Digital planners are a game-changer. No more lugging around the paper planner in your bag. No more expensive re-fills or accessories. No more having to tear out a whole page because of one tiny error (argh!)
I love digital planners but I’m not going to pretend that it was a complete breeze adapting to them. I know that this the case with my lovely customers too! I get so many messages about Goodnotes:
- How do I import the planner into Goodnotes?
- How do I add or delete a page?
- Why are the hyperlinks not working?
I hear you – I was just as confused when I started. But now that I’ve used my planner for over a year I like think that I’ve overcome all for obstacles that Goodnotes have thrown at me, so I’ve made this guide to help you get the most of your planner too!
THE DIGITAL PLANNER
You might not yet have a digital planner and just doing your research. They are hugely popular and I can guarantee that you will have no difficulty finding one that is perfect for you. Etsy has a great variety of digital planner as well as stickers that you can download to import into your planner.
Here are a few examples of the digital planner that I offer in my Etsy shop (just that link to view them in more detail!):
The planner that I am using in this tutorial is the 2019/20 Dated Digital Planner.
Goodnotes is the app that I 100% recommend for digital planners users. This is the app that allows you to duplicate pages, import stickers and even allows you to import fonts if handwriting isn’t your thing!
It is a paid app but for a small price of £7.99/$7.99, it’s worth it. The only annoying feature about Goodnotes 5, it that it currently isn’t available on Android or Windows devices. I currently use it on my iPad and sync it with my iPhone so that I have access to all of my plans on the go!
HOW TO IMPORT THE PLANNER INTO GOODNOTES
- Once you’ve purchased the planner, a PDF link will be available for you to download the planner to your device. Hold down on the PDF link/thumbnail until the box in the following screenshot appears. Click on ‘Copy to Goodnotes’.
- Goodnotes will open and you will see a box asking you where you would like to import the planner. You can create a folder specifically for your planner and import it then, if you like.
- Locate the folder that you imported the planner to, open and wa-la! You’re in your brand spanking new planner.
USING THE HYPERLINKS
OK, so you probably think this part is really obvious. Not for everyone! Trust me, when I downloaded the new version of Goodnotes, I struggled to! When you’re in ‘editing mode’, the hyperlinks don’t work. If you click on them, the link just won’t take you anywhere.
- Make sure the pen tool isn’t selected when clicking on the hyperlink. For example, if you are able to write on the page then the pen tool is on.
- If you look on the blue margin right at the top there is an icon of a pen with a line going through it. That’s the tool you need the click on to turn the pen off.
- Once you click on it, the margin should turn white and the line through the pen will disappear and to indicate that you’re no longer in edit mode.
IMPORTING AND CROP DIGITAL STICKERS
A lot of digital planners come with free digital stickers. If not, you can find loads on Etsy. I also search for ‘printable stickers’ to find a wider tange of stickers. As long as you can download it is a picture format (JPEG or PNG), then you can still use them in your planner.
- Once you’ve downloaded your sticker and saved them to your device, click on the ‘picture’ icon (circled in the screenshot) below and click anywhere on the page.
- Locate where you have saved your stickers and they will appear on the screen.
- You will see that there are several stickers and as I only want to use one, I need to crop them. To crop, click on the image of the stickers and two bubbles will appear – Crop and Share. Click on Crop.
- Use the blue indicators to drag the image onto the one sticker you’d like to insert.
- Once I crop down to the sticker that I want to use, I follow the above steps again so that I can crop out the white background around the sticker.
HOW TO DUPLICATE PAGES
I am forever adding more notes pages to my digital notebook so this function is perfect for me. The clever thing about Goodnotes is that it automatically picks up on the template you are using so that it can easily duplicated.
- Go on the page of the planner that you’d like to duplicate.
- Click on ‘+’ icon on the top-right hand corner of the page.
- You’ll see the current template you are using on the pop-up box that appears.
- You can choose to either insert the new template before or after the page you are currently on. To choose, click on the option so that it turns blue. You can see that I’ve chosen to insert the new template after my current page.
HOW TO DELETE PAGES
As with all planner, here are inevitably going to be some pages that you don’t want in your planner. Whilst you can easily delete pages from your digital planner, it’s worth remembering that you can’t delete the page that the hyperlink links to. For example, on the planner that I’m using, if I deleted the first page of the ‘Budget’ section, then that section would no longer work as there would be no page to link to!
- To delete, click on the ‘four-square’ icon on the top-left corner of the planner. You will have an overview of all of the pages in your planner.
- Hit ‘Select’ and click on the page that you would like to delete.
- The icons that were greyed-out will now appear. Click on ‘Trash’ to delete the page.
HOW TO CHANGE THE FONT IN GOODNOTES
I hate my handwriting so it’s nice have the option to change the font in Goodnotes. There are two ways that you can do this.
This way is best if you aren’t typing a lot of words.
- You will see a ‘Aa’ icon towards the top-right of the page. When you click on the icon, a ‘Styling’ box will appear.
- To change the font, you can click on ‘Font’ and a list of available fonts will appear which you can change. To save the particular font as your default font, just hit the ‘save as default’ button at the bottom of the pop-up styling box.
I use my digital notebook for revising. It would be a lot of effort to use the typing box for all of my notes, so instead I use my iPad Apple Pencil to write the notes down and then covert to font after.
- Use your Apple Pencil to write your content on the page. Hit the lasso tool (as circled on the screenshot below) and draw around your handwriting.
- Hold down your circled text and several bubbles will appear, click on ‘Convert’.
- You will see that your handwriting has been converted to font (sometime you might need to tidy it up). Once you’ve checked the spellings, hold the text, hit ‘Select All’ and ‘Copy’.
- Press ‘Cancel’ and you’ll be taken back to your planner page. Use the ‘eraser tool’ to erase your handwriting.
- Hold down anywhere on the page and when the two bubbles appear, click on ‘Paste’. Move your text around on the page where you like it to appear.