 2nd contains contains contact icons, the 3rd tab contains app shortcut icons..

2. SPB Mobile Shell AKA SPBMS
xda-devs thread:
official website:
resolution support: theme dependent

SPB Mobile shell is definately one of the most popular shells as it is nicely customizable, fast, responsive and very nice looking.
Unlike UltimateLaunch, SPB Mobile shell is not directly customizable. you can change some of the options directly, but to completely customize the today screen you will have to download and install a skin (a lot of themes can be found in the xda-devs thread URL above). SPBMS works differently than UL. It doesn't allow different plugins and icons. SPBMS is independent and although it provides tabs for different information, it doesn't allow the same customizing power UL does.
What SPBMS does tho, is allow you to have an extremely sleek, fast and easy to use today screen, and since it is so popular, you will find endless amounts of skins for it.

3. rlToday
xda-devs thread:
official website:
resolution support: theme dependent

rlToday is much simpler than the previous shells. It consists of one screen, no tabs. Thing is, that rlToday is good for different purposes as well. the skin files are read from an XML file, which makes things megaeasy. you can write an XML file to view images, read registry data.. pretty much do everything you can do in an XML file.
Think of it this way, you can put rlToday as a today plugin inside UltimateLaunch if you want a tab to read information from a specific xml file.

4. FEWidgets AKA FEW - by nicodega
xda-devs app thread:
xda-devs widgets thread:
resolution support: QVGA/VGA/WVGA/WQVGA/WWVGA/WWPGAPGA.. lol.. you get the point

FEWidgets is wonderful. I'm sorry that i can't hide my personal opinion of it.. but FEWidgets is... wonderful It uses flash widgets (just like the omnia.. and better) which can be moved across the today screen. you can create your own widgets using FECommands in flash (instructions supplied in a doc file in the app thread).. AND, AGAIN, you can integrate it into Ultimate Launch if you want it to be contained in one of your tabs (that's what i did).
currently the built in widgets are.. a flipping diamond clock (looks even better than the TF3D one.. and is good for people who want to get the feeling of TF3D's digital clock without actually having TF3D).. there are shortcut buttons, analog clock, weather check, tasks widget, appointments widget, calendar widget, wallpaper changer, automatic SMS popup, unread messages and calls indicator, battery and signal indicator... and many many more. You need to have flash 7 installed for it..
here is the cab for flash 7 for mobile:

5. ThrottleLauncher AKA TL - by APBilbo
xda-devs thread: not needed
official website:
resolution support: theme dependent

Throttle Launcher is the closest shell you can use to get the TF3D feel.. without actually having TF3D. That's if you use the TF3D pack. there are other packs as well. you can remove tabs, use a flash clock instead of a regular one, use flash widgets (a bit less customizable than FEWidgets.. and slower), use Rumball's weather pack (you can find it here) to get the exact feeling of TF3D's animated weather effects and more, you can use different contact interfaces, like the TF3D's contact swaper.. you've got a music tab, pictures tab, a new stocks tab (created by Rumball as well), a settings tab.. and more. You even have the scrolling feature in the home tab just like in TF3D. Even if you end up using something else, I suggest you at least try TL. it's definately worth the 15 minutes it'll take you to install and look thru.. and you might not want to let it go.

6. Manila2D AKA M2D AKA TouchFLO2D - ported from HTC by herg and others.
xda-devs app thread:
xda-devs VGA thread:
xda-devs skins thread:
resolution support: QVGA/VGA(partially)

Manila2D was created by HTC for the latest set of touch phones like the HTC Touch 3G and the HTC Touch. it consists of a specific number of tabs (now changable by a customizer created by mpenguin14 (found here), it has a Home tab with a clock, alarm status, missed calls status and next appointment status, a speed dialer tab, sms tab, email tab, internet tab, photos tab where you can slide thru your photos, music tab where you can play music and view album covers and an app shortcuts tab. In the last version, there's a Footprints tab. Footprints lets you take a picture of a place, and save it with its GPS position, a video, phone number, googlemaps shortcut.. and more.
M2D fits most HTC's devices today thanks to our lovely forum members who ported it. tabs can be removed and change a bit using the customizer.

