Apple’s Notes is one of my go-to apps in macOS. For me, it’s a repository of notes, links, images, excerpts, and anything else I think I’ll need for work or personal projects. And with the Quick Note feature in the Notes app, Apple guaranteed that I’ll use Notes more often.
Quick Note is a fast way to create a note file when you’re not using the Notes app. When you trigger it, the Notes app quickly opens to a new file that you can start using immediately. It’s a fantastic feature but might not be so obvious if you don’t know it’s there.
Quick Note is a Hot Corner function in macOS that was introduced in macOS Monterey and improved in macOS Ventura. You can pick a corner of the screen and when you move the cursor to that corner, it triggers a Quick Note. Here’s how to set it up and use Quick Note.
How to set up Quick Note in macOS Ventura and later
Open System Settings.
Click on Desktop & Dock in the left column.
In the right section, scroll down to the very bottom, where you’ll find a Hot Corners button. Click it.
In the pop-up window, select the corner you want to use to activate Quick Note. The lower right corner is the default.
How to set up Quick Note in macOS Monterey
Open System Preferences.
Click on Mission Control.
Click the Hot Corners button at the bottom of the Mission Control setting window.
You’ll see an image that represents your display in the middle of the window, surrounded by four pop-up menus at each corner. Pick a corner you want to use to trigger a Quick Note.
Click the pop-up menu for the corner you want.
Select Quick Note.
Click OK and close System Preferences.
How to use Quick Note on a Mac
To launch Quick Note, move your cursor to the corner you picked as per the macOS-specific steps above. A sheet will appear, and when you click it, the Notes app launches with a note file open. You can start typing or add whatever you want into the note file.
Since you’re actually in the Notes app, you have access to all of the app’s features and you can do tasks like change fonts, implement a table, set a checklist, and share your note. When you’re done, just quit the app or close the note’s window. You can access the note in the Notes app on any device whenever you’d like.
How to get a new Quick Note every time
You can set Quick Note to always create a new note file or to open the most recent file in the preferences of the Notes app.
Click on Notes > Preferences in the menu.
Deselect Resume last Quick Note.
Alternatively, if you want to open the same note file all the time, check the box for Resume last Quick Note. Uncheck the box to start a new note each time.
Where are Quick Notes saved on a Mac?
Open the Notes application. You’ll find all your Notes, including your Quick Notes in the sidebar on the left. These are displayed in the order of when they were last accessed, with any Pinned Notes at the top.