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How to use Quick Note on iPad

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One of the newest features in iPadOS is Quick Note. With this, you can invoke a simple notepad at any time on your iPad, and quickly jot down any little bits of invaluable information, save links, and even add text and images from Safari.

But how do you use Quick Note in iPadOS 15? Don't worry, it's easier than you think, and while it helps to have an Apple Pencil, you can also just use your finger!

How to bring up Quick Note on iPadOS 15

Remember, Quick Note can only be invoked at any time and in any app, with a first-generation Apple Pencil, second-generation Apple Pencil, or an alternative stylus. It can also work with your finger if you do not have a stylus.

  1. Using your Apple Pencil, stylus, or finger, swipe inward from the bottom right corner of your iPad screen. You'll see a small gray box start to appear — make sure it is fully expanded and opaque before you let go of the tip.

Bring up Quick Note on iPad by showing: Swipe up from the bottom right corner until the box expands with menu buttons and is fully opaque (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Once Quick Note is expanded, you can write or sketch in the box with your stylus or finger or switch to the keyboard to type. You can change your drawing tool with the button in the bottom right corner, just like you would in a regular note.
  2. When you're done with your Quick Note, tap Done to save it, or you can just swipe it away — it saves automatically.

Bringing up Quick Note on iPadOS 15 by showing: When you're done with your Quick Note, just tap Done to save or swipe the box away (Image credit: iMore)

How to bring up Quick Note with an external keyboard

If you're using an external Bluetooth keyboard or something like the Magic Keyboard for iPad, then you can bring up Quick Note without even needing to touch the screen.

  1. Anywhere on your iPad, press the globe key and Q on your external keyboard.

Quick Note will pop up from the bottom right corner as if you used an Apple Pencil or stylus. And again, if you don't have a stylus with you, your finger works just as well.

How to quickly save links, text, and images in Safari with Quick Note

One of the coolest things about Quick Note is that it uses intelligence to detect when you're using it while in Safari. This allows you to quickly save links to your Quick Note, and you can even highlight text and images in Safari to add them to your note.

  1. Bring up Quick Note using the methods above.
  2. Launch Safari on your iPad.
  3. While on a webpage, in the Quick Note, tap Add Link to save the link of the current page to your note.
  4. If you want to add text or images to the note, use your stylus or finger to highlight what you want on the webpage.
  5. On the contextual menu that pops up, tap Add to Quick Note. Doing this adds the link automatically.
  6. Tap Done on Quick Note to save it.

Quickly save links, text, and images in Safari into Quick Note on iPadOS 15 by showing: Tap Add Link to just add a link, or highlight text and images and then select Add to Quick Note on the contextua (Image credit: iMore)

How to view your saved Quick Notes

Quick Notes are saved separately into their own folder in your Notes app. Here's how to view them.

  1. Launch Notes on your iPad.
  2. Tap Quick Notes in the Folders list.

View saved Quick Notes in iPadOS 15 by showing: Launch Notes, then tap Quick Notes folder (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Optionally, while you're in the Quick Note box, you can tap the Quick Notes button (it looks like four squares) to immediately go to all of your saved Quick Notes. You can also swipe left and right to jump between all of your Quick Notes in the Quick Note box.

View your saved Quick Notes in the Notes app by showing: List of saved Quick Notes (Image credit: iMore)

That's it! From here, you can move notes as you see fit, edit them, delete them, and pretty much anything else you need to do with a regular note you've created.

You can also use Quick Note with Safari in macOS 12 Monterey. However, if you're wondering about iOS 15, you'll only be able to edit existing Quick Notes — you won't be able to add new ones with your iPhone.

How to change or turn off the Quick Note corner gesture

If you don't want to use Quick Note or you find yourself accidentally invoking the feature with the swipe gesture, you can swap the corner that invokes it or turn off Quick Note altogether on your iPad. Here's how.

  1. Launch Settings on your iPad.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Gestures.

How to change or turn off the Quick Note corner gesture: Open Settings, tap on General, tap on Gestures (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Tap on Left Corner Swipe or Right Corner Swipe.
  2. Choose Quick Note to select that corner or choose Off to turn off Quick Note.

How to change or turn off the Quick Note corner gesture: Tap on Left Corner Swipe or Right Corner Swipe, tap on Off or Quick Note (Image credit: iMore)

Take note

As you can see, when it comes down to how to use Quick Note on iPad, it's easy peasy, lemon squeezy! Taking notes has never been easier on your favorite iPad.

Updated April 2022: Updated for the latest version of iPadOS 15.

Christine Chan
Senior Editor

Christine Romero-Chan has been writing about technology, specifically Apple, for over a decade at a variety of websites. She is currently the iMore lead on all things iPhone, and has been using Apple’s smartphone since the original iPhone back in 2007. While her main speciality is the iPhone, she also covers Apple Watch, iPad, and Mac when needed.

When she isn’t writing about Apple, Christine can often be found at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, as she is a passholder and obsessed with all things Disney, especially Star Wars. Christine also enjoys coffee, food, photography, mechanical keyboards, and spending as much time with her new daughter as possible.