One of the many new features that the Notes app has received in iOS 15 , iPadOS 15, and macOS 12 Monterey is the ability to sort notes using tags . A very simple and intuitive system that will allow us to filter and access certain content quickly and comfortably.
Tags that allow us to go far beyond a simple name
Labeling a note is very easy, we simply write a “#” followed by a word , as soon as we press the space bar this word will become a label. We can use these labels in any part of a Note, from the title to inside a table, and we can also give it the format we want. Of course we can use all the labels we want within the same note. All this organization, in addition, is synchronized on our iPhone, iPad or Mac as long as we are using the latest versions of the corresponding operating system for each device.
Well, having seen the labeling process, which has no more secret, let’s talk now about the possibilities that being able to label notes opens up for us. The most obvious is that now, under the list of the different folders in the app, we can touch any of the labels to see the notes that contain them . We can also touch more than one label to gather those notes that share the ones we select.
By tagging notes, we can create smart folders that use this information to classify our notes for us . Creating a smart folder is as simple as tapping the new folder button, which appears at the bottom left of the folder list, and choosing New Smart Folder .
From here we simply give the folder a name and choose the tags that we want to include. After pressing OK we will see this new folder appear next to the existing ones, although we will distinguish its intelligent nature by the symbol of a cogwheel preceding its name .
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Over time the Notes app has evolved to encompass much more than text, much more than images. Now we can scan documents, draw, write by hand, use tables … The amount of information that we can manage in the app has grown exponentially for several years now and, without a doubt, being able to order this information properly labeled and quickly accessible is vital importance. Hence the #tags.