IMPORTANT: Please make sure to read Part 1 of this series FIRST in order to understand who can benefit from reading this series of articles and how to go about it. To get to Part 1, just click on the following hyperlink: 12.01-Part 1-Introduction on the unparalleled functionality of the Samsung Galaxy Note products-2014-11-30
What will you learn reading this article?
The Galaxy Note functions and settings video, presented and documented below, covers a variety of easy-to-use and productive functions listed below.
- Learn how to adjust color settings and screen modes
- Learn how to set the screen brightness
- Use automatic word generation and spelling correction while typing or handwriting an email, a SMS, a MMS or a document
- Cut, join, add spaces, concatenate, overwrite and edit words easily using the S-pen
- Turn ON word generation and spelling correction in settings
- Turn ON the LED Indicators in settings
- Set clock time alarms and location based alarms
- Learn how to preset Multi-Window Profiles for different Note usages
- Learn how to set and use the Music App and the Music Square function
- Use S Note’s Easy Chart with bar charts, pie charts
- Use Search within Settings to find the setting element you are looking for
- Use the Task Manager to manage your device
- Use the Lock screen animation effects
- Record videos in Slow motion mode, in Limit mode for MMS or to add special effects
- Activate Voice command
- Capture pictures using voice command
- Play music using voice commands
- View photos using voice commands
Part 4 on the unparalleled functionality of the Samsung Galaxy Note
This article is Part 4 of the Samsung Galaxy Note products functionality series’. Each Part describes a different set of functions, so that the whole series covers most of the important functionality available.
PLEASE NOTE: the remarks from this point up to the start of the video are the same for Part 2 to 7. Therefore, if you just read one of these articles and remember the cautionary remarks that follow, you can skip reading them again and go directly to viewing the video.
There are different ways of viewing the following video:
- TO GET AN OVERVIEW of the different functions presented and to judge, for yourself, how important these powerful easy-to-use functions are, I recommend that you get a drink, sit back comfortably and view sequentially ALL the videos in the series from beginning to end.
- TO LEARN the functions presented: view the video, function by function, until you understand each one. Use the title, the description and the “Reference” column to move the cursor to each specific function you want to learn and/or implement.
- TO REFRESH YOUR UNDERSTANDING of specific functions. If you happen to forget how to use a specific function and need to refresh your understanding: use the title, the description and the “Reference” column to move the cursor to the specific function you want to refresh your understanding of.
VIDEO NAVIGATION INSTRUCTIONS: Below you will find: (1) the list of the Galaxy Note features presented in this video along with (2) the “Reference” location of each function presented (the first number refers to the video Part #, followed by the elapse time on the video) and, (3) the description of how relevant this feature is and why use it. Use the elapse time “Reference” to control the video meter and move the cursor to the beginning of the description of the function you want to watch. The function descriptions on this specific video are for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 operating under Android KitKat and customized and enhanced by Samsung. Most of the functions demonstrated on this video are available, with small variations, on all the following Samsung Galaxy Note models: Note 1, Note II, Note 3, Note 3 Neo, Note 4, Note Edge, Note 8.0, Note 10.1, Note 10.1/2104 Edition, Note Pro 12.2, running the latest Android version available. NOTE: Certain earlier Samsung Galaxy Note models, such as the Note 1 and II, and certain tablets do not offer all the functions presented here. You will notice this if the settings parameters presented here do not display on your Note screen. Make sure that all the available settings parameters are activated before concluding that a function is not available. FURTHERMORE: it would seem that some features offered by Samsung are not supported by my phone provider, and that would be why some menu items do not show up on my Settings menus. This is something I have to pursue with my phone provider. Finally, make sure to install Android Lollypop version 5 that should be available shortly for download on recent Note products.
- Please note that the Settings menus may vary from one Samsung Note Android version to the next AND from one Samsung Note model to the next.
- Also know that there is a very useful Settings Search function available when you first enter Settings.
- When you start typing or handwriting a Search, a scrolling selection list will appear.
- Select the item that you’re looking for when it first appears in the scrollable list. Note that you only need to type or handwrite until you see what you are looking for appear and select it.
- I strongly suggest that you mostly use this very useful Settings Search function instead of navigating the Settings menus, as you may see done on the videos by experienced Note users. NOTE: this Settings Search function does not always find the setting you may be looking for, mostly if it involves an add-on like the Google keyboard, for example. In such cases you have to navigate the Search the traditional way.
- Therefore, to make things simple, I will mostly use the Settings Search function in this series of articles.
