If you copy and paste a link from Safari into the Notes app, it is pasted as text that is also hyperlinked. However, I haven't been able to find a way to do this in the Notes app directly.

I've tried using markdown, for example:


However, it only made the part in the parentheses www.google.com a hyperlink instead of just displaying Google and making this the active hyperlink.

How can I hyperlink 'text' within a note in the macOS Notes app?

  • I'm confused. isn't www.google.com the hyperlink? Isn't all of it visible?
    – Natsfan
    Commented Jul 8, 2017 at 21:48
  • I wanted a link like [this](www.google.com), so basically one which shows text different to the link itself. Didn't realize it was so simple.
    – Oion Akif
    Commented Jul 8, 2017 at 21:54

3 Answers 3


It's quite simple – just highlight the text you want to make a hyperlink of, press ⌘K, and then paste the link in.

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    Is it possible to do something like this in the iOS app? Commented Feb 26, 2019 at 3:44
  • This isn't always allowed, not quite sure why but I think it might have to do with how I have a corporate laptop and don't sync my Notes to iCloud. Tsk.
    – sinback
    Commented Jul 14, 2021 at 21:12
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    That's quite strange, you could also try going to the menu bar and selecting Edit > Add Link..., and that should work as well. Unless it's grayed out
    – Oion Akif
    Commented Jul 15, 2021 at 22:03

Use full path: Select text, choose Edit > Add Link... (or Command-K), finally paste the link


As per this Apple Support article, Enable Smart Links and then if you type a URL or paste any link & press Return key, it should be clickable.

How to enable Smart Links :

In the Notes app on your Mac, click a note in the notes list or double-click a note in gallery view, then choose Edit > Substitutions > Smart Links (a tick shows it’s on).

Before :

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(image taken from : How to tune Notes on OS X to use plain text or not to reformat quotes?)

After :

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(image taken from : https://www.reddit.com/r/bearapp/comments/8gqcux/what_are_smart_links/)

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