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How to open any app in Pen Window mode on the Galaxy Note 3

How to open any app in Pen Window mode on the Galaxy Note 3
Galaxy Note 3 comes with the awesome Pen Window mode that allows you to draw an approximately square or rectangular shape on the display, and an app of your choosing can be opened in that size, while you can still operate what's behind it, for some quick multitasking.

The thing is that Samsung only allows its default apps to be opened like that, while your beloved third party applications are left out in the cold from the Pen Windows functionality.

If you want to run any app like that, you'd have to root the Note 3 first, then follow the instructions below, courtesy of XDA-Devs member Xperiacle:

First, make sure you are rooted with busybox installed.
Second, make a backup.
Third, just download PenWindowManager_v1.apk - [Click for QR Code] and install as normal. 
Finally, just tick the apps you want and don't forget to press the save button. A soft reboot maybe required for the changes to take effect.

NOTE: If you have previously edited others.xml or features.xml, you may have introduced some errors to the xml file layout which would prevent this app from properly functioning. Editing the said xml files manually is not advisable due to human error of breaking the xml structure by accident. If this app does not work after previously manually editing the said xml files, then I suggest you restore the original unedited xml files.

For those who don't seem to have a /system/csc folder and either others.xml or features.xml files in said folder, then you may want to try a custom rom that includes it but if you want to try, you can create the csc folder and procure a copy of others.xml or features.xml and put it inside the csc folder.


source: Xperiacle (XDA-Devs) via TheUnlockr

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posted on 16 Oct 2013, 03:19

1. _Bone_ (Posts: 2061; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Why draw a square after tapping on the pen window option, why not instantly pop-up the compatible apps?

posted on 16 Oct 2013, 03:27 1

2. Dingy_cellar_dweller (Posts: 178; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


I'd say so you can choose the size of window you want to use.

posted on 16 Oct 2013, 03:35 4

3. Reality_Check (Posts: 220; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


I'd say your suggestion has merit, but it's more easier to just make the window of your size appear by drawing that size than by resizing the window after preset window appears.

posted on 16 Oct 2013, 04:31

4. _Bone_ (Posts: 2061; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


It really isn't your size. You draw whatever box and the window will still pop up as a small portrait or landscape depending on screen orientation. You can also resize later, so I'd either skip the drawing step, or the S-pen menu:

Say you click on the button and draw a circle, it instantly puts content into the scrapbook. Button and box, pop-up option, button and double knock, S-note. Right now there are corners to cut.

posted on 16 Oct 2013, 21:24

7. dmakun (Posts: 127; Member since: 06 Jun 2011)


Actually, the drawn box sizes vary. I just tested the pen window feature on my note 3 & depending on the size of the window I draw the chosen app launched accordingly.

posted on 16 Oct 2013, 21:20

6. reckless562 (Posts: 545; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


".....suggestion has merit, but it's more easier to just make...." should be "suggestion has merit, but it's EASIER to just make," ther is no "more" just an "easier"
i just CHECKED the @Reality_Check lmao!!! plus 1 for meeee!!!!

posted on 17 Oct 2013, 00:08

8. Reality_Check (Posts: 220; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


Yes, that's true. I'm sorry :)

P.S. - It's just Reality_Check not Grammar_Check ;)

posted on 16 Oct 2013, 05:22 7

5. TreyTreyTaylor (Posts: 275; Member since: 21 Dec 2010)


This is so awesome. Why isn't this talked about more. The note 3 is such a badass.

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