Creating Apple notes (with text from Images) & being able to apend more tecy

Hi, Looking for some help. I often like to research ideas and books.

I saw a great way on YT to extract text from an image and drop it into Apple notes.

I can’t figure out how to make it slightly better. I’d like to
-create a note with and title it
-then add the extracted text

and then be able to add additional content (second shortcut?) as I move through said article/online book)

Any help is appreciated I’ve been trying for a while and can’t get it working.


Hi @Minty snd welcome to the forum!

Something like this Shortcut might help. I haven’t had chance to test it properly, though.

It assumes you have a folder in Apple Notes that holds all your research notes and is called Research Notes.

Have a look and see if it helps. Just at work but if you have any questions let me know and I’ll try to help.

Thanks, I’ll take a look.

Appreciate you taking the time to look.


Thank you for the help Tony,

It all works apart from the fact new notes don’t go into the Research Folder - just get dumped.

I added my own steps at the start of your shortcut
-take screenshot
-extract text from an image
-combine text to lines

So it’s exceptionally useful when I’m researching a webpage/book.

Any idea why it might miss that folder?

Oops, sorry, that’s my bad! I should have shared the Shortcut with a couple of set-up steps.

On the actions shown in the screenshots below…

…tap where it says Research Notes and you will be presented with a list of your folders. Select the folder that you want to use for the Notes.

Hopefully that will fix it for you.

Thanks, I’ll take a look.

Amazing what you can do with Shortcuts.

Literally replaces Readwise and does a better job!