As far as I can tell, the search function in Notes only shows you which notes have that string. Is there a way to find the occurrence of the term inside the note itself (without copying to a text editor)?

EDIT: F Does not show me any in-note searches. enter image description here

  • That is a bit odd isn't it. Considering all the normal menu items for searching are there but greyed out. – markhunte Sep 14 '13 at 8:35

It appears this solution only works on 10.9 Mavericks…

Select a note, then press ⌘ cmd + F and type your search.

Notes.app Searching

This will not work for 'pinned' notes that have been opened outside of the Notes app.

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  • I don't see that view of the notes or the search box. (See edited answer.) What version of the Notes app are you showing there? I have 1.5, with OSX 10.8.4. – beroe Sep 14 '13 at 16:08
  • @beroe Oops, seems this was introduced in Mavericks then :( I was sure I'd done this in ML, but obviously not… – grg Sep 14 '13 at 16:09
  • Good to know they fixed it in 10.9. Did they finally make it so that images in notes are synched to your iOS device too? – beroe Sep 14 '13 at 16:10
  • is it possible to get the updated version of notes without updating my entire OS? – billynoah Nov 10 '14 at 4:20

Just in the interest of tidying up loose ends: It appears this is not possible prior to OSX 10.9 (Mavericks).

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  • Is the behaviour OP described available after 10.9? Can't seem to find it. – subtleseeker Nov 2 at 8:18
  • The method in the accepted answer still works for me in 10.14. I haven't tried in 10.15. You need to have the text of the note visible in the right panel and then a dialog shows up at the top of the screen, – beroe Nov 3 at 10:29
  • Sorry, I didn't made myself clear and also didn't note that you are OP :D. What I wanted to ask was is there a way in, say Catalina, to search in all notes? – subtleseeker Nov 3 at 13:05
  • The UI is definitely confusing. In my 10.14 version, there is a toolbar above the notes (which can be customized with right-click) and there is a universal search box there. It is the same gray bar that has the close button for the notes window. – beroe Nov 4 at 17:19
  • Ohh right, how could I miss that. Thanks a lot!! – subtleseeker Nov 4 at 17:39

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