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 notes:

  • 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 the screen).
  • To redo an action, use command-shift-z, or Edit > Redo from the menu at the top of the screen.

Highlight text in typing mode:

  • Click to enter typing mode.
  • Double click a word to select it, or click and drag to select multiple words.
  • Secondary click selected text (or command-control-h) to highlight.
  • To change the highlight color or to remove a highlight, control-click a highlighted word and select 'Edit Highlight'.

Please note, this method works for regular text that you typed and for text in PDFs.

Styling type:

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 the screen).

Text boxes:

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

  • Tap your trackpad with two fingers when the cursor is positioned where you want to place the text box.
  • Command-click when the cursor is at the location where you want to place a text box.
  • Go to Edit > Insert Text Box (from the menu at the top of the 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, select it by clicking on it, then press the Delete key on your keyboard.


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

  • In the styling panel, select an outline type.
  • Pressing the return key will automatically add a bullet and pressing the tab key will automatically indent the bullet point.
  • To outdent, 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 the screen).
  3. There are four ways to paste text:
    • command-c
    • Control-click and select Paste.
    • Two finger tap on a trackpad and select Paste.
    • Edit > Paste (from the menu at the top of the 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 quickly with control-click or 2-finger touch on the trackpad.

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