Notion for desktop

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You can use Notion on your Mac or PC as a downloadable desktop application. Here's what you need to know 🖥️

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Notion's desktop app is a clean, distraction-free interface without all the temptation of tabs.

You'll receive push notifications when something important happens inside Notion, like when someone mentions you, someone assigns you a task, or you set a reminder for yourself.

On desktop, you can use search and Q&A even when you’re outside of the Notion app. Trigger Command Search with a customizable keyboard shortcut, your menu bar on Mac, or your task bar on Windows so you can search or ask Q&A without switching between windows or bringing the Notion desktop app to the foreground. To make it easier to access Notion this way, a few things will happen by default:

  • Command Search will be turned on. To turn this off, go to Settings & membersMy settings → toggle off Enable Command Search. You can also turn off Show Notion in Menu Bar or customize your Command Search shortcut.

  • Notion will be set to open at login. To turn this off:

    • On Mac: Right-click on the Notion icon in the dock → select OptionsOpen at Login to remove the check mark beside it.

    • On Windows: Right-click on the Notion icon in the task bar → select Launch PreferencesOpen Notion at Login to remove the check mark beside it.

Mac desktop app

  • To get the Mac desktop app, go to notion.so/desktop and click Download for Mac.

  • Select Intel processors or Apple silicon. You can see which version you’ll need by going to your Mac’s specifications in your device’s settings.

  • Open the downloaded file and follow the instructions to install Notion.

  • Open the Notion app and log in using your email.

Windows desktop app

  • To get the Windows desktop app, go to notion.so/desktop and click Download for Windows.

  • Open the downloaded file and follow the instructions to install Notion.

  • Open the Notion app and log in using your email.

Notion updates automatically! We push updates on a regular basis with bug fixes and performance improvements.

To check for updates:

  • On Mac: Click Notion in the menu bar and click Check for Updates

  • On Windows: Click File in the menu bar and click Check for Updates

If there are new features that you can't see yet, try refreshing with cmd/ctrl + R.

Very rarely, you may need to re-install Notion to see an update. We'll let you know when that's the case.


FAQs

Does Notion have a Linux app?

We don’t have a Linux app at the moment and don't have any immediate plans for it, unfortunately 🐧 

For the time being, hopefully you can access Notion with your Chrome, Firefox, or Safari browser!

How do I update to the latest version?

Notion updates automatically! If you click the ? at the bottom right of Notion, it will show you the last time it updated.

If Notion hasn't updated for a few days, you can usually force an update by refreshing with the keyboard shortcut cmd/ctrl + r.

How do I automatically open Notion links in the desktop app?

  1. Click on Settings & members in your sidebar.

  2. Navigate to My notifications & settings.

  3. Under the My settings section, you'll find a toggle to Open links in desktop app.

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