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Disable spellcheck and autocorrect in Notes forever

Edit>Spelling and Grammar>Correct Spelling Automatically This worked for me. It is sometimes unclickable, if that is the case click a note and write something in this. This action will make it ...
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Notes has Google Notes. But Google has no such service. Where are they stored?

The notes created in OS X can be found in GMail under the label "Notes". If you create a folder with [name] in OS X Notes app, the notes will be synced to Google Inbox unbundled label "Notes/name".
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Notes 4.0 (El Capitan) strikethrough option removed

Yeah, the option is a bit well hidden, dunno why. Its called Struck through instead of strikethrough To get the text formatting in Notes 4.0 1) Make a text selection for the struck through, right ...
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Where do my notes written in the Notes application on my Mac get saved?

For 10.11 (El Capitan), look in: ~/Library/Group Containers/group.com.apple.notes/
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How do I hyperlink 'text' within a note in the macOS Notes app?

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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Link to a note in Apple Notes, from another note

Adding an additional method to Seamus'excellent answer from above… this one keeps you entirely in the Mac app: In the Mac app, go to the note that you want to reference ("Donuts I've Eaten") and ...
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How to tune Notes on OS X to use plain text or not to reformat quotes?

Notes Notes.app in OS X 10.10 can do all you request: Font colour, size, and family can be set through the Format menu. Substitutions and smart quote behaviour are managed through the Edit > ...
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Importing Notes from one mac to another?

The ‘Import to Notes’ function imports text files. Notes itself stores its files in a SQLite database, which is contained within the group.com.apple.notes group container. ~/Library/Group Containers/...
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Code markup in Apple Notes app

Notes in macOS High Sierra includes a Monospaced format. In addition to the existing format types such as Title, Heading and Body, there is a new format named ‘Monospaced’. This format is a variation ...
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How can I make a keyboard shortcut to strikethrough text in the Notes app?

It doesn't need any 3rd party solution, you can do this natively. System Prefs > Keyboard > Shortcuts > App Shortcuts. Click the + sign, select the Notes app [or all apps], the name of the ...
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How to export/backup Notes in macOS in one go

I copied the three files NoteStore.sqlite, NoteStore.sqlite-shm, and NoteStore.sqlite-wal from ~/Library/Group Containers/group.com.apple.notes of one Mac to another and my notes appear there now. All ...
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Where do my notes written in the Notes application on my Mac get saved?

I just recovered my Notes on 10.9.2 installation, the file is SQLite 3.x database located in ~/Library/Containers/com.apple.Notes/Data/Library/Notes/NotesV2.storedata
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Disable spellcheck and autocorrect in Notes forever

Autocorrect is controlled by the NSAutomaticSpellingCorrectionEnabled key. You can set this in the Notes app preferences for it to apply consistently. defaults write com.apple.notes ...
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Create local backup of notes in Notes.app on macOS

You may have copied the wrong directory, depending on your operating system. Newer operating systems (I believe El Capitan and above, but certainly Sierra and above) use this folder: ~/Library/Group ...
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Is it possible to add a horizontal line to apple notes on a mac?

I'd like to see this as an actual formatting option too… but it seems unlikely to come any time soon. Experimenting with various Unicode line characters (like ―) or a series of em dashes (opt + shift +...
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Notes app search is not finding some notes

Much quicker way of fixing this is just to make a new iCloud notes folder, move all your notes into that and back again. This seems to rebuild the index- you can then get rid of the new folder. This ...
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How do I resize an image in Notes?

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’. This is not possible to set on iOS.
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Mac app for writing handwritten notes

OneNote has full pen support and provides a canvas to type or draw on.
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How to export/backup Notes in macOS in one go

You can use a third-party app called Notes Exporter to export all notes in one go. After granting access to the Notes data, the app exports each individual note as a separate text file in the location ...
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Recover Notes from TimeMachine

Empirically, it seems that the 3 items in ~/Library/Group Containers/group.com.apple.notes/ are updated as a Note is changed, whereas those in ~/Library/Containers/com.apple.Notes/Data/Library/Notes/ ...
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Keyboard shortcut for monospaced formatting in Notes app

Yes. You can define you own keyboard shortcut. You do this in System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts > App Shortcuts > (plus button).
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Change width of a column in a table in Notes.app on a Mac

The rows and columns of Apple Notes's tables should automatically adjust to fit content. There is no control to explicitly set a width or height, apart from adding whitespace to increase text length (...
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How to Change Hyperlink Color in macOS Notes

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 ...
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What format does the apple notes sqlite db date use?

According to this answer on Stack Overflow, it's a Unix timestamp adjusted by 31 years. This is typical of CoreData, Apple's ORM framework. The following would work: select datetime(zmodificationdate,...
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Link to a note in Apple Notes, from another note

This seems to be the only way to do it, as of macOS 10.13: You must have all the notes you want links to in your iCloud folder Go to your iCloud account, and find the note you want to link to: e.g. ...
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How do you cope with tons of web fonts when copying and pasting from web pages?

Most people I know set the paste shortcut to invoke paste and match style. Here is the command to change: You can paste with style when you really want it, but for me 95% of the time I don’t want the ...
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Notes 4.0 (El Capitan) strikethrough option removed

I believe that ⇧⌘L is intended to replace striking items through. This provides you with a very nice list that you can check and uncheck items. It is annoying that they would bury the strikethrough, ...
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Notes app search is not finding some notes

If your notes are in iCloud, make a local backup. Then in iCloud settings uncheck Notes. Your Notes will all be removed. Now turn Notes back on. They should all return and this force an index rebuild.
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Mac app for writing handwritten notes

I really like Write by stylus labs. It can automatically add more space whenever you get to the bottom of the page and has a fair bit of wacom functionality, eg. use of the wacom eraser and pen ...
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