Flashnote is a small, memory resident notes program that is activated through a hotkey combination. It function as a quick scratch pad for all those transient text clips that you work with that you would normally store in text files.

Imagine that working with a bunch of html code that you need to paste elsewhere later, or that you have clipped a URL that you plan to visit but do not want to bookmark, or that somebody is giving you an address or phone number over the phone.

For most people this information is handled through the creation of text files that clutter the desktop before they are eventually deleted.

Flashnote is designed to be a quick scratch pad that you can summon quickly through a hotkey combination and paste all of all of these pieces of information. Here’s what you need to know about it:

  • It uses a hirarchical notes outliner to store information.
  • Flashnote is not a clipboard extender/clipboard manager. I personally do not like these because I find that the constant storage of (mostly useless) clipboard contents is inefficient, and that managing the clipboard manager is one activity I would rather do without. Flashnote, on the other hand, is used only when there’s something that you want.
  • Flashnote is not text editor or Notepad substitute. Although Flashnote is not a PIM or proper hirarchical notes outliner program, it does offer some functions that are reminiscent of these such as subnotes, timestamps, and some rich text formatting.
  • Text is saved across different sessions; it can also be saved/exported.

This program is an example of a simple idea that is strangely practical. Although all it is is literally a blank page that can be switched on and off with a hotkey combination, it is nonetheless extremely useful. If you work with a lot of text or code you will likely find that it quickly becomes a fixture that you use all the time.

Version tested: 2.2

Compatibility: Windows 2000/2003/9x/XP.

Go to the program page to get the latest version (approx 396k).

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  • taffit

    Reminds me to ShirusuPad, which sadly isn’t developed anymore, but is nontheless very powerfull.

  • mrthermister

    You should consider QuickNote (just google it). Very powerful “text collector”. It has a nice “hote zone” where it pops up when you move your cursor over it. Some annonying features… Wierd file storage scheme. And wierd numbering of files. But it’s about as quick as a text retrieval system I’ve seen. I’d like to see a side by side comparison of the 2. Other than QuickNote (and before this offering) I’ve not seen any other text popups.

  • The DataRat


    “latest version (approx 396k)”


    Now a 1.5-meg D/L for Vista/Win7 version. FlashNote has more features, and seems
    better done than QuickNote (e.g., in Flashnote fonts and font-size can be changed, in
    QuickNote not).


    The PC Rat