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How to use Notes on iPhone and iPad: The ultimate guide

The Notes app is the built-in way to take notes, draft memos, jot down thoughts, and otherwise record text on your iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. As apps go, Notes is bare-bones. You can enter and edit text, look for replacement words, and get definitions, sync between iOS, Mac, and iCloud.com, and even control Notes via Apple's virtual personal assistant, Siri, but that's about it. Previously you could change the font but that went away with iOS 7. However, iOS 8 will be bringing a few new features, including support for rich text — bold, italics, and underline — as well as the ability to insert pictures.

For now, this is everything you can do with Notes for iOS 7, but we'll be updating for iOS 8 as soon as its released so keep checking back!

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How to share and print Notes on iPhone and iPad

The built-in Notes app makes it easy to take down quick notes, memos, thoughts, or any other bits of text you want to keep handy on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. It also makes it easy to share those notes, memos, thoughts, and other bits of text with your friends, family, and colleagues via AirDrop, Messages, Mail, or even print it out and hand it to them with AirPrint.

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How to replace or define words on iPhone and iPad

Apps that use the built-in text editing features of iOS, including Apple's own Notes and Mail not only lets you do the basics — cut, copy, and paste — but also let find replacement words if the one you typed didn't autocorrect exactly right, look up definitions to words you aren't sure about, and even add or remove different dictionaries depending on which languages and dialects you want to use. All of it is contained in the popup menu, and all of it is simple and easy to do once you know how.

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How to update a note on iPhone or iPad with Siri

The Notes app for iPhone or iPad is a great way to not only keep track of your thoughts but also to add to and update them whenever the need arises. All you have to do is launch the app, scroll until you find the note, tap into it, and start typing. If your hands are full, however, if you're driving, or you just don't want to type, you can use Siri top update your notes in no time flat.

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How to take a note on your iPhone or iPad with Siri

The default Notes app on the iPhone and iPad is a great place to jot down random thoughts, memos, and other bits of text. If your hands are full, however, or if you're driving, or if you're simply to lazy to type, you can use Siri to take the notes for you.

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How to view a note on your iPhone or iPad with Siri

If you've used the Notes app on iPhone or iPad to jot down some thoughts, and you later want to find them, you could launch the app, scroll through the list, find the one you want, and tap to open it. If you have your hands full, however, if you're driving or simply would rather talk than tap, you can just ask Siri. Not only can Apple's virtual personal assistant pull up notes from certain time frames, Siri can also show you notes about specific things.

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How to add and remove dictionaries on iPhone and iPad

The Define option in the iPhone and iPad text selector popup gives you dictionary definitions for most common words. It's convenient because it can be accessed in only a couple of taps. But what if you're in England and the U.S. dictionary keeps coming up? What if you also speak Italian or Japanese or Chinese and want to access those definitions as well? What if you're traveling and want access to French? To save space Apple keeps additional dictionaries offline but you can easily add and remove additional dictionaries any time you want. That way you can have the languages you want right where you want them!

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How to create, edit, and delete Notes on iPhone or iPad

The Notes app on iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad lets you quickly write down your thoughts, draft out your memos, or store any text you want to keep around for any length of time. With it, you can easily create new notes, update or append existing notes, and delete old notes you no longer need. All with just a few taps and swipes.

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How to change the default font in the Notes app for iPhone and iPad

iOS has always come with a built-in Notes app and serves as a pretty easy way to keep basic notes. While some users may prefer something more powerful like Evernote, the Notes app gets the job done for a lot of people, especially since it supports iCloud sync.

If the default font within the Notes app burns your retinas nearly as it does mine, it may deter you from using the Notes app. There's actually a way to change it.

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