Attach photos, PDFs, and more in Notes on Mac
You can attach photos, videos, PDFs, and other items to your notes. If you use upgraded iCloud notes or notes stored on your Mac, you can also attach map locations and webpage previews. (If you haven’t upgraded your iCloud notes or are using an account other than iCloud, you can add map locations or webpage links, but you won’t see previews for them.)
If your notes are in an Exchange account, you can’t attach any files, map locations, or webpage previews.
Add files and images to notes
In the Notes app on your Mac, click a note in the notes list or double-click a note in gallery view.
You must unlock a locked note before you can add attachments, tables, or links.
Do any of the following to add an attachment:
Add a file from the desktop or the Finder: Drag a file into the note.
Add a file from your Mac: Choose Edit > Attach File, select the file, then click Attach.
Add a photo from your Photos library: Drag a photo directly from your Photos library into the note. Or in Notes, click the Media button in the toolbar, click Photos, then drag a photo from the window that appears.
Insert a photo or scan from your iPhone or iPad camera: Click at the beginning of a line, choose File > Insert from iPhone or iPad, then choose Take Photo or Scan Documents to take a picture or scan a document with your iPhone or iPad and insert it in your note. (Requires macOS 10.14 or later and iOS 12 or later or iPadOS 13 or later.) See Insert photos and scans with Continuity Camera.
Insert a sketch from your iPhone or iPad: Click at the beginning of a line, choose File > Insert from iPhone or iPad, then choose Add Sketch to draw a sketch using your finger or Apple Pencil on your iPad and insert it in your note. (Requires macOS 10.15 or later and iOS 13 or iPadOS 13 or later.) See Insert sketches with Continuity Sketch.
To change how large all images, scanned documents, or PDFs appear while viewing a note with attachments, choose View > Attachment View, then choose Set All to Small or Set All to Large. To change the size of an individual attachment, Control-click it, choose View As, then choose an option. You can’t change how large drawings appear in notes.
Add items directly from another app to a note
You can attach an item—such as a map location or webpage preview—to a note from within another app. You can create a new note with the attachment, or add attachments to an existing note.
From another app (such as Maps, Safari, Preview, or Photos), do any of the following:
Share from the toolbar: Click the Share button , then choose Notes.
Note: The Share button doesn’t appear in all apps.
Share from a selection: Select some text or images, Control-click your selection, then choose Share > Notes.
Click Save to add a new note.
To add an attachment to an existing note, click the Choose Note pop-up menu, choose the name of the note, then click Save.
You can mark up images (including scanned documents) and PDFs after you attach them to a note.