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By Dan Gookin

Part of Android Tablets For Dummies Cheat Sheet

You can get more done, and quickly, on your Android tablet when you know a few tricks. Here is an assortment of handy, time-saving tricks for you to keep in mind while you use, abuse, or excuse your tablet:

  • Dictation! You can speak into the tablet as an effective and quick alternative to using the onscreen keyboard.

  • Quickly switch between two or more programs by using the Recent icon found at the bottom of the Home screen.

  • Remember that you can add icons and widgets to the Home screen pages.

  • An Android tablet can make phone calls, but you must first install the proper app. For traditional phone calls, Skype is a good idea. The Google Hangouts app can be used for phone calls, as long as the Hangouts Dialer app is installed.

  • Use the various Search icons to look for things on the tablet, on the Internet, or in a specific app.

  • When downloading updates or new apps, or for faster web browsing, activate the tablet’s Wi-Fi.

  • Use Google Now to control the tablet with your voice or to search the Internet.