- Following the word SEARCH, in capital letters, I will write the text to search, in italic, for example: pen detection. Therefore, the expression will look like this: SEARCH pen detection.
After searching the internet, I was lucky enough to locate outstanding videos done by an India specialist and efficient presenter: Rohit Khurana who works for Intellect Digest and lives in Delhi, India. Click on the following video title to start the YouTube video produced by: Intellect Digest and published on Nov. 2, 2013.
Reference / Galaxy Note features with summary description
4-00:00 – Intro
4-00:20 – Learn how to adjust color settings and screen modes
- If you want to adjust the color settings and screen modes settings on your Note, go to Settings SEARCH Screen mode. Pick Adapt display if you want your phone to adjust automatically for you.
4-00:57 – Learn how to set the screen brightness
- If you want to adjust the brightness settings on your Note, swipe down your finger from the top and brightness settings should appear. You can adjust the brightness intensity by moving the cursor with your finger or choose Auto to have the phone adapt to different environments. NOTE: Some of the other adjustments shown in the video are not available on my Android version. Certain functions change from version to the next.
4-01:27 – Use automatic word generation and spelling correction while typing or handwriting an email, a SMS, a MMS or a document
- Android incorporates very useful word generation and spelling correction functions.
- To use those, access the keyboard to write an MMS or text. Once you have the keyboard: to switch between several input modes, long touch the symbol on the right of Sym. The popup will offer voice, handwriting, keyboards, and other choices. Pick handwriting and start writing. You will see the suggested words appear. Select the one you want without completing the word.
4-01:26 – Cut, join, add spaces, concatenate, overwrite and edit words easily using the S-pen
- You can do all kinds of editing as shown in the video.
4-03:14 – Turn ON word generation and spelling correction in settings
- To turn ON automatic spelling: go to Settings / Controls / Language and input and click the Samsung keyboard Settings and turn ON Predictive text, Auto replacement, Auto capitalization and Auto spacing.
4-03:30 – Turn ON the LED Indicators in settings
- A blinking light flashes when certain events occur. To activate: go to Settings SEARCH LED indicator and turn ON Notifications and other conditions.
4-03:55 – Set clock time alarms and location based alarms
- Not only can you set alarms to remind you at certain time to do something, but you can also set a location alarm which will trigger an alarm sound not at a specific time but when you reach a specific location. This can be quite useful when you’re traveling and your schedule is unpredictable.
- Make sure that the location Settings SEARCH Location / Location services AND Tag current location are ON. The last one will insure that location is tagged to photos…
- To set alarms: start the Clock App. Touch the + sign to create an alarm. You can move the clock time UP or DOWN and the day to set a time alarm using the directional indicators.
- If you scroll the screen, you will see various options: change the alarm type, tone, the loudness …
- If you turn ON location alarm, a map will appear for you to type in a location. Write or type the location. Once the location is OK, click DONE to set the location alarm.
- You can also type in a reminder in the Name of the alarm or name the alarm.
- You can also set a smart alarm where the sound will start quietly and increase gradually. This can be quite useful during meetings when you want to be able to silence your alarm before disrupting everyone else.
4-04:42 – Learn how to preset Multi-Window Profiles for different Note usages
- This is VERY useful to preset the Apps you want opened to do a certain type of work. For example: Office Work, Photo Editing, Art Work, Social Medias …
- To set: open the left side Apps window menu by sliding the pointer mid screen on the right.
- Start each App you want in the Multi-Windows Profile you’re creating, by sliding each App from the left side window menu to the main screen and release it.
- Then, touch the bottom dots pointer to open a menu. Select Create to create a profiles for the active Apps, then give a name to this Profile such as Office Work, for example.
4-05:46 – Learn how to set and use the Music App and the Music Square function
- First, open the Music App and touch the Menu button on your device and select Settings.
- Once in Settings you can select the settings that best suit your needs.
- You can also select Music menu / Music square and click Done. Get out of Settings.
- Once back in the Music App, scroll the top menu and select Music square.
- In Music square touch a square between Passionate, Calm, Exciting and Joyful that best fit the type of music you are looking for, and songs reflecting that mood should start playing. This is an easy way of listening to a mix of songs that reflect the mood you’re in at the time. You can change your selection at any time.
- What an easy way to select the type of music you would like to listen to for the mood you’re in at the time.
4-06:20 – Use S Note’s Easy Chart with bar charts, pie charts
- Open the S Note App. Click on the + symbol to create a new chart.
- Click on the Chart with the + symbol in the bottom left corner, then select Easy chart. An Easy chart menu should open offering the following 4 types of charts: Table, Bar, Line, Pie.
