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Samsung Galaxy Tabs For Dummies : For Dummies - Dan Gookin

Samsung Galaxy Tabs For Dummies

For Dummies


Published: 20th December 2013
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Published: 18th December 2013
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A colorful, entertaining, and informative guide to the Samsung Galaxy family of tablets

Samsung's bestselling Galaxy Tabs may come in multiple sizes, but they all share the wildly popular Android operating system and are packed with tons of top-notch tablet features. This full-color book shows you how to enjoy all the things your Galaxy Tab can do, regardless of model: browse the web, handle e-mail, manage your social media, make phone calls and video chat, read e-books, take and share photos, play music, and more. Author Dan Gookin, famous for his skill in demystifying technology, takes you on a tour of the Galaxy, explaining hidden tablet tricks and showing you how to make your Tab your own.

  • Walks you through every element of the popular Galaxy Tab models, illustrated with full-color screen shots that show you exactly how to use your new tablet
  • Covers the unique elements of this amazing Android tablet that give the Galaxy Tab a competitive edge as well as more common tablet features like the touchscreen interface, web browser, camera, social media, e-mail, apps, and more
  • Includes tips for filling your Galaxy Tab with music, movies, TV shows, books, games, photos, videos, and other cool content from Google Play
  • Shows you how to type successfully on the Tab keyboard, get directions, manage your content, connect wirelessly, travel with your Tab, and customize its features

Samsung Galaxy Tabs For Dummies is the perfect guide for getting started and getting around the Galaxy like a pro.



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Very handy ref. sourse for Samsung Tab owners.


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I use this a good "how - to" reference book.


Book suitable for my need.


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    I used book as reference for new tablet.


    A must for computer illiterate seniors


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    Bought this for my husband who changed from an Apple iPad and iPhone. He said it is helpful, but is still struggling with the new toys.

