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:

source: Xperiacle (XDA-Devs) via TheUnlockr

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Galaxy Note 3
  • Display 5.7" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 3200 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

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

2. Dingy_cellar_dweller

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

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

3. Reality_Check

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 15, 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.

4. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 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.

7. dmakun

Posts: 382; Member since: Jun 06, 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.

6. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 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!!!!

8. Reality_Check

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Yes, that's true. I'm sorry :) P.S. - It's just Reality_Check not Grammar_Check ;)

5. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

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

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