Neat & Tidy Notes: How to Draw with Lines & Grids in the Notes App

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Just when you thought the Notes app couldn't get any better, you learn that you can actually turn a note into graph paper, or create evenly spaced lines that help you maintain straight writing. This is a super handy tip, especially if you're drawing out a math problem or simply want to take handwritten notes on some lined paper. The Notes app can do it all! Let's get into how to add lines and grids to Notes.

Why You'll Love This Tip

  • Take your note from a blank page to either lined or graph paper with this simple trick.
  • Make drawing floorplans, graphing out math problems, drawing 3D objects, or writing in a straight line super easy on the Notes app.

How to Create Lines and Grids on a Note

You might have thought that all new notes in the Notes app come as completely blank pages, but you can actually enable a setting to place a graph or evenly spaced lines on the note. If you like tips about using your Apple devices, be sure to sign up for our free Tip of the Day!

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  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Notes app.

    On your iPhone or iPad, open the Notes app.
  2. Tap the Compose New Note button.

    Tap the Compose New Note button.
  3. Tap the more icon at the top right.

    Tap the three dots in a circle in the top right.
  4. Tap Lines & Grids.

    Tap Lines & Grids.
  5. From here, you can choose from a variety of line and grid options. Pick whichever one suits your needs.

    From here, you can choose from a variety of line and grid options. Pick whichever one suits your needs.
  6. Next, tap the Markup button to begin to draw.

    Next, tap the Draw button to begin to draw.
  7. When you're finished drawing, tap Done.

    When you're finished, tap Done.
  8. You can tap anywhere above or below your drawings or handwriting to type within the note. Keep in mind that the grid or lines you've added will disappear where your typed text is.

    Note that typing first will erase the grid, otherwise you can type within the note above or below your drawings or writings.

And that's how easy it is to add grids and lines to your notes in the Apple Notes app. It is definitely important to remember that this is a drawing feature, not so much a typing feature. And while you can type on the same note with grids and lines, those grids and lines will stop wherever you have typed text.

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Rachel Needell

Rachel Needell is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and a poet and author. With 10-plus years of experience working with Apple devices, she specializes in all-things iPad and is a Notes App expert, having worked on both the 2023 iPad Guide and the Notes App Guide. You can usually find her writing in the Daily Tip newsletter as one of our senior Tip writers. Rachel received her Master’s degree in English Literature in 2021 and her most recent work appears in the Winter ’21 edition of New Note Poetry. When she’s not obsessing about Apple products, you can find her voraciously reading fantasy books with her cat in Asheville, North Carolina.