Notes is a default app in all Apple devices to Mac. You can open the and to create a note with tables, images, checklist, etc. The latest version also allows to share your notes to Pages and preview PDF files. However, did you anytime want to quickly write down some important thing flashing on your mind on the previously written note quickly? Here comes the Quick Note which is cool feature of the Notes app in Mac. Learn more about how to use Notes app in Mac like a pro.
Quick Note Vs Regular Note Vs Stickies
As mentioned, Quick Note can be created without opening Notes app. it will be automatically saved in iCloud or you can arrange them in folders anytime later. Now that you may have simple question comes to your mind that why can’t you use another sticky note app in Mac app called Stickies. The difference is huge that Quick Note can be shared, rich with images or tables and always available across all your devices. However, Stickies are temporary notes and will be permanently deleted when you close the app.
How to Create a Quick Note in Mac?
You can’t open a Quick Note from the Notes app menu item. However, there are three other ways to create a Quick Note:
1. Using Keyboard Shortcut
Simply press Fn or Globe and Q keys together to open a Quick Note. Start typing your content and you can also insert images from iPhone.
Note that Fn or Globe key is generally available on lower left corner of the keyboard. However, it will be available nearer to number pad on long Magic Keyboard with numeric keypad.
2. Hot Corners
Hot corners is a feature in macOS which allows you to assign a function to all the four corners of the screen. By default, Mac will assign the lower right corner of the screen for triggering a new Quick Note. If you have not changed the default hot corners setup, all you need is to hover your mouse over the lower right corner of the screen. This will show a small pop-up as a note and click on it to open a Quick Note.
3. Create Quick Note From Safari
Sometimes you want to copy paste a paragraph from a website that you are reading in Safari for reference purposes. For that, select the text block, right-click on it and choose “Add to Quick Note” menu.
If you want to insert the webpage link, click the share icon and select “Add to Quick Note” option.
Below is how it will look with the inserted text as a citation or the webpage link in a Quick Note.
Open Previous or Create a New One
When you use above methods for the first time, they will all create new empty Quick Note. However, after that using any of the above method will open last created Quick Note and NOT the new one. That’s the reason I mentioned in the first paragraph that you can quickly add flashing thoughts to the previous note. But what if you want to open a new Quick Note each time instead of adding to old one.
- Open Notes app and go to “Notes > Settings…” menu.
- Uncheck “Always resume to last Quick Note” option which is selected by default.
With this, you can use any of three methods to open a new Quick Note instead of reopening the last one.
Manage All Quick Notes
All your Quick Notes will be automatically saved under “Quick Notes” folder showing in left sidebar of Notes app. You can anytime view them to edit or delete like regular notes.
Only one problem with Quick Note in Mac is that you can’t lock it like any other notes. Though “Lock” option is available in the menu, the app will show a “Can’t Lock Note” message like below.
If you want to lock a Quick Note with password, you need to convert it to a regular note. For that right-click on it and select “Move to > Notes” option. After that you can lock and add a password for your note.
If you never used Quick Note before, it is time to give it a try. For sure, you will continue to use as it comes handy to jot down your thoughts. Other than this, you can share, collaborate or edit yourselves anytime.