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Create and manage sticky notes on your desktop

Operating Systems:
Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows XP
Open Source
Andrey Gruber
Software Cost:
System & Desktop Tools
Date Updated:
15 April 2017
Downloads To Date:
Download Size:
3.67 MB

PNotes.NET is a comprehensive free tool for creating, searching and generally managing virtual notes on the Windows desktop.

The program has an excellent editor, which could justify the download all on its own. You're able to control text font, size, style and colour; insert tables, symbols, bulleted or numbered lists, pictures, even freehand drawings; set alignment, indentation and line spacing; find and replace (with regular expression support), run spellchecks with OpenOffice dictionaries, and more.

There are plenty of ways to change a note's appearance. They can have different skins, be docked to an area of the screen, pinned to a window, set as "always on top", have a custom transparency, and more.

Notes can then be flagged in various ways, set as favourites or "high priority", marked as "complete", linked to others and generally organised in whatever way suits you best.

Need a reminder? A very flexible scheduler can alert you once, daily, weekly or monthly, at regular intervals, on specific days of the week, after a certain time, or any combination of these.

You can share your notes across a network, by export/ importing them to Outlook notes, or posting them on Facebook or Twitter (with additional plugins).

There's optional password protection for the program and notes, as well as an encryption feature, though beware - encrypting your words will remove any rich text formatting.

Version brings (Changelog):

New features:

Lower panel at Preferences dialog, which include some asterisk (*) warnings, hides scrollable parts of window – removed and since now settings with asterisk will show warning tooltip (suggested by Timor Gruber)
“Apply” button at Preferences dialog will change its IsEnable state dynamically, according to changes in settings (suggested by Timor Gruber)
Return to default settings at Preferences dialog will include (optional) default settings for groups
When program starts for the very first time (without previous installations) new note will appear on user’s screen with brief description of the program (suggested by Timor Gruber)
Special groups at Control Panel will be sorted alphabetically
Added filter to system voices in order to prevent using of disabled voices

Fixed bugs:

Exception is thrown when user select notes group at Preferences dialog
Preview for notes group is not drawn properly at Preferences dialog
Skins are scaled incorrectly on high-density monitors with large DPI
When user empties notes Panel and then move one or more notes to Panel again – notes thumbnails animation on Panel works incorrectly
Function “Centralize” at Control Panel works incorrectly on high-density monitors with large DPI


PNotes.NET is so packed with features that it can be hard to find what you need, at least initially. Right-clicking the PNotes.NET system tray icon displays more options than some Start menus, and at first we couldn't find the note scheduler at all (you need to right-click the title bar, not the text area).

Spend an hour playing around with the program and you'll quickly figure out how everything works, though, and overall PNotes.NET is one of the very best virtual note tools around.

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