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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Screens and Settings [One-Handed Operation Tutorial]

By: Grace Gajetes-Hisona | Thursday, December 4, 2014

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The new Samsung Galaxy Note 4 device is packed with several screens and settings along with various features that would make phone handling a lot easier and more convenient with only one hand.

This tutorial will teach you how to use your Note 4 device with one hand.

How to Reduce Screen Size with One Hand on your Note 4 device?


Here are the steps to quickly adjust to a smaller screen size and a more compact layout for one-handed operation on your Galaxy Note 4:

1. Tap on Apps from the Home screen.
2. Tap on Settings.
3. Select One-handed operation.

Note: If you don't see One-handed operation in the Settings menu, tap on Display and wallpaper and then select One-handed operation. Please note that the available screens and settings may vary between wireless service provider and software version.

4. Tap on Reduce screen size.
5. Touch the slider to turn ON or enable Reduce screen size option.

You can enable the feature at any time by swiping your thumb from the edge of the screen to the middle and back. You should see the display reduces to a size where you can reach most features with your thumb.

At the bottom of the screen, the icons for Recent apps, Home, Back, and Volume Up/Down keys are also displayed allowing you to put them in reach of your thumb.

To resize the screen, touch and drag the Reduce-display-resize icon located in the upper left corner of the screen. To move the smaller window around the screen, touch and hold the top bar.

To exit one-handed display, touch the Reduce-display-expand icon and get back to the full-screen display.

Using One-Handed Input


The size and position of input controls including the dialing keypad, calculator, and keyboards can also be adjusted. Follow these steps to adjust the size and position of input controls and use them with one-handed operation easier:

1. Tap on Apps from the Home screen.
2. Tap on Settings.
3. Select One-handed operation.

Again, if One-handed operation is not available in the Settings menu, then tap on Display and wallpaper and then select One-handed operation.

4. Tap One-handed input.
5. Touch the slider to turn the feature ON.

When the One-handed input is enabled, you should see the dialing keypad becomes smaller, allowing you to touch the arrow and move it to the other side of the screen with your thumb.

Using the Side Key Panel


You can display up to four quick access buttons within easy reach of your thumb by enabling or turning on the Side key panel feature on your Galaxy Note 4.  Among the options available in the panel include the Reduce apps, as well as the Home and Back keys. You can also access the Reduce screen size feature, the Apps menu, and More options quickly in the panel, depending on the content you are viewing.

Here's how to enable or turn on the Side key panel and use it on your Galaxy Note 4 device:

1. Tap on Apps from the Home screen.
2. Tap on Settings.
3. Select One-handed operation.

Alternately, tap on Display and wallpaper and then select One-handed operation.

4. Tap on Side Key Panel.
5. Touch the slider to turn Side key panel on or enable the feature.

Hints:

Touch and hold the SideKey Move icon to move the Side key panel around the screen and then drag it to a new location.

Touch and hold the SideKey Move icon and then drag it to Remove (trash icon) at the top of the screen, to remove the Side key panel.

Among other available options you can configure in the Side Key Panel Settings include Transparency, Quick Minimize, and Manage Keys.


  • Transparency - this option is used to move the slider to increase or decrease the transparency of the panel. To use it, touch on Transparency in the Side key panel settings. To make the panel disappear completely when minimized, put a check mark in the box next to Hide panel when minimized.
  • Quick Minimize - this option is used to minimize the buttons to a white line on the side of the screen. By default, the checkbox next to this option is marked. To see how it works, touch the outside of the panel. If you want to keep the panel open at all times, unmark or remove the check mark in the box.

Hint: If you want to access the panel after minimizing it, simply swipe the corner of the screen where the panel is shown.

  • Manage Keys - this option is used to edit which keys are shown in the Side key panel. To do so, simply touch Manage keys. To add or remove a key from the panel, or rearrange the order of the keys, simply touch and drag the key.


And that covers everything on this Galaxy Note 4 tutorial.

 

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