How to Export Notes From Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

If you are a Mac user and have been taking notes using the built-in Notes app, you may find yourself needing to export those notes for various reasons. Whether you want to create a backup of your notes or share them with someone who doesn’t use a Mac, exporting your notes is a simple process. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps to export notes from your Mac.

Step 1: Open the Notes App

To begin, locate and open the Notes app on your Mac. You can do this by clicking on the Launchpad icon in your dock and searching for “Notes”.

Step 2: Select the Notes You Want to Export

Once you have opened the Notes app, browse through your list of notes and select the ones you want to export. You can hold down the Command key on your keyboard while clicking to select multiple notes.

Step 3: Go to File Menu

After selecting the desired notes, click on the “File” menu located in the menu bar at the top of your screen.

Step 4: Choose “Export as PDF..” or “Export as Text.”

In the File menu, hover over “Export as” and choose either “PDF” or “Text” depending on which format you prefer for exporting your notes.

  • If you choose “Export as PDF.”:
    • A dialog box will appear where you can choose the location where you want to save the exported PDF file. Select a destination folder and click on the “Save” button.
    • The selected notes will be exported as a single PDF file with each note appearing as a separate page.
  • If you choose “Export as Text.”:
    • Similar to the PDF export option, a dialog box will appear where you can select a location to save the exported text file. Choose a destination folder and click on the “Save” button.
    • The selected notes will be exported as individual text files, with each note saved as a separate file.

Step 5: Verify Exported Notes

After the export process is complete, navigate to the location where you saved the exported notes. Open the folder or file(s) to verify that your notes have been successfully exported and are accessible in the chosen format.


If you prefer to export your notes in another format, such as HTML or RTF, you can explore additional export options available in the “Export as” submenu of the File menu.

With these simple steps, you can easily export your notes from Mac and keep them safe or share them with others. Whether it’s for personal or professional use, having your notes available in different formats provides flexibility and convenience.

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