Handwriting and Highlighting (iOS)

Handwriting is a natural and beautiful way to take notes. Sign documents, annotate and; highlight PDFs, check-off todos, write notes, draw diagrams, sketch pictures, and more.

On iPad

Handwriting

  1. Tap to select the handwriting tool.
  2. Use a finger or a stylus to write or sketch anywhere on the screen.
  3. Tap again to change color and width.

Palm detection is automatic so that you can write naturally by resting your hand directly on the screen while writing, just like pen on paper (requires iOS 8 or later).

If you prefer to use a manual palm rest to prevent stray marks, turn off automatic palm detection in Settings > Handwriting. The palm rest icon will appear and you can tap or drag it to use the palm rest.

To learn more about handwriting see Zoom for Detailed Work.

Highlighting

  1. Tap to select the highlighting tool.
  2. Use a finger or a stylus to highlight information or color anywhere on the screen.
  3. Tap again to change color and width.

Highlight text in typing mode

  1. Tap to enter typing mode.
  2. Double tap a word to select it. Drag the selection handle to expand the selection. Tap Highlight in the menu.
  3. To change the highlight color or to remove a highlight, tap a highlighted word and make your selections from the popover.

This method works for regular text that you typed and for text in PDFs.

Erasing handwritten notes

  1. Tap to select the eraser.
  2. Use a finger or stylus to draw through the deletable content. The entire pen stroke will be deleted.

Undo/Redo

  1. Undo can also be used to correct mistakes without changing tools.
  2. Redo is available by tapping and holding Undo.

The scissors

Use the scissors to cut, copy, move, rescale, or rotate handwriting.

  1. Tap to select the scissor tool.
  2. Use a finger or a stylus to circle some handwriting.
  3. Tap and hold inside the dotted line then drag the content to a new location, or tap once inside the dotted line to display the restyle/cut/copy/delete menu.
  4. To paste handwriting, tap and hold at a new location after using cut or copy.
  5. To scale handwriting, place two fingers inside the selected area and pinch or expand your fingers to shrink or enlarge the handwriting.
  6. To rotate handwriting, place two fingers inside the selected area and rotate.

On iPhone

Handwriting

  1. Tap the currently selected tool.
  2. Then tap to select the handwriting tool.
  3. Once this tool is selected, use a finger or a stylus to write or sketch anywhere on the screen.
  4. Select color and width by tapping in the lower right-hand corner.

Use the scroll bar on the right side of the screen to scroll with one finger through the note. Use two fingers to scroll elsewhere on the screen when using the pen, highlighter, eraser, or scissors.

To learn more about handwriting see Zoom for Detailed Work.

Highlighting

  1. Tap the currently selected input tool.
  2. Then tap to select the highlighting tool.
  3. Once this tool is selected, use a finger or a stylus to highlight information or color anywhere on the screen.
  4. Select color and width by tapping in the lower right-hand corner.

Erasing handwritten notes

  1. Tap the currently selected input tool.
  2. Then tap to select the eraser.
  3. Use a finger or stylus to draw through the deletable content. The entire pen stroke will be deleted.

Undo can also be used to correct mistakes without changing tools.

Redo is available by tapping and holding Undo.

The scissors

Use the scissors to cut, copy, move, rescale, or rotate handwriting.

  1. Tap to select the scissor tool.
  2. Use a finger or a stylus to circle some handwriting.
  3. Tap and hold inside the dotted line then drag the content to a new location, or tap once inside the dotted line to display the restyle/cut/copy/delete menu.
  4. To paste handwriting, tap and hold at a new location after using cut or copy.
  5. To scale handwriting, place two fingers inside the selected area and pinch or expand your fingers to shrink or enlarge the handwriting.
  6. To rotate handwriting, place two fingers inside the selected area and rotate.
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