7. TouchFLO3D AKA TF3D - ported by Chainfire
xda-devs app thread:
customization thread:
resolution support: QVGA/VGA

TF3D is different than all other shells as it requires a good gfx engine to run properly. most devices can't run TF3D.. so unless you have.. a Kaiser and up (Polaris, Touch3G, Diamond, Raphael...) don't try it. I won't give anymore details. whoever wants to use TF3D will have to dig in deeper into the forum and read about it.
Currently, the new Touch HD TF3D is being ported to fit HTC devices other than the Touch HD.

8. iFonz - by ssj5trunks
xda-devs thread:
official website:
resolution support: QVGA/VGA

iFonz is the best way to turn your device into an iPhone.. as much as possible.
nuf said


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"which shells is the best shell?" - continued
9. HTC Home AKA HHC - thank you SaltyDawg for reminding me
xda-devs thread:
official website:
resolution support: QVGA

HTC Home is setup for work. It is a tab adjustable plugin. when you install it.. no adjustments will have to be made in order for you to use it.. it's very straight forward.
of course, you will have to choose speed-dial contacts and apps.. but that's it.

you can use 6 tabs. Home,Apps,Speed-dial,Weather,Sound profiles and Media
the home tab has a clock and sms/mail/missed calls indicators
the apps tab has 9 buttons for 9 apps
the speed-dial tab has 9 speed-dial buttons
the whether button.. well..
the sound profiles button lets you choose different profile settings.. such as vibrate, mute and so forth
the media button controls either Media Player or Audio Manager.

you can also use the HTC Home Customizer (link provided above) to change some of the options and replace skins (you can also remove tabs).
HTC Home will take about half of your screen and leave the rest for other plugins. you can, of course, use it with ultimate launch for maximized usage.

10. Touch Commander - by mchapman007
xda-devs thread:
official website:
Touch Commander IS NOT FREEWARE
resolution support: QVGA only (I think)

Key Components
•Touch Control - you can scroll list, open and minimize applications by finger sweeps
•Today Plugin shows clock, weather, launcher and more
•Cube-like Multipage Launcher starts applications and makes quick calls
•Touch Task-manager allows to close or activate running applications
•Finger-friendly Start Menu is a menu with big icons
•Touch Menu is finger-friendly popup menus
•Titlebar Battery Indicator

you can find screenshots of the shell in the official website.
generally, Touch Commander is sort of an HTC Home but more configurable and changes many other GUI elements as mentioned above.

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SMS Applications or "How do i enhance messaging?"
well, the new threaded messaging feature introduced in WM6.1 was certainly a refreshing idea..
personally, i like it. it's simple, doesn't require much attention, and it compresses a long long list of messages i have from the age of 7 (?) to a nicely sorted list which i can work with so here is

SMS Applications or "How do i enhance messaging?"

then there's a but. that new threaded messaging feature is nice, but not nice enough..
so in my eyes, there are 2 options.

one is called:

1.SmileySMS - created by "roozbeh"

There's a reason for why smileySMS is brought here first. the reason is, that i can't see why anyone would need more than what smileysms has to offer.

after installing it, you suddenly see your threads become alive, containing smilies (duh), speedclouds like on the iphone (yes, the quality depends on your screen, but it's really nice), every thread displays the photo of the person you're chatting with (assuming you have it of course), your sms notifications contain the photo as well and are a bit more interactive..

SmileySMS also supports skinning, animated smilies, disabling of the application, sounds, zoom, different sound notifications, vibration, disabling of the threaded sms option (which some people are looking for), links inside the messages (you can also click the senders name to see other options) and more.

now the catch is, that there is no catch. what's so great about SmileySMS.. and probably its best feature, is that it intergrates with poutlook. you go thru the regular sms routine for reading and writing.. no additional software.

moreover, SmileySMS is free, which makes it extrasupercool.

please make sure to thank roozbeh after downloading this cool piece of .. plugin?

the other is called:


VitoSMS is nice. I used to use it once when i needed to send tons of SMS at work. VitoSMS is an application. Unlike smileysms, it has to load.. and if you have a massive amount of SMS it will take a few seconds for it to sync.
Thing is, that VitoSMS reads from poutlook.. so the database stays synchronized all the time.

