after you paste a URL in Notes, is there a way to have the hyperlink(?) turned off so you don't click it by accident and be taken to the webpage? It'd be nice if the URL can be there just as pure text.
It's definitely a frustrating issue. What I do is, after pasting the link into Notes, I add either text or punctuation to the end of the link, with no space in between. Typing a few periods is the easiest for me. That changes .html into .html..., which breaks its format. Notes no longer sees it as a viable address, so it will just be text. If you change your mind, or need to use it to get to the webpage, just erase those periods, and it will become a live link.
To remove hyperlinks on Apple Notes, go to after the hyperlink (if you have more text after the link), but make sure that the cursor is touching the non-highlighted word. You should now be able to delete the link and re-type it after to make it non-highlighted.
If you only have the hyperlink and no other text, you must memorise it, delete the note, go to a new note and re-write the hyperlink there. If this doesn't work, keep repeating the process until it works.
If you are on Pages, highlight the link, and there should be an option to delete the link.
To remove the hyperlinks, cut the text from the Note and paste into Word for Mac; a small box will appear at the end of the text asking whether you wish to keep the original's formatting, adopt the formatting of the Word doc, or whether you want to keep "text only." Chose text only. The hyperlinks are transformed into simple text. Cut and paste this back into your Note. Hope this helps.