What Is Quick Note?

Quick Note is a new multitasking feature for iPadOS 15, but what does it do? How are Quick Notes different from Notes?

I love the Notes app for the ability to, well, take notes on my iPad wherever I am. But up until now, to use the Notes app with another app, you've needed to enter Split View. Now, with iPadOS 15, available to the general public in fall 2021, you can pull up a Quick Note anywhere, from any app. Let's learn what you can do with the new Quick Note tool.

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Quick Note & the Notes App

Quick Note is not a replacement for the Notes app. Think of it more like an addition and upgrade: Quick Note works with the Notes app to make your note-taking on iPad more versatile and powerful. Now, you don't have to fumble with setting up Split View in order to take notes while working in another app. Instead, you can open a Quick Note right from any app, add links to your notes with a single tap, keep your notes easily accessible at all times, and more. You can access all your Quick Notes from the Notes app, as well. To learn more about new iPadOS 15 features, check out our Tip of the Day newsletter.

I can't possibly cover every single way you can use Quick Note on your iPad, but I will go over some basics to get you started in Quick Note. Before we begin, make sure you have updated your iPad to run iPadOS 15 (currently available in its public beta version).

Call Up a Quick Note from Any App

You won't find a Quick Note app on your Home screen or in your App Library, but you can summon a Quick Note at any time, from any app, or even when an app isn't open at all. Here's how:

  1. Open an app you'd like to take a note about, like Safari, or just stay on your Home Screen if you'd like.
  2. Swipe up from the bottom-right corner of your iPad. A Quick Note should open.

    Swipe to open Quick Note
     
  3. Tap anywhere in the Quick Note window to begin typing, or simply start scribbling with your Apple Pencil or third-party stylus.

    Tap to type
     
  4. Tap the grid icon to see your Quick Note in the Notes app.

    Open Notes app

Now you can jot down whatever's on your mind!

Add Links to Your Quick Note

Quick Note has some very cool features that work with Safari and other apps to make compiling notes with links easier than ever.

Create a Link When You Create a Quick Note

You can add links to a Quick Note simply by creating a new Quick Note in Safari.

  1. Open Safari.

    Open Safari
     
  2. Navigate to the web page you would like to save a link to.

    Navigate to web page
     
  3. Swipe up from the bottom-right corner to open Quick Note.

    Open Quick Note
     
  4. If you have a Quick Note already open, you can add a link to your existing note or tap the new note icon.

    New Quick Note
     
  5. Tap Add Link.

    Add Link
     
  6. Now a link has been added to your Quick Note.

    Link in Quick Note

Anywhere you open this Quick Note, you can tap on the link and be taken back to the page. You can even use this feature in Apple Maps to save a link to a specific location, or in Messages to add a link to a specific conversation.

Create a Link With Text in a Quick Note

You can also highlight text and add the text to a Quick Note—this will also create a link in the Quick Note that will take you right back to the location on the web page.

  1. Make sure you are still on the Safari page you'd like to copy text from.

    Open Safari
     
  2. Open Quick Note by swiping up from the bottom-right corner of your iPad.

    Open Quick Note
     
  3. Select the text you'd like to copy into your Quick Note by tapping and holding the text.

    Select text
     
  4. Drag the cursor to include as much text as you need.

    Drag cursor
     
  5. Tap Add to Quick Note.

    Add Quick Note
     
  6. The text will be copied into your Quick Note along with a link to the page you copied it from.

    text with link in Quick Note

You can pull up this Quick Note anywhere else on your iPad and tap the link to bring you back to the exact spot on the page where you copied the text.

Resize Quick Note

My one gripe with Quick Notes is that the window can sometimes get in the way of what I'm trying to do in other apps. If you want to make your Quick Note smaller, so you can see more of the app behind it, you can do that with just a quick pinch of the fingers. If you have the opposite problem and would like your Quick Note to be bigger, you can do that too. Here's how:

  1. Open a Quick Note by swiping up from the bottom-right corner of your iPad.

    Swipe to open Quick Note
     
  2. Place two fingers on your screen on top of the Quick Note window and pinch your fingers in to shrink the Quick Note window.

    Pinch Quick Note smaller
     
  3. Drag your fingers out to enlarge the Quick Note window.

    Drag Quick Note bigger
     
  4. Release your fingers when the window is the size you prefer.

    large Quick Note

Switch between Quick Notes

If you've made multiple Quick Notes, you can easily scroll between them from the Quick Note window, or you can see them all together in the Notes app.

