Notes & Writing

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linkHow do I create a new note?

linkCreating a note using the "New note" button

Once you log into Amplenote, click the "New note" button found in the top right corner to start redacting a new note.

After logging into Amplenote you are automatically taken to the Jots mode. Jots are regular notes that are automatically created for you every day.
Pressing the "New note" button will switch to Notes mode and it will open a brand new note for editing.

Add content by typing in the note window. Be sure to give your note a name so you can easily locate it later using search.

linkUsing Double Brackets [[ for Note Creation/Linking

A subject worth its own page 🙌: Using Double Brackets [[ for Note Creation/Linking

linkCreating new notes from text selection

There are 2 ways to create new notes based on the selected text; both are covered in depth in another help article:


linkWhat formatting options are available?

As of December 2021, Amplenote offers 3 ways to format your notes:

Via the toolbar at the top of the note window; this toolbar is visible when editing a note in Notes Mode:

💡 Hover the mouse over an icon from the toolbar to view the associated keyboard shortcut for that formatting option.

By using the contextual toolbar that appears when you select text in your note; visible in Jots and Notes Mode:

Below is an overview of all the formatting options.

B = Bold

I = Italic

= strikethrough

= highlight

linkH1 = Heading 1

linkH2 = Heading 2

linkH3 = Heading 3

= Checklist


= Bullet list

Bullet 1

Bullet 2

= Numbered list

First step

Second step

= Link and Rich Footnote

= Image attachment

= Block quote

= Code snippet

= Code block

A block of code.

= Undo last action

= Redo last undone action

--- = Horizontal line (three dashes in a row)

linkUsing the formatting toolbar

The formatting toolbar is available in places where these options are otherwise hidden (e.g. Tasks and Jots Mode). Options available via this menu include all the usual text formatting, as well as link and Rich Footnote manipulation. Also, there are two editor options that are exclusive to this toolbar: Extracting text to a note or a Rich Footnote.

linkExtracting text to a note or a Rich Footnote

In addition to the usual formatting options, you might have noticed the extra buttons on the contextual toolbar:

linkWhat other note settings are there?

To view individual note settings, click on the triple-dot icon on the right-hand side of the note header.

You can also check out "More options", which as of September 2020 includes a few less-used options:

linkHow do I publish notes to the web?

Publishing notes deserves a separate help page: How do I publish notes to the web?.

linkCollaboration: Sharing notes or tags with individuals, groups, or the web

More on writing together: Collaboration: Sharing notes or tags with individuals, groups, or the web.

linkWhat are Vault Notes and how do I create them?

Read more on Vault Notes over at What are Vault Notes and how do I create them?

linkNote revision history, and restoring old versions

Clicking on the "View revision history" link under the triple-dot will get you a list of different versions of the note from various points in history:

If you would like to restore a previous version of a note, click on the version in its history, then click "Create new note from this version" in the triple-dot shown when viewing the note:

linkDuplicate Note

This option will create a new note with the same content. You can create a new title for the note in the duplication process. If the note is not a secure note, you can choose to share with the same people you shared the original note with. Related article: Using note templates to quickly create notes with structure.

linkDownload Note

Download a markdown file (.md) of your note to your device. Markdown files can be viewed in a plain text editors, as well as in many note apps.

linkLock Note

Locking a note will achieve two things:

It will make that note read-only for all users collaborating on it;

Any open tasks residing in this note will be hidden from the Tasks & Calendar Views.

Notes can only be locked and unlocked by their respective owner. In Amplenote, the owner of a note is:

The person that created the shared tag that is applied to a note, if any.

The person that originally created the note, otherwise.

linkArchive Note

Archiving a note will hide it from your list of notes without completely deleting it from your account. The note still exists and is still returned in matching search results. The note is archived indefinitely or until you un-archive it.

To un-archive a note:

Search for the note and open it

Open the note settings menu

Click "Archive note"

When the confirmation message displays, click "undo"

linkDelete Note

This option will delete the note from your Amplenote account. If you deleted a note in error, you have a few seconds to undo the action using the popup at the bottom of the note window. You can also view and restore the note if you have a direct link to the note. If you've shared the note with another user, the note will remain in their account unless you remove the share prior to deleting the note.

Deleting multiple notes at once? Check out Tag moving, renaming, deleting and merging#Deleting all notes with a certain tag.

linkMail-to-note usage and options

Read more about forwarding emails to Amplenote here: Mail-to-note usage and options.

linkCreate a Note Shortcut (aka a "pinned note")

Learn about Note Shortcuts: Create a Note Shortcut (aka a "pinned note").

linkSee also

Keyboard Shortcuts & Markdown Syntax