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  1. Staying Up to Date with Google Now
  2. Creating Documents with Microsoft Office
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In this chapter from My Samsung Galaxy Tab S2, Eric Butow walks through how to use some of your device's preinstalled apps. Stay up to date with Google Now, and create and share files with Microsoft Office.
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This chapter is from the book

In this chapter, you explore a variety of the Galaxy Tab S2’s preinstalled apps, which you can use to stay productive and get the latest information on the go. This chapter covers the following topics:

  • Staying up to date with Google Now
  • Creating documents with Microsoft Office

The Galaxy Tab S2 gives you plenty of ways to keep abreast of what’s going on in your world and the wider world. You can get updates sent to you by the Google Now service and connect with other users through instant messaging and social networking apps. What’s more, you can view and create document, spreadsheet, and presentation files with Microsoft Office.

Staying Up to Date with Google Now

Google Now is a feature that monitors your activity on your Galaxy Tab S2 and shows you features in various tiles, called cards, that Google Now thinks you’ll be interested in based on your past activity. For example, you might see cards with your local weather, upcoming appointments, and current traffic conditions where you live.

Start Google Now for the First Time

You start Google Now by pressing and holding on the Home button for 2 seconds or by tapping the Google Search box on the main Home screen.

After you release your finger, the Google Now setup screen appears so you can set up and get more information about the app.

  1. Tap Get Started.

  2. Tap “Yes, I’m In” to continue the setup process as described in the rest of this task. The opening Google Now screen displays.

  3. Search Google by tapping the Search field, typing your search term(s), and then tapping the Search button in the keyboard.
  4. View information about an upcoming sporting event by tapping the appropriate tile for a preview.
  5. Tap the Menu icon (it looks like a group of three horizontal dots) above and to the right of each card to change card settings.
  6. Delete a card by tapping and holding on the card and then swiping to the left or right.
  7. Swipe up on the screen to see more options.

  8. If there are more stories or more information within a card, tap Show More or More Stories.
  9. Press the Home button to return to the Home screen (not shown).

Use Google Now

After you finish setting up Google Now, you can access it by tapping the Google Search box in any Home screen. The Google Now screen looks a little different than when you set up the app for the first time.

  1. Tap the Google Search box.

  2. Type any search term(s) in the Search field. As you type, the first three search results display below the Search field.
  3. Tap an item in the result list to open a search result. If you search for a name and/or location, any search results in your Contacts database appear in the list of contacts. View more contact information by tapping the name of the contact. You can also search for more contacts by tapping Search Tablet at the bottom of the Contacts list.
  4. View more search results by tapping the Search button in the keyboard.

  5. The Search results page appears on the screen. Swipe up and down the screen to view the entire list of results on the page.
  6. Tap the Back touch button to return to the Home screen (not shown).

  7. Tap the Google Search box. Even if you don’t search for anything, Google Now remembers your last three searches on the Google search engine and displays them underneath the Search field.
  8. Hide the keyboard by tapping the Back touch button (not shown).

  9. Swipe up and down the page to view all the other cards on the screen.
  10. Tap the Menu icon within each card’s section to change the Google Now settings. The type of card for which you want to change settings determines the available options in the Setting screen. This example uses the Weather card.

  11. Turn off weather updates in the Weather card by tapping Done with This Forecast.
  12. If you don’t want to show weather updates for your home address but want to continue showing updates for other places (such as your work address), tap Don’t Show Weather for Home.
  13. Change the temperature unit to Celsius by tapping Change Temperature Units to C.
  14. By default, the Weather card is visible within the Google Now screen. You can hide the Weather card and tell Google Now you’re not interested in weather updates for your location by tapping Never Show Weather Updates.
  15. Change Google Now preferences such as your default places by tapping Customize Google Now.
  16. Write and send your feedback about Google Now to Google by tapping Send Feedback.
  17. Return to the Google Now screen by tapping the Back touch button (not shown).

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