How to View Apple Notes Attachments as a Thumbnail in macOS Sonoma

Apple has changed the sizing behavior of Notes attachments in macOS Sonoma. Here's how to get your old behavior back.

The Apple Notes app that ships with macOS has long had the ability to view notes within the app in both small and large views.

In previous versions of the Notes app, it was all-or-nothing: you could Control-click on any note and change the view to small or large from the pop-up menu that appeared. .

In macOS 14 Sonoma, Apple changed this behavior so that when you Control-click a selection, only the size of the first selected note will change.

In Sonoma, you can Control-click one or more notes and choose View as->Small or View as->Largeto resize them. This allows you to now use different sizes in your notes without changing all the sizes at the same time.

But there is one glaring problem with this new behavior in Sonoma: if you select multiple notes at once and resize them via the pop-up menu, only the size of the first note will change. All other selected notes on the page remain at their current size.

Using the old Behavior Notes to resize

What if you want the behavior of Notes before Sonoma? What if you want to resize all the notes on a Notes page at once, like previous versions of macOS did?

You can still do this, but not from the contextual pop-up menu in the Notes window.

Instead, to resize all notes on the Notes page, first select the note, and then click its panel on the right side of the window.

Then from the Notes menu bar, select View->Attachment View->Set All Small or Set All Large. This will resize all note attachments in the Notes window to the size you selected right away – just like it was before Sonoma.

Use the View Attachments submenu to set the size of all note attachments in the Notes panel.

The size you select in the submenu applies to all attachments in a note—regardless of which attachments are selected in that note. It's a little counterintuitive and breaks Apple's own user interface guidelines, but that's how it works in the Notes app.

The ability to set the size of individual attachments in the Notes app on macOS is a nice addition to the app. But Apple was wise enough to keep the previous behavior in case you still want to use it.

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