Shortcuts Actions

SideNotes offers several Apple Shortcuts actions. It allows you to create notes and folders, find them and get their content. You can also set a theme or export a note to an image.


Creating and Modifying Notes

There are two actions that allows to create and modify notes:

  • Create Note
  • Append to Note

Create Note Action

It allows you to simply create a new note in the given folder. You can also set some text (or leave it empty for an empty note). The folder doesn't have to be chosen explicitly. You may choose default folder (the folder that you set in Preferences) or current folder (the folder which is currently open in SideNotes).

This action does not allow to create notes with pictures or file shortcuts. For that you need to use Append to Note action which appends various kinds of data into a note.

Append to Note Action

This action appends various kind of data into a note. You can append text, file shortcut, image, URL, file contents or task.

You can use this action multiple times, so that's a way to make a more complicated notes.

Note Creating

Creating Folders

To create a new folder you can use Create Folder action. Simply enter folder name and SideNotes will create it.

Showing Certain Folder or Note

You can open SideNotes with certain folder or note using Show Folder or Show Note action.

Finding Notes and Folders

There are 2 actions for searching.

  • Find Notes
  • Find Folders

You just need to enter the search phrase and you'll get notes or folders (regarding what action you used.)

Exporting Note to Image

SideNotes can export certain note to image. You can do it using Shortcuts. Simply add Export Note to Image action and choose a note.

Exporting a note

If you want to save it as a file, you can use Save File action from the built-in Documents actions.


You can use Shortcuts to set themes. There are 2 actions that you need to use:

  • Find Theme
  • Set Theme

The first action finds a theme. You can also provide a theme name optionally (it might be part of its name.) The second action sets the current theme to the given one.