VitoSMS is nice (did i say that before?). it looks better than smileySMS (at least in my opinion), it supports all sorts of links, you can send multiple SMS, see different options for the sender including deletion, addition and more.

go ahead. try both and see what you like best.

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"How to install M2D and replace M2D skins?"
It seems that people are having a hard time installing Manila2D skins.
So i'll just start from the beginning.

"How to install M2D and replace M2D skins?"

1. Download M2D's latest edition from (thanks herg):

2. Download M2DC's latest edition from (thanks mpenguin):

3. Install M2D (you can also install any fixes you see fit from the package).

4. Install M2DC

5. By now, M2D is supposed to be running on your device (that is, any other today plugin, after the M2D installation, should be disabled and only TouchFLO2D (M2D) enabled.

6. either search for skins or go to (thanks albert and twolf):

7. download your favorite skin.

8. If the skin is in zip format:
a. launch M2DC.
b. click Add
c. search for your theme's zip file.
d. after adding it, click on it and choose apply theme.
e. after a while you will be asked if you want to switch weather icons and/or tab icons. choose whatever you want...
f.. that's it. you can also browse thru M2DC's tabs.. .it's full of options.

If the skin is in cab format:
a. install the cab
b. soft reset your device.

Thankfully, M2DC doesn't require soft resets.

There are loads on loads on loads of themes for M2D.. you can also change backgrounds, clock tabs, weather icons... and more.. depending on what you're downloading.

IMPORTANT (somewhat): if you want to combine different themes, you can apply one, and then only change the clock... and apply one and choose to NOT switch tabs.. and change backgrounds seperately..

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How to remap hardware buttons?
Saw a few threads regarding this issue... so here we are

"How to remap hardware buttons?"

There are several applications for this purpose, and the default WM app (which is completely useless).

1. WM Builtin App

1. go to start/settings/buttons
2. You will see a list of your hardware buttons (some may not appear.. as not all are considered as remapable.
3. Choose the button you'd like to map
4. Assign a program to it from the dropdown menu below

This is as basic as it gets.
now for the real stuff.

2. HButton
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HButton allows you to map all KNOWN MAPABLE hardware buttons on your device to run different applications or perform different event based actions.
One of the best features of HButton is that you can map an endless amount of actions for each buttonl. You can also set the delay between each action (that is, if you use a hardware button to "run iContact" and then "Close Active Application" you can set the delay until it moves from one to the other).
You can also have it cycle between the actions so that it's an endless loop.. or have it run only one cycle, you can have it beep, vibrate, display the action performed when performed..

to use HButton.
1. Download HButton
2. Install
3. go to start/programs/hbutton/
4. click on the setup icon (there are several icons there..)
5. choose your preferences
6. choose a button (i.e HButton 3)
7. from the dropdown menu, choose the action you'd like to perform
8. click add
9. choose the next option (if required)
10. setup the running order (you can move actions up and down on the list)
11. choose th button you'd like to map to using the upper arrow
12. click ok
13. move on the the next HW button

You can see that in the default WM App the mapping of the desired HW button will appear as "mapped to HButton #X"..

No reset needed.

3. AE Button Plus
Official Website -
AE Button Plus IS NOT FREEWARE (altho there's an older version which IS freeware)

AE Button Plus will do more than map hardware buttons and the mapping option will map more than only the KNOWN MAPABLE hardware buttons. You can map the Red/Green buttons and the volume buttons as well.
AEB allows you to change the delay as well, change power off levels, screen orientation, backlight settings.. and lots more.
Of course, the main issue here is the mapping. You can map a hardware button for Single Click, Double Click, Triple Click and Long Press. You can also choose the "Unbind Only" option which will unbind a hardware button from it's existing action.
I will not go over all mapping options because it's korazie.. but i'll just let you know what you need to do to map a button and you can play with it (you SHOULD play with it).

