To me, the difference between the icon signifying “no note attached to this item” and “this item has a note” is too subtle. I often paste important information into a task’s note field, but then overlook it later, as OF often collapses or hides notes when switching views.
I am aware of the “show all notes” menu option, which is helpful. But I’d like to request a new preference toggle to “force show all notes all the time” or possibly “show all notes by default”.
This would ensure that, when switching between views, notes would always be visible. Never again would I overlook some important information.
I’m going to bring this thread back from the dead just to say that this should really be a setting that can be enabled per-perspective. I know that notes can get unwieldy since there isn’t really a limit to how long they can be, but at least show a portion of a note as an option to have enabled by default on both the Mac and iOS, or at least make it slightly more obvious (especially on iOS, where the icon is so tiny I sometimes mistake it for part of the context name).
I recently switched from OmniFocus to 2Do. The Mac version can be set to either always hide notes or always show the first line of each. The mobile version has a brilliant feature where you can pinch to “zoom” in or out, adjusting the information density of the list—i.e., show or hide notes, tags, and project names.