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    Introduction 1

    About This Book 1

    Foolish Assumptions 2

    Icons Used in This Book 3

    Beyond the Book 4

    Where to Go from Here 4

    Part I: A Galaxy in Your Hands 5

    Chapter 1: A Quick Orientation 7

    Set Up Your Galaxy Tablet 7

    Opening the box 8

    Charging the battery 8

    Know Your Way around the Galaxy 9

    Finding things on the tablet 9

    Inserting and removing a microSD card 12

    Getting optional accessories 14

    Where to Keep Your Tablet 15

    Making a home for the tablet 15

    Taking the tablet with you 16

    Chapter 2: The On and Off Chapter 17

    Hello, Tablet 17

    Turning on your Galaxy tablet (for the first time) 18

    Turning on your tablet 20

    Working the various lock screens 21

    Unlocking the tablet 22

    Unlocking and running an app 23

    Account Creation and Configuration 23

    Obtaining a Google account 23

    Adding accounts to the tablet 24

    Farewell, Tablet 26

    Locking the tablet 26

    Controlling the lock timeout 26

    Turning off your Galaxy tablet 27

    Chapter 3: Find Your Way around the Galaxy 29

    Basic Operations 29

    Touching the touchscreen 30

    Changing the orientation 31

    Controlling the volume 32

    Behold the Home Screen 33

    Touring the Home screen 33

    Accessing multiple Home screens 35

    Using common buttons and icons 35

    Home Screen Chores 37

    Starting an app 37

    Accessing a widget 38

    Reviewing notifications 38

    Making Quick Settings 39

    Visiting the Apps screen 40

    Reviewing recent apps 41

    Playing with Multi Window 42

    The Magical S Pen 44

    Understanding the S Pen 44

    Using Air Command 45

    Doing some S Pen tricks 46

    Chapter 4: Typing and Text 47

    This Is a Keyboard? 47

    Using the onscreen keyboard 47

    Accessing special keyboard symbols 49

    The Old Hunt-and-Peck 50

    Typing one character at a time 50

    Typing quickly by using predictive text 51

    Adding SwiftKey Flow 52

    Scribbling text with the S Pen 53

    Google Voice Typing 53

    Activating voice input 53

    Dictating input 54

    Uttering s**** words 55

    Text Editing 55

    Moving the cursor 55

    Selecting text 56

    Cutting, copying, and pasting 57

    Part II: Tablet Communications 59

    Chapter 5: All Your Friends in the Galaxy 61

    Meet the Tablet?s Address Book 61

    Using the Contacts app 62

    Sorting your contacts 63

    Searching contacts 64

    More Friends in Your Galaxy 64

    Creating a contact from scratch 64

    Creating a contact from an e-mail message 66

    Importing contacts from your computer 67

    Grabbing contacts from your social networking sites 68

    Manage Your Friends 68

    Editing contact information 68

    Taking a picture of a contact 68

    Building contact groups 70

    Making a favorite 72

    Joining identical contacts 72

    Separating contacts 73

    Removing a contact 73

    Chapter 6: Mail of the Electronic Kind 75

    Galactic E-Mail 75

    Setting up an Email account 76

    Adding even more e-mail accounts 77

    You?ve Got E-Mail 78

    Getting a new message 79

    Checking the inbox 79

    Reading e-mail 80

    Write That Message 82

    Composing a Gmail message 82

    Crafting an Email message 83

    Sending e-mail to a contact 84

    Message Attachments 84

    Dealing with attachments 85

    Sending an attachment 86

    E-Mail Configuration 86

    Creating a signature 87

    Configuring the manual delete option 87

    Setting the primary e-mail account 88

    Chapter 7: Web Browsing 91

    Mobile Web Browsing 92

    Viewing the web 92

    Visiting a web page 93

    Browsing back and forth 94

    Working with bookmarks 94

    Managing web pages in multiple tabs 95

    Searching in and on the web 96

    Sharing a page 96

    The Art of Downloading 97

    Grabbing an image from a web page 98

    Downloading a file 98

    Internet App Controls and Settings 100

    Setting a home page 100

    Changing the way the web looks 100

    Setting privacy and security options 101

    Chapter 8: The Digital Social Life 103

    In Your Facebook 103

    Setting up your Facebook account 104

    Getting the Facebook app 104

    Running Facebook on your tablet 104

    Setting your status 106

    Uploading a picture to Facebook 107

    Configuring the Facebook app 109

    Tweet Suite 110

    Setting up Twitter 110

    Tweeting 111

    Even More Social Networking 112

    Chapter 9: Text Chat, Video Chat, and Even Phone Calls 115

    Let?s Hang Out 115

    Using Hangouts 116

    Typing at your friends 117

    Talking and video chat 118

    Connect to the World with Skype 120

    Getting Skype for your tablet 120

    Chatting with another Skype user 121

    Seeing on Skype (video call) 121

    Placing a Skype phone call 122

    Part III: Everything in the Galaxy  125

    Chapter 10: Getting from Here to There 127

    There?s a Map for That 128

    Using the Maps app 128

    Adding layers 129

    It Knows Where You Are 131

    Finding out where you are 131

    Helping others find your location 131

    Find Things 133

    Looking for a specific address 133

    Finding a business, restaurant, or point of interest 134

    Searching for favorite or recent places 135

    Locating a contact 136

    The Galaxy Navigator 136

    Getting directions 136

    Adding a navigation Home screen widget 138

    The Whole Google Earth 139

    Chapter 11: It?s a Big, Flat Camera 141

    Your Galactic Camera 141

    Capturing the moment 142

    Doing a self-portrait 143

    Taking in a panorama 144

    Doing a screen shot 145

    Camera Settings and Options 146

    Deleting an image immediately after you take it 146

    Setting the flash 146

    Changing the resolution 147

    Setting the image?s location 149

    Choosing the storage device 150

    Adjusting the camera 150

