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How to Disable Quick Note on a Mac

When Apple introduced MacOS Monterey, it included a new feature called Quick Note. This feature allows users to capture quick notes without the need to open the Notes app. If you find yourself accidentally creating Quick Notes by moving your cursor to the designated Hot Corner, or if you simply want to assign a different action to the Hot Corner, you can easily disable the Quick Note action on your Mac.

Turn off Quick Note by disabling the Hot Corner

By default, the bottom-right Hot Corner is set up to create a Quick Note. Whenever you move your cursor to that corner, a new note pops up. However, if you’re not a fan of this feature, you can change the Hot Corner or disable it altogether to turn off the Quick Note action.

Step 1: Open System Preferences by clicking on the icon in your Dock or selecting the Apple icon in the menu bar.

Step 2: Choose either Mission Control or Desktop & Screen Saver.

Mac System Preferences, Mission Control or Desktop & Screen Saver
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Step 3: Use the Hot Corners button to access the settings.

Mac Mission Control with the Hot Corners button
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Step 4: In the settings, you’ll notice that the bottom-right corner is configured for Quick Note. Click on the drop-down list and choose a different action. If you want to completely disable the Hot Corner, select the “Dash” option.

Hot Corner with Quick Note selected
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Step 5: Click OK to save your changes.

You’ll now notice that when you move your cursor to that corner, no Quick Note will appear. If you change your mind later, you can always revisit the Hot Corners settings and select Quick Note for any of the four corners.

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No actions for Hot Corners on Mac
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Turn off Quick Note by disabling the shortcut

If you want to take it a step further and disable the keyboard shortcut associated with Quick Note, you can do so as well.

Step 1: Open System Preferences and choose Keyboard.

Mac System Preferences, Keyboard
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Step 2: Select the Shortcuts tab.

Step 3: On the left side, click on Mission Control.

Step 4: On the right side, you’ll see the Quick Note shortcut with the box checked. Note that the shortcut is either Fn + Q or the Globe key + Q.

Uncheck the box next to the Quick Note shortcut to disable it.

Keyboard shortcut for Quick Note unchecked
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Step 5: Close the keyboard preferences, and your changes will be saved automatically.

Try using the keyboard shortcut, and you’ll no longer see a Quick Note pop open.

While Quick Notes are convenient for capturing notes while using any app on your Mac, accidentally creating a new note every time you move to the Hot Corner can be frustrating. So, simply turn off the Quick Note action.

For more tips and tricks, check out how to use split view or how to use multiple desktops on your Mac.

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