I remember the last time I used my Mac OS X Tiger, I used Journler to take some notes.
Since the upgrade to Leopard, I started falling in love with mail and its new features : Notes and To Do. However, this time I’ll share you my way to use Notes efficiently.
Before step further, I recommend you to download additional plugin for Mail. It’s called
Letterbox which I’ve discussed a little in my past article Get Various Leopard Enhancements for Free.
Shortcuts play the most important parts in increasing productivity. Therefore, in the middle this discussion, I’ll include many useful shortcuts.
Stage 1. Creating New Note
New note window will be easily created using keystrokes Command-Control-N. If you try to close the new note pane before keying in anything, your new note will be automatically deleted. At least, you need to key in something for the first line which will be shown as the title of your new note.
After deciding the title, save it and the close it. Then, highlight that note in your Mail Notes list. Now, you can easily modify its content via Mail display pane.
If you don’t satisfy with the pre-defined shortcuts, you can change it. I’ve written the step by step tutorial to change the shortcuts here.
Stage 2. Building Note
One thing that I don’t like from note is the font. I prefer to use Georgia 12 but it’s pre-defined as Market Felt Thin 16 which is larger and uglier in my opinion. I think I just need to modify the preference a bit.
Open your Preferences Pane by using keystrokes Command-Comma (no.. shortcut again). Then click on
Fonts & Colors. You will see inside that you can change the default font for five fields : mailbox, message list, message, note and fixed-width.
Stage 3. Finish
Say that you’ve put all of your precious information and now your cursor is at the end of your note. Don’t forget to save your note (Command-S and move your cursor to your
Notes List using combination of two shortcuts : Control-Shift-Tab followed by Control-Tab.
Now, you’ve finished your note and you’ve got your cursor highlighting your new note (on the list). It will be easier for you to continue on next workflow.