How to Use Scribble on iPad Running iPadOS 14

Apple has announced several interesting features in the latest iPadOS 14, including updates to the Apple Pencil’s capabilities. One of the most exciting new features is Scribble, which makes handwriting as powerful as typed text. It promises to take the note-taking experience to a whole new level. Eager to know more? Let’s learn all about how to use Scribble in iPadOS 14.

What is Scribble and How to Use it on iPad?

Scribble automatically converts handwriting to typed text in any text field. This means you can write in any text field on your iPad using your Apple Pencil and will automatically convert to text. So you never have to put your Pencil down, which avoids interruptions in your workflow.

For instance, you’re making some notes with your Apple Pencil but then need to search for something online. Scribble will allow you to directly write into the search field in Safari and intelligently convert your words to text.

converts handwriting to typed text in iPadOS 14

Similarly, if you suddenly remember to add something to your Reminders, just write in the Reminders widget with your Apple Pencil, and it will be converted to text seamlessly. 

How to Erase Written Text with Apple Pencil?

Once your handwriting has been converted to typed text, you can easily delete a word by simply scratching over it with your Apple Pencil in a zig-zag pattern.

erase written text with apple pencil

How to Select Text with Apple Pencil?

If you want to select some text with your Apple Pencil, simply circle around it. Then you can easily copy or move it. 

simply circle arround to select text with apple pencil

Further, with Smart Selection, you can select handwritten text using the same gestures used for typed text. That is, simply tap and hold the handwritten text, and several options will pop up to bold, italic, underline, replace, lookup, and more.

select text with apple pencil

In the Notes app, you can use this to copy handwritten text and paste it as typed text in any other text field such as in the Search bar or into a Pages document.

Just tap and hold the handwritten text and then select Copy as Text. 

Other Useful Scribble Features in iPadOS 14

Scribble brings Shape recognition to iPadOS 14. This lets you convert a drawing to a geometrically perfect shape.

For instance, use your Apple Pencil to draw a circle and then hold down your Apple pencil to see the circle transform into a perfectly round one. This is incredibly useful when creating diagrams.

Further, iPadOS 14 can recognize phone numbers, dates, and addresses that you jot down with your Apple Pencil. It can then intelligently offer relevant actions to take, such as calling a written number, adding an event to your calendar, or showing an address in Maps.

As for language support, Scribble will initially work with English and Traditional and Simplified Chinese. You can also write in a mixture of Chinese and English and have your iPad seamlessly recognize both. Pretty nifty!

Summing Up

So, what do you think of this new Scribble feature in iPadOS 14? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

How to Use Scribble on iPad

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Mehak Siddiquihttps://www.igeeksblog.com
I have been writing about tech for over 10 years now. I am passionate about helping people solve their tech problems with easy and practical solutions. At iGeeksBlog, I write and edit how-to guides and accessory reviews for all things Apple. My work has previously appeared in Live IT and Woman’s Era magazines. When not working, I love reading and traveling.

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