How to Make Notes in OS X Mountain Lion - dummies

How to Make Notes in OS X Mountain Lion

The Notes app in OS X Mountain Lion is an electronic notepad for your Mac. A note is a convenient place to jot quick notes, recipes, phone numbers, or whatever. Some Notes are shown in the following figure.


To create a new Note, choose File→New Note; press Command+N; or click the little Plus button below the list of Notes.

Notes is supremely flexible; here are just a few things you can do:

  • Double-click a Note to open it in its own window so you can drag it around on-screen by its title bar.

  • Change text to any font, color, size, and style by selecting it and using the myriad of tools in the Format menu.

  • Search for a word or phrase in any Note by typing your query in the Search box.

  • Create bulleted, numbered, or dashed lists (the baked potato recipe is a bulleted list) by selecting the text and choosing Format→Lists.

  • Create folders to organize your Notes by choosing File→New Folder or pressing Command+Shift+N.

    The Notes window must be selected to create a new folder. If a note in a window is active, the New Folder command will be unavailable. So click the main Notes window if the New Folder command is grayed out.

    Folders in the Notes application are exclusive to Notes. In other words, the folders described in the following bullets aren’t folders in the Finder. You won’t find them on your hard disk; they live only in the Notes app.

    And also remember that folders are strictly optional. If you don’t have a ton of notes, keeping them all in a single folder and using the Search box to filter them may work for you.

  • Show or hide the Folders List by choosing View→Show/Hide Folders List or clicking the Hide folders button.

  • Show only Notes in a folder by clicking the folder’s name in the Folders List.

  • Automatically sync notes with your iDevice by using iCloud as your Default Account (choose Notes→Default Account→iCloud).

  • Send the contents of a Note via the Mail or Messages apps by choosing File→Share or clicking the Share icon.

  • Print a Note by choosing File→Print or pressing Command+P.

Anything that you type on a Note is saved automatically as you type. So you never have to Save or Save a Version. Other Notes goodies include a spell checker, spoken notes, text substitutions (such as Smart Quotes and Smart Dashes), and transformations (such as Make Upper or Lowercase). You can find all of these options in the Edit menu.