To map an HW button using AEBP
1. Download AEBP
2. Install
3. Run AEBP
4. Choose a hardware key from the menu
5. Click the below screen (where it says "Do not touch button")
6. From the dropdown menu, choose "Handle by AEBPlus"
7. Choose your desired key press sequence
8. You can choose between many many, many... MANY.. many options. the first one is to run an application. you can also "press enter", "press esc", simulate the dpad buttons, activate wifi, bluetooth, phone, cut, paste, Alt-Tab... and much more.
9. Click File/Save and Exit
10. Soft reset (not always a must.. but recommended)

4. Dredsensor - created by Dredger97
XDA-Thread -
Dredsensor IS FREEWARE

Dredsensor is meant for the Diamond and Touch Pro devices as it's purpose is mainly to let you remap the annoying Home and Arrow HW buttons which are COMPLETELY useless if not mapped.
You can use it to also map the Green/Red buttons.
Mapping options are not as broad as in AEBP but good enough.
You can choose which screen the mapping will be applied to (i.e if you want to map a hardware button to perform a specific action while the screen shows a specific application, that's what you should use). You can also create a general mapping profile to use the hardware buttons similarily in all windows.
You can map to Double Tab, Click and Long Click.
the default option is to vibrate when an HW is pressed. you can disable that option. You can also block the scrolling wheel's option.
There are many options here.. like running applications, events, simulating HW or Soft keys... and more.

to use Dredsensor
1. download and install
2. run dredsensorcfg
3. will continue later.. gotta go.
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"How do I upgrade my device?" or "How to flash a rom?"
"How do I upgrade my device?" or "How to flash a rom?"

As this is an EXTREMELY long subject, I will post links to major threads/sections concerning this issue and leave it at that. You will need to dig in a bit to find exactly what you're looking for.. and read a bit, that is, to understand the risks and the necessary steps. There is no point in asking questions like "how do I flash a ROM?" in the Q&A thread as we will just return a link pointing to the Wiki.. or something of that sort.
You can also go to the XDA-Wiki and look for information (there is SHITLOAD of information there about ROMs..)

To save you the trouble i will first tell you that flashing a rom consists of a few stages.
1. CID Unlocking
2. Hard/Soft SPLing
3. Flashing

This is very general. some devices need different things.. you will have to dig it out.

Wallaby -
Blue Angel -
Himalaya -
Alpine -
Magician -
Wizard -
Universal -
Prophet -
Atom -
Charmer -
Hermes -
Trinity -
Artemis -
Herald -
Athena -
Kaiser -
Elf -
Vogue -
Nike -
Diamond -
Opal -
Blackstone -
Polaris -
Titan -
Gene -
Pharos -
Juno -
Sedna -
Shift -
Raphael -
Rose -
Jade -
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"How do I 'safely' uninstall applications?" or "Remove Programs"
This has been asked more than once..

"How do I 'safely' uninstall applications?" or "Remove Programs"

There are 3 ways to remove programs.

1. Deleteing manually

You can delete files and registry values manually if you know where everything sits. If you do.. you don't need this guide so this actually is meant to tell you that if you don't know how to manually delete programs, don't even try and go to either par 2 or 3.

2. Settings menu Remove Programs

There is a built in Remove Programs app in windows mobile. you can use it to uninstall programs, tho it usually leave a few files/registry values hanging around. it's good for fast removal if you know that you're removing a light program with only a few files which doesn't leave a hard trace on your system.. like iContact skins... for example.

just go to start/settings/system/Remove Programs..

3. SKTools
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SKTools has MANY options other than just program removal.. but i won't specify any of them since it isn't the right place to do that.
SKTools lets you use one of 2 uninstall options - Standard Uninstall and Uninstall.
The Standard Uninstall is exactly what I mentioned in par 2.
The Uninstall option, is actually the SKTools uninstall, which deletes a good amount of registry values related to the installation and deletes all files related (of course, there are sometimes glitches.. but it does the job well usually).
I won't DEFINATELY suggest using it and it also has the Clean option which you can use after installing/uninstalling lots of apps.
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