Use the Notes App for Everyday Notes

How often do you take a note? Notes are good reminders, memory tools and a system for filing information. The Notes app on your iPhone or iPad is a note taking app that is good for capturing all kinds of notes including:

  • Shopping lists
  • To-do lists
  • Trip Itineraries
  • Plans
  • Meeting notes
  • Recipes
  • Ideas list
  • And more…

When you combine the app with the other tools on your device including Siri, dictation and even your finger, the app becomes a powerhouse tool for helping you stay organized and engaged.

This recipe will get you started in the Notes app.

Create a Note in the Notes app.

Creating a note is an easy three-set process and can be done quickly.  This makes it possible to use a note as a reminder and record of all kinds of events.

Let’s learn to create note.


Launch the App

Get started by launching the app by tapping on the Notes icon on the home screen.

After the app loads, create a note with three simple steps.


1 Tap Compose to create a new note.

iPad – find the icon on the upper right

iPhone – find the icon on the lower right

2 Enter the Note. The first line becomes the title.

Often you will just type the note. However, this is an excellent place to also use Dictation by pressing the microphone icon next to the space bar. (See Recipe #016 Dictate Text Instead of Typing)

3 Tap Done to save and put the note away.

Smart Tip: The Note’s Title

Remember, the first line of the note becomes the title. So before you start to type your grocery items, you might want to type “Shopping List” as the first line of your note. Otherwise your Notes lists becomes confusing.

Create a Note with Siri

The Notes app is very responsive to Siri. Below is a dialog that will work to create a note. Modify to create your own lists.

You: Hey Siri or Press and hold the Home button to summon Siri

You: Create a Note

Siri: What do you want it to say

You: Grocery list, new line, eggs, new line, milk, new line, bananas, new line, go to cleaners

Here is the feedback and note written by Siri by the above script.

Create a Note with Siri


Your Notes List

After you tap Done to save your note, the note is placed onto the top of your Notes list. From your Notes list you can manage your notes including editing or viewing a note and deleting a note.

Edit or View a Note

Simply tap on a note to edit or view the note.

After opening the note, you can add more text and other note information.  Simply tap on the note to add additional text.  You can also delete a note by tapping the trash icon.

How to Delete a Note

In addition to deleting a note from inside the note (above) you can also delete notes from the notes list.

Swipe left on the note you with to delete and tap Delete.

Swipe left to delete a note from the Notes list

Sketch in a note

In the Notes app you can draw or write with your finger, stylus or Apple Pencil. The app provides pen, marker and eraser tools to support your ability to draw. an idea or plan in your note.

To start drawing or writing in a note:

1 In a note, tap

The following screen includes tools and functions for the writing or sketching you perform

Drawing and Sketching Tools


2 Choose a tool from the pencil, marker, or pen.

3 Change the color by pressing Color

Go nuts with drawing or writing using your finger or stylus. You can write or draw. There are no limits, Picasso!

When you’re finished, tap Done.

If you make a mistake (I know you won’t but just in case) you have two tools.

4 Undo – tap the undo icon. Your drawing will be undone one element at at time, Press redo to store the last element undone.

5 Eraser – tap the eraser, then tap the area that you want to erase.


 The Notes app is a good tool for jotting reminders, notes, recipes, shopping lists and more.  WIth a little practice, it will become an indispensable tool for you.

Check for Understanding

Use the following questions to determine if you need to read or study this recipe.  You might already have an understanding of this topic. Following your study, answer the same questions to help you check your understanding of the skills taught in this lesson.

  1. Can you name 3 or more possible uses for the Notes App?
  2. Why is the fist line of a note important?
  3. Do you know how to sketch in a note?

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe:

iPhone User Guide – Notes – Notes App – The Ultimate Guide

Tom’s Guide – IOS 11 Notes – All the Features and How to Use Them

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