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At a Glance
  • Generic Company Place Holder pNotes

Despite the name, pNotes is not a notepad as such. Instead, it is the digital equivalent of yellow sticky notes, and as anyone who is addicted to using the real paper ones will tell you, these things are incredibly useful for simple lists and notes.

PNotes is a simple but powerful sticky note app that sits in the toolbar.

PNotes is fantastic because it is so simple. When you want to make a note, you just click the sticky note icon in the WIndows taskbar, and a new note pops up on your screen. As well as just typing what you want to remember, you can also use a wide range of formatting options, such as line alignment, font color, font size, font type, highlighting, and bulleting. You can also strikethrough text, which is ideal for to-do lists. You can delete notes simply by closing them in the top right-hand corner with your mouse.

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At a Glance
  • Half sticky-notes and half notepad, this open-source utility is worth a look.


    • Various fonts, colors and other formatting available
    • Have lots of sticky notes appear on your computer screen


    • Cannot save notes as text files to the computer
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