4 Ways to Type on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - dummies

4 Ways to Type on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3

By Dan Gookin

The onscreen keyboard appears whenever you need to type text on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. It happens more often than you think — when you compose e-mail, write a text message, type a web page address, or fill in a form, for example.

How to type one character at a time on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3

The onscreen keyboard is pretty easy to figure out: Touch a letter to produce the character. It works just like a computer keyboard in that respect.

As you type, the key you touch is magnified and you hear a faint click. Text appears in a text box or elsewhere on the screen where typing is required. A blinking, vertical cursor tracks the position where the next text is inserted, just like on a computer screen.

  • Above all, it helps to type slowly until you get used to the onscreen keyboard.

  • When you make a mistake, touch the Delete key to back up and erase.

  • When you type a password, the character you type appears briefly — but, for security reasons, it’s then replaced by a black dot.

  • Tap the Shift key to access uppercase letters. After you type the letter, the Shift key returns to normal operation; you do not need to press and hold (long-press) the Shift key.

  • To type in all caps, tap the Shift key twice. Tap the Shift key again to turn off Shift Lock.

How to access special characters Samsung Galaxy Note 3

The Galaxy Note’s onscreen keyboard has many special symbols available, which you access by touching the Symbol key. Touching this key gives you access to two additional keyboard layouts.


Touch the 1/2 (or first-of-two-pages) key to see the second page. Touch the 2/2 (second-of-two-pages) key to return to the first page.

To return to the standard alphabetic keyboard, touch the ABC key.

Another trick to access special characters is to long-press a letter key. Doing so displays a pop-up palette of similar and accented characters, such as the ones shown for the A key.


Choose a character from the pop-up palette by dragging your finger to the key you want. Lift your finger to type the given character. (If you accidentally type a special character, just touch the Delete key to erase it.)

  • Not every character sports a special pop-up palette.

  • Special characters are available in uppercase as well; press the Shift key before you long-press on the onscreen keyboard.

How to activate Keyboard Swipe on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3

To gain typing speed, consider using the Keyboard Swipe feature. It allows you to type words by dragging your finger over the onscreen keyboard, like mad scribbling but with a positive result.

On the Samsung Keyboard Settings screen, in the Keyboard Swipe section, choose the item Continuous Input. Or, if the dot (radio button) next to Continuous Input is green, you’re good to go.

You use gesture typing by dragging your fingers over letters on the keyboard. Here is how the word hello would be typed in this manner.


The Keyboard Swipe feature may not be active when you type a password or for specific apps on the phone. When it doesn’t work, use the onscreen keyboard one letter at a time.

How to write text with the S Pen on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3

The S Pen lets you do more than look erudite while you use your phablet. That’s because you can create text using the S Pen just as you would write text on good old-fashioned paper. S Pen input on your Galaxy Note, however is quite hi-tech — if you know the secret.

To switch to the S Pen input pad, long-press the Settings button on the onscreen keyboard. That key’s icon can change, but its location is constant. Choose the S Pen input pad item


To use the S Pen input pad, scribble: Write text as you would on a pad of paper. To type even faster when predictive text is active, you can tap word suggestions as they appear.


Use the Space, Delete, and Enter/Return buttons to help with punctuation. Symbols are found by tapping the Show Symbols button.

To write numbers, tap the A icon. Tap the 1 icon, which replaces the A icon, to write letters.