How to Use the Quick Note App in MacOS Monterey


MacOS Monterey has introduced many new features that help make your experience as productive and efficient as possible. Even the simplest task gets a handy tweak to improve its efficiency. This task is note taking.

Let’s face it, we all need to take notes. Once upon a time that meant rushing for a post-it or a piece of paper. I can’t tell you how many times I had to take a quick note and had to open an app or go to a web page first. Often this rush happens in a moment of desperation and I end up completely forgetting what I wanted to write.

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With MacOS Monterey, you don’t have to worry about that anymore. Although macOS already has a note-taking app (Apple Notes), Monterey is doing something about this app to make it much more efficient.

The new iteration of the app is called Quick Note and lets you do things like:

  • Get quick access to note taking.
  • Save websites as notes.
  • Gather website links.
  • Note the changes.
  • Multi-device synchronization.

Quick Note is installed on MacOS Monterey by default, so you don’t have to do anything other than start working with the application.

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Speaking of what…

How to Use the Quick Note App in MacOS Monterey

First, there’s Notes and there’s Quick Note. The difference is just that Quick Note is a faster way to access Notes. Think of Quick Note as an extension of Notes. Every time you use Quick Note, it’s saved in the Notes app.


Let’s see it in action.

The first thing to do is access Quick Note. This comes preconfigured in MacOS Monterey and all you have to do is move your cursor to the bottom right of your screen. This action will reveal a small white square in the corner. Click on this square to open the Quick Note application.

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When the Quick Note app opens, type your note. The first line will be the title of the note, and the space below that is dedicated to the note itself. From the Quick Note toolbar, you can perform the following actions:

  • Style the note.
  • Add a checklist.
  • Add a table.
  • Add a link.
  • Add media.
  • Lock notes.
  • Share notes.
  • Send a copy of the note.

When you’re done taking your note, you can close the Quick Note window.

The MacOS Monterey Quick Note app with an example of a written note.

The Quick Note app in action.

Image: Jack Wallen

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Let’s say you’re reading a ZDNET article and you want to take note of some of the text. To do this, all you have to do is highlight the part of the text, right-click on it, and select Add to Quick Note. This will not only add the text to the note, but also add a section that tells you where the pasted text came from.

The right-click context menu shows a Quick Note entry in macOS Monterey.

Added a quick note from the ZDNET website.

Image: Jack Wallen

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To access any note you’ve taken via Quick Note, just open the Notes app and you’ll see all the notes you’ve added (either from Quick Note or from Notes themselves).

A sample quick note, including a snippet of content from the ZDNET website.

Your note is saved and can be viewed on any device connected to your Apple account.

Image: Jack Wallen

And that’s all there is to the MacOS Monterey Quick Note feature. It’s quickly become my favorite note-taking app when using any macOS device. Once you start using it, you’ll find it to be an invaluable tool that can help you work smarter.

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