One of best features of the Samsung Galaxy Note series, including the Galaxy Note 8.0 and Galaxy Note II, is its handwriting keyboard, which converts your scribbles into ASCII text and then inserts them into whatever field you’re editing. Unfortunately, the scribble area doesn’t appear by default and it’s not readily apparent how to activate it. Fortunately, you can turn on handwriting recognition in seconds if you follow these steps.
You can switch back to QWERTY keyboard mode at any time by tapping the keyboard icon in the upper left corner of the handwriting recognition box.
When in QWERTY mode, the pen icon will appear to the left of the spacebar so you can switch to handwriting recognition mode, even if the pen detection feature doesn’t launch that mode automatically.