Quick Note on MacSource: Bryan M. Wolfe / iMore

One of the newest features for Mac is Quick Note. The tool lets you jot down ideas on the fly, regardless of what you're doing on the computer. Because each Quick Note is a part of Apple's native Notes app, everything you capture is automatically synced across your other devices. In addition, Quick Notes are resizable and available anywhere on macOS in full screen or Split View. With supported apps, you can add links, highlights, tags, and more.

Here's how to use Quick Note on Mac with macOS Monterey. The tool works on the best Macs.

How to bring up Quick Note

On Mac, there are various ways to bring up a Quick Note, including those mentioned here.

Hot Corners

To turn on Quick Note functionality through Hot Corners:

  1. Choose System Preferences from the Mac Dock.
  2. Select Desktop & Screen Saver.

    To bring up Quick Note from Hot Corners, choose System Preferences, then select Desktop & Screen Saver.Source: iMore

  3. Click Screen Saver.
  4. Choose the Hot Corners button at the bottom right.
  5. Select the corner you'd like to use for Quick Note.
  6. Choose Quick Note from the pull-down menu.
  7. Click OK.

    To bring up Quick Note from Hot Corners, click Screen Saver, then choose the Hot Corners button. Select the corner you'd like to use, then choose Quick Note from the pull-down menu. Click OK.Source: iMore

You can use Quick Note to move your mouse or trackpad to the Hot Corner you selected.

As an alternative way to activate a Hot Corner for Quick Note, you can choose Mission Control from Preferences, then select Hot Corners at the bottom left.

Use Keyboard shortcut

To bring up a Quick Note on Mac using a keyboard shortcut:

  1. Go into the app or location where you wish to create a Quick Note.
  2. Use the Fn+Q shortcut to bring up a Quick Note.

How to add Smart Links to a Quick Note

Whether in an app or while surfing the web, you can add Smart Links to a Quick Note in macOS Monterey.

  1. Go into your supported app.
  2. Bring up a Quick Note.
  3. Click on the Hyperlink icon
  4. Choose Add Link next to the selection you want.

    To add Smart Links to a Quick Note, bring up a Quick Note, then choose the Hyperlink icon. Choose Add Link next to the selection you want.Source: iMore

How to add a Safari highlight to a Quick Note

You can save highlighted text from Safari to Quick Note:

  1. Go into Safari.
  2. Copy the text you wish to highlight.
  3. Right-click and select New Quick Note or Add to Quick Note, depending on your preference.

    To add a Safari highlight to a Quick Note, go into Safari and copy the text you wish to highlight. Right-click then choose New Quick Note or Add to Quick NoteSource: iMore

Your highlighted text is now in the Quick Note.

How to view your saved Quick Note

You can find saved Quick Notes in your Notes app on macOS Monterey.

  1. Select the Notes app from your Application folder or find it through Spotlight Search.
  2. Choose Quick Notes at the top left.
  3. Select the Quick Note to view.

    To view your saved Quick Note, select the Notes app from your Application folder or find it through Spotlight Search. Choose Quick Notes at the top left. Select the Quick Note to view. Source: iMore

What do you say?

With Quick Note, you can also jot down your most important comments for later review. Better still, they sync across your other devices. So start using Quick Note today and better organize your life.

Updated June 2022: Minor updates made for the latest version of macOS Monterey.