iOS 17: Apple Notes adds the ability to link other notes, wiki style

Apple Notes is getting some great new features in iOS 17, iPadOS 17, and macOS Sonoma. One is the ability to add links to other notes, but these can be a little difficult to track down.

Links to notes from other notes can be really useful . Other note-taking apps have popularized the feature, and it's coming to the built-in Notes app this fall.

You can try Note Links in iOS 17 and macOS Sonoma, but it took me a lot of fiddling around to find this function. Hopefully you can avoid this.

On iPhone, tap where you want to paste the link in a note to open the format pop-up window. You can add a link with one swipe of your finger. If you ask me, I would say that these pop-ups should never require a swipe.

Once you click Add Link, a new screen will open where you can search for the titles of other notes in your collection. Click on the one you want to link to to paste it. You can name it something other than the title if you wish.

On a Mac, adding a link to other notes is a little easier (if you know where to look). Place your cursor where you want to add a link, then press Command+K or use Edit and Add Link in the menu bar to open a screen similar to that on an iPhone.

Note that the panel The Mac app's tools include a button with a link icon called “Add Link.” This lets you add links to other apps, such as conversations in Messages. Maybe I'm missing something, or maybe it's because it's a beta version. Either way, I hope it becomes easier to link to notes from notes before this fall.

Once your link is added, switching between notes will be lightning fast. For example, I linked a note about movies to watch with a note about movies watched. Clicking on each link allows you to move forward and backward without delay. Discovery aside, this is a well made feature that works as expected! Bravo.

Other new features include the ability to format text as quotation marks, an update to the monospace format called Monostyled, and the ability to open notes in Pages for more formatting options.

New features available on iOS 17, iPadOS 17 and macOS Sonoma. All updates are available now.

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