How to Use Quick Note on iPad (iPadOS 15)

One quick iPad gesture lets you take notes, jot down ideas, save links, and more.

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Quick Note is a floating note editor available from your iPad Home Screen or while working in any app, and it's new in iPadOS 15. We'll show you how to open Quick Note and use it to store your ideas, and then we'll teach you how to close Quick Note once you're done. You may be surprised how handy this new feature is!

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Why You'll Love This Tip

  • Easily open a Quick Note from any app or your Home Screen. 
  • Avoid having to fumble with Split View to take notes and work in another app at the same time.

Important: Since Quick Note is new to iPadOS 15, if you have an earlier software version you will need to update to iPadOS 15 before using this tip. This tip will unfortunately not work on iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 4.

How to Open Quick Notes on iPad & Edit Them

Because Quick Note is an added Notes app feature, not a separate app, you won't find a Quick Notes app on your device. However, you can create a Quick Note no matter what app you're in, or directly from your iPad Home Screen. Excited to learn more about the new iPadOS 15 and iOS 15 features? Sign up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter!

Here's how to open a Quick Note and edit it, then close Quick Note when you're done.

  1. Swipe up from the bottom-right corner of your iPad. 

  2. If you're using an external keyboard, you can also open a Quick Note by using the keyboard shortcut globe + Q.
  3. Tap anywhere in the Quick Note window to begin typing, or simply start scribbling with your Apple Pencil or third-party stylus.

  4. Tap the grid icon to see your notes in the Notes app.

  5. Tap the compose icon to start a new Quick Note.

How to Close a Quick Note

When you're working in Quick Note, you have the option to hide the note temporarily from view, or to close the feature altogether until you're ready to open it again. Either way, your work will be saved! Here's how to close a Quick Note or hide it for later use.

  1. To hide a Quick Note, tap and drag the top bar to the side of your screen. 

  2. Tap the gray tab on the side of your screen to reopen Quick Note.

  3. Tap Done to close Quick Note altogether. Don't worry; you'll still be able to reopen it using the steps above! 

To learn more useful tips for this handy feature, check out this detailed article on how to use Quick Notes, which covers how to add links, share, and print your Quick Notes.

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Ashleigh Page

Ashleigh Page is an Associate Editor for iPhone Life. With a background in computer science and creative writing, she loves blending aspects of the technical and creative. An avid technology enthusiast, she adores Apple products and keeping up with the latest innovations. When she’s not working, Ashleigh is often found crafting whimsical (and sometimes nonsensical) short stories, hiking, and playing sand volleyball.