How to Disable Quick Notes on Mac

Written by Tijana - Reviewed by Emilija Gadgets / Apple Macbook

4 min read

When Apple’s macOS Monterey update rolled out, they introduced their newest shortcut - Quick Notes.

This feature was created to help users have quick and easy access to a notepad at any moment.

Even though MacBooks have a native Notepad app, the Quick Notes feature can be accessed quicker and easier, making it more effective.

However, since the feature pops up each time you move the cursor in the lower-right corner, a big number of users actually find it annoying, and wish to turn it off.

Luckily, the Quick Note feature in macOS can be turned off, and the process is not complicated at all.

We created a guide to help you through the steps of turning the feature off, while also letting you know you can actually replace the Quick Notes with another feature - and it can be located in any of the four screen corners.

How does Quick Notes work?

As we mentioned, along with the Monterey update, Apple rolled out the Quick Notes feature. This is located in the bottom-right corner of the display by default, and it shows up once you move your cursor in that section of the screen.

quick-notes-macIn order to activate the pop-up, you need to click on the corner of the note that shows up when you move your cursor.

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After clicking on it, the native mac Notepad app will launch, giving you access as quickly as possible to the app.

For those Mac users that use the Notes app often, this feature can come in handy when they need to quickly write down something.

However, when the feature is accidentally closed, any of the notes you wrote down will not be saved. Additionally, since the feature is located in the bottom-right corner, if you’re a movie fanatic, you might accidentally keep opening the Quick Notes instead of exiting the full-screen mode.

On the other hand, since most users already have the Notepad app in the Dock Bar, the Quick Notes features may come off as unnecessary.

Luckily, the feature can be both moved to a different corner of the screen, or removed altogether.

How do I remove the Quick Notes?

The Quick Note shortcut is based on a feature that has been a part of macOS for a while now - the Hot Corners. The Hot Corners feature allows you to make each corner of the screen a trigger for an action - such as Quick Notes, or locking the screen.

To remove the Quick Notes option, follow these steps:

  1. In the upper-left corner of the screen, click on the ‘Apple’ icon.
  2. From the drop-down menu, click on ‘System Preferences’.

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  1. From ‘System Preferences’, in the ‘Search Bar’ in the upper-right corner, type in ‘Mission Control’.

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  1. After you launch ‘Mission Control’, in the lower-left corner click on ‘Hot Corners’.

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  1. In the ‘Hot Corners’ section, you’ll be able to remove the shortcuts that are triggered by clicking any of the four screen corners by selecting the ‘-’ from the drop-down menu.

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Additional Info

If you like the concept of the Hot Corners, but not the Quick Notes, you can switch what the selected corner will trigger.

In order to do that, follow the same steps we explained above, and once you reach the ‘Hot Corners’ feature, choose which action you’d like to assign to any of the four screen corners.