Notion databases capture information like any spreadsheet, with a few key differences:

You've come to the right place to get started. We'll work with this example:

Add a database

You can always add a database as a new page, or as an in-line block on an existing page (using the + that appears when you hover over a new line or the / command menu). Choose between table, board, calendar, list, or gallery.

Full-page databases are great for creating a distraction-free experience that's entirely dedicated to your database. An in-line database can co-exist alongside other content, and you can drag elements like bulleted or to-do lists into it to create new items.

Customize and enrich your database with properties

A database is capable of housing all kinds of information. We use the word "property" to describe each type of data.

For example, if you use the "Person" property, that means you can reference someone in your database as a data type. This is very useful for managing tasks. And if you want to create some tags, give the "Multi-Select" or "Select" properties a try.

Here's a full list of the properties at your disposal:





Multi-Select (useful for tags)


Person (useful for assigning items)

Files & Media







Relation (see guide here)

Created Time

Created By

Last Edited Time

Last Edited By

Add and edit properties

In a table, click on any of the column headers to adjust property type and name.