What is Air command on Samsung Galaxy Tab S4?

Last Update Date : Sep 17. 2018

What is Air command and how to use it?

Air command is a menu that provides S Pen features and quick access to frequently used apps.

To open the Air command panel, hover the S Pen over the screen and press the S Pen button. You can also tap the Air command icon with the S Pen.

Drag upwards or downwards on the Air command panel and select a function or App you want.

Adding shortcuts to the Air command panel

Add shortcuts to frequently used apps or functions to the Air command panel.

On the Air command panel, tap Add shortcuts and select Apps or functions to open from the panel. Alternatively, open the Air command panel and tap > Shortcuts.

Air command

How to create noteClick to Expand

Create notes easily in a pop-up window without launching the Samsung Notes App.

1 Open the Air command panel and tap Create note. Alternatively, double-tap the screen while pressing and holding the S Pen button. The note screen will appear as a pop-up window
2 Create a note using the S Pen
3 When you are finished composing the note, tap SAVE. The note will be saved in Samsung Notes
How to use Smart selectClick to Expand

Use the S Pen to select an area and perform actions, such as sharing or saving. You can also select an area from a video and capture it as a GIF animation.

1 When there is content you want to capture, such as a part of an image, open the Air command panel and tap Smart select
2 Select a desired shape icon on the toolbar and drag the S Pen across the content you want to select

Tap Auto select to automatically reshape the selected area.

If text is included in the selected area, tap Extract text to recognise and extract text from the selected area

To pin the selected area at the top of the screen, tap Pin to screen
3 Select an option to use with the selected area
• Bixby Vision: Recognise content using Bixby Vision and search for relevant information
• Draw: Write or draw on the selected area
• Share: Share the selected area with others
• Save: Save the selected area in Gallery

Capturing an area from a video

While playing a video, select an area and capture it as a GIF animation.

1 When there is content you want to capture during video playback, open the Air command panel and tap Smart select
2 On the toolbar, tap Animation
3 Adjust the position and size of the capturing area
4 Tap RECORD to start capturing
• Before capturing a video, make sure that the video is playing
• The maximum duration you can capture an area of the video for will be displayed on the screen
• When capturing an area from a video, its sound will not be recorded
5 Tap STOP to stop capturing
3 Select an option to use with the selected area
• Draw: Write or draw on the selected area. Tap Preview to view the result before saving the file
• Share: Share the selected area with others
• Save: Save the selected area in Gallery
How to use Screen writeClick to Expand

Capture screenshots to write or draw on them or crop an area from the captured image.

Please note: It is not possible to capture a screenshot while using some Apps

1 When there is content you want to capture, open the Air command panel and tap Screen write.
The current screen is automatically captured and the editing toolbar appears
2 To capture the content on an elongated page, such as a webpage, tap Scroll capture to capture the hidden content. Tap SCROLL CAPTURE repeatedly until screen capture is completed, and then tap DONE
3 Write a memo on the screenshot
4 Select an option to use with the screenshot
• Crop: Crop a portion of the screenshot. Only the cropped area will be saved in Gallery
• Share: Share the screenshot with others
• Save: Save the screenshot in Gallery
How to use Live MessageClick to Expand

Instead of a text message, you can create and send a unique message by recording your actions while handwriting or drawing a live message and saving it as an animated file.

1 When you want to send an animated message while composing a message, open the Air command panel and tap Live message.

Alternatively, tap on down arrow icon > Live Message Icon (heart-shaped) on the Samsung keyboard. The live message window will appear
2 Customise pen settings and background image
3 Write or draw on the live message window
4 When you are finished, tap DONE and send the message.

The live message will be saved in Gallery as an animated GIF file and it will be attached to the current message

Please note:
• You can also share live messages using other sharing methods
• Select a live message in Gallery and tap Share icon (3 circles with connection)
• On other screens rather than the message composition screen, open the Air Command, tap Live message, create a live message, and then tap SHARE

How to translate words or sentencesClick to Expand

Hover the S Pen over the text you want to translate. The units included in the text will also be converted.

Please note: 
• To use this feature, your device must be connected to a Wi-Fi or mobile network
• This feature does not supported some languages

• This feature is available only when detectable text is on the screen

1 When there are text you want to translate, open the Air command panel and tap Translate
2 Select the languages on the translator panel at the top of the screen. You can change the text between words and sentences by tapping the T icon or horizontal line icon
3 Hover the S Pen over the text you want to translate or the unit you want to convert

The translated text will appear above the original text. To listen to the pronunciation of the original text, tap Speaker icon

Please note: The speaker icon may not appear depending on the language you select

4 To close the translator, tap X icon on the translator panel
How to use Air viewClick to Expand

Hover the S Pen over an item on the screen to preview content or view information in a popup window.

In some Apps, Action buttons will be displayed on the preview window.

Please note:
• If this feature is not activated, launch the Settings App, tap Advanced features > S Pen, and then tap the Air view switch to activate it

How to use Pen SelectClick to Expand

While pressing and holding the S Pen button, drag the S Pen over text or item lists to select multiple items or text. You can also copy and paste the selected items or text into another App or share them with others.

How to use Screen off memoClick to Expand

You can quickly create memos by writing on the screen without turning on it.

Please note: 
• If this feature is not activated, launch the Settings App, tap Advanced features > S Pen, and then tap the Screen off memo switch to activate it

Creating a screen off memo

1 When the screen is off, hover the S Pen over the screen and press the S Pen button
2 Write or draw a memo. To extend the page, tap down arrow icon
3 To save the memo, tap SAVE IN NOTES. The memo will be saved to Samsung Notes
To view memos, launch the Samsung Notes app and tap > Screen off memo

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