How to Write with Your Finger on a Galaxy Tab S2 NOOK

By Corey Sandler

Now for something completely beyond the ability of a computer keyboard. Your Galaxy tablet’s operating system can read words that you write. Keep reading to find out how to use the handwriting feature.

Use your finger; never use a pen or a hard-pointed stylus!

Some models of Samsung devices, including the Samsung Galaxy Note smartphone series, do offer a soft-pointed stylus with some additional special features in the pen. That’s not the case with the Galaxy Tab S2 NOOK.

Handwriting, for some users, is a really cool feature, and it usually works. Here’s how:

  1. Display the regular keyboard.

  2. Press and hold the Settings (gear) icon on the keyboard (left of the spacebar).

    A menu appears.

  3. Tap the icon that shows the letter T beside a tiny little pen.

    The keyboard is replaced by an electronic version of a yellow legal pad.

  4. Touch your finger to the pad and start drawing characters.

These tips can help:

  • You can either print individual characters or use your best (or worst) cursive. If you print, you’re going to need to practice a bit to avoid pausing too long between letters; a pause is considered to be the end of the word.

  • If your chicken scratch-like entries gets misread, tap a suggested word in the panel or tap the backspace key.

  • The dashed horizontal line differentiates between uppercase and lowercase letters, or to enter punctuation. For example, to spell Corey, you could either make a significant difference in size between the C and the rest of the characters, or place the C above the line and the orey below it.

  • A short hooked mark above the line is interpreted as a single or double quote. That same hook placed below the line is read as a comma.

When the device has interpreted your handwriting, it displays a cleaned-up version with much better penmanship.

You can draw characters using your fingers, allowing the system to differentiate between capital an

You can draw characters using your fingers, allowing the system to differentiate between capital and lowercase letters and those that go below the baseline, like q, g, and j.