Quick Note is one of the most exciting new features of iPadOS 15, a nifty way to jot down something quickly without leaving the app you’re currently using. You can add handwriting, links, Safari highlights, and the newly introduced tags and mentions to keep things organized.
Quick Note is perfect for jotting down phone numbers, a fleeting idea, a link you want to check out later, or anything else. To make the most of this feature, check out this comprehensive guide explaining how to use Quick Note on your iPad.
Let’s start with the basics!
- What is Quick Note in iPadOS 15?
- How to start a Quick Note on iPad
- Save links, text, and images from Safari in Quick Note
- How to view your Quick Notes in iPadOS 15
- Share your Quick Note via mail or message on iPad
- How to delete your Quick Notes on iPad
What is Quick Note in iPadOS 15?
Quick Note takes the Notes app system-wide by making it easy to jot down something without leaving the app you’re using. So, for instance, if you come across an interesting book recommendation while browsing in Safari, you can take a Quick Note of it without leaving the browser.
Quick Notes can only be created on iPadOS 15 and macOS Monterey, but you can view and edit them as usual from the Notes app on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.
The cool thing is that Quick Note is aware of the app you’re using, including third-party apps, making it easier to note the information you need.
So, for instance, if you save a Yelp link to Quick Note, it will take you directly to the restaurant listing when you access it.
How to start a Quick Note on iPad
You can open Quick Note anytime and in any app with a first or second-generation Apple Pencil or an alternative stylus like the ZAGG Pro. Although Apple said it works using your finger, too, this is currently not possible.
To open Quick Note in iPadOS 15:
- Using your Apple Pencil or another compatible stylus, swipe inward from the bottom right corner of your iPad screen.
- A small grey box will appear.
- Keep holding your pencil until the box is fully expanded and opaque in appearance.
- Now you can write or draw in the box with your stylus or switch to the keyboard and type.
You can even change your drawing tool using the button in the bottom right corner, similar to taking a regular note.
- Tap Done to save your Quick Note, or just swipe away the box, and it saves automatically in the Notes app.
Open Quick Note with an external keyboard
If you’re using Apple’s Magic Keyboard or another external Bluetooth keyboard, you can invoke Quick Note without touching the screen.
Simply press the globe key and Q on your external keyboard. This will make Quick Note pop up from the bottom right corner, just as if you used an Apple Pencil.
How to access Quick Note from Control Center
If you’re not using a stylus or external keyboard, you can launch Quick Note from the Control Center. But first, you need to add the functionality to Control Center as follows:
- Go to Settings → Control Center.
- Toggle on Access Within Apps.
- Add Quick Note to your Control Center tiles.
- Now, swipe down from the top right to access Quick Note from the Control Center.
- To create a Quick Note, tap the Quick Note icon.
One of the best things about Quick Note is that it can intelligently detect which app you’re using when you launch it. It’s especially nifty when using Safari because you can easily save links, text, and images from a webpage.
- Open Safari.
- Launch Quick Note using any of the methods explained above.
- While on a webpage, tap Add Link in the Quick Note to save the current URL to your note.
- To add text or images to Quick Note, highlight them on the webpage using your stylus or finger.
- Tap Add to Quick Note on the contextual menu that pops up. This will also automatically add the webpage link, so you know where the saved content is from.
- Alternatively, you can also drag and drop the text or image to the Quick Note.
- Now, take further action by choosing the below option:
- Done: Tap it to save or swipe away the Quick Note. It will save automatically.
- Edit a Quick Note: Tap this icon to write or draw in your Quick Note.
- Share or delete a Quick Note: Tap this icon to share your Quick Note with someone or delete it.
- Open the Notes app: Tap this to do more with your Quick Note within the Notes app.
Quick Note minimizes into a thumbnail that you can access anytime while you check out the website.
How to view your Quick Notes in iPadOS 15
Quick Notes are saved in a separate folder in the Notes app. You can view and edit them as regular notes from the Notes app on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.
- Open the Notes app on your iPad.
- Tap Quick Notes in the Folders list.
You will see all your Quick Notes, and you can edit them, move them around if needed, delete them, etc.
On iPad, you can also swipe across the Quick Note interface to see your most recent ones.
- Open Notes.
- Go to the Quick Notes folder pinned at the top.
- Long-press a Quick Note and tap Share Note.
- Choose your sharing option from the Share screen.
Further, when you long-press a Quick Note in the Notes app, you get all the other usual options that you get with regular notes. These include the ability to Open in New Window, Pin Note, Send a Copy, and Move the note.
How to delete your Quick Notes on iPad
- Open Notes.
- Tap the Quick Notes folder pinned at the top.
- Long-press the Quick Note you want to delete and select Delete.
You will be automatically redirected to Recently Deleted folders which will display all the deleted notes.
- Long-press the deleted note and select Delete to permanently delete it.
Note: You can recover the deleted note within 30 days from the deletion date if you haven’t deleted it permanently. To recover, go to the Recently Deleted folder, tap the note, and tap any text/image within it. Hit Recover in the small dialog box that appears.
To sum up, Quick Note is quite a time-saving feature, especially for pro users who love multitasking. What are your thoughts about this Quick Note? Share in the comments below.