    Chapter 12: Image Madness and Management 153

    Where Your Pictures Lurk 153

    Visiting the Gallery 154

    Finding a picture?s location 155

    Setting an image as wallpaper 156

    Image Editing 158

    Cropping a picture 158

    Trimming a video 159

    Rotating pictures 160

    Deleting pictures and videos 160

    Selecting multiple pictures and videos 161

    Set Your Pics and Vids Free 162

    Accessing your Picasa Web account 162

    Uploading to Dropbox 163

    Printing your pictures 164

    Posting a video to YouTube 166

    Sharing images with other apps 167

    Chapter 13: Music, Music, Music 169

    Your Hit Parade 169

    Browsing your music library 170

    Playing a tune 171

    Pinning your music 173

    Being the life of the party 174

    Add Some Music to Your Life 175

    Borrowing music from a PC 175

    Buying music at the Google Play Store 177

    Organize Your Music 178

    Reviewing your playlists 178

    Creating your own playlists 179

    Removing unwanted music 180

    Soap, No Soap, Galaxy Radio 180

    Chapter 14: What Else Does It Do? 183

    It?s an Alarm Clock 183

    It?s a Very Big Calculator 185

    It?s a Calendar 186

    Browsing your schedule 187

    Reviewing appointments 188

    Creating an event 189

    It?s a Game Machine 191

    It?s an E-Book Reader 191

    It?s Google Now 194

    It?s Your Video Entertainment 195

    Enjoying YouTube 195

    Buying and renting movies 196

    Chapter 15: A Galaxy of Apps 197

    Welcome to the Play Store 197

    Browsing the Google Play Store 198

    Obtaining a new app 200

    Installing apps from a computer 202

    App Management 101 203

    Reviewing your apps 204

    Sharing an app 205

    Updating an app 205

    Uninstalling apps 206

    Part IV: Nuts and Bolts 207

    Chapter 16: It?s a Wireless Life 209

    Wireless Networking Wizardry 209

    Using the cellular data network 210

    Understanding Wi-Fi 210

    Activating and deactivating Wi-Fi 211

    Connecting to a Wi-Fi network 212

    Using Wi-Fi Direct 213

    A Connection Shared 214

    Creating a mobile hotspot 215

    Sharing the Internet via tethering 216

    The Bluetooth Experience 217

    Understanding Bluetooth 217

    Activating Bluetooth 218

    Pairing with a Bluetooth device 218

    Chapter 17: Connect, Share, and Store 221

    The USB Connection 221

    Connecting the tablet to a computer 222

    Dealing with the USB connection in Windows 222

    Connecting your tablet to a Mac 224

    Configuring the USB connection 224

    Disconnecting the tablet from a computer 225

    Files from Here, Files to There 226

    Transferring files to the tablet 226

    Copying files to your computer 228

    Connecting wirelessly with Kies Air 228

    Sharing files with Dropbox 230

    Galactic Storage 231

    Reviewing storage stats 231

    Managing files 233

    Chapter 18: Taking the Galaxy with You 235

    Before You Go 235

    Galaxy Travel Tips 236

    Into the Wild Blue Yonder 237

    The Galaxy Goes Abroad 238

    Traveling overseas with the tablet 238

    Disabling data roaming 239

    Chapter 19: Customize Your Galaxy 241

    Home Screen Decorating 241

    Hanging new wallpaper 242

    Adding apps to the Home screen 243

    Building app folders 244

    Putting an app on the Favorites tray 246

    Slapping down widgets 246

    Moving and removing icons and widgets 248

    Managing multiple Home screen panels 249

    Lock Your Tablet 250

    Finding the locks 250

    Removing the screen lock 251

    Setting a PIN 251

    Assigning a password 252

    Creating an unlock pattern 252

    Unlocking the tablet with your face 254

    Setting face and voice unlock 255

    Adding owner info text 255

    Various Galactic Adjustments 256

    Singing a different tune 256

    Changing visual settings 258

    Chapter 20: Maintenance and Troubleshooting 259

    Regular Galactic Maintenance 259

    Keeping it clean 260

    Backing up your stuff 260

    Updating the system 261

    Battery Care and Feeding 262

    Monitoring the battery 262

    Determining what is sucking up power 263

    Extending battery life 264

    Help and Troubleshooting 265

    Fixing random and annoying problems 265

    Getting support 267

    Valuable Galaxy Tablet Q&A 268

    ?I can?t turn the tablet on (or off)!? 268

    ?The touchscreen doesn?t work!? 268

    ?The battery doesn?t charge!? 269

    ?The tablet gets so hot that it turns itself off!? 269

    ?It doesn?t do landscape mode!? 269

    Part V: The Part of Tens 271

    Chapter 21: Ten Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts 273

    Add Widgets to the Lock Screen 273

    Smart Screen Tricks 274

    Watch the Tablet Dream 275

    Add Shortcuts to the Home Screen 276

    Add Spice to Dictation 276

    Command the Tablet with Your Voice 277

    Use the Galactic TV Remote 277

    Enter Location Information for Your Events 278

    Use the Task Manager 279

    Check Your Data Usage 280

    Chapter 22: Ten Things to Remember 281

    Summon a Recently Opened App 281

    View Multiple Apps at Once 282

    Take Quick Actions 282

    Use Dictation 282

    Lock the Orientation 283

    Use the Keyboard Suggestions 283

    Avoid Things That Consume Lots of Battery Juice 284

    Make Phone Calls 284

    Keep Up with Your Schedule 284

    Snap a Pic of That Contact 285

    Chapter 23: Ten Great Apps 287

    Chrome 287

    Google Finance 288

    Google Gesture Search 288

    Movies by Flixster 288

    Netflix 289

    Notepad 289

    Sky Map 289

    TuneIn Radio 290

    Voice Recorder 290

    Zedge 291

    Index 293

    ISBN: 9781118772942
    ISBN-10: 1118772946
    Series: For Dummies
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 320
    Published: 20th December 2013
    Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
    Country of Publication: US
    Dimensions (cm): 23.1 x 18.8  x 1.5
    Edition Number: 1