iPadOS 15: Best uses for Apple Pencil

Be taught concerning the new Apple Pencil and iPadOS 15 options that may enhance your workflow, allow you to use handwriting with the Notes app, and extra.


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Since its introduction again in 2015 with the iPad Professional, Apple Pencil has continued to evolve and alter the best way we use and work together with the iPad. In earlier releases of iPadOS, Apple Pencil was primarily used for drawing, however starting in iPadOS 14, Apple added handwriting assist and different gesture options that dramatically elevated the areas in iPadOS the place you should utilize the Apple Pencil.

iPadOS 15 will increase the place Apple Pencil can be utilized, permitting you to jot down notes utilizing the Fast Word characteristic, translate your handwritten notes, and alter the preferences for nook swipes with the Apple Pencil. Discover ways to use the entire new options in iPadOS 15 together with your Apple Pencil.

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How you can use Fast Word to jot down Apple Pencil notes and drawings

Fast Word is a brand new characteristic in iPadOS that permits customers to shortly create a brand new observe within the Apple Notes software. Utilizing the Apple Pencil or your finger, drag from the underside proper fringe of the display screen diagonally in the direction of the middle of the display screen. Once you do that, a small hovering window will seem on the iPad with a brand new Word sheet (Determine A).

Determine A


You’ll be able to create a brand new QuickNote by swiping with the Apple Pencil from the underside proper nook of the iPad display screen in iOS 15.

Utilizing the keyboard in your iPad, you possibly can kind a observe, however utilizing the Apple Pencil you possibly can start annotating a handwritten observe in the identical window. Write or draw with the Apple Pencil, then faucet Executed. Doing the identical motion to deliver up the Fast Word window a second time will reveal your present observe. If you wish to create a brand new observe as an alternative of working with the prevailing one, merely faucet the New Word button within the toolbar. The observe will seem within the Fast Notes folder within the Notes software (Determine B).

Determine B


Everytime you create a observe utilizing the Fast Notes characteristic, it’ll seem in a brand new sidebar folder known as Fast Word.

Utilizing the Apple Pencil, not solely are you able to handwrite a observe, however you may as well create strains and shapes which might be completely drawn. When you draw a line with the Apple Pencil, cease and maintain the Apple Pencil on the display screen when completed, and the drawn line will grow to be completely straight. The identical goes for squares, circles, rectangles or different shapes you might want to incorporate in your observe.

How you can translate handwritten textual content in iPadOS 15

New to the Notes app in iPadOS 15 is the flexibility to translate handwritten textual content into one other language with ease. After you’ve got written your textual content utilizing the Apple Pencil in a brand new observe, faucet on the textual content you want to translate and drag your finger to spotlight the choice. Faucet once more, then faucet Translate within the popover that seems (Determine C). A Translate window will seem permitting you to pick out a language, converse the textual content in one other language or copy the interpretation textual content for pasting.

This characteristic makes use of the extra machine studying and dwell textual content processing in iOS and iPadOS 15.

Determine C


Translating handwriting is now attainable within the Notes software on iPadOS 15.

How you can take a screenshot with the Apple Pencil

The Apple Pencil may also be used to take a screenshot with out the everyday button urgent concerned by urgent Energy + Quantity Up + Quantity Down. To take a screenshot, swipe such as you did to create a observe, however this time from the underside left nook of the display screen diagonally in the direction of the middle.

A normal screenshot pop up will seem and mean you can mark it up utilizing the Apple Pencil earlier than finally sharing. That is nice once you’re in a rush to seize a screenshot and ship it off to another person or save for later.

How you can nook swipe preferences with Apple Pencil

With iPadOS 15 and Apple Pencil, you possibly can change the swipe gestures used to create a Fast Word or a screenshot that was lined above. These gestures could be simply turned off if you end up triggering them by chance or select to make use of one other app to seize notes aside from Notes.

To show off the left or proper swipe gestures with Apple Pencil, comply with these steps.

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Navigate to Apple Pencil | (Left or Proper) Nook Swipe (Determine D).
  3. Choose the Off choice.

Determine D


You’ll be able to flip off the swipe gestures with Apple Pencil in iPadOS 15, permitting you to customise the expertise in case you do not want to use the characteristic.

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