When launching the app for the first time, you’ll be greeted with a Welcome page. To start using the app, you will need a Microsoft account (for Windows user) or a Google Play account (for Android users). Here’s how to sign in to and out of GoodNotes.
Sign in with Microsoft(Windows) or
Sign in with Google(Android)
- Enter the login details of your account. If successful, you’ll be shown your GoodNotes library.
Tap your avatar in or near the top-right corner.
Sign out. You’ll be taken back to the Welcome page.
Get to know the main interface
GoodNotes has a clean and intuitive interface to help you take notes as efficiently as possible. Familiarize yourself with the following interface elements before embarking on your GoodNotes journey.
The Library View
The Library is home to your valuable notes. It's what you see after launching the app and logging into your Microsoft/Google account. Initially, the library is empty, but as you work with GoodNotes, you'll see all your creations here.
The Document View
The Document View refers to the view where you take notes, using several editing tools at your disposal. It's what you see when you tap to open a document from the Library View.
The Nav Bar
The Nav Bar houses buttons that help you perform common tasks on the current page/document.
- 1 - Library View takes you back to the library, where you can see your documents.
- 2 - Thumbnail View lets you manage the pages of the current document.
- 3 - Document Details shows details of the current document.
- 4 - Read-only Mode disables editing the document.
- 5 - More lists additional tasks you can do.
- 6 - Share letsyou share the document for collaboration.
- 7 - Your Account allows access to your account details, including signing out.
- 8 - Zoom Controls allow you to zoom in/out or to fit the document to the screen height.
The Toolbar contains a variety of editing tools to help you take good notes.
- 1 & 2 - Undo and Redo make it easy to rectify mistakes.
- 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 - Pen, Eraser, Highlighter, and Lasso Tools let you draw, erase, highlight, select notes, and insert images, respectively.
- 8, 9 - Contextual Section shows the relevant properties of the selected tool.
Create your first notebook
You're invited to learn to use the app by playing with it right away. Simply follow these steps.
Step 1: Create a new notebook
Launch the app and choose New > Notebook:
Customize your notebook:
Set the paper size: Select a size from the dropdown list.
Set the layout: Select either icon:
- Portrait: The page will be vertical.
- Landscape: The page will be horizontal.
Set the cover: Select a cover from the scrollable list underneath.
Set the paper template: Choose
Coverin the left panel and similarly select a paper template from the scrollable list underneath.
Note: These properties will be saved as defaults for the next notebook you create.
Name your notebook in the Title field and choose Create Notebook.
Congratulations! You've just created your first notebook!
Step 2: Take notes!
Use the note-taking tools
Although GoodNotes ships with a variety of tools to suit the user's diverse note-taking needs, you actually need to know just one handy tool or two for your simple notes. For more details about these tools, please check out the corresponding articles linked to the tool names below.
The Pen Tool: Select it and write on the page with your finger/mouse or a tablet-specific stylus just as you would with a pen on paper.
- Set the color and thickness: Choose a slot in the contextual section on the right.
- Customize the selected color: Tap the slot again and select a new color. You can tap the multi-colored slot at the end to add a custom color.
The Highlighter Tool: Use it to highlight noteworthy details in your notes.
The Eraser Tool: Use it to erase handwriting and highlighting.
- Set the erasing circle: Choose a slot in the contextual section on the right.
The Lasso Tool: Use this tool to draw a loop around some content to select it for moving, copying, deleting, and so on.
The Image Tool: Use this tool to insert an image.
The Shape Tool: Use it to draw a shape.
Add a new page
Open the Sidebar and scroll to the bottom.
💡 Alternatively, you can insert a page at a precise location in the notebook by tapping the
… icon under the thumbnail of an existing page and choosing
Add Page Before or
Add Page After as appropriate.
Jump to a page
Tap the Document Details icon (the down arrow next to the notebook title) >
Go to Page, then type a page number to jump to:
See also: How do I zoom, or scroll through pages?