Typing Text (Mac)

In Notability you can fill out forms, make 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 is left aligned.

Cutting, Copying, and Pasting Text

There are several ways to cut, copy, and paste selected text.

  1. Use keyboard shortcuts:
    • Cut: command+x
    • Copy: command+c
    • Paste: command+v
  2. Click "Cut", "Copy", or "Paste" from the menu that appears after doing one of these things:
    • Tap your trackpad with two fingers at once.
    • Tap your trackpad with one finger while holding down the control key.
    • Click "Edit" in the menu bar at the top of your Mac's screen.
    • If you have a mouse with left and right buttons, click the right button.

Undoing and Redoing Actions

  • To undo an action, use command-z or click "Edit > Undo" from the app's menu bar.
  • To redo an action, use command-shift-z, or "Edit > Redo" from the app's menu bar.

Highlighting Text in Typing Mode

  • Click to enter typing mode.
  • To select a word, double-click it.
  • To select multiple words, click-and-drag over them.
  • 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".

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.
  • To set a default font, click "Notability > Preferences…" 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.

To add a text box, place your cursor where you want to add the text box. Then, click "Insert Text Box" from the menu that appears after doing one of these things:

  • Two-finger tap: Tap your trackpad with two fingers at once.
  • Control-click: Tap your trackpad with one finger while holding down the control key.
  • Right-click: If you have a mouse with left and right buttons, click the right button.
  • Click "Edit" in the menu bar at the top of your Mac's screen.

To move or resize the text box:

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

Checklists

To add a checklist, select note-btn-listsChecklist_2x.png from the lists menu in the styling panel. 

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

You can also drag and drop text into a 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.
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