- For example, Select Bar for a bar chart. Follow the instructions to draw a Bar chart. Using the S Pen, quickly draw a rectangle as shown in the instructions. A bar of the bar chart will appear.
- Press the S Pen on that bar. The value should appear on top with an edit symbol. Drag the white circle up or down to adjust the value, OR touch the edit pen and handwrite the value you want. Easy chart will change the value to your number and adjust the height of the bar accordingly.
- You can change the descriptive under: Item 1 for Jan, Item 2 for Feb and Item 3 for Mar, for example.
- You can convert this chart to a different type (Pie, Line or Table) by touching Bar in the upper left corner and selecting Pie for example.
- It is easy to change the chart, for example, cut a piece of the pie in a Pie chart with the S Pen to create two slices. Touch the value to change it to what you want…
- Once done, click on Done in the upper right corner. From there you will be able to adjust the chart size to your needs and cut the chart to the clipboard to be pasted in a report document, a PowerPoint presentation, for example.
4-08:43 – Use Search within Settings to find the setting element you are looking for
- Since there are so many functions to use or customize on the Note, there are also many settings to find and adjust. Using the Search function within Settings helps resolve this issue.
- Go to Settings: enter the setting name you are looking for in the search box, at the top, to directly get to the setting you are looking for. The setting spelling must be accurate.
4-09:11 – Use the Task Manager to manage your device
- To access the Task Manager, long press on the Home button then press on the pie chart symbol, bottom left corner of the screen. Select Active Applications in the top scrollable menu. You can end each App individually or all at once by pressing End all.
- Select Downloaded in the top scrollable menu, to view all downloaded Apps. You can select to delete one. Touch the App name and a detail menu of options will appear. You can decide to move this App to your SD card or from it, for example.
- Select RAM in the top scrollable menu, to view the RAM storage usage. You can decide to clear the RAM, if necessary. You rarely need to do this.
- Select Clear defaults in the top scrollable menu, to decide to Clear the Apps launched by default or add new ones. This can be quite useful since many Apps set themselves up to launch by default.
- Select Storage in the top scrollable menu, to view the System and the SD card storage usage. This can be useful to see how much storage space is available on each one media to decide to add a large file, for example.
- Finally, if you only want to end ALL Apps, long press the Home button and select the bottom right line with garbage can symbol.
4-10:15 – Use the Lock screen animation effects
- To set the Lock screen animation effects, go to Settings / Device / Lock screen / and select Unlock effect. NOTE: this is not available on my phone with my current Samsung Android version.
4-10:50 – Record videos in Slow motion mode, in Limit mode for MMS or to add special effects
- Activate the camera. Hold it on the long side. Expand the upper left menu with the > symbol. Select the video recorder symbol: the Recording mode will appear, you can select Limit for MMS which will create a low resolution video to attach to an email or MMS.
- Or, select what is best for you at that time: Slow motion, Fast motion or Smooth motion.
- You can also use special effects recording, by selecting the special effect you want on the left menu that you open by touching the ^ symbol on the bottom.
4-11:14 – Activate Voice command
- Just double tap on the home button and it should activate Voice command.
- Touch the Mic symbol to pause or activate Voice command.
- Touch the ? mark to get a list of voice commands examples to use.
- You can pick what you want done after saying Hi Galaxy.
- Then, say what you want: Voice dial to place a phone call, Message to send an MMS, Search Contacts to look a Contact up, Memo to record a TO DO item in S Note, Schedule to add an event or a task to your agenda, Camera to take a picture or record a video, Music to listen to music…
- To stop an App while music is playing for example, just say: Stop Music,
- To learn the Voice usage in more details read HELP that you access as follow: press the Menu button while in Voice and select Help.
4-11:14 – Capture pictures using voice command
- Once in Voice command, just say Open camera and the camera will open.
- To take a picture, just say: Smile or Cheese or Capture.
- To record a video, just say: Record video
4-11:32 – Play music using voice commands
- Once in Voice command, say “Play music” and the Music App will open. To pause Music, say Pause music or Stop music to stop Music. If you have the Music square activated, it will play the last selection. You can also select what you want.
4-11:36 – View photos using voice commands
- Say Hi Galaxy and Open Gallery and your Gallery pictures will be displayed. Then you can view photos.
Experiment with the Voice commands to discover an efficient way to use your Note.
This concludes the description of the functions presented in this module. You can access the presentation of other functions by accessing other modules in this series. Remember that the reference list of all the functions presented in this series can be found at the end of Module 1.