Organizing Your Notes

Notability's library system allows you to organize notes into subjects, and your subjects into dividers. Below are tips on how to sort your and favorite notes. 


Notability's Library lets you put notes in groups:

  • Notes are your individual files.
  • Subjects let you group notes together.
  • Dividers let you group subjects together.

Making Subjects and Dividers

  1. Tap .
  2. Tap "Create Subject" or "Create Divider".
    • Nesting: Create dividers within dividers up to five levels deep. 
  3. Type in a name.
  4. Tap "Done".

Naming Subjects

Multiple subjects can be created with the same name.

At this time, notes can only be created with unique names. 

Moving Notes into Subjects

Individual Note

  1. Press and hold on a note's thumbnail.
  2. Drag the thumbnail over a subject.
  3. Let go to drop the note into the subject.

Bulk Notes


  1. Tap "Edit".
  2. Tap notes to select them.
  3. Press and hold a note's thumbnail.
  4. Drop the thumbnail into a subject.


  1. Hold "Shift" and click on a note's thumbnail. 
  2. Drag notes to subject. 

Editing Subjects and Dividers

iPad and iPhone

  1. Open Notability's Library.
  2. To move a subject or divider, press and hold, then drag it up or down.
    • Closed dividers take their subjects with them.
    • Open dividers leave subjects where they are.
  3. To edit a subject or divider, tap Edit and then.
    • Tap "Name" to rename a subject or divider.
    • Tap "Color" to change a subject's color.
    • Toggle on "Lock Subject" to lock a specific subject.
      You can read more about locked subjects here.
    • Tap "Delete" to delete a subject or divider.
      • Deleting a subject will also delete the notes in the subject.
      • Deleting a divider will only delete the divider—not the subjects in it.


  • Right-click on a divider or subject to edit, rename, or delete. 

Favorite Notes

Easily access your Favorite Notes at the top of a subject and in a designated Favorite subject. 


Swipe left on a note in your library to star it as a Favorite Note.


Right click on a note in your library and select Favorite. 

Sorting Notes


  1. Open a subject.
  2. Scroll above the first note in the subject to find the sort options.
    • Name
    • Modified Date
    • Created Date


  • Go to " View > Sort Notes" and select from the sort options.
    • Name
    • Modified Date
    • Created Date 

  • Right-click on a subject name and select "Sort Notes" to display the same sort options as above.