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Taking quick notes on the iPad is one of its most useful features, and its native Notes app is one of the best ways to do it.

To start a new note, open the Notes app and tap the square icon in the top right corner.

This opens a new note and the keyboard appears. Type out your note, and then add any tables, headings, or checklists using the menu bar directly above the keyboard.

Sketch your thoughts

Miss the tactility of pen and paper? Tapping the pen icon on the menu bar at the bottom will allow you to draw or write notes using your finger.

The note saves automatically; simply return to your list of notes by tapping the back arrow in the top left corner.

Quick styles

A long press of the Aa symbol at the top of the keyboard will let you quickly change the formatting of the current paragraph to Title, Heading, Body, and the like. You can also use this menu to instantly turn your text into a numbered or bulleted list.

Keep your finger held down and slide up to the desired quick style option, then release, and it will implement and dismiss the menu for you.

Actions menu

Whether you’re in a folder or a note, tap the menu icon (three dots) in the top right corner to access the actions menu.

When in a folder, this menu will let you do things like switch to a gallery view, move and delete multiple notes, sort notes by various criteria, and view attachments.

Within individual notes, the actions menu lets you Scan, Pin, Lock and Delete the selected note. This is also where you’ll find various share, search, and view functions.

Gallery View

For a more accessible way of viewing notes on your iPad, activate Gallery View. This viewing mode displays all of the notes in a folder as tiles with a preview of the note’s content. If you have a lot of annotations in Notes, this might be a better way of viewing all of your notes in one place.

To activate this viewing mode in Notes, tap the  icon in the top-left of the screen. Then choose View as Gallery.

Tap the same icon again and choose View as List to deactivate Gallery View.