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Samsung Galaxy Tabs For Dummies Cheat Sheet

From Samsung Galaxy Tabs For Dummies

By Dan Gookin

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

The Samsung Galaxy Tab Home Screen

All the action on the Samsung Galaxy Tab takes place on the Home screen. It’s composed of multiple Home screen pages, each of which can be adorned with icons, widgets, and sneeze globs. Only the sneeze globs are easily removed with a microfiber cloth.

The figure illustrates the primary Home screen, replete with icons, folders, widgets, and a background image, or wallpaper.


Samsung Galaxy Tab Icons

The Samsung Galaxy Tablet features common icons. These symbols work as buttons on the touchscreen: Tap an icon to perform a specific task or action. The icons are quite consistent between the various apps you use. The most common icons are shown here.

Action Overflow

Displays a menu or a list of commands (actions).


Adds or creates a new item. The plus symbol (+) may be used with other symbols, depending on the app.


Closes a window or clears text from an input field.


Removes one or more items from a list or deletes a message.


Enables you to use your voice to dictate text.


Dismisses an action bar, such as the text-editing action bar.


Enables you to edit an item, add text, or fill in fields.


Flags a favorite item, such as a contact or a web page.


Fetches new information or reloads.


Searches the tablet or the Internet for some tidbit of information.


Adjusts options for an app.


Shares information stored on the tablet via email or social networking or another Internet services.

Side Menu

Displays the navigation drawer, listing actions and options for an app.

Samsung Galaxy Tablet Touchscreen Operations

It takes a certain finesse to work a touchscreen gizmo like a Samsung 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. It 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 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 twisting them around a center point, like turning a combination lock on a safe.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Tips to Remember

You can get more done quickly on your Samsung Galaxy Tab 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 tapping the Recent navigation icon.
  • Remember that you can add app launcher icons and widgets to the Home screen pages.
  • To deal with too many icons on a Home screen page, combine the icons into a folder.
  • For apps you use most often, add their icons to the Dock at the bottom of each Home screen page.
  • 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, use the tablet’s Wi-Fi Internet connection to avoid incurring mobile 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, plug in when you can. You can most definitely use the tablet while it’s charging.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Help and Support

For whatever reason, something might go wrong with your Samsung 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 websites:

Samsung (800) 726-7864
AT&T 800-331-0500
Sprint Nextel 800-211-4727
T-Mobile 800-866-2453
Verizon 800-922-0204