How to Efficiently Take Power Point Notes on the iPad

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Hello, there!

On this blog post, I’m going to teach you how to efficiently take power point notes on the iPad. On this tutorial, I’m using the iPad pro, the apple pencil, and the app called Notability.

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  1. Open your PPT file:

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If your teacher’s power point has a colorful background, like the one on this image, I recommend changing the background to a white. To do this click on the design tab > select the office theme.

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Now your whole power point presentation is in a black and white format.

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Scroll thru the power point slides to make sure all the text is clear. If you find some words with a yellow color, change the color to red or black.

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You can also increase the font of the text. Sometimes when you transfer it to the iPad or if you print the handout, some of the words are small.

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  1. We are going to convert the power point into an outline.

File > print or (command + print).

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Now, select layout > handouts (3 slides per page).

Note: It is up to you if you want to keep the black frames around the text. I personally prefer to remove them, as not having them makes note-taking easier. For this tutorial, I’m going to leave the frames around the text.

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Once you have selected the 3 slides per page, at the bottom of the window select PDF > Open PDF in preview.

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This is how you PDF will look like when you transfer it to the iPad app:

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If you like the way the PDF looks that’s awesome, but I like to take advantage of the whole page. I’m going to increase the scale of the PDF file.

Click file > print > scale to 115 or 120 >

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select PDF at the bottom of the window > Open PDF in a preview window.

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Now you can see the text bigger and you won’t waste space.

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Save the file in your favorite cloud folder.

File > export.

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  1. Open your saved PDF outline in your favorite note-taking app.

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  1. If you teacher posts his video lecture and transcript of the lecture online, put them both on one screen. While you are listening to the lecture you can read the transcript and take notes at the same time.

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  1. If some of the pictures in the outline are too small to see or to write on here is a quick trick:

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Go to your power point file in your storage cloud (I personally prefer DropBox). Find the slide of the image you need.

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Select the image and save it to camera roll or take a screen shot of the image that you need.

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Insert the saved image into your outline

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Depending on the app you use, you can crop and edit the image before inserting it in the document.

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Click here is you want to learn how to efficiently type and draw school notes on the iPad.


  1. Here is a preview of how my notes look like on the iPad:

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One thought on “How to Efficiently Take Power Point Notes on the iPad

  1. Casey the College Celiac says:

    Wow! I never knew that you could do any of this…but I’ve already been more of a paper note-taker. Thanks for the ideas!

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