Open specific folder in Notes app [SOLVED]

I tried many different AppleScript options provided in forums, ChatGPT, Claude, but none of them seem to make this work.

I just want to open Notes and instead of the "All iCloud" "folder" being selected, I want it to open in the "Notes" folder.

Any ideas?

Assuming the folder sidebar is visible, why not just do a relative mouse click?

Open Notes App at "Notes" Folder.kmmacros (38 KB)

Macro screenshot

Yes I could do that, but I always like to try AppleScript first to make it a bit more "reliable" and also so I can learn AS as I create new macros :slight_smile:

What would be unreliable about a static mouse click? Take the win! :trophy:

Joking aside, I hear you about learning AS. I'll see if I can figure it out...

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For example, this one is to create a note (offered by someone online), but it doesn't work either. I always get an error:

tell application "Notes"


    set acct to account "iCloud"
    set fol to the first folder of acct

    tell fol to make new note with properties {name:"test"}

end tell

The error:
2024-06-04 10:19:18 Execute an AppleScript failed with script error: text-script:92:104: execution error: Notes got an error: Can’t make show id "x-coredata://9C4E01FE-A422-44EC-BEB9-1C12AF690C55/ICAccount/p27444" into type specifier. (-1700). Macro “Execute an AppleScript” cancelled (while executing Execute AppleScript).

And most of the other options I tried always seem to throw a similar error. Not all the options, but some.

I don't know if being on Catalina makes any difference?

This one works, IF I have a note inside the folder:

tell application "Notes"
	tell account "iCloud"
		tell folder "Notes"
			show note 1
		end tell
	end tell
end tell

But if I don't have a note, it throws an error:
2024-06-04 10:23:22 Execute an AppleScript failed with script error: text-script:68:85: execution error: Notes got an error: Can’t get note 1 of folder "Notes" of account "iCloud". Invalid index. (-1719). Macro “Execute an AppleScript” cancelled (while executing Execute AppleScript).

But I would like it to just open the folder, with or without notes inside.

activate application "Notes"
tell application "Notes"
	tell account "APPLE"
		show folder "Notes"
	end tell
end tell

I don't know what OS you're on but it's APPLE rather than iCloud for me.

Does this help?


Worked like a charm, replacing APPLE with iCloud.
Thanks! :raised_hands:

It seems that both chatGPT and Claude need some AS lessons from you haha

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Oops! Haha.

I don't know if you noticed, but ChatGPT is suffering a major outage at the moment. I think it may have become self-aware and is about to initiate armageddon!

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Yeah I just started using it a few days ago, less than a week I think and I experienced it at least twice.
That's why I started looking for alternatives and found this one called Claude.
It just sucks that when you want to use it you have to login by using a temporary code they email you. Pretty archaic approach, but... I think I will use it when GPT is down.

When someone/something becomes too powerful... that's the consequence :wink:

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Have you checked out Suno? Prepare to be delighted and terrified in equal measure!

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