14 Notes App Keyboard Shortcuts for iPad

Mar 29, 2019 - 1 Comment

Notes app keyboard shortcuts for iPad

The Notes app for iPad has a variety of handy keyboard shortcuts available for usage within the app when a keyboard is connected to the device.

If you’re a Notes app user and use an iPad with an external Bluetooth keyboard, a keyboard case, or with an Apple Smart Keyboard, you may find this collection of keyboard shortcuts to be helpful to your workflow.


Note you must use iPad with a physical keyboard to gain access to the keystrokes listed, as the onscreen virtual keyboard does not support these keyboard shortcuts.

Notes Keyboard Shortcuts for iPad

  • Bold – Command + B
  • Italics – Command + i
  • Underline – Command + U
  • Title – Shift + Command + T
  • Heading – Shift + Command + H
  • Body – Shift + Command + B
  • Checklist – Shift + Command + L
  • Mark as Checked – Shift + Command + U
  • Table – Control + Shift + T
  • Indent Right – Command + ]
  • Find in Note – Command + F
  • Note List Search – Control + Command + F
  • New Note – Command + N
  • End Editing – Command + Return

Don’t forget the standard copy, cut, and paste keyboard shortcuts on iPad work in the Notes app too:

  • Command + C for Copy
  • Command + X for Cut
  • Command + V for Paste

Note that you can initiate some of these keystrokes at any time in the Notes app, while others you will need to have selected text or an item within Notes app to be able to perform the function (like Copy or Cut).

If you can’t remember all of the Notes app keyboard shortcuts, you can see a screen popover of available keystrokes in the Notes app on iPad at any time by holding down the COMMAND key on the external keyboard (this trick works in many other Apple iPad apps too).

Notes app keyboard shortcut cheatsheet on iPad

Many of these keyboard shortcuts are also the same in the Notes app for Mac, and in other iOS and Mac OS apps too, so keep that in mind if you use both platforms.

Notes app on iPad has keyboard shortcuts to make typing and writing easier

If you enjoyed these keyboard shortcut tips, you might also like learning keyboard shortcuts for Files app on iPad, or Safari keystrokes for iPad, or even some navigation keyboard shortcuts too.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, Tips & Tricks

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  1. Donna Martin-Netherton says:

    My ipad has been showing “blue rectangular ‘boxes” sometimes vertical…othertimes horizontal. They do across the entire screen from edge to edge; and they move around! What the heck are these ? and HOW do I get rid of them??

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