10 Ways To Take Notes On Your Mac

You can use a variety of built-in apps on your Mac to take notes. Which app you use depends on your needs and the specific situation.

Comments: 7 Responses to “10 Ways To Take Notes On Your Mac”

    Chaz Cone
    4 months ago

    One thing you didn't mention about stickies is that you can double-click the title bar and shrink the sticky down to just the title line. That's my favorite feature.

    Jim Terrinoni
    4 months ago

    Thank you Gary. Taking notes is one of the most used functions. I create a note in the Notes app in .rtf (realizing the styling won’t be kept when I paste it into the Calendar notes), however this gives me a faster way to type and I have a backup file. Using an older OS the Calendar app notes section is unpredictable. The cursor will jump to different places. This doesn’t happen in Notes. Plus, it’s easier and quicker to listen to the text in Notes before I send the note.

    Jonathan
    4 months ago

    I sense from many of your videos that you seem to be particularly fond of the TextEdit app. What is the advantage of using TextEdit for taking meeting notes compared to Pages?

    4 months ago

    Jonathan: Most of the time when I want to take notes, I just want to enter some text. I don't need some big document with all of the bells and whistles of a full word processor. A plain text document is fine. I do use CotEditor though, more than TextEdit. The result is the same. Here's a video I did on using plain text files for notes, but comparing it to Notes, not Pages. https://macmost.com/using-textedit-instead-of-mac-notes.html

    Jonathan
    4 months ago

    Thanks Gary. As you note a big disadvantage of Notes is the inability to recover deleted files and of TexEdit is its lack of iCloud functionality. Can you restore a lost Notes file using Time Machine using a Mac?

    4 months ago

    Jonathan: Notes in the Notes app? No. That's an advantage to using text files. They also DO work fine with iCloud. Just store them in iCloud Drive. The problem is in editing them on an iPhone or iPad since TextEdit is Mac-only. But if you don't need to edit the text files on those devices then it isn't an issue (you can easily view them). Or, you can get a third-party text editing app like TextEdit+ or something.

    Jane Mountain
    4 months ago

    I often need to record meetings for note taking, so I make a page document on my computer and then access it on my phone through files during the meeting. The recorder on the phone doesn't cut off as frequently as on computer. After the meeting I can easily go back to computer and do any necessary editing/review.

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