Change preferences in Notes on Mac
In the Notes app on your Mac, use Notes preferences to set default options for using Notes and to set, change, or reset the password for locked notes.
To change these preferences, choose Notes > Preferences.
Sort notes by
Choose the default sort order for your notes.
Important: Pinned notes always appear at the top of the notes list. See Sort and pin notes.
New notes start with
Choose the default paragraph style used at the beginning of new notes. See Write and format notes.
Resume last Quick Note
When you start a Quick Note, open your last Quick Note instead of creating a new one. See Start a Quick Note.
Automatically sort ticked items
Automatically move checklist items to the bottom of the list as they’re ticked off (and subsequently move unticked items to the top of the list). See Add or change a checklist.
Allow mention notifications
Get notifications when your name is mentioned in a shared note in Notes. See Collaborate on a shared note.
Enable the On My Mac account
Store notes on your computer using the On My Mac account.
Default text size
Set the preferred text size in notes.
Use dark backgrounds for note content
Keep the background of notes dark when you’re using Dark Mode. (Appears only when you’ve selected the dark appearance in the General pane of System Preferences.) See Use a light or dark appearance.
Select the account (if you have more than one), then click Set Password to create a password to lock or unlock any note. If you already set a password, click Change Password or Reset Password. See Lock your notes.
Important: It’s highly recommended that you add a hint. If you forget your password and you can’t unlock your notes with Touch ID on your Mac or Magic Keyboard, or with your Apple Watch, you won’t be able to view your locked notes. Apple can’t help you regain access to those locked notes. You can create a new password that lets you password-protect any notes that you want to lock going forward. See Reset your password.
Use Touch ID
Choose whether you can use your fingerprint to unlock your notes if your Mac or Magic Keyboard has Touch ID. Select the account (if you have more than one), then select this option.