I can't resize an image by dragging and dropping in Notes.

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How do I resize an image in Notes?

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In macOS, you can toggle between thumbnails and actual size (max width = 100%) by right-clicking any image in the note and choosing ‘View as Small Images’.

In iOS, hold an image to open the context menu, then choose View As → Small. Alternatively, tap the ellipsis button in the toolbar and choose Attachment Size → Small.

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    Selecting View as Small Images, the image is too small:-( Nov 10, 2017 at 3:50
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    This does not change the photo size, only what you see. The Notes file size does not change.
    – Eric O
    May 30, 2018 at 2:43

This works for me (and doesn't require any screenshots):

  1. Right-click image. Select Open with Preview.
  2. Select Tools in the menu and then select Adjust Size.
  3. A menu should pop up allowing you to adjust the size. Make necessary changes and click Ok.
  4. Select entire image (Cmd + A) and copy it to clipboard (Cmd + C).
  5. Open notes and paste image (Cmd + V)
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    This may not be the best way. This creates a new image in tiff format, which isn't space efficient. Better to export the image as jpeg, then drag and drop it
    – huyz
    Jul 28, 2022 at 14:45

I found a workaround for MacOS

  1. Paste the IMAGE in Notes
  2. Double click the IMAGE
  3. Zoom out / make window smaller
  4. Take screenshot
  5. Paste it in the original note
  6. Delete old image

This is now possible on iPadOS 16 and iOS 16. The image has to be on the drawing area for it to be resized.

  • please provide instructions. i’m on ipadOS 16.6.2 Nov 1 at 21:45

This is what I do:

  • Cmd+Shift+4 to take a screenshot and open up Preview
  • Click Tools > Adjust size on the top menu, I find between 600 and 800 wide looks the best on Apple Notes
  • Select Edit > Copy and paste into Notes

Try to open the image with Preview and zoom it. Then take a screenshot with Cmd+Shift+4. Then paste the screenshot back into Notes.

It seems Notes does not support image resizing at this time. If you insert a photo to Notes, it is always too big.


You can simply drag and drop the image into notes and resize as you want. It's very simple.


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