Scroll through Quick Notes

  1. Open a Quick Note by swiping up from the bottom-right corner of your iPad.

    Swipe to open Quick Note
     
  2. If you have created more than one QuickNote, you'll see a row of gray dots at the bottom of the window (these will fade after a moment).

    Quick Notes
     
  3. Swipe to the left or right to scroll through all available Quick Notes.

    Swipe through Quick Notes

Find Quick Notes in the Notes app

  1. Open the Notes app.

    Open Notes
     
  2. If you have an existing note open, tap Notes in the top-left corner.

    Tap Notes
     
  3. Tap Folders.

    Tap Folders
     
  4. Tap Quick Notes.

    Tap Quick Notes
     
  5. You'll see a list of all Quick Notes you've made.

    List of Quick Notes

Dismiss a Quick Note

Now that you have a Quick Note open, how do you get rid of it? There are a few ways you can dismiss a Quick Note and get back to your app.

Dismiss a Quick Note by Closing the App

You can minimize a Quick Note any time you close the app you're currently using Quick Note with.

  1. Swipe up from the bottom of your iPad to close the app and minimize Quick Note.

    Close app to dismiss Quick Note
     
  2. You will see a tab on the side of your screen where the Quick Note is minimized. Tap the tab.

    Quick Note tab
     
  3. Your Quick Note will reopen.

    Quick Note opened

Dismiss a Quick Note by Swiping It to the Side

You can also minimize Quick Note by swiping it away to the side of your screen.

  1. Tap and hold the top bar of the Quick Note.

    Tap Quick Note top bar
     
  2. Quickly swipe the Quick Note to either side of your screen.

    Swipe Quick Note to the side
     
  3. The Quick Note will be minimized to a tab. Tap the Quick Note tab to reopen it.

    Quick Note tab

Close a Quick Note by Tapping Done

Unlike the above two tips, this method will close Quick Note entirely (never fear, it's easy to get back).

  1. Make sure Quick Note is open on your screen.

    Open Quick Note
     
  2. Tap Done.

    Tap Done

Now Quick Note is closed and can be reopened by swiping up from the bottom right corner of the screen.

Delete a Quick Note

If you're done with a Quick Note and want to get rid of it, here's how to delete it:

  1. Open Quick Note by swiping up from the bottom-right corner of your screen.

    Swipe to open Quick Note
     
  2. Tap the more icon.

    More icon
     
  3. Tap Delete.

    Delete

That's it. That particular Quick Note will bother you no more!

Share & Print Quick Notes

Say you've used Quick Note to put together the perfect itinerary for a weekend trip with the family. Now, you can share it directly with your family, either digitally or by printing straight from Quick Note.

How to Share a Quick Note

  1. Open Quick Note by swiping up from the bottom-right corner of your screen.

    Swipe to open Quick Note
     
  2. Tap the more icon.

    More icon
     
  3. Tap Share.

    Share
     
  4. Tap a contact to share the Quick Note with, or an app to send the Quick Note through.

    Choose to share

Keep in mind that any links you've created in the Quick Note will not be shared, only the text. So, for instance, if you send a Quick Note that includes a link to an article you found online, the recipient will only see the article's headline, not a link to the article itself. Maybe in a future iPadOS update we'll get that functionality, but for now, we must soldier on.

How to Print a Quick Note

  1. Open Quick Note by swiping up from the bottom-right corner of your screen.

    Open Quick Note
     
  2. Tap the more icon.

    Tap more
     
  3. Tap Share.

    Tap Share
     
  4. Tap Print.

    Tap Print
     
  5. If your preferred printer is not already selected, tap on the Printer section to select a printer.

    Tap Printer
     
  6. Select the printer you'd like to use.

    Select printer
     
  7. Tap Print again.

    Tap Print

Now you should be ready to get started exploring in Quick Notes and find new tips and tricks of your own!

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Elisabeth Garry

Elisabeth Garry is a Feature Web Writer for iPhone Life. Formerly of Gartner and Software Advice, she has four years’ experience writing about technology for everyday users. As a former college writing instructor, she is passionate about effective, accessible communication, which is perhaps why she loves helping people make the best use of the strongest communication tools they have available: their iPhones. She has a degree in Russian Literature and Language from Reed College.

When she’s not writing for iPhone Life, she’s probably either reading (19th-century Russian literature or fantasy novels), writing fiction, or spending time with her adorable dog, Moosh.