If you want to cite a paragraph or two in your note, you can use the block quote feature in Apple Notes. Block quote is one of the new features of iOS 17, iPadOS 17, and macOS Sonoma, and it provides the proper way to format lengthy quotes in an attractive and easy-to-read style. In this article, I’ll show you how to add and remove block quotes and how well it works when transferring a note!
To add a block quote in Apple Notes, you can do so before or after you enter your text. Just follow these simple steps.
- How to add block quotes in Notes on iPhone and iPad
- How to add block quotes in Notes on Mac
- Bonus: Move block quotes from Notes to Apple Pages
How to add block quotes in Notes on iPhone and iPad
- Open the Notes app → You can go to a new or existing note.
- Place your cursor where you want the block quote.
- If you already have your text, place it anywhere within the text.
- For more than one paragraph, select all of the text by double-tapping a word and dragging the highlight through it.
- Select the Formatting (Aa) icon above the keyboard on iPhone or in the toolbar at the top on iPad.
- Tap the Block Quote icon (box and line) in the lower right corner of the format tools.
You’ll see a vertical gray line appear on the left that runs the length of your text. Your block quote is also indented slightly.
Remove block quotes on iPhone and iPad
If you decide later to remove a block quote in Notes on iPhone and iPad, you can do so easily.
- Place your cursor anywhere within the block quote.
- Select the Formatting (Aa) icon.
- Tap the Block Quote icon to deselect it.
You should then see your text return to the original formatting for your note.
How to add block quotes in Notes on Mac
Adding a block quote in Notes on Mac is just as simple as on your mobile device, and you can apply this format before or after you enter your text.
- Place the cursor where you want the block quote.
- If you already have the text, place your cursor anywhere within the text, or if you have more than one paragraph, select the text by dragging your cursor through it.
- Then, do one of the following:
- Click the Formatting (Aa) icon in the toolbar.
- Right-click and move to Paragraph Styles in the shortcut menu.
- Pick Format in the menu bar.
- Select Block Quote, which places a checkmark next to it.
You’ll then see your quote with the vertical line on the left and slightly indented.
Remove block quotes on Mac
If after you add a block quote to your note, you want to remove it, this is just as easy as adding it on Mac.
- Put your cursor anywhere within the text of the block quote.
- Then, click the Choose a Style icon, right-click and move to Paragraph Styles, or pick Format in the menu bar.
- Deselect Block Quote, which removes the checkmark next to it.
You’ll then see your text in its original format.
Bonus: Move block quotes from Notes to Apple Pages
Have you been making use of the “Open in Pages” feature in Apple Notes? If so, you’ll be glad to know that when you add a block quote in Notes and open the note in Pages, that block quote carries over. Because Pages doesn’t currently offer a built-in block quote feature, this makes it even more useful.
- On iPhone, iPad, and Mac, add the block quote as described above → Select the Share icon.
- Pick Open in Pages, and you’ll see your note along with its block quote in a new Pages document.
Tip: Be sure to check out another new Notes feature with iOS 17, iPadOS 17, and macOS Sonoma for linking notes.
Block quotes made easy!
Rather than indenting text or using quotation marks, you can use the Apple Notes block quote feature for lengthy quotes. This gives you a nicely formatted note or one that you can open in Apple Pages. Are you happy to see the block quote option in Notes? Let us know!
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