Using the Notes App on Your iPad

By Edward C. Baig, Bob LeVitus

Notes is an app that creates notes that you can save or send through email on your iPad. Notes received a major upgrade in iOS 9, with new features such as a “sketch with your finger” mode, checklists, and enclosures. In addition, many apps will allow you to save data directly to the Notes app (by tapping the share icon). Finally, all your notes are synced across all your enabled Apple devices via iCloud.

To create a note, follow these steps:

  1. On the Home screen, tap the Notes icon.

  2. Tap the new note icon in the upper-right corner to start a new note.

    The virtual keyboard appears.

  3. Type a note.

    The Notes app revealed.
    The Notes app revealed.

This image shows off a few of the new features in Notes: The list is formatted as a checklist, with a crudely drawn sketch at the bottom.

Other things you can do before you quit the Notes app include the following:

  • Tap the Notes or Folders button in the upper-left corner of the screen to see either a list of all your notes or — if you sync Notes with more than one account, such as iCloud, Google, or Yahoo! — folders for All Notes plus a separate folder for each service you sync with.

  • When a list of notes is on-screen, tap a folder to see its contents, or tap a note to open and view, edit, or modify it. (Hint: The list is always visible when you hold your iPad in landscape mode with the longer edges parallel to the ground.)

  • Tap the share icon at the top-right corner to send the note using the Mail or Messages app, copy the note to the Clipboard, post the note to social media, assign the note to a contact, or print the note.

  • Tap the trash icon near the top-right corner of the screen to delete the note.

When the keyboard is displayed, you can

  • Tap the check mark icon above the top row of keys to create a checklist; select text before you tap it to change existing text into a check list.

  • Tap the Aa icon above the top row of keys to format text as Title, Heading, Body, Bulleted List, Dashed List, or Numbered List. Select the text before you tap it to change its format.

  • Tap the camera icon above the top row of keys to take a picture or select a picture from your Photos library and add it to this note.

  • Tap the squiggly line icon above the top row of keys to sketch with your finger.

If you’re using any iPad except the second-generation model, you can also use Siri to set up and dictate your note by speaking.

As with most iPad apps, your notes are saved automatically while you type them so that you can quit Notes at any time without losing a single character.

Remember that you can sync Notes with your Mac and other devices via iCloud. Also, you don’t enable Notes syncing in iTunes. Instead, you enable it in Settings→iCloud on your iPad and System Preferences→iCloud on your Mac.

And that’s all she wrote. You now know what you need to know about creating and managing notes with Notes.