Highlighting and taking notes in Papers for iOS

You can download the free Papers app for iPhone/iPad here.

Another great feature of Papers for iPad is the ability to highlight your research and make notes. This tutorial will walk you through how this is done.

Now supporting Apple Pencil on iPad Pro! To enable natural drawing mode for Apple Pencil, tap on the settings wheel at bottom of the reader screen and scroll down to select a natural drawing style.

1. Highlighting your papers

  • First, open a pdf and hold your finger on the highlight icon at the top of the screen. This will give you the highlighting options where you can choose to highlight, underline or strikethrough in a range of colours.


  • Next, drag your finger over the section you wish to highlight, and the highlight will appear


2. Making notes in specific sections of your papers

  • If you would like to make a note on a specific section of a paper, tap the 'Note" icon at the top of the screen. You can tap anywhere on the screen to place a note in that location. Now, using the keyboard, you can make a note about the area of the paper you selected. Once satisfied with the note just tap the paper in the background to close the note.


  • Any notes that you have taken will then appear as a small sticky note icon on your paper. Tap the icon to read, edit or delete the note that you have made.


3. Making freehand annotations

  • Freehand annotations can be made by tapping on the pen icon at the top of the screen. Hold your finger on the icon to select a range of colours and pen sizes.


  • You can then use your finger or stylus to annotate the document.