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This chapter is from the book

Changing Keyboard and Voice Settings

The Galaxy Tab 4 7" and 8" come with the Samsung keyboard only. The Galaxy Tab 4 10" gives you two input options: the Samsung keyboard and the Swype keyboard.

The examples in this book use keyboard settings for the Samsung keyboard, which is the default keyboard the Galaxy Tab 4 uses when you type text, as well as built-in keyboard settings that apply to all keyboards.

  1. Tap the Apps icon on the Home screen.

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  2. In the Apps screen, tap Settings.

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  3. Tap Controls in the menu bar at the top of the screen. The Language and Input option is selected by default in the settings list.
  4. Because the default is the Samsung keyboard, open the Samsung Keyboard Settings screen by tapping the Settings icon to the right of Samsung Keyboard.

  5. Tap Select Input Languages if you want to change the default keyboard input language.
  6. Slide the Predictive Text slider to off (the slider turns from a green bar with an I to a gray bar with a O) if you don’t want the Galaxy Tab 4 to guess what you’re typing and provide suggestions for words so you don’t have to keep typing all the time. This is similar to the auto-complete feature in word processors.
  7. Slide the Auto-Replacement slider to off (the slider turns from a green bar with an I to a gray bar with a O) so the Tab 4 will guess the word you’re typing when you tap the space bar after typing a word.

  8. Tap Continuous Input to enter text by sliding the finger across the keyboard to type words. After you release your finger, the word that the Galaxy Tab 4 thinks you’re trying to type appears on the screen.
  9. By default, you can move a cursor on the screen by sliding your finger across the keyboard. You can turn this feature off and move the cursor only with the keyboard by tapping Cursor Control. Turn the feature back on by tapping Cursor Control.
  10. Return to the Samsung Keyboard Settings screen by tapping the left arrow at the left side of the menu bar at the top of the screen.

  11. Tap Auto Capitalization to turn off auto-capitalization for words. By default, the Galaxy Tab 4 auto-capitalizes the first word in a sentence. If the Galaxy Tab 4 recognizes a punctuation mark and a space, the next letter is capitalized automatically unless you tap the Shift key to turn it off. (There are exceptions to this rule, such as when you type in the To box when you compose a new email message.) You can turn the feature back on by tapping Auto Capitalization.

  12. Tap Auto Spacing to turn off the automatic insertion of a space between words. By default, the Galaxy Tab 4 monitors your words as you type and automatically inserts a space between words. Turn the feature back on by tapping Auto Spacing.
  13. Tap Auto Punctuate to automatically insert a period after a word by double-tapping the space bar.
  14. Swipe down the Keyboard Settings list to view the remaining settings you can change.
  15. In the Key-Tap Feedback section, tap Sound to have the Galaxy Tab 4 make no sound each time you press a key. Turn on the key-tap sound feature by tapping Sound.
  16. Tap Character Preview to display the character you’re typing on the keyboard in a box above the key for about a second after you tap the key.
  17. Tap Help to view quick and easy tutorials about how to use the keyboard in the Help screen.
  18. If you change your mind after you make settings and decide you want the default settings instead, tap Reset Settings.
  19. Return to the Samsung Keyboard Settings screen by tapping the arrow at the left side of the menu bar at the top of the screen.

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