Help me assemble my notes
January 13, 2020 10:41 AM   Subscribe

How can I transfer many iPhone notes into one document?

I use several apps to make notes -- mainly the built-in Notes app on my iPhone & iPad, and Notepad on my PC.

I want to print all these notes to a file, preferably Excel or Word -- without having to open, copy, and paste each one. Then I’ll manipulate & massage them for my organizational needs.

Any thoughts on how to do this? The notes on my iPhone are the most important.
posted by LonnieK to Computers & Internet (3 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
 
Shortcuts.app

If you haven't used it much before you can do something like this:
  • Create a new shortcut
  • use the search bar to find the "Find Note" action, drag it into the workflow. Don't set any filters so that it will return all notes
  • use the search bar to find the "Combine text" action
  • use the search bar to find the "Quickview" action
Running this shortcut will combine all of your notes and present their concatenated text in a dialog with a sharing button - you can send this lump of text where you want including Word (if installed) or mail.
posted by mce at 11:00 AM on January 13


I was going to say Shortcuts too except mine is more like have it loop through each note and dump the text into a text file that you can then email. Like here. I don't have any notes on my phone so I don't know if this will work, and I don't know if it's better or worse than the approach described above.
posted by bleep at 11:04 AM on January 13


recommended tags: mac macos automation shortcuts
posted by Wild_Eep at 1:14 PM on January 13


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