Notebooks provides an optional row of extra keys attached to the built in keyboard, which makes it easy to enter characters that are otherwise difficult to reach. You can customize those characters and define multiple sets of characters; to switch between these sets, a simple swipe gesture is enough.

To set up or change the keyboard keys, open Notebooks’ Settings > Write & Edit > Select Keys.

Tap Add a new Set to add a new set of keys and select one of the provided templates. These templates are suggestions that you can use as a starting point for further personalization. To change a set’s keys, follow these steps:

  • From the list of installed sets, select the one you want to edit. The column of keys changes to reflect the selected set.
  • To change the character or string associated with a key, tap the key and edit the character. You are not limited to a single character, you ca add a whole phrase (although it may be truncated when shown on the key).
  • To get an empty space on the row of extra keys, just leave one or more keys empty.

Tap Edit to reorder or delete your sets.

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.