Using PDFs as Templates in Notability

You can use PDFs as templates in Notability. Although PDFs can't be added to the built-in paper options, you can duplicate a PDF and write on the duplicates, keeping the original PDF blank for future use.

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

Using PDFs as Templates

  1. Import a PDF into Notability.
  2. To make a note using a template, duplicate the note:
    1. iOS: Tap and hold the note's name in your Library. Then tap "Duplicate".
    2. Mac: Right-click the note's name in your Library. Then click "Duplicate".
  3. To add pages to a template, duplicate one of the note's blank pages:
    1. Tap the button in the top right corner of the screen to open the Page Navigator.
    2. Tap the note's thumbnail.
    3. Tap "Copy".
    4. Tap the note's thumbnail again.
    5. Tap "Paste".

Using the Notability Paper Pack (iOS)

  1. Open the Notability Paper Pack in a web browser.
  2. Navigate to your desired PDF.
  3. Tap "Download > Direct download" to open the PDF.
  4. Tap anywhere on the PDF.
  5. Tap "Open in…" or "More…".
  6. Tap "Notability", or "Copy to Notability".
  7. In Notability, create a new note or append the PDF to an existing note.

Importing PDFs on Mac

  1. Open the Notability Paper Pack in a web browser.
  2. Navigate to your desired PDF.
  3. Click "Download" near the top right corner of the page.
  4. Click "Direct download".
  5. Click-and-drag your PDF from its download destination to your Notability Library.
  • Alternatively, in Notability, click "File > Import…", navigate to the PDF, and click "Import".
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