Handwriting and Highlighting (iOS)

Handwriting is a natural and beautiful way to take notes. In Notability, you can write notes, draw diagrams, sign documents, annotate and highlight PDFs, check off to-dos, sketch pictures, and more.

On iPad

Handwriting

  1. Tap to select the pencil.
  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 you can write naturally while resting your hand on the screen, just like pen on paper.

If you prefer to use a manual palm rest to prevent stray marks, you can turn off automatic palm detection on the "Handwriting" tab of Notability's preferences. The palm rest icon will appear, and you can tap it to use the manual palm rest.

To learn more about handwriting, see Zoom for Detailed Work.

Highlighting

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

Highlighting 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 Handwriting

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

Undoing and Redoing Changes

  1. Tap to undo mistakes without switching to the eraser.
  2. Press and hold to access the Redo button.

Editing Handwriting

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

  1. Tap to select the scissors.
  2. Circle the handwriting you'd like to edit.
  3. To move the handwriting, tap and drag it.
  4. To restyle, cut, copy, or delete the handwriting, tap inside the dotted line.
  5. To paste handwriting, tap and hold at a new location after using cut or copy.
  6. To resize handwriting, place two fingers inside the selected area and pinch or expand them.
  7. To rotate handwriting, place two fingers inside the selected area and rotate.

On iPhone

Handwriting

  1. Tap the currently selected tool.
  2. Tap to select the pencil.
  3. Use a finger or stylus to write anywhere on the screen.
  4. To change ink color and width, tap in the lower right corner.

Use the scroll bar on the right side of the screen to scroll through a note with one finger. 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 tool.
  2. Tap to select the highlighter.
  3. Use a finger or stylus to highlight or color anywhere on the screen.
  4. To change ink color and width, tap in the lower right corner.

Erasing Handwriting

  1. Tap the currently selected tool.
  2. Tap to select the eraser.
  3. Use a finger or stylus to draw through handwriting. The entire highlighter stroke will be deleted.
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