Mac Notes is a built-in app intended to make brainstorming, list-making, and general note-taking more convenient and easy. From high school students to the person who doesn’t have a pen and paper around but needs to take down a quick phone number, Notes is handy, but an often underutilized program. This is because not everyone knows just how customizable it can be.
Mac Notes is not just a basic word processing software like Text Edit. Although you cannot create complex documents with Notes as you would a program like Microsoft Word, you can still add to your notes to make note-taking a more thorough experience. In other words, notes don’t just come in the form of words; sometimes, they are visuals as well.
Luckily, Apple recognized this and made Mac Notes capable of importing custom images and photographs directly into a note document.
Import Images into Mac Notes
There are a few methods of bringing in images into a notes document. To start, open up the application. It is the yellow notepad in your dock. To create a new note, click the pencil and paper icon.
This is the “lazy” way to insert pictures from a macOS device.
- From your Finder window or desktop, click on the picture files you wish to import.
- Drag it into the text input field of your Notes document.
Take a Picture
If you are using Mac Notes from your iPhone or iPad, you can take a picture and import it directly from your camera.
- Tap the media button. This icon appears as two rectangles layered over each other. The top rectangle has a clip art mountain on it.
- Select Take Photo.
If you have an image from Photo Booth or that is stored in your Photo Library, you can access the photo from Mac Notes.
- Click the media button.
- The media panel will appear, displaying your stored images.
- Double-click the image you wish to insert.
If you need to resize the inserted image, right-click (ctrl + click) the image, and you’ll be given an option to make the image appear smaller or larger.
Not only can you add custom images to your Mac Notes, but you can also add video and audio and other attachments (PDF files, for instance) as well. The rules above apply to insert these other forms of media.
View Note Attachments
To view the attachments in a note document, click the icon with four small squares. It’ll take you to the attachment view where you can review everything you’ve imported into the note.
Create a Note Folder
If you are creating a Mac Notes masterpiece, complete with images and attachments, you may want to consider boosting your organization by placing it into a folder. Not only will this help you organize class notes — if that is what you are using Mac Notes for — it will also decrease the chances of accidental alteration.
- To create a new Note folder, go to File > New Folder.
- The side panel will push out from the left. Fill out a folder name.
- Click-and-drag the note into the new folder you have created.
Unlock & Lock a Note
If, for some reason, you are having difficulty adding media to your notes, you may have accidentally locked it from applying further changes. Click the lock icon to unlock the note. I write “accidentally” loosely as in order to set up a note lock, you actually have to create a password for the note itself.
- Either go to File > Lock This Note or click on the lock icon.
- A pop-out form will ask you to generate a unique password for the note and include a password hint.
- Once you have finished, click Create Password.
You don’t have to go far to search for a note-taking program anymore if you are a Mac user. The interface of Mac Notes may not be the fanciest thing in the world, but function outweighs form; it is easy to use, and you can attach images and other media to the notes you take. Apple doesn’t develop crummy built-in applications — a subjective statement, but an observation. The programs may be limited in what they can do, but they provide Mac users with the perfect starter kit.