How to Undo/Redo in Apple Notes App

If you ever make a mistake when using Apple Notes, you have a couple of ways to quickly undo and redo your changes.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
May 5, 2022

If you ever make a mistake when using Apple Notes, you have a couple of ways to quickly undo and redo your changes. Let’s explore how they work on your iPhone.

This is for devices using Apple Notes. Screenshots are from iPhone XR

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Enable Shake to Undo

If you use Notes on your iPhone, let’s ensure that Shake to Undo is enabled. For iOS 15 or higher, head to:

Settings > Accessibility > Touch

and enable the toggle Shake to Undo to ON. Refer to the below image:

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Enable Shake to Undo toggle

Undo/Redo By a Shake

First, make sure the note in which you want to undo or redo changes is open on your iPhone. See the below image:

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The Apple Note with incorrect spelling

Next, bring up the Undo menu by shaking your phone. Just do this as if you are shaking a bottle.

Now, you see an Undo Typing menu. Tap Undo here to delete the changes you just made to your note. See the following image:

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Selecting Undo option

Next, if you would like to redo your changes, shake your iPhone again. This time, in the Undo Typing menu, tap the Redo Typing option. Refer to the below image:

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Selecting Undo Typing option

Undo/Redo By a Menu

If your movement is restricted, use the menu option to undo and redo your changes.

First, on your Note’s screen, tap the Markup icon at the bottom. See the below image:

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Selecting Markup option

Next, you will see two icons at the top of your Note’s screen. The arrow pointing in the left direction is for undoing changes, and the arrow pointing in the right direction is for redoing changes. Tap one of these two icons. See the following image:

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Selecting Undo or Redo option

And your changes will be made to your current note.

Undo Deleted Notes

If you have mistakenly deleted a note, you can also undo that note deletion. Your removed notes are available to restore for up to 30 days.

First, in the Notes app, open the Recently Deleted folder. Refer to the below mage:

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Selecting the Recently Deleted folder

Next, in the top right-hand corner, select Edit and choose the note(s) to recover. Then, in the bottom left-hand corner, tap Move. See the below image:

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Selecting an Apple Note to be moved

Now, select the folder in which you would like to store your notes. See the following image:

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Choosing a folder for the deleted note to be moved to

And your deleted notes are now back.

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How to Copy, Paste and Translate Text from Photos on iPhone and iPad

With iOS 15 or iPadOS 15.1 or later, you can use Live Text to copy the text in photos, translate languages, make phone calls, and more.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
April 28, 2022

With iOS 15 or iPadOS 15.1 or later, you can use Live Text to copy the text in photos, translate languages, make phone calls, and more. Let’s explore this feature.

This is for iPhone and iPad running OS 15 or higher. Screenshots are from iPhone XR

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The Live Text feature can easily identify text. The text can then be copied, translated, or used for a search. Live Text also can capture text from your photos. So, instead of retyping text from a photo, the use of Live Text is a time saver.

To use Live Text, you need an iPhone XR, iPhone XS, or a newer model. For the iPad, an iPad 8th generation or later, iPad Mini 5th generation or later, iPad Pro 11 inches or 12.9 inches.

Enable Live Text

First, to turn on Live Text for all supported languages, head to:

Settings > General > Language & Region

Next, toggle the Live Text switch to ON. Refer to the below image:

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Enabling Live Text

Copy and Paste Text

First, open a photo with some text. See the below image:

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Opening a photo that contains text

Next, touch and hold some word(s), and move the handles to adjust your selection.

Now. a pop-up menu will open. Here, either tap Select or Select All. You can also select all by tapping the Live Text button in the lower right-hand corner of the image. See the following image:

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Selecting All of the photo text

Next, from the pop-up menu, you can Paste your copied photo text. In our example, we are pasting it into Apple Notes. Refer to the below image:

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Selecting the Paste option in Apple Notes

Now, you will see your copied text. Tap Done when finished. See the below image:

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Your pasted text from a photo

Translate Text

To Translate text, you follow the above steps, except chose a photo with text in a foreign language. First, from the pop-up menu, tap on Translate. You might need to tap Continue, then choose a language to translate in or tap Change Language. Your copied and pasted text will be translated. See the following image:

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Selecting to Translate your photo text

Additionally, you can copy and paste links and even make phone calls using Live Text.

