How to Use Samsung Multi Window Mode on the Galaxy Note 3

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Samsung’s Multi Window mode is one of the best features of the Samsung Galaxy phone and tablet lines. The dual-screen mode lets users open two adjacent windows, allowing for seamless multitasking. Samsung has refreshed Multi Window mode, adding several helpful new features in time for the  Galaxy Note 3 and Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition launch. Now users can run the same app simultaneously in both windows, drag and drop content from one window to the other, and quickly navigate recent apps when in Multi Window mode. Here’s a quick walk through of each of the new features and how to use them.

Launch Multi Window Mode 

Multi Window mode has proven itself to be a very useful multitasking tool, allowing users to perform two tasks at once on a phone or tablet without having to switch between display. 

1. Make sure Multi Window Mode is enabled. Simply pull down the Notifications shade at the top of the display and tap the Multi Window icon. 

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2. Long-press the Back button to launch Multi Window Mode. A small tab or the Multi Window strip will appear on the left side of the phone/tablet. If you get the tab, tap it to extend the Multi Window menu and drag your two selected apps onto the display. multi window tab

Running the same app in two windows

One of the Samsung’s biggest improvements to Multi Window mode is the ability to run the same app in both windows. However this feature only works with email, ChatOn, the web browser, My Files, Hangouts and YouTube. From there, you can queue up any app by selecting in the Multi Window mode. 

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Create Paired Window

Paired Windows allows users to create a custom pair of windows that can be accessed via the Multi Window mode strip. 

1. Open a pair of windows in Multi Window mode.

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2. Press the gray arrow located at the bottom of the Multi Window mode strip to reveal three options (Create, Edit and Help).

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3. Hit Create and name your new window in the pop-up box. From there, the window will live at the top of your Multi Window strip.

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Edit Multi Window Strip

Users can switch out apps to create their own custom their Multi Window strip. In addition to the 16 standard apps, there are an addition 12 apps to add including Calendar, Twitter, Play Store and Samsung Apps. 

1. Launch the Multi Window strip.

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2. Hit the gray arrow at the bottom of the strip.

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3. Press Edit.

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4. Drag and drop your selected apps onto the strip. You can remove extraneous apps by dragging them over to the right side of the display.

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5. Hit Done to save your changes.

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Accessing the Context Menu 

Once Multi Window mode has been launched, there’s a blue button located in the center of the screen. Pressing the dot launches a context menu with four features: Drag and Drop Content, Switch Applications, Switch Window and Exit Application.  The menu can only be used on one window at a time. To switch menu orientation, just click tap the window you want to use the menu with. 

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Drag and Drop

Users can drag content such as text or an image from a website or the gallery into an email. Images will automatically be added as an attachment while any added text will fall into the body of the email.

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1. Press the blue button to launch the context menu and select Drag and Drop Content button.

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2. Select the content using the S Pen or your finger and drag it into the email.

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Switch Applications

It’s now possible to open multiple windows in Multi Window mode. Switch Applications lets users browse recently opened apps in each window. 

1. Summon the context menu by clicking the blue button.

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2. Select Switch Applications in the menu.

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3. Scroll through animation and select desired app.

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Switch Window

This feature lets users quickly change window position.

Click the blue context menu button and select Switch Window.

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Close Application 

Provides a way to close out all your apps in Multi Window mode.

Hit the context menu and select Close Application.

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  1. bruce Says:

    To make the most of multi window mode, there should be an ability to use other applications not just the predefined 18 or so apps. A good example would be when i need to enter an account number or other info from my phone book to an app wanting to open. The non standard app cant be opened in 2 window mode.

  2. Philip Says:

    Thanks for the review Sherri! Are all apps multi-window friendly? I’m trying to have the internet and another app open at the same time but it’s not letting me do it :(

  3. Why Says:

    @ Bruce and Philip, Take your S pen out and click on pen window. Just draw a circle or square, open the internet or your phone book. This will be your 3rd window and you also open another one.

  4. Sri Says:

    Thank you very much for your blog.It helped me alot in fixing my queries.

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