Text and Text Boxes

Tap on the note screen to start typing directly onto the page or create text boxes, which can be moved anywhere on the page.  

Typing Text

  1. Selecttext tool.png
  2. Tap anywhere on the note and begin typing. 

Make a Text Box

Draw a Text Box

  1. Select text tool.png
  2. Tap on the threedotsnoteview.png icon in the text toolbar at the bottom of the page.
  3. Enable Quick Text Boxes.
    • Choose Draw Text Boxes so you can always diagonally draw a text box.
  4. Tap the area of the note where you want to draw the text box and drag until the text box is your desired size.


  1. Selecttext tool.png.
  2. Press-and-hold anywhere in a note.
  3. Select +Text Box.

Default Text Box Template

In your Library, go to mceclip1.png > Document tab > Text Box Paper > Edit to choose the default paper and color for your text boxes.


  • Enable Scribble in your iPad’s Settings > Apple Pencil > Scribble
  • Select text tool.png and tap on the threedotsnoteview.pngin the text toolbar at the bottom of the page. 
  • Enable Quick Text Boxes.
    • Choose Scribble

Once Scribble is turned on, you can write in a text box and your words will automatically transform to typed text.

Keyboard Toolbar

text toolbar.png

Style text by using the keyboard toolbar that appears at the bottom of the note. 

Favorite Font Styles

Access up to three font styles quickly.

  1. Pick a text style (font, size, emphasis).
  2. Select Heart icon to add it to your toolbar as a preset. 
  3. To remove, press and hold and select Delete.

Text to Speech

  • When you use Text-to-Speech, Notability detects the language of your selected text to read the text in a voice designed for that specific language.

Font Support

  • You can use any font you've installed on your iPad. After you install a font with an app like iFont or AnyFont, the font will automatically appear in Notability's list of fonts.
  • Your recently used fonts will appear at the top of the font menu.