Use the S Pen feature on Samsung Galaxy Note 8 - tips

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"The S Pen is the input tool for the Galaxy Note 8. It's like a stylus, but this tool gives you more accurate and faster input. Together with the new features, the Galaxy Note 8 stands out."

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Air View

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Using the Air View feature, you can:

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    Preview the contents of your Galaxy Note 8 without opening your gallery or folders
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    You can identify features or applications on your Note that you cannot recognize by opening your applications
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    Hover your S Pen on a particular icon and you will see the name or the description of the application displayed on the screen
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    If you want to see the photos in your gallery without opening your gallery, hover over the folder and you will see the photos
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    If you want to see a preview of a video, just open the video
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    At the bottom of your screen, you will see the timeline. Just point over it and you will see the preview of the video.
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Easy Clip

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Easy Clip is one of the amazing features because you can easily cut an image and send it to others, or just save it on your gallery. This feature enhances the creativity and productivity of your Galaxy Note 8.

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    To send an Easy Clip image, press and hold the "S Pen" button, and encircle the image you want to send
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    Now remove the S Pen from the screen.
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    The image will then be taken, and below the image, you will see some share options
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    1. You can send that image through email.
    2. You can change the image size, and when you have it selected.
    3. To send it to friends, add the name to whom you are going to send the image, then add some text and choose send.
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    If you don't send the image, it will go to your Gallery under "Screenshots".
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Enhanced Handwriting

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With the Enhanced Handwriting feature of the Galaxy Note 8, you can send notes with your own penmanship through email, and you can also take down notes or reminders on your S Planner application.

To Send A Note Through Email Using Enhanced Handwriting

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    Open your email application, and sign in.
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    Choose the "Select" option, then put in the name of the recipient of your message and add a subject.
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    Click on the body of the email
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    Then you have to choose the pen icon near the text.
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    Use your S Pen to write your email message using your own handwriting
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    Once you are through, click "Send".
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Create An Entry On Your S Planner Using The Enhanced Handwriting Feature

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    Select your S Planner application.
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    On the monthly view, choose the "Pen" icon.
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    You can mark the significant dates using your desired shapes as marks
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Tips:

  • Customize the pen's size and color by going to "Pen Settings".
  • Choose the desired size and color.
  • If you've made a mistake, make use of the "Eraser" option to delete what you don't like.
  • Once you are through, touch on "Save" to save your customized entry to your S Planner.
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Other Cool Features

Menu Key

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You can open your menu options on your Galaxy Note 8 by using a gesture.

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    Open the application you want, then press the "S Pen" button.
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    Then do a ^ gesture quickly
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    It is like drawing an arrow pointing upwards.
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    The menu option will appear.
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    Repeat the gesture, ^, to close the menu option.
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Photo Note

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Another useful new feature on the Galaxy Note 8 is the Photo Note. This feature will allow you to put notes on the back of the photos - just like the good old days. I remember my mother used to write notes at the back of every photo. This really helps us to remember at what particular date, place and the event when the photo was taken. Using the S Pen, write handwritten notes at the back of the picture.

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    Open your "Gallery".
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    Select the photo that you want to write a note on.
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    Open the S Pen settings on the pen icon.
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    Use the S Pen to write a description or a reminder on the back of the photo.
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    Once you are through, click "Save".
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Tips:

  • A photo has a photo note if you look in the upper right corner and see that it's folded and has an icon.
  • This feature will work on your photos found in the Gallery, but not on the photos stored in a cloud service like Picasa.
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Quick Command

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This feature lets the S Pen open frequently used applications or functions by using hand strokes that are customizable. There are command shortcuts too, that are pre-set, that we can actually make use of. Aside from creating new command shortcuts, we can even edit or change them.

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    On your home screen, tap "Apps" and select "Settings".
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    Under "System", select "S Pen".
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    Select "Quick Command Settings"
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    You will find the shortcuts to send emails, find a map location and search the internet.
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    You can personalize these shortcuts by choosing the shortcut that you would like to change.
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    Then you can draw the new command that you prefer
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    Click on "Done" to save.
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    To add new shortcuts, press the plus sign + on the upper right of the screen.
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    Then choose the application that you would like to make a new command for.
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    Use your S Pen to create the command.
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    Click "Done" to save the new shortcut symbol.
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Tips:

  • To use your Quick Command, go to your home screen, press on the "S Pen" button and drag it upward.
  • You will see a command box that will pop up.
  • Draw the shortcut symbol and the application or service will be activated.
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S Pen Switcher

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    Choose an S application, for example, your S Planner.
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    Open a new project
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    You will see on the upper left hand corner of the screen, the S Pen Settings. You will see the pen size and pen color that is used.
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    Point your S Pen over the screen and press the "S Pen" button.
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    As you keep pointing and clicking, you will notice that the S Pen icon changes.
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Tip:

  • By having additional pre-set pen settings, you can change your "Switcher" options.

Select Text

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This feature can help you to select or highlight text easily, then temporarily saves it on your clipboard to be pasted in your messages or emails, or in any other location.

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    If you are browsing the internet, press the button on your S Pen, then point it at the text you would like to highlight and draw a line
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    Choose "Copy" so that it will be saved to the clipboard.
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    Go to the document, email, etc., where you want to paste the selected text, and then choose "Paste".
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    Then you will see your text pasted and you can save the document
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Questions and Answers

How to transfer hand writing to text?

Here are the steps to convert your handwriting from your Samsung Galaxy Note 8 or Note3 unit.

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    Go to your phone's handwriting application.
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    Write whatever you want to convert to text using your S pen
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    Once you've composed what you want to convert to text
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    You will see a sub menu on your device's screen.
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    Tap the icon that looks like a UFO with broken lines
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    This option is similar to the paint program to select a specific part of the text and what not.
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    Draw a square or encircle the part that you want to convert to text and make sure you connect the first point and the end point of what you draw
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    You should be able to see the selected portion is now inside a square with diamonds, below it
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    There will be some sub options available
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    Tap "Transform Into" using the S pen. #Select the text and let the phone convert the selected handwriting to text.
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    The process that will only take 2 to 3 second.
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    Now your handwriting will be in text format.
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I want to move a cut photo into another photo, but cannot figure out how.

I can use the pen to isolate what I want to move but then cannot place it in another photo. They are both in my gallery.

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Handwriting option is changed to clipboard.

I cannot find handwriting option. Please help?

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===I am trying to write on the back of photos, but the directions on VisiHow do not match my new Galaxy Note4. Do you have a better directions? Will this work in pics in Gallery and in the Photos icon? Once I open the pen settings in a pic from Gallery, there is no place to tell it to write on the back. Also, in the icon Photos, I see no pen settings

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The problem might be due to the fact that this VisHow article refers to the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, not 4.

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