Can’t create new note on Mac? New button disabled? Try these fixes

Apple Notes is my second brain. Every important thought that crosses my mind makes its place in my notes. I use Notes primarily on my Macbook, as it’s always turned on. 

Recently, I faced this issue twice when I could check all the notes and modify existing ones but couldn’t create a new note.

The Create New icon is disabled, and when I press cmd + n, it bleeps. I went through multiple resources and tried various fixes until the force quit Notes worked for me. 

In this article, you can learn all the working methods that worked for many people in the past and saved me from trouble. 

Unable to create New Note on Mac – Here’s how to solve

Force Restart The Notes App

It always worked for me; that’s why putting it at the top. The solution is straightforward. 

Right-click the Notes app icon from the dock and select Quit from the menu. It will force-stop the Notes application.

Force Quit Notes app

Now open Notes, press cmd + n, or click the New Note icon. If it worked, congratulations, but if it didn’t, try other solutions.

Disable and Enable Notes From iCloud Settings

When you disable and enable an app from the iCloud settings, the app reestablishes a connection with the iCloud. Here’s the detailed process: 

Click the Apple icon from the top left corner of the toolbar and select System Preferences from the menu. 

Navigate to System Preferences

Click on Apple ID beside your Apple account name, and it takes you to the iCloud page. 

Click on Apple ID

Unselect Notes, wait for a few seconds, and select Notes. It takes a few seconds to set it up. 

Unselect and reselect Notes

Now open the Notes app and try creating a new note. 

Disable Resume last Quick Note

Generally, when you open the Notes app, it opens the last note you previously worked on before closing the application. 

You can unselect this option from the Notes preferences, and every time you launch the Notes app, it will create a blank note instead of opening the last note. 

Open the Notes app on your Macbook and click on Notes from the toolbar. Now go to Preferences from the menu. A new pop-up window with all preferences will appear on your screen.

Notes Preferences

Unselect Resume last Quick Note from this page and close the Preferences Window. Now close the Notes app and launch it to create a blank document. 

Resume last Quick Note

Enable the On My Mac account

The Notes app is connected to your iCloud account. Every note you create is stored on your iCloud account. 

If something is wrong with your iCloud account or you face any problem, you can save your notes locally on your device. To do so:

Open the Notes app; click Notes from the left corner of the toolbar and go to Preferences

Notes Preferences

Select Enable the On My Mac account. 

Enable the On My Mac account

Return to the Notes app, click on the Notes folder below On My Mac section, and click the New Note icon. 

Create a new note on Mac

Unlock your iPhone and keep it close

Unlock your iPhone

I don’t know why this worked for many people, and I wouldn’t say it was real until I visited the Apple support forum. 

If the New Note icon is greyed out on your Mac, unlock your smartphone that uses the same Apple account and keep it closer to your Mac. 

I was shocked for a moment when I failed to create an important note. However, restarting the Notes app worked for me, but the other methods also worked for many people. 

So, try all these methods, and at least one will surely fix your problem. 

Uchchash Talukder Rana is the founder of @ansmegeek. He is the jack of all trades and master of a few. He uses Windows, Mac, Android & iOS on a daily basis. If he is not sleeping, either he is writing articles or playing Valorant.

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