As an avid iPad user, you might be taking screenshots and annotating them quite often using the Apple Pencil. A new shortcut introduced in iPadOS 13 makes this process even easier. Here’s how it works.
As long as you have an iPad or an iPad Pro with a compatible Apple Pencil (first or second generation), you’ll be able to use a shortcut to take a screenshot directly using your Apple Pencil. And you won’t have to press the Power and Volume button combination.
On your iPad, go to the page you want to take a screenshot of. From there, take your Apple Pencil and swipe in from the bottom-left corner of the screen. The feature works in both portrait and landscape mode.
Instantly, you’ll be in the screenshot annotation screen (the Mark Up feature you can usually access by tapping the screenshot preview).
Here, you’ll find the familiar Pencil annotation section at the bottom of the window. You can tap on a Marker tool to draw on top of the screenshot.
To crop the screenshot, swipe in from the edges of the screenshot. This works on all sides of the screenshot and the corners.
Tap the “+” icon to see more annotation options like Text, Signature, Magnifier, and tools like Rectangle, Circle, and Arrow.
For example, tap the “Arrow” button to add it to the screenshot. Then you can move it to where you want it.
From the annotation area, tap the “Options” button to change to a different type of arrow.
To add text, choose the Text option from the menu and then tap the text box to see text editing options. Here, you can change the font, font size, and more.
There’s also an option to add a translucent layer between the screenshot and the annotations. Locate the Slider in the top-right corner and then move the slider to increase the intensity of the translucent layer.
Once you’re done annotating the screenshot, you can tap the “Done” button in the top-left corner. Now, choose the “Save to Photos” option. You can also save the screenshot to the Files app if you want.
Alternatively, you can tap the “Share” button in the top-right corner to open the iPadOS Share sheet. From here, you can share the screenshot to any app or contact.
This is just one of the new interesting features in iPadOS. Take a look at our article on how iPadOS 13 will almost turn your iPad into a real computer.