Use the Touchscreen and the Finger Gestures of Samsung Galaxy Note 3

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This article will discuss how to properly use the touchscreen and perform the finger gestures on your Samsung Galaxy Note3. Knowing how to properly use the touchscreen will extend your touchscreen's life. Familiarizing the finger gestures will let you get the most out of your phone's basic features.

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How to properly use the touchscreen on Samsung Galaxy Note3

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    Only use your fingers or the S Pen when touching the screen of your Galaxy Note3.
    Do not use other objects to touch your screen. Do not use any other things as replacements for the S-Pen as they may damage your device's touchscreen.
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    Do not allow other electrical devices touch the screen of the Galaxy Note3.
    Static discharges may damage the touchscreen of the Note3.
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    Be gentle with tapping. Do not apply much pressure when pressing or tapping on your touchscreen.
    Do not use your fingernails or anything sharp when tapping on the touchscreen.
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    Do not leave the screen idle for a long time .
    Idle images burn your phone's screen and may result in afterimages. These are the shadow-like images you will see on your screen. Though this is not very common with Note3, it is always best to be on the safe side.
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How to do the finger gestures on Samsung Galaxy Note3

The following are the finger gestures of the Samsung Galaxy Note3, their functions, and how to do them.

Gesture Picture Gesture Name How to perform it What is its function
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Tapping Tap on the screen or any icon on the touch screen by touching your finger on the desired location/item and lifting it off quickly. This gesture will open an application, select an item from a menu, press on-screen buttons on the touchscreen and enter a character into the text field using the on-screen keyboard
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Tapping and holding Tap and hold on the screen or any icon on the touchscreen by touching your finger on the desired location/item and keeping your finger pressed for at least two seconds. You can access available options on the screen or on the application.
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Dragging Tap and hold on any item on the touchscreen by touching your finger on the desired location/item and keeping your finger pressed for at least two seconds, and after that, drag the item to the desired location. Dragging moves an icon, thumbnail or other items from one location to a new location.
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Double tapping Perform a double tap on the screen by successively performing two tapping gestures in less than one second. Double tapping on an area, webpage or image zooms in the area. Double tapping again will return it to the original zoom position.
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Flicking Perform a flicking gesture by tapping on any area on the screen and quickly flick to any desired direction. Flicking on the home screen allows you to move and see the other home screen panels. Flicking up or down on a list allows you to quickly move up or down the said list.
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Pinching / Spreading Put two fingers on the touchscreen and pull them closer to each other to perform a pinching gesture. You can spread your fingers to perform a spreading gesture Spreading allows you to zoom in on an image, webpage or any file. Pinching allows you to zoom out of it.

Questions and Answers

How can I disable the double tapping to zoom in?

How can I disable the double tapping to zoom in??

There is no other way of disabling the double-tap to zoom feature of Galaxy Note3. In fact, there is no way to disable it on any of the recent Galaxy devices. Most of those people who wants to disable this option has issues with using their phone when viewing the mobile internet. If you have problems with the zooming in and out of your device while browsing, then you may have enabled desktop-viewing on your device. When on desktop view, you will be viewing a site with how it should be viewed on your computer's screen, thus you need to constantly double tap and zoom out. Disable desktop-viewing by following these:

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  • For default browser, tap on the Menu key and make sure that the "Desktop view" option is unchecked.
  • For Google mobile browser, tap on the Menu key and make sure that the "Request desktop site" option is unchecked.
  • For Boat mobile browser, tap on the Menu key and choose Settings. From Settings, tap on Page Content Settings and tap on "Set user agent". From the "Set user agent page", choose Mobile/Android.
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This morning my note three was working fine but now I can not use my touch screen with my my fingers it can only work with my S Pen. How do I fix this problem?

I have tried everything from restarting my phone to taking out the battery

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How do I fix the touch screen on my son's Galaxy Note3?

His touch screen will only work with his S pen. It will not work with the finger touch. We have tried to uninstall the Google play store updates and also tried a Hard Reset and it still only works with the S pen.

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Disable touch screen function while writing on Note pad with S pen in Samsung Galaxy Note 8000?

While I am writing in S note with S pen the screen suddenly gets Zoom in/out due to my hand touch or shortcut gets pop up, please assist

You will need to root your device first, which may void the warranty. To root your device with online services, please use either OneClickRoot or KingRoot. After the phone has been rooted, download and install GMD SPen Control. Launch it, and tap on "USER GESTURES". Tap on "Record gesture" and draw a shape with S Pen. Then, assign the "Disable touch input" feature to it in "Action" to disable the capacitive touch-screen feature that will allow you to use S Pen freely. To start the S-Pen-exclusive mode, draw the gesture.

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Using the Note3, are you able to use finger to write a text message?

Do I have to use the S pen at all time when using my phone

No you don't, in fact, it is very easy to use your finger tips to maneuver and control your mobile.

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Hi, I have Note3 N900T, the pen is not working, I have changed the LCD but still the same problem?

Note3 N900T, tell me what is wrong?

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When I double touch in the screen it is zooming, how to turn that off?

When I double touch in the screen it is zooming, how to turn it off

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My Samsung Note3 touch is not working since 3 days, after several restarting the phone sometimes it works for 2-3 min then stops, how can you help me solve this problem?

Samsung Note3 touch is not working

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