White Templates for GoodNotes

Screen shot of the template import screen in GoodNotes.
Template Import

I’m playing with a note taking application for iPad called GoodNotes. It has a lot of potential to help replace notebooks for homework. It requires some customization because the default templates have a beige background. Beige is easier to look at on a bright computer screen, but it is impractical when printing. The built-in solution seems to be to export “notes only”. However, I have mixed feelings about printing handwritten notes from lined paper that has no lines.

Here are my customized templates, based on the built-in options, with the background color removed for better printing.

iPad-Size Templates

Portrait Landscape
PDFRuled (lined paper) PDFLandscape Ruled
PDFSquared (graph paper) PDFLandscape Squared
PDFMusic (staff paper) PDFLandscape Music
PDFBlank PDFLandscape Blank
PDFWide Ruled PDFManuscript Ruled
PDFDouble Ruled

Paper-Size Templates

When installing these, set margins by 132pt per inch.

Style Size Orientation Line Height
PDFCollege Ruled Letter Portrait 37pt
PDFCollege Ruled Letter Landscape 37pt
PDFCollege Ruled A4 Portrait 37pt
PDFCollege Ruled A4 Landscape 37pt
PDFEngineering Paper Letter Portrait 26pt
PDFGraph Paper – 1/4″ quad Letter Portrait 33pt
PDFGraph Paper – 5 mm grid Letter Portrait 26pt
PDFGraph Paper – 5 mm grid Letter Landscape 26pt
PDFGraph Paper – 5 mm grid A4 Portrait 26pt
PDFGraph Paper – 5 mm grid A4 Landscape 26pt
PDFIsometric Graph – 1/4″ Letter Portrait
PDFLog-Log Graph – 11/3″ Letter Portrait
PDFLog-Log Graph – 33 mm A4 Portrait
PDFSemi-Log – 11/3″ x 1/4″ Letter Portrait
PDFBlank White Letter Portrait
PDFBlank White Letter Landscape
PDFBlank White A4 Portrait
PDFBlank White A4 Landscape


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57 thoughts on “White Templates for GoodNotes”

  1. Thank you so much for providing these templates. I have been printing my notes in grey scale which leaves me without the highlighting and colored pens, this is perfect! I tend to email myself the notes then print it out from my pc.

  2. Thanks for these! Would it be possible for you to create a wide-ruled version of the lined paper for all of us who have issues writing with our styii?

  3. Great!
    this is Letter paper isnt it?
    Do you also have them available for the Europeans in DIN A4 paper size?

    1. The page size is identical to the iPad screen and does not match any standard paper. You may want to use Adobe Reader to help center or scale the page for printing. I’ll add Letter and A4 size templates to try out.

  4. Hey these are amazing Thanks! exactly what I was looking for can you please add the landscape versions of these like are on the app as well? Thanks

  5. Hi Dan & Justin, you are welcome. I added the four default landscape templates, as well as a standard graph paper design. I might even use these new ones myself. 🙂

  6. hey,
    i really appreciate this!
    i was just wondering what the perfect font and font size is for the A4 ruled paper
    i just want my text to sit on the line everytime!!
    goodnotes should allow this!

  7. Hey,
    good work! Will be there a way to get a DIN A4 squared paper format? This would be great, because it might look better if I don’t have to scale the the pages for printing!

      1. What is the size of your grid in the letter size graph paper? Maybe and because of practical issues at the size of actual stylus, a bigger grid size would be better?!

        1. 5 mm is a smaller grid than the others. It is added now. Try it out and let me know if a different grid would work better for A4 users. 10 mm perhaps?

  8. Hey, thank you so much! It works! Actually it doesn’t matter, because of the zoom function. Sry I got my stylus (adonit jot pro) just 2 days ago and so I’m not very fimiliar up to now with it. The iPad tries to zoom the whole page on the screen, so there might be borders to the left and to the right. But I’m writing with the zoom window, working well! What is the importance of line height in pt, because I tried out different settings not really recognising differences?

    1. There is a “new line” button in the zoom window and the line height configures that feature for the template.

  9. Hi!

    Thank you so much, especially for the European style templates.

    Would it be too much to ask for A4 squared 5mm and A4 college ruled, both landscape?

  10. Thanks very much for posting these. Any chance of adding isometric projection guideline paper and log graph paper?

    1. Hi Stéph, I think the isometric paper can be done easily. Do you use 1/4″ triangles?

      For log paper, I’ll have to say maybe because it will be a bit of a challenge to make it from scratch. I would also need to know which layout you need? Do you have a sample page?

      1. Wow, quick reply! Thanks for that, Robert.

        I actually live in the metric world, but Goodnotes is a sketching tool, not really for scaled drawings, so 1/4″ isometric will do the trick for me.

        Good job with the log paper, too. If you get a chance to add a log scale on both axe too,, that would be brilliant – but I don’t want to be too demanding!

        1. Okay, I added a log-log version too. The same scale fits about twice on the page width. Is it too big?

          1. Good question. What you’ve uploaded will be great for covering a lot of log curves. However, I’m currently working on a report where a line has been plotted over 5 orders of magnitude (1 – 100,000) on the x-axis and a full 9 orders (1 – 10^9) over the y-axis, all plotted onto a portrait A4 sheet.

            I guess that there would be loads of other potential ranges for other applications, but it would definitely be useful to add one which covers a wide range like this, as well as the narrower, more detailed range you’ve already provided.

  11. A question for anyone who is new to the subject: iPad with retina display settings and should not have different sizes?

    1. Hi Luck, all of the templates are based on physical dimensions, just like any PDF file. They are compatible with any screen or printer resolution.

  12. Hi! Thank you for the the templates. Is there any chance you could make the 5mm grid in letter size (if possible both orientations) and the college ruled letter size in lanscape orientation?

  13. Really great job, many thanks.

    How about some paper with background like lightgreen or other color to protect our sight?

    1. Hi Harry, if your device is too bright, all you have to do is adjust the brightness using the Settings app on the home screen.

  14. Thanks a lot! For the first time the other day I printed a few notes written on the default templates and found it a bit awful, size being the ipad screen size, colored background you know. Now the feeling of being able to write in templates equivalent to a normal sheet of paper is awesome!

  15. Hi,

    this is a fantastic work! Thank you very much for your effort to publish those great templates.

    Best regards,

      1. You already have an engineering paper template that is what I was looking for but it is Letter size. I just wanted that in A4 so it would print better

        1. Hi Adam, your request is simply too vague. If you can provide an example or the layout specification then I can give it a try.

  16. For the paper size templates, what exactly do you mean by set the margins to 132pt per inch? Is this to be done on the app or on a computer before importing the template?

    1. Hi Davis, GoodNotes has a left margin line that you can enable and adjust as you like. I am simply providing the appropriate conversion from “pt” to inches.

  17. I’ve been using your templates for GoodNotes and they are great! Now that I’m switching to their newer version, GoodNotes4, I can’t seem to figure out how to upload your templates for use. Any ideas? If the new version doesn’t allow me to use your templates, I will have to stick with the older version. Thanks!

  18. thanks so much for your contribution!
    I have an ipad mini and used the Graph Paper – 5 mm grid,A4,Landscape, 26pt.

    To be able to go one line at a time using the Zoom feature, I set the Height to 30 in Options/Template Library/Edit/Zoom Window Return Height/Height = 30.00

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