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S Pen and Galaxy tabS6

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, software version, and tablet model. 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

Did a great idea just pop into your head?

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 popup window

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.

Smart select highlighting part of the tablet's screen

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

  • 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.

  • Pin to screen: The screenshot will appear on the screen as a popup that you can save, move around, or close.

  • 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.

  • Save: Save the screencapture into the Gallery.

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 with 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. Select from the following:

  • Gallery: Pick a preexisting image to write your message on. Choose between Gallery and Google Photos, and then tap Always. Select your desired picture, and then tap Done.

  • Camera: You can write or draw your message on a new picture or video. Tap Capture to take a photo, or touch and hold to take a short video clip to use as a background.

A bicycle drawn in Live message
  • Color: Draw on colored background like a traditional Live message. Select your desired color, and then tap Start drawing.

Select the font color, style, width of the line, and whether the Live message will be saved as a MP4 or GIF. Now you can draw or write on the template. Tap the Play icon to see your progress, and tap Delete to start over. You can also tap Undo to undo the last stroke. When you are done, tap Done. Finally, tap Share to send the animation to friends and family through text or other sharing options.

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. Allow the permissions, review the directions, and then tap OK. 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 Japanese

If you wish to translate an entire sentence, tap the Phrase translate icon on the Translate bar. Tap it again to return to Word translate mode.

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. Screen off memo will automtically open up. Start writing your notes and when you're done, tap Save. Your notes will be saved in Samsung Notes.

Notes written on Screen off memo

Use Air actions

Note: TabS6 is the only tablet that can use Air actions.

If you have a TabS6, you can control it with your S Pen! Use gestures to flip through Powerpoint slides, switch between front and rear cameras, toggle through different camera modes, and much more. If applicable, you can even customize the gestures for specific apps to your liking.

From Settings, search for and select S Pen under Advaned features. Tap the Air actions, and then tap the switch at the top of the screen. You can view and edit compatible apps under App actions. Select your desired app, select a gesture you want to edit, and then change the gesture.

Air actions turned on in S Pen settings

Note: When you download an app that is compatible with Air actions, it will automatically be added under App actions.

Adjust the S Pen settings

Looking for more S Pen settings? Your tablet has a bunch of amazing features. 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:

  • Air actions: Remotely control apps with your 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.

  • 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.

  • When S Pen is removed: Select an action for when the S Pen is removed, such as Create note.

  • Use multiple S Pens: The tablet will stop detecting your S Pen while it's on your tablet to save battery power.

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

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