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How to Write Notes on Your iPad

Using the Notes app on your iPad is kind of like grabbing a sticky note, jotting your thoughts down, pulling off the note, and sticking it somewhere. iPad's Notes App includes editing tools to select, cut, copy, and paste. After you write them, your notes are saved in a list of notes so you can easily find the one you need.

To create a note, follow these steps:

1

Tap the Notes app icon on the Home screen.

The Notes app opens.

If you're in portrait orientation and want to see the list of saved notes beside the current note, switch to landscape orientation on your iPad or tap the Notes button at the top left.

2

Tap the New Note button (the one with the + symbol on it) in the top-right corner.

A new, blank note appears.

3

Tap the blank page.

The onscreen keyboard appears.

4

Tap keys on the keyboard to enter text.

If you want to enter numbers or symbols, tap either of the keys labeled .?123 on the keyboard. The numbers keyboard appears. When you want to return to the regular keyboard, tap either of the keys labeled ABC.

To capitalize a letter, tap the Shift key at the same time that you tap the letter. When you want to start a new paragraph or the next item in a list, tap the Return key. To edit text, tap the text you want to edit and use the Delete key to delete text to the left of the cursor or type new text.

When you have the numbers keyboard displayed, you can tap either of the keys labeled #+= to access more symbols, such as the percentage sign, the symbol for euros, and additional bracket styles. With some of these keys, pressing and holding them displays alternate characters. This also works on some keys on the alphabetic and numeric keyboards. (For example, pressing and holding N gives you foreign language options such as a Spanish ñ, and pressing and holding the exclamation key on a numeric keyboard offers an upside down exclamation point used in some languages.)

No need to save a note; it's automatically kept until you delete it.

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