Using PDFs as Templates in Notability

PDFs imported into Notability can be used over and over again like templates. Although PDFs can't be added to Notability's built-in paper options, you can duplicate a PDF whenever you like. Then, you can write on the duplicate to keep the original copy blank for future use.

The Notability Paper Pack contains a variety of helpful PDFs, including dot grids, music staves, a Cornell notes template, and sports diagrams.

Using PDFs as Templates

  1. Import a PDF into Notability.
    1. If you like, place the PDF in a "Templates" subject to make it easy to find.
  2. To make a new note using that template, duplicate the note:
    1. On iOS, tap and hold the note's name in your list of notes, and tap the "Duplicate" button that appears.
    2. On Mac, right-click the note's thumbnail in your list of notes, and click "Duplicate" from the menu that appears.
  3. To add more pages to a note when needed, copy-and-paste a blank page.

Importing PDFs from the Notability Paper Pack (iOS)

  1. Open the Notability Paper Pack in your browser of choice.
  2. Navigate to your desired PDF.
  3. Tap the "Download" button toward the top right corner of the page.
  4. Tap "Direct download". This will open the PDF in your browser.
  5. Tap anywhere on the PDF.
  6. Tap "Open in…" (iOS 9) or "More…" (iOS 10) from the menu that appears.
  7. Tap "Notability", "Copy to Notability" (iOS 9), or "Import With Notability" (iOS 10).
  8. In Notability, you will receive an "Import" menu for the PDF you imported.
  9. To make a new note from the PDF, tap "Create new note".
    • Alternatively, to append the PDF to the end of an existing note, tap "Add to other note".

Importing PDFs on Mac

  1. Open the Notability Paper Pack in your browser of choice.
  2. Navigate to your desired PDF.
  3. Click the "Download" button near the top right corner of the page.
  4. Click "Direct download".
  5. Click-and-drag your PDF from its download destination to your list of notes in Notability.
    • Alternatively, in Notability, click "File > Import…", navigate to your PDF through the Mac's file picker, and click "Import".
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