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The hyperlinks in Notes on macOS are essentially yellow on white, as shown in the screenshot below.

Default Hyperlink Color in macOS Notes

I would like to change the color to any darker color to improve the contrast, but how? I have tried to highlight hyperlinks to change their color, but the color remains the same even after selecting a color for them.

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    I'd try the solution presented in apple.stackexchange.com/questions/205575/… – Volsk Jan 22 '17 at 0:07
  • @Volsk Thank you, but that question is about font size, not hyperlink color. I followed all references but did not find references to hyperlink color in any configuration file. Was I supposed to infer more that I have from the answers and comments? – Christopher Jan 22 '17 at 0:26
  • There is a section about hyperlinks in pad.css. It looks lik this: a { color: rgb(158, 75, 47); text-decoration: underline; } – Volsk Jan 22 '17 at 13:14
  • Oh, gosh - I missed that somehow. After disabling SIP in order to change the value (to rgb(0, 64, 128)), Notes still displays the yellow hyperlink. – Christopher Jan 22 '17 at 17:48
  • Sorry. Was worth a try – Volsk Jan 22 '17 at 18:07
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As someone who's done a lot of UX (user experience) work over the years, I have to admit I was very surprised when I first saw the hyperlink colour in Apple's Notes app. Not so surprised that someone would actually propose it, but very surprised it passed through all the review processes at Apple.

Anyway, I do have a couple of workaround options that may help you until Apple addresses this, as I fully expect they will at some point. These options are far from perfect, but if the default hyperlink colour is enough of an issue, they are worth considering.

Hyperlinks displaying the actual URL

If your hyperlink text displays the actual URL (e.g. "apple.stackexchange.com" instead of "Ask Different") you can do this:

  1. Right-click on the yellow link
  2. From the context menu, select Remove Link

You will notice that the link text now changes to black* and the actual link no longer activates by just clicking on it. However, you can still use it as a hyperlink by selecting it (just double-click) and then right-clicking to select the Open URL option from the context menu. If you prefer, you can also change the text colour to something you prefer.

*If the URL is a full URL (i.e. it starts with http: etc), then you will need to manually change the text colour from the default yellow after removing the link.

Hyperlinks displaying words

If your hyperlink text displays words instead of an actual URL (e.g. "Ask Different" instead of "apple.stackexchange.com") you can do this:

  1. Right-click on the yellow link
  2. From the context menu, select Edit Link...
  3. This will open up the Link Destination window with the full URL already selected. Copy (commandC) or cut (commandX) the link and click on the OK button.
  4. In your note, Paste (commandV) the URL over the original hyperlink text
  5. Right-click on what is still a yellow link
  6. From the context menu, select Remove Link

Once again you will notice that the link text now changes to black* and the actual link no longer activates by just clicking on it. However, you can still use it as a hyperlink by selecting it (just double-click) and then right-clicking to select the Open URL option from the context menu. If you prefer, you can also change the text colour to something you prefer.

*If the URL is a full URL (i.e. it starts with http: etc), then you will need to manually change the text colour from the default yellow after removing the link.

  • Thank you. I knew these things, but I very much appreciate your answer. I will have to wait for Apple to include the feature. – Christopher Jan 26 '17 at 22:32
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However, you can still use it as a hyperlink by selecting it (just double-click) >and then right-clicking to select the Open URL option from the context menu.

Double-clicking the modified link does not work, because the entire line is selected... including whatever that unseen character is at the end of the line.

That character must be removed (de-selected) in order for the 'Open URL' contextual menu item to appear. That will open the URL and will not change the color of the URL as it appears in notes.

It's still more painful than it ought to be.

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I had ordinary text being converted into links so I did the same as above: removing all the links by copying the complete note file (command A, then command C) and and then doing a paste and match (command-alt-shift-v) which reverted everything to ordinary text in black.

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I am trying to manage hashtags using notes, cutting and pasting. The link color and function is a pain for this job. One workaround is to paste the text in using Paste Matching Format, this will strip out the links automatically.

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As of Feb 8, 2019, the link color is still tan. If you are pasting in to Gmail, easier to change the link color in Gmail than in Notes.

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