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 well beyond a simple name
Labeling a note is the easiest way, just we write a “#” followed by a word, as soon as we press the space bar, this word will become a label. We can use these tags in any part of a note, from the title to the inside of a table, and we can also give it any format we want. Of course, we can use all the labels we want within a single note. All this organization, in addition, is synchronized on our iPhone, iPad or Mac as long as we use the latest versions of the corresponding operating system for each device.
Okay, having seen the labeling process, which no longer holds any secrets, let’s talk about the possibilities offered by being able to label notes. The most obvious is that now, under the list of the different application folders, we can tap one of the labels to see the notes that contain them. We can also touch more than one tag to collect notes that share the ones we select.
By tagging your notes, you can create smart folders based on this information for file our notes for us. Creating a smart folder is as easy as pressing the New folder button, which appears at the bottom left of the folder list, and choosing New smart folder
From there, we just give the folder a name and choose the tags we want to include. After pressing Okay 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.
Over time, the Notes application has evolved to encompass much more than text, much more than images. Now we can scan documents, draw, handwrite, use tables … The amount of information we can handle in the app has grown exponentially over the past several years and, no doubt, can order this properly labeled and quickly accessible information is of vital importance. Hence the #tags.