Yesterday, I decided to set up iMessage on my Macbook Pro. And ever since then, Mac Notes keeps opening up every 5 seconds. I close it, or force quit, and it opens again in 5 seconds. But even when it's idle Mac Notes is restarting every 5 seconds, and assumes priority on my screen, so I am battling to type and work on my Mac. It's as though it wants to create a new note each time.

Macbook Pro Mountain Lion OSX 10.8.3

  • Have you disabled iCloud Notes in System Prefs -> iCloud -> Notes? Apr 24, 2013 at 15:18
  • Thanks bassplayer. I have disabled Notes in iCloud, and all mail accounts, but it's still doing it's thing. I have done a PRAM reset, and tried to delete the Notes PList, but still the same. My next attempt will be to reload OSX.
    – Andrew
    Apr 25, 2013 at 5:37
  • OK. I didn't think that would fix it but it was the next thing to try. If you didn't want to just face-in reload it, you could schedule a Genius appointment and see if they have any thoughts. Who knows, perhaps there is a .plist somewhere that needs to be deleted. Apr 25, 2013 at 12:21

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If you previously had Twonky Media Server installed and removed it, that could be the culprit. I had the same issue, though with Lotus Notes (also conveniently called Notes.app), starting/popping up every 5 seconds.

CleanTwonkyServerData.command (in /Users/Shared) was the culprit, it might be the same for you.

  • removing cleangtwonkyserverdata solved my problem. Thanks!
    – user60391
    Oct 24, 2013 at 16:31

On the off chance it's useful, I'll share my experience with Reminders, which did something similar to me. It wouldn't quit, and I couldn't even shut down the machine because it would pop right back up again. I finally tracked down the problem -- I had GeekTool displaying Reminders on the desktop. The script kept reopening the app to check in at its specified interval, I guess.

Rather a long shot that that's your problem here, I realize, but just in case it helps.


Search twonky "on this mac" you will see a file named cleantwonkyserver or something to that effect.. Trash it!!! Notes will stop popping up!

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    What is this file actually doing?
    – nohillside
    Jul 18, 2013 at 20:23

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