Notes

8 new outstanding features in iPadOS 15

iPadOS 15 is on the way. Apple showcased the new software at this year's WWDC. This year was all about cross-platform feature parity, but that's usually the case with iPadOS and iOS anyway. That's certainly the case this year.

iPadOS 15 improves note taking with Tags and Quick Note

The iPad lineup has a lot of strengths. Being able to use an Apple Pencil, for instance, to jot down notes quickly and easily is one of them. With iPadOS 15, which is set to launch later this year, Apple is aiming to make capturing your thoughts when you need to even easier. And, more helpful in general.

How to use dark or light backgrounds for Notes on iPhone and iPad

Notes Background in Dark Mode on iPhone

Dark mode is one of those features that came along and it was all the rave. Instead of all that brightness, you could have your device and the apps on it carry a soothing, dark appearance. As things progressed, we started seeing plenty of apps offering dark mode and giving you a choice to use it. And maybe you don’t realize it, but Notes is one of those apps.

When you enable dark mode on your iPhone or iPad, you can decide if you want the Notes app to oblige. Plus, you can keep specific notes with a light background while others are dark. This gives you the pleasing appearance you want for notes you use often.

Here, we’ll show you how to use both dark and light backgrounds in the Notes app on iPhone and iPad.

Make better use of all the empty space in the iPad’s Control Center with Yuna

The iPad offers the same useful Control Center interface that the iPhone and iPod touch do, and while that’s great, it’s also the biggest problem.

While Control Center’s features are both convenient and useful, the issue I take with the interface on the iPad is that it leaves so much screen real estate unused. In fact, it’s literally an iPhone’s Control Center interface crammed at the edge of the iPad’s large display.

Libellum lets jailbreakers jot notes down directly on the Lock Screen

Note-taking is an incredibly useful way to ensure you don’t forget something later on, and while Apple’s Notes app is a great tool for jotting down a note here and there, it can be a nuisance trying to get to the app in a pinch when I need it.

Libellum is a newly released and free jailbreak tweak by iOS developer LacertosusDeus that offers refuge from the aforementioned qualm, and it does so by putting a convenient note-taking widget directly on your Lock Screen that you can interact with without any delay of any kind.

How to share Voice Memos on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

Voice Memos Share Menu on Mac

The Voice Memos app is an ideal tool for capturing notes by speaking instead of typing or writing. And like any note-taking tool, you may want to share what you record. Whether with another person or a different app, we’ll show you how to share recordings in Voice Memos on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

5 tips for effectively using Search in Notes on Mac

Tips for Search in Notes on Mac - iMac

If you are a heavy user of the Notes app, then you likely have many folders, tons of notes, and use it with multiple accounts. So when it’s time to find a note, it can feel like a tedious task. But with some helpful tips, you can use the Search feature effectively in the Notes app on Mac to find what you want quickly.

How to automatically sort completed items in Notes checklists

Notes Sorted Checklist Items on Mac

The Notes app is a terrific tool that you can sync with your iOS device and your Mac. One useful feature is the ability to create checklists. This makes Notes handy for to-dos, shopping lists, project tasks, gift lists, and more.

Along with checklist feature is a convenient setting. You can automatically sort completed items in your Notes checklists. So whenever you check the circle to cross an item off your list, it moves right to the bottom. This is helpful for seeing your remaining items at the top of the checklist, waiting for you to complete them.

Here’s how to enable the automatic sorting for Notes checklists on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

How to add and access highlights and notes on Kindle Paperwhite

All Notes on Kindle Paperwhite

One of the great things about an eReader like Kindle Paperwhite is that you can highlight parts of a book and make notes. This is wonderful for textbooks, user manuals, cookbooks, and similar reads.

On Kindle Paperwhite, highlighting text and adding notes to passages is easy. Plus, you can export these items to the email address for your Kindle and access them online.

Here, we’ll show you how to add and work with highlights and notes on your Kindle Paperwhite.

How to mark up images and PDFs directly in Notes on Mac

Markup a PDF in Notes on Mac

If you use the Notes app on Mac, you can include images and PDFs as references in your notes. This is perfect for keeping everything together. And if you want to annotate one of those items only for reference in a note, you might not want to change the original file.

Luckily, you can mark up images and PDFs right within the Notes app on your Mac. This lets you annotate the item for your own note but keep the original intact.

How to attach files, photos, and videos to Notes on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

Add Photo or Video to Notes on iPhone

The Notes app is a terrific tool for keeping, syncing, and referencing your notes. And one thing that makes it even better is the ability to attach files or add images to your notes. When you’re taking notes for a lecture, jotting down instructions, or making a list, adding a PDF, photo, video, or other item that pertains to the note is super convenient.

We’ve shown you how to scan documents in Notes and insert links in your notes. So it seems fitting to walk you through adding other items like files and images to Notes on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.