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Since you probably carry around your iPhone most of the time or possibly even your iPod touch. It makes sense that they should have a built-in app to jot down notes and reminders to yourself. The Notes application is great for keeping text notes of shopping lists, to-do-lists or any ideas that suddenly pop into your head. Tap Note to open the app. If you've never used it before, you'll see a message that says "No notes." If you have used it before the app will open on the last note you entered. In any case, to create a new note, tap the plus button. That opens up a new note page, which looks like a yellow legal pad and the keyboard appears at the bottom of the screen.
Note also supports landscape view. So, if you want the slightly bigger keyboard you can turn the iPhone or iPod touch on the side. The downside of that is you'll be able to see fewer lines of text. And the only thing to do here is type. There's no font sizing, no changing of the background or customizing of anything else here. When you're done typing, tap Done. To create a new separate note, tap the Plus button again.
I do like to keep many of my various rental car and hotel member numbers in Notes so I don't have to carry around all their individual membership cards. Tap Notes to view a list of all of your notes. Tapping a note opens it and when viewing a note you can add to it just by tapping to place the cursor where you want to add the line of text.
At the bottom of the note you have some buttons. You can move from note to note using the Arrow buttons. And a particularly useful feature is the Share button. Where you can choose to email or print a note or even attach it to a text message or copy it. I'll tap Mail. That opens up a new email message and places the first line of your note as the subject and the text of your note in the email's body. You can make any changes or additions you need to this and then email it off.
Just add your recipient and tap Send and you're popped back into Notes. As you build up your collection of notes over time, you might need to search through them to find the reminder you left to yourself. Here in the main list of notes, you can drag down to reveal a Search bar. Then type the word or phrase you're looking for. And the note or notes containing that word will be displayed. If you want to change the appearance of your notes, you can go to Settings>Notes.
And here you can pick a different font. But that's about the extent of what you can control about the notes appearance. Now your notes don't have to live just on your iPhone. You can sync them with certain services including the iCloud service. If I go into Settings>iCloud, here I can turn Notes on. Now if you haven't yet created a free @icloud.com email address, you'll need to do so.
So, I'll tap create. And I'll create an Email address. Tap next, and done. And with those turned on in iCloud you'll be able to view and edit your notes on other devices using the same account.
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