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The new Notes app is great but How do I create a new note without switching to the Notes app first?

Same goes for Reminders.app.

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Reminders

You can create a service using the Automator:

  1. Open Automator.app
  2. Select Service
  3. For Reminders: Add action Ask for Text to prompt for a new To Do
  4. Add action New Reminders Item
  5. Save Service
  6. Create Shortcut in:

    System Preferences → Keyboard → Keyboard Shortcuts → Services → Text

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Notes

See Mohamad Elwan's answer for notes

  • Does this still work for you ? – yunas Aug 25 '17 at 23:12
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For Notes,

Launch Automator --> Service

Add the action "Run AppleScript"

Replace (* Your script goes here *) with:

tell application "Notes" to activate
tell application "System Events"
    click menu item "Notes" of ((process "Notes")'s (menu bar 1)'s ¬
        (menu bar item "Window")'s (menu "Window"))
    click menu item "New Note" of ((process "Notes")'s (menu bar 1)'s ¬
        (menu bar item "File")'s (menu "File"))
end tell

This will work regardless if the Notes app is minimized or hidden.

Then, follow the above procedure to create the global shortcut.

Hope this helps :)

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tell application "Notes"
    activate
end tell
tell application "System Events"
    tell application process "Notes"
        click menu item "New note" of menu "File" of menu bar item "File" of menu bar 1         
    end tell
end tell
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    It would be useful if explain what the script is doing. It helps people learn/understand how these things work. – Allan Jul 26 '18 at 13:23

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