How to Change Back to the Keyboard on the Samsung Note 10.1

I just recently bought a new Samsung Note 10.1 tablet, and it is a tablet with a stylus. It has a text input mode where you can write the text by hand and it changes it into typed text. Think back to the old Windows CE devices, but handwriting recognition that actually works surprisingly well.

Anyways, the reason of this post is that, embarrasingly enough, once I switched to the handwriting recognition mode, I couldn’t find any way to switch back to the regular keyboard. It was hard to find a solution when I Googled for it, so I figured I would put it here to help out anyone else having issues.

So, long story short, to close the handwriting recognition keyboard and switch back to the regular typing keyboard on the Samsung Note 10.1, follow these steps (or just look at the picture below):

  1. Click and hold on the gear icon (the three little dots actually suggest that you can click and hold for more options)
  2. Click on the icon of the keyboard that pops up

Handwriting recognition to keyboard note 10.1




17 Comments How to Change Back to the Keyboard on the Samsung Note 10.1

  1. TonyW April 3, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Thank you this was driving me crazy.

  2. moon May 14, 2014 at 7:04 am


  3. Tara July 14, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    Thank goodness for this post. I consider myself very good with technology and figuring out how to use devices, but this was not an intuitive solution.

  4. Cookie August 3, 2014 at 10:15 am

    This was sooooo helpful. Thanks

  5. hazirah November 10, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    Thank you so much..really helpful after my son ‘intruder’ it.

  6. crittercall January 24, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. How can they make something this simple so hard?

  7. Anonymous February 18, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    Oh My Gosh – Thank you so much!

  8. Anonymous February 25, 2015 at 2:38 am

    Awesome. ? This is really obscure

  9. mehrabanfar May 5, 2015 at 6:54 am

    Very thanks

  10. joey schaefer May 7, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    THANKS. You’re a lifesaver. Was going nuts trying to switch this.

  11. charolette May 27, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    Thank you so much, I was gong crazy trying to figure it out.

  12. Anonymous June 1, 2015 at 1:42 am

    thank you!

  13. Me July 7, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    thank you!! So much for user friendly design!

  14. Srinivasa August 10, 2015 at 5:21 am

    Its really a great help for me. I also had same problem before i get this useful information. Now my pad’s keaboard is back.
    Thanks a lot.

  15. diane January 6, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    thank you soo much. I did the same thing and could not figure out for the life of me how to fix it. very helpful

  16. Allen January 10, 2016 at 8:07 am

    Thanks so much.

  17. Anonymous February 24, 2016 at 3:01 am

    Thanks for posting this. Where the gear is for you I actually had a mic. It didnt occur to me to hold on it untill I saw your post. Problem solved!

Leave A Comment

Your email address will not be published.