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A computing device (e.g., a smartphone, a laptop computer, a tablet computer, a smartwatch, etc.) may enable a widget (e.g., application, program, etc.) to transition between a minimized (e.g., collapsed, smaller, etc.) state and a maximized (e.g., expanded, larger, etc.) state in response to user input (e.g., a tap, a long press, etc.). A minimized widget and a maximized widget may differ in various respects. For instance, the minimized widget may occupy less space on a display of the computing device than the maximized widget. Additionally or alternatively, the maximized widget may perform a greater variety of actions than the minimized widget. For example, the minimized widget may not perform actions associated with gestures that conflict with (e.g., gestures that are similar, if not substantially similar to) home screen gestures (e.g., swiping left and/or right to change screens, swiping up and/or down to display device settings, etc.) to avoid interfering with the actions associated with the home screen gestures, but the maximized widget may perform the actions associated with such gestures (e.g., to perform a scrolling action, a search action, an edit action, a delete item action, etc.). Accordingly, a user may perform a maximization gesture to maximize a minimized widget and access additional, and in some cases more complex, functionality of the widget.

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