Five S Pen shortcuts for the Galaxy Note

Take advantage of the shortcuts you can perform with the Samsung Galaxy Note's S Pen.

The S Pen is the stylus that comes with the Samsung Galaxy Note. It can be used for things like taking notes, drawing doodles, and otherwise acting as a more precise version of your fingertip when using your phone.

These shortcuts are ones you'll definitely want to commit to memory as a Note user , especially since the S Pen does not interact with the capacitive navigation buttons near the bottom of the device.

Pop-up Memo app

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Press and hold the S Pen button (on the side of the stylus), and tap once anywhere on the screen of the device. A note window will appear on top of your current activity so you can create a handwritten memo, doodle, or graph.

Screen captures

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Press and hold the S Pen button, and tap and hold the S Pen on the screen. You'll hear a camera shutter sound go off, and then you'll have an opportunity to write on your screen capture with the S Pen. After that, you can save your changes and share the picture with a friend.

Home shortcut

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Press and hold the S Pen button, and drag the pen from the top of the screen to the bottom to get the same result as the Home button.

Menu shortcut

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Press and hold the S Pen button, then drag the pen from bottom to top to get the same result as the Menu button.

Back shortcut

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Need to go back a page or two? Press and hold the S Pen button, then drag the pen from right to left and it'll act like the back button.


Now you'll have more ways to show off the S Pen that fits neatly into the edge of your Note.

 

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