As technical guy, I do hate the markup support in Notes.app and I would prefer to be just a smart text one.

Here is my wishlist:

  • Use a different font, like a fixed width one
  • Drop any font/color/size on text paste
  • Prevent replacing quotes with smart-quotes/curly-quotes (I like this while typing an email but not here where I copy/paste even code!)

I suspect that some of these could be obtained using some hidden preferences options. Anyway, if you know other 3rd party applications that could replace Notes, let me know. Still I do not want to lose the ability to access notes from iOS!

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    what OS? Yosemite does all that. – Tetsujin Jan 22 '15 at 12:52


Notes.app in OS X 10.10 can do all you request:

  • Font colour, size, and family can be set through the Format menu.
  • Substitutions and smart quote behaviour are managed through the Edit > Substitutions sub-menu.

Screen shot of Notes.app in OS X 10.10

Beyond Notes: Text Wrangler

If you need more than Notes.app offers, try Text Wrangler from Bare Bones.

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    I finally find the way to stop Notes in macOS from having weird quote and double quotes by disabling the Smart Quotes in Edit -> Substitutions, thanks – V-SHY Jan 9 '20 at 14:21
  • The only problem is when you copy and paste in text (and invariably don't remember to use "match style" or it's keyboard equivalent). I still sometimes find myself resorting to TextEdit for that reason... – Wowfunhappy Mar 1 at 1:12

BigSur Notes Application still offers this. However a more permanent solution is to go into preferences -> keyboard -> text

On the right side you can uncheck "use smart quotes and dashes"

Now the notes application will use plain text "straight" quotes

uncheck it

  • Won't this affect other apps for which the OP may want to have the use of smart quotes and dashes? If so, this is a rather heavy-handed remedy not germane specifically to the Notes app. – IconDaemon Mar 1 at 1:29

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