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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 For Dummies

It’s really a heck of a gizmo, so much so that a major fruit company has sued Samsung over its marvelous Galaxy Tab 10.1. That fact plays to no audience here, because though it may be marvelous and lawsuit-worthy, the Galaxy Tab is still a complex piece of electronics in need of gentle hand-holding and careful explanation. This Cheat Sheet provides that information, plus plenty of tips and tricks you can’t find anywhere else.

The Galaxy Tab Home Screens

The main screen on the Galaxy Tab is called the Home screen. There are actually five Home screen panels, each of which you can adorn with icons, widgets, and sneeze globs. Only the sneeze globs are easily removed with a microfiber cloth.

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The Galaxy Tab Buttons

The Galaxy Tab features various icon buttons, found around the touchscreen. You use the buttons to manipulate apps or to control the Galaxy Tab. They provide a welcome consistency, so knowing how they work is important to getting the most from your Tab.

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In addition to the icon buttons, other buttons festoon the screen. They aren’t always available, but they provide consistency between the various apps. These buttons are shown here:

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Basic Galaxy Tab Touchscreen Operations

It takes a certain finesse to work a touchscreen gizmo like the Galaxy Tab. Here are some of the common operations you can perform using your fingers on the Galaxy Tab's touchscreen:

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Galaxy Tab Tricks to Remember

You can get more done quickly on your Galaxy Tab if you know a few tricks. Here’s an assortment of handy time-saving tricks for you to keep in mind while you use, abuse, or excuse the Galaxy Tab:

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

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

  • It’s often easier to read long web pages or eBooks by turning the Tab to a portrait (vertical) orientation.

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

  • The Galaxy Tab can make phone calls, but you must install the proper app. For traditional phone calls, Skype is a good idea. You can use the Talk app for video chat.

  • Whenever possible, try to use the Galaxy Tab's Wi-Fi Internet connection to avoid incurring data usage charges.

  • Use the various Search commands to look for things on the Galaxy Tab, on the Internet, or in a specific app.

Galaxy Tab Help and Support

For whatever reason, something might go wrong with your Galaxy Tab. When things get really tough, you'll need to contact either Samsung itself or your cellular service provider. Here are their contact numbers and links to their websites:

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