Notes app for macOS has become very user-friendly with the addition of several powerful features. But the one department where it's still lagging is the restriction to export notes only as PDF. Unfortunately, you can't export your Apple notes as text or HTML on your Mac.
However, you shouldn't be disappointed as there are a few options that can help you circumvent the hurdle. Third-party apps come in handy, especially when breaking the shackles. And guess what, they can assist you in overcoming this limitation as well! Read on:
How to Export Notes as Text in Mac OS X
Apps to Export Notes as Text in Mac OS X
#1. Notes Exporter
Notes Exporter from Writeapps works wonderfully when it comes to exporting notes as .txt. It's a small app that you can install and run right away. There are no configurations or settings to tweak.
When you run Notes Exporter, it reads all the individual notes you have stored in the Notes.app. It then exports each note as a .txt file and saves it in a separate folder under your home folder. The best thing is it's free.
Note2Txt is pretty simple yet highly effective. When you run this app, it offers a folder of TXT files you exported. There is also an option to create HTML files. One major advantage of HTML files is that they will keep all your notes' layouts intact.
What I have personally liked about Note2Txt's is the flexible file-naming. For instance, you will be able to name notes just by dragging little labels into a box. There are several options like Note Name, Folder Name, Date Created, Date Modified and Note Number.
Exporting notes as a plain text on Mac is dead simple using this free app. It lets you convert your notes to markdown and store them as text. The app preserves the creation and modification dates of your notes.
As for functionality, I have found it very reliable and efficient. Besides, it features a clean interface, which simplifies user-experience.
How to Export Notes as HTML in Mac OS X
This one is for the nerds. If you'd rather have your notes exported in the .html format, you should check out “Notes Export.”
Notes Export has one little “configurability” you can pick the folder to export the notes to. The app will then comb through all the notes in Notes.app and export each of them as simple HTML files. All these files will be saved in the folder you choose.
Notes Export is both free and open-source. So, if you're the nerd that tinkers with code, you can do that to Notes Export. It’s not available as an installer. Instead, you will have to unzip and copy-paste the Notes.app folder manually. If you're not familiar with this, you can download and grab Notes Export from it. It's perfectly safe so don't worry about malware.
How to Export Apple Notes As PDF on Mac
As mentioned above, Apple lets you export your notes only as PDF. And the process is quite straightforward.
Note: You have the option to import text files into Notes. You will be able to import files in TXT, RTF, RTFD, HTML, or Evernote XML Export (ENEX) format.
Step #1. Open Notes app and select the note you want to export.
Step #2. Now, click the File menu and select Export as PDF.
Step #3. Then, select the preferred location and click on Save.
That's all there is to it, folks!
I wish Apple Notes for macOS had the feature to export notes in several formats including text and HTML sooner than later. What's your take on it? Shoot your views in the comments below.
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