Notion FAQ — Your Questions, Answered

We’ve created our own Notion FAQ to answer questions from our readers that may not necessarily have enough meat to them to warrant a dedicated article but are still interesting nonetheless.

Can You Use Notion for Writing?

Notion has loads of smarts that make it an ideal tool for writing. For starters, because Notion syncs across devices, you can start writing on a desktop at home, reviewing your work on a phone on the move, then edit on a tablet at a coffee shop — for free.

But that’s scratching the surface. Take advantage of one of the writing-focused Notion templates out there, or create your own Notion Workspace optimized for the practice, and you’ll find yourself immersed in a writing production line like no other.

Say you’re writing a novel, for example, and you want to hammer out a chapter a week. You can create an environment that’ll let you do just that — breaking down the book into different chapters, then creating a dedicated section for them in the Workspace.

Here, you can configure the Workspace so you can store research notes alongside the chapter itself, as well as the various drafts, revision notes, and a progress tracker, linked to a high-level view where you can see where you’re at with the book itself.

You don’t need to be drafting a book to use Notion for writing, either. There are plenty of Notion templates for writers of all kinds out there, including contractors, letting you create a private production environment and a public portfolio in one place.

Does Notion Compress Images?

While Notion doesn’t confirm whether it compresses images users upload, we’ve done some research and can confirm it does not.

This is something you can test at home: Note the file size of an image and upload it to Notion, then download it and compare the file sizes. They’re the same, right? That’s because it hasn’t been compressed. Had it have been, the size of the file downloaded would be smaller than the one uploaded.

We carried out this exact test on a batch of images of varying file sizes and found that Notion returned them in the exact same condition we uploaded them in – there was no discrepancies in file size whatsoever. We even added a custom hash to the files and they weren’t stripped out or edited in transit.

This can be considered proof that notion does not compress images – for now, at least.

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