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Finally, the new macOS Sonoma will let you link two or more Apple Notes so you can create a list of the contents of the linked notes. Here's how to do it.
Even after Apple abandoned the old Marker Felt font and turned Apple Notes into a serious application, it could not be called full-featured. Over the years, more and more were added to it, but until now it lacked the ability to link one note to another.
Or at least it lacked Apple's own approach. Hookmark, available on Setapp, is capable of creating connections between notes, and it remains more powerful than Apple's new system.
The good thing about Apple's new system, however, is that it's simple and irritating.
If you write a lot of related notes, you can already put them in the — folder. or smart folder. But now you can, say, write a packing list in Apple Note and link it to a separate list where you write down what you need to charge before you hit the road.
Or, if you share notes with a team, you can create a main one that everyone sees, but add links to notes that only HR needs.
How to use the new Apple Notes links in macOS Sonoma
- Write a new note or click inside an existing one
- Right-click and select Add link
- In the dialog box that appears, start typing the name of the existing note
- Either give the link a name or select Use note title as name
- Click OK.
Once you do this, a link will be created in the current note. It appears as a typical Notes yellow underlined link and contains either the title of the note it's linked to or the text you selected.
Click on this link and, naturally, you will be taken to any other note you specified. This note appears in the same window, a new one does not open.
So you can't use this to open two linked notes at the same time. To do this, you'll still have to select the Window menu in Apple Notes and select Open note in new window.
Also, if you use Notes on different versions of macOS, the link will only appear on macOS Sonoma.