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How to Use Apple Notes in a Browser

Apple Notes syncs between devices for anyone with an Apple ID, which is required to use devices like the iPhone, iPad, and Mac computers. Unfortunately, there’s no native app for Windows or Android users, but the web version can make a suitable substitute.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
December 22, 2021

Apple Notes syncs between devices for anyone with an Apple ID, which is required to use devices like the iPhone, iPad, and Mac computers. Unfortunately, there’s no native app for Windows or Android users, but the web version can make a suitable substitute. Let’s explore how to use Apple Notes on the web.

This is for devices using Notes on iCloud

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Turn on iCloud Sync for Notes

If you use Apple Notes on an Apple device, first ensure you have iCloud sync enabled so that new notes and changes are pushed to all of your devices. This should be enabled by default, but it’s a good idea to check.

First, on an iPhone or iPad, you can do this under:

Settings > [Your Name] > iCloud

and enabling the Apple Notes setting. Refer to the below image:

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Enabling iCloud Notes sync

On a Mac, this can be turned on under:

System Preferences > Apple ID

and checkmark the Notes setting.

When making notes, make sure that you are placing them in your iCloud folders since it’s possible to have offline folders too that are device-specific. See the below image:

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Ensuring Notes are under iCloud

Once enabled, new notes will be placed in iCloud by default.

Access Notes in a Browser via iCloud

Next, with your Mac, iPhone, and iPad now syncing Apple Notes to iCloud, you can access them using a web browser by heading to iCloud.com and logging in with your Apple ID. See the following image:

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Signing in to iCloud.com

Now, you may need to pass a two-factor authentication check, so make sure you choose to Trust this computer if you want to log in faster in the future. You should only trust personal computers and smartphones that you own, and never trust a computer or device that you share with others. Refer to the below image:

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Trusting your device

Next, once you are in, click on Notes to see a web-based version of the Apple Notes app. You can use this to access and edit existing notes, create new ones, and share with other iCloud users. See the below image:

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Selecting iCloud Notes on the web

While you can access locked notes by entering your Apple ID password, you can not apply a lock to existing or new notes. See the following image for a listing of your Notes:

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Listing of your iCloud Notes

Turn iCloud Into an App on Windows or Android

Now, you can keep Apple Notes open in its own pinned tab, but it may be more convenient to turn the web app into an application or shortcut you can run from your Start menu or Android home screen.

  • Windows users can do this using Chrome or Edge, pin it to your Taskbar, and apply a custom icon if you like. You will need to log in from time to time, but as long as you Trust your browser when entering the two-factor authentication code this process will not be quite as tedious.
  • Android users can also do this using Chrome, which places a shortcut on your home screen.

Next, you will receive a message about signing in to iCloud from a browser. Refer to the below image:

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Apple message

Apple Notes is just one service you can take advantage of using a browser thanks to iCloud’s web interface.

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How to Format Notes on iPhone and iPad

Using Apple Notes is a fast way to capture thoughts and take notes on your iPhone or iPad. You can do more than just take plain text notes. Instead you can organize your notes by using formatting tools to make them stand out from plain text. Let’s explore how to do this.

This is for iPhone and iPad

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When you start a new note, Apple formats the first line into a Title format. You can change this by going to your Settings app, then navigate to:

Notes > New Notes > Starts With

and select your format. By default, the rest of your note is plain text.

As mentioned earlier, you can use formatting tools. These tools include headings, lists, indentations and more. These features are somewhat obscure for a new user.

The Formatting Toolbar

After opening a new note, tap on the screen to bring up the keyboard, if not already in view. Next, tap on the Aa button above the keyboard, the format row. You will see the text formatting tools that you can use. Refer to below image:

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Accessing the formatting toolbar

The keyboard is replaced by the formatting toolbar split into three rows. See below image:

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The formatting toolbar

From the first row, the Title Heading, Subheading and more are available to use. Monospaced is the only available font style to use in Notes. See following image:

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The titles formatting

When the toolbar is open, tap the X to close, tap the plus sign (+) to open, both to the left of the toolbar.

From the middle row, you can change selected text to Bold, Italic, Underline or Strikethrough formats. You may select multiple formats. Refer to below image:

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The text formatting

The last row has different bullet styles, indent and outdent formats. See below image:

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The lists formatting

The Checklist is separate from the formatting toolbar. To add a checklist, tap on the Checklist icon. Simply, start typing in your item. Tap the Enter key to add a new item. To stop the checklist, tap the Enter key on an empty line. Refer to below image:

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The checkbox formatting

To create a numbered list, start by typing 1 and then your first entry. To end your list, tap the Enter key on a blank line.

The Toolbar Examples

For a look at all our examples, see below image:

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The entire formatting examples

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