Draw in Numbers and Keynote on your iPad or iPhone

Draw directly on your spreadsheets and presentations with Apple Pencil on supported devices, or with your finger.

Add a drawing

  1. To draw with Apple Pencil, draw anywhere on the sheet or slide. To draw with your finger, or if you've turned on Select and Scroll with Apple Pencil, tap Add new button > Media button > Drawing button Drawing, then draw anywhere.
  2. To switch drawing tools, tap a tool at the bottom of the screen. You can also use the following tools for different effects or functions:
    • To draw a new, filled-in shape, tap Fill tool, then start drawing. To fill an area, tap Fill tool, then tap the area that you want to fill.
    • To erase, tap the eraser tool , then drag on the drawing.
    • To edit parts of a drawing, tap Selection tool, then tap or drag around the part of the drawing that you want to edit.
  3. To draw with a different color, tap the colored circle, then select a color. Swipe left to fine-tune a color.
  4. To draw with a different stroke size and opacity, tap the tool twice, tap a stroke size, then tap a new stroke size, or drag a slider to adjust the opacity.
  5. To undo the last action, tap Undo button
  6. When you’re finished, tap Done.

Resize and move your drawing

You can resize and move the drawing after you've added it:

  • To resize the drawing, tap the drawing with your finger, then drag the handles of the box.
  • To move the drawing, tap the drawing with your finger, then drag it.


Edit parts of a drawing

  1. If necessary, tap the drawing with your finger, then tap Edit Drawing from the pop-up menu.
  2. Tap Selection tool at the bottom of the screen, then tap or drag around the part of drawing you want to edit. An outline appears around the selection.
  3. Tap an option in the pop-up menu:
    • To resize a selection, tap Resize, then drag the handles of the box around the selection.
    • To make one drawing into two drawings, tap Separate in the pop-up menu.
    • You can also cut, copy, paste, delete, and duplicate a selection.


Animate a drawing

You can animate drawings in Keynote and Numbers.

Animate a drawing in Keynote

In a Keynote presentation, you can animate a drawing so it appears as if it's being drawn (using the Build In effect) or erased (using the Build Out effect).

Here's how to animate a drawing in Keynote on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch:

  1. Choose the slide with the drawing, then tap or click the drawing to select it.
  2. Tap the drawing again, then tap Animate from the pop-up menu.
  3. Choose Build In or Build Out. 
  4. In the pop-up menu, choose Line Draw, then tap Play to preview the animation.
  5. When you're finished, tap Done.

On a Mac, you can animate a drawing that you added to a presentation in Keynote for iOS.

  1. In the slide with the drawing, select the drawing.
  2. Click Animate button, then select Build In or Build Out.
  3. Click Add an Effect, choose Line Draw from the menu, then adjust other options such as duration.
  4. Click Preview to play back the animation. 

Animate a drawing in Numbers

In Numbers, you can animate a drawing so it appears as if it's being drawn.

Here's how to animate a drawing in Numbers on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch:

  1. If you're in drawing mode, tap Done. Otherwise, go to the next step.
  2. Tap the drawing to select it.
  3. Tap Format button, then tap Drawing.
  4. Turn on Animate Drawing, then adjust other options such as duration.
  5. To play back the animation, tap Play or Play Drawing.

On a Mac, you can animate a drawing that you added to a spreadsheet in Numbers for iOS:

  1. In the Numbers spreadsheet with the drawing, select the drawing.
  2. Click Format, then select Animate Drawing, then adjust other options such as duration.
  3. To play back the animation, click Play in the Format sidebar, or click Play Drawing on the page.


Share or save a drawing

In Numbers and Keynote, you can share or save a drawing as an image file (.png). In Numbers, if you animated the drawing, you can share or save a drawing as a movie file (.m4v).

  1. Tap the drawing to select it, then choose Share. If you animated the drawing in Numbers, choose Share as Image or Share as Movie.
  2. Choose how you want to send your image or movie, like with Mail, Messages, or another service.  Or, choose Save Image (or Save Video for animated Numbers drawings) to save to the Photos app.

On a Mac, you can share or save a drawing that's been added to a spreadsheet or presentation in Numbers for iOS or Keynote for iOS.

  1. In the spreadsheet or presentation with the drawing, Control-click the drawing.
  2. Choose Share. If you animated the drawing, choose Share as Image or Share as Movie.
  3. Choose how you want to send your image or movie, like with Mail, Messages, or another service. Or, choose Add to Photos to save your image (or movie for animated Numbers drawings) to the Photos app.


Select and scroll with Apple Pencil

You can use Apple Pencil to scroll in your document and select objects. Go to Settings > [App name], then turn on Select and Scroll with Apple Pencil.

To add a drawing when Select and Scroll with Apple Pencil is turned on, tap Add new button > Media button, then tap Drawing.


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