Notes for Mac: Notes overview

Notes overview

Capture a quick thought or save something important or interesting for later. It’s quick and easy to create a new note in the Notes app. And you can access upgraded iCloud notes on all your devices with OS X v10.11 and later or iOS 9 and later, and on

Quickly jot down notes

To create a new note, click the New Note button in the toolbar (or use the Touch Bar) and start typing. You can also quickly create checklists that you can complete over time. Learn more.

Use the Format button to change how text looks and checklists to track progress

More than just text

Drag and drop pictures, movies, links, and other files into your notes. You can also add content to notes while using Safari, Photos, Maps, or many other apps. Learn more.

Attach pictures and view webpages and content saved from other apps

Take notes wherever you go

You can have your notes with you no matter which device you’re using. For example, you can save a recipe on your Mac, then have easy access to it on your iPhone when you’re shopping for ingredients. Learn more.

The accounts list shows Notes in iCloud, On My Mac (local), and other accounts; only Notes in iCloud and other accounts are visible on other devices

Protect or add people to notes

Do you have notes with private information? You can lock them to keep your content secure. Learn more.

Or, if you want to collaborate with others, you can add people to your notes and allow them to contribute and add their own updates. Learn more.

Ask Siri

Siri on your Mac makes it even easier to use Notes. You can create a quick note, have your notes read to you, search for a specific note, and more. Here are some examples of what you can say to Siri:

  • “Create a new note”

  • “Show me my notes”

  • “Show me notes from last week”

Published Date: Mar 30, 2017
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