Typing (Mac)

In Notability you can fill out forms, create outlines, annotate documents, add captions, and type reports. There are many keyboard shortcuts to simplify taking notes.

Typing Text

  • Click to enter typing mode.
  • Click the screen to place the cursor on a line. Currently all text will be left aligned. Add a text box to place text anywhere on the screen.
  • To cut (command-x), copy (command-c), and paste (command-v) text use standard keyboard shortcuts. These actions can also be found in the Edit menu at the top of your Mac's screen.
  • To undo an action, use command-z or Edit > Undo from the menu at the top of your Mac's screen.
  • To redo an action, use command-shift-z, or Edit > Redo from the menu at the top of your Mac's screen.

Highlighting Text in Typing Mode

  • Click to enter typing mode.
  • To select one word, double-click it.
  • To select multiple words, click-and-drag.
  • To highlight, right-click selected text or use the command-control-h keyboard shortcut.
  • To change the highlight color or remove highlighting, control-click highlighted text and click 'Edit Highlight'.

Please note: This works for typed text and text in PDFs.

Styling Text

A type styling panel lets you change the font, size, color, and style of your type.

  • Click to open the styling panel.
  • Select font, size, style, outline, and color from this panel.
  • Outline styles include bullet and number formats.
  • Preset a default font style under Notability > Preferences from the menu at the top of your Mac's screen.

Text Boxes

Text boxes can be placed anywhere in a note. They're particularly useful when filling out forms or annotating PDFs and PowerPoints. There are three ways to add a text box:

  • Place your cursor where you want to add a text box and tap your trackpad with two fingers.
  • Place your cursor where you want to add a text box and control-click.
  • Click Edit > Insert Text Box from the menu at the top of your Mac's screen.

To move or resize the text box:

  • Use a drag handle to resize the text box.
  • Use the rectangle at the top of the box to move the text box.
  • To select a text box, click it with the typing tool selected.
  • To delete a text box, click on it and then press the Delete key on your keyboard.

Outlines

These are a great way to organize your thoughts and arrange information.

  • In the styling panel, select an outline type.
  • To add a bulleted or numbered line, pressing the return key.
  • To indent a bulleted or numbered line, press the tab key.
  • To outdent a line, place the cursor on the line you want to outdent and press shift-tab.

Adding Text

  1. Select text from another source such as a webpage.
  2. Copy the selected text using command-c or Edit > Copy from the menu at the top of your Mac's screen.
  3. There are four ways to paste text:
    • Use the command-c keyboard shortcut.
    • Control-click and click Paste.
    • Tap on a trackpad with two fingers and click Paste.
    • Click Edit > Paste from the menu at the top of your Mac's screen.

You can also drag and drop text directly into an open note.

  1. Select text from another source such as a webpage.
  2. Click and hold on the text while moving the cursor to the open note.
  3. Release the cursor when it is over the open note.
  4. The selected content will be added to the note.

The Cut, Copy, and Paste menu can be accessed with control-click or 2-finger touch on the trackpad.

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