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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