Notebooks optionally shows a row of extra keys above the built in keyboard. This makes it easy to type characters that are otherwise difficult to reach. It is hardly possible to find a set of characters that is convenient and useful for all users, so Notebooks allows you to customize those characters in Settings > Write & Edit.

  • Tap a key and enter the character it should represent. You are not limited to a single character, you could actually add a whole phrase (although it will be truncated on the key.
  • To get an empty space on the row of extra keys, just leave one or more keys empty

There are several special characters that you can use:

Matched Punctuation Marks (…)

If you want to use parentheses, brackets, quotes or other punctuation marks that are used in matched pairs, you can combine them in a single extra key and enter both marks with a single tap. Just define them like “(…)”, and Notebooks will either put the opening and closing mark around the selected text or around the current cursor position. You are free to define your own marks, too, so a key like “</…>” is a valid HTML closing tag.

Cursor Keys

Notebooks supports three special keys for cursor movement. As it is hard to enter those keys with the built in keyboard, it is probably best to just copy and paste them form one of the presets.

  • inserts a TAB character at the current position.
    When creating a bulleted or numbered list, this character indents the list by one level. Touch and hold to outdent the list.
  • move the cursor one character/word to the left.
    Touch and hold to move by words.
  • move the cursor one character/word to the right.
    Touch and hold to move by words
  • ↩︎ Undo
  • ↪︎ Redo

Markdown Keys

These keys insert the opening and closing tags for Markdown formatting commands. Tapping the key enclose any selected text with tags, but if no text is selected, the opening and closing tags will be inserted around the current cursor position.

  • B inserts the Markdown code for bold
  • I inserts the Markdown code for italic
  • U inserts the HTML code for underlined
  • S inserts the Markdown code for struck through

When using an external keyboard, you can also type cmd-B and cmd-I.

The More key (•••)

This key presents a menu of additional items to insert: images, links, timestamps or the current GPS location. To place it on a different key, just type three bullets.