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Samsung Galaxy Tab S For Dummies Cheat Sheet

From Samsung Galaxy Tab S For Dummies

By Dan Gookin

It’s an amazing, lawsuit-worthy device that just can’t be described in a single sentence. The Samsung Galaxy Tab presents the latest solution the problem of carrying around too many electronics. This tablet offers so many features that gentle hand-holding and careful explanation is required. This Cheat Sheet is a quick-and-dirty guide to Galactic tablet tips and tricks you just can’t find anywhere else.

Galaxy Tab Home Screens

The main screen on the Galaxy Tab is called the Home screen. The Tab actually has several Home screen pages. Each can be adorned with icons, widgets, and sneeze globs. Only the sneeze globs are easily removed with a microfiber cloth.

Here, you can see the Home screen, replete with icons, folders, widgets, and a background image, or wallpaper.


The Galaxy Tab S features a second Home screen called the Content Home screen. (The other Home screen is known as the Classic Home screen.) The Content Home screen presents special widgets in a tile pattern.


The Classic Home screen is the standard Android Home screen, the one you’ll most likely use most of the time.

Galaxy Tablet Icons

Galaxy tablets feature common icons. These symbols work as buttons on the touchscreen: Touch an icon to perform a specific task or action. The icons are quite consistent between the various apps you use.


Galaxy Tablet Touchscreen Operations

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

  • Tap: Touch an object, an icon, a control, a menu item, a doodad, and so on. A tap may also be referred to as a touch or a press.

  • Double-tap: Touch the screen twice in the same location.

  • Long-press: Tap part of the screen and hold down your finger.

  • Swipe: Touch your finger on one spot and then drag it to another spot. A swipe can be fast or slow. It’s also called a flick or a slide.

  • Drag: A combination long-press and swipe. Long-press an item, such as an icon. Keep your finger on the screen, then swipe to another location. Lift your finger to move the object.

  • Pinch: A pinch involves two fingers, which start out separated and then are brought together.

  • Spread: The opposite of pinch; start out with your fingers together and then spread them.

  • Rotate: Touch the screen with two fingers and twist them around a center point, like turning a combination lock on a safe.

Galaxy Tab Tricks to Remember

You can get more done quickly on your Galaxy Tab when you know a few tricks. Here is an assortment of handy timesaving 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 pressing the Recent button at the bottom of the Home screen.

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

  • Your tablet can make phone calls, but you must install the proper app. For the Hangouts app, install the Hangouts Dialer when prompt. The traditional phone call apps is Skype, which can dial into any phone, providing you have Skype credit.

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

  • Look at the top of the notification shade for the Quick Settings. They let you easily switch key tablet features on and off.

  • Keep the tablet’s power cord with you, and plug in when you can. You can most definitely use the tablet while it’s charging.

Galaxy Tab Help and Support

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