How to Browse Attachments within iMac Notes

By Mark L. Chambers

If you are a longtime Notes user on your iMac, you might appreciate the “look-and-feel” updates made to this popular OS X application in El Capitan. However, one of the coolest features is the new Notes Attachment Browser, which allows you to display all of the attachments you’ve added to your Notes from a single pane!

Why so gleeful? Older versions of the application required you to view each Note to find a specific attachment you had added, including

  • Photos and videos
  • Maps
  • Website links
  • Audio clips
  • Documents

You can use Notes as a simple database, holding dozens of those “snippets” of information for later use in manuscripts and on Facebook, so as you can imagine, opening and checking each Note often can take considerable time. Now you can click the Attachment Browser button on the Notes toolbar, click the desired file type, and see every attachment of that type at one time.

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Searching for images and movies attached to Notes.

To open the item, just double-click it. You can display the Note that contains the selected attachment by right-clicking the selection and choosing Go to Note from the menu that appears.