Use the im­proved Notes app

Learn about the new fea­tures that make the app more than just a notepad

Mac Format - - IMPROVE -

Notes gets a re­vamp in El Cap­i­tan, and it’s much more than just a sim­ple jot­ter


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OS X 10.11 In past edi­tions of OS X, Notes has felt like not much more than a sim­ple tool for sync­ing ran­dom thoughts and flashes of in­spi­ra­tion be­tween your Mac and iOS de­vices. It was lit­tle more help­ful than Tex­tEdit, and with­out that app’s for­mat­ting tools. No won­der the lure of ri­vals like Ever­note has proved ir­re­sistable for so many peo­ple.

In El Cap­i­tan, Ap­ple has rethought the app, and pretty much pulled it to bits and started from scratch. Notes still syn­chro­nises with iOS through your iCloud ac­count, but it goes far be­yond sim­ple text-based jot­tings.

Notes now acts as a repos­i­tory for ev­ery­thing that mat­ters day to day, whether that’s your shop­ping list, per­sonal tasks or recipes, to which the app has al­ways been suited, or the pho­tos, maps and screen­shots it takes in its stride in its lat­est in­car­na­tion.

The app now has a wider range of for­mat­ting tools, and if you’re a fan of us­ing lists to or­gan­ise your life, you can cre­ate them, com­plete with check­boxes, and then tick off tasks as they are com­pleted. This is a big im­prove­ment on ear­lier ver­sions, where you’d be more likely to scrub an item from a list en­tirely, at which point you couldn’t re­fer back to see what you had done.

Here, we show you how to make the most of the new fea­tures. By the time you reach the end, Notes will be an es­sen­tial tool for man­ag­ing your per­sonal in­for­ma­tion. Nik Rawl­in­son

If you’re a fan of us­ing lists to or­gan­ise your life, you can cre­ate them – com­plete with check­boxes

The up­dated Notes app is packed with new fea­tures, and is far more flex­i­ble than pre­vi­ous ver­sions.

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