Adding and Marking Up Attachments on Your iPad

By Edward C. Baig, Bob LeVitus

You are probably already familiar with sending and using attachments. However, your iPad now gives you a few more tools for working with those attachments. Keep reading for the details.

Adding attachments

You probably already know how you can attach photos and videos to your outgoing messages. In iOS 9, Apple supplies a new way to add an attachment. Press your finger against the body of the message in the same way you just did to format text.

Tap the arrow to the right of Quote Level and tap the new Add Attachment option. You’re immediately ushered to an iCloud Drive screen, where you can choose the attachment you would like to add from the likes of the Pages app, Keynote, Preview, QuickTime Player, and TextEdit. Tap the file to add it to the body of your soon-to-be sent email.

You can also select among other options, depending on the apps you have installed on your iPad.

Marking up attachments

If you’re attaching a photo or a PDF document, you can take advantage of the Markup feature added with iOS 9. With the picture attachment or PDF embedded in your outgoing message, tap and hold down or double-tap the attachment, and from the share menu that appears, tap Markup.

You can summon the Markup feature also when you receive a PDF or picture attachment. Tap on the attachment and then tap the briefcase icon, which appears in the lower-right corner.

Now that you’re in markup mode, you can draw on that image or PDF, tapping the simple annotation tools just below. The tools are represented by icons: one for a pen tool (unless you use an optional stylus, your finger will be that pen), one for a magnification loupe so that you can zoom in on the document or pic, one for writing text (you can summon the keyboard), and one for drawing your signature.

If you draw a shape such as an arrow and the iPad recognizes that that was the shape you had in mind, it will give you the option to draw it for you. You can leave your own imperfect arrow (or other symbol) if you prefer to use that one instead of Apple’s. One piece of advice on that arrow business: Draw with a single stroke and do not lift your finger.

Within Markup, you have the option to change the color and thickness of the lines and symbols that you draw.

Lastly, you can write your signature in script, a potential boon for lawyers or folks needing to get a John Hancock on a contract or lease. Just choose the fourth icon at the bottom of the Markup screen and tap Add or Remove Signature. Then tap the + and sign your name with your finger.