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S Pen for your tablet

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From writing directly on the screen to taking notes at any time, your tablet's S Pen gives you the power to be both productive and creative. Use your tablet's different S Pen features and settings so you can keep creating and get all your thoughts down in one place.

Note: Available screens and settings may vary by wireless service provider and software version. Tablet S Pen does not require charging or pairing to function.

Use Direct pen input

Type no more! With your S Pen in hand, you can write text directly on your tablet's screen.

To test it, open any app where you can type with an on-screen keyboard. Hover over the text field with your S Pen, and then select the Handwriting icon. Your keyboard will turn into a white board where you can write with your S Pen.

Direct pen input is enabled by default and can be turned on and off from the S Pen settings.

Handwritten words on the tablet's screen

Create notes in Samsung Notes

To create a quick note, open Air Command by pressing the button on your S Pen, and then tap Create note. It’ll open a Samsung Notes popup window where you can create a note. When you're finished, tap Save.

Note: This feature only lets you take notes with the S Pen. 

Handwritten notes written in Samsung Notes

Use Smart select

Screenshots are fun and all, but sometimes you wish you could capture only one part of the screen. Well, with Smart select and your S Pen, you can select anywhere on the screen.

Open Air Command by pressing the button on your S Pen, and then tap Smart select. Select the type of capture method to use. You can choose from Rectangle, Lasso, Oval, Animation, or Pin to screen. Use your S Pen to take a screenshot of a portion of the screen. When finished, tap Save.

Once the image has been captured, you can choose from the following options:

A circular image is selected on the screen
  • Extract Text: Words in the screenshot will be extracted and appear at the bottom of the screen. Tap Copy to copy it to your clipboard, or tap Share to share it.

  • Auto select: Smart select will select the main subject of the photo.

  • Draw: Draw directly on the screenshot or edit it. You can save the screenshot with your edits and it will be saved in your Gallery.

  • Share: Share the screenshot like any image or file. You can send it through email, text, and more.

Use Screen write

You’re forwarding an email to a colleague, but it's massive. Instead of having them read the entire thing, take a screenshot and highlight the important parts using your S Pen.

Open Air Command by pressing the button on your S Pen, and then tap Screen write. Your tablet will take a screenshot of the page you are currently on. You can write or draw directly on the screenshot or crop it. You can also share the screenshot with your writing to friends and save it in Gallery.

Screen write displayed on the screen in handwritten letters

Use Live message

You’ve sent so many texts, it’s starting to get boring. Liven things up using Live message.

Open the Air Command Menu using your S Pen and then tap Live message. A purple template will appear on the bottom of the screen. You can draw or write on the template, and change the font color, style, and the width of the line. When you are done, tap Done. Live message will replay the message in real time, from your first pen stroke to the last. Finally, tap Share to send the animation to friends and family through text or other sharing options.

A yellow heart drawn in Live message

Translate text

If you come across a webpage in a different language, don't panic if you can't read it. With the S Pen and its Translate feature, you can translate words by simply highlighting them with the pen.

Open the Air Command Menu using your S Pen and then tap Translate. Tap OK and then choose your desired Source Language - the foreign language you want to translate. The Target Language (your language) will be your phone’s default language, but you can change it if desired.

Tap the Translate bar at the top of the screen, and then tap the default language on the right side to change the Target Language. Tap the arrows in the middle of the Translate bar to switch your Source Language and Target language.    

Translation bar displaying English to French

Use Screen off memo

With Screen off memo, you can create notes instantly without even unlocking your tablet.

With the screen off, tap the tablet's screen with your S Pen while pressing the button on the S Pen. Start writing your notes and when you're done, tap Save in Notes. Your notes will be saved in Samsung Notes.

Notes written on Screen off memo

Adjust the S Pen settings

Looking for more S Pen settings? Your tablet has a bunch of amazing features in its settings. Who knows, you might discover a feature you never even knew about. 

From Settings, search for and select S Pen. Check out the following settings for S Pen:

S Pen settings menu
  • Screen off memo: Create notes while the screen is off.

  • Air view: Preview information, text, and images by hovering your S Pen over the screen.

  • Direct pen input: Use the handwriting pad instead of the on-screen keyboard to enter text into a text field.

  • Pointer: Show a pointer when you hover your S Pen over the screen.

  • Shortcuts: Change or add shortcuts to the Air command menu.

  • Floating icon: Show a floating icon that can open the Air command menu at any time.

  • Sound: Have your tablet make writing sounds when you write on the screen.

Replace the S Pen's tip

If you use your S Pen on a daily basis, its tip can wear out over time. When that happens, you can replace the tip with one of the spare S Pen tips that came included with your tablet.

To replace it, use tweezers to pull out the S Pen's tip. Insert a new tip, and then push it until it clicks in place.

Hand removing the tip of an S Pen

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