5 Uncomplicated Note-Taking Web Apps to Be More Productive
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These days, note-taking apps tend to add a whole lot of features. Most OneNote or Evernote users aren’t utilizing half of those features. In fact, these simpler, uncomplicated notepad apps can actually make you more productive.

A lot of productivity is about discarding unnecessary things that you think are necessary. Strip the useless bits of note-taking apps and you’re left with lean and mean productivity tools, ready to get things done. It’s something that the Notes app on macOS and the ever-popular Simplenote app Simplify Note-Taking & Sync Notes Everywhere With Simplenote Apps Simplify Note-Taking & Sync Notes Everywhere With Simplenote Apps Simplenote and its ecosystem of apps for every platform toss all the superfluous features found in competing note-taking programs and focus on the ones that matter. All Simplenote apps sync effortlessly, with minimal interfaces that... Read More do well. And that’s the philosophy that more apps have taken up.

So try out these free web-based notepads, ready to jot down what you have to say. And each adds a little something to make your life easier.

Nooot (Web): Always-Saving Web Notebook With a Unique URL

Notepads and notebooks are best when you don’t need to actually click the save button. When you type anything, they should save it automatically. Not only does Nooot do that, it also gives you a unique URL.

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Here’s how it works. Go to the site and choose a unique URL to type into the box Nooot provides. If successful, that’s your notepad from now on, saved forever. And yes, it’s completely free. Any time you want to access that notepad, just go to Nooot and type it in the box again. Simple, eh? Plus, you can make as many such notepads as you want.

The only missing feature is any password protection in your Nooot. That means anyone with your Nooot URL can also visit your notepad. If you plan on saving any sensitive information, make your URL like a unique password How to Create a Strong Password That You Will Not Forget How to Create a Strong Password That You Will Not Forget Do you know how to create and remember a good password? Here are some tips and tricks to maintain strong, separate passwords for all of your online accounts. Read More .

Take A Note (Web): Password-Protected Quick Notepad

So let’s say you want something more than what Nooot offers, especially some password protection. Turn to Take A Note. But only if you want the password protection because otherwise, Nooot is better.

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Take A Note is a large, blank notepad ready for you to write notes immediately. You can also change the URL to a custom address you remember. And there’s the ability to add a password at any time you want so that no one can tamper with your notes Keep Your Notes Private: 4 Encrypted Alternatives to Evernote Keep Your Notes Private: 4 Encrypted Alternatives to Evernote Recent changes to Evernote's privacy policy have many people worried that their notes are no longer private. So which secure and encrypted cross-platform note-taking apps can you switch to? Read More .

Be careful though, the password protection turns the note into read-only mode. If you want to edit it, you’ll need to remove the password, delete or add text, and then password-protect it again.

Dictation.io (Web): Quick Voice Notes and Support for Multiple Languages

Don’t you love it when a no-fuss, no-signup productive app 15 Excellent No-Sign Up Websites for Everyday Use 15 Excellent No-Sign Up Websites for Everyday Use Do you like websites which have no sign-ups, no registerations, and no downloads? Then, you will like these hassle free web apps and sites which make daily productivity a lot easier. Read More does everything right? Meet Dictation.io, a voice notes app that works through your browser and supports multiple languages. I haven’t seen anything like it before.

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Using the app is as simple as it gets. Fire it up, choose the language you are going to speak in, and click the Start button to begin talking. Dictation.io will listen to what you say and turn it into written sentences in the notepad. Apart from the Roman alphabet, it can take dictation Can You Write A Whole Article Using Voice Dictation on the Mac? Well I Just Did (And This Is It) Can You Write A Whole Article Using Voice Dictation on the Mac? Well I Just Did (And This Is It) What you're reading right now is an example of Apple's dictation and speech program in action. It may be useful for short passages, but can you write a whole article with it? Read More in other scripts like Espanol, Russian, Arabic, Hindi, Japanese, and more.

The notepad itself also includes some cool features. You can format the text with basic formatting tools, like bold, italics, strikethroughs, and so on. And the entire notepad can be saved to your hard drive or exported as an email or tweet. And of course, you can print it out if you want to.

RexPad (Web): Powerful Yet Fast Full-Featured Notes App

With the number of things RexPad packs in, you’d expect it to be a little slow. But this app surprises you with how fast and lightweight it is, while still offering the kind of features you see in heavy apps like OneNote or Evernote 7 Lightweight OneNote and Evernote Alternatives 7 Lightweight OneNote and Evernote Alternatives Though we love them, both Evernote and OneNote can be slow and bloated. If you've been looking for an alternative, here are a few lightweight note-taking apps you should consider. Read More .

RexPad is text-only, but it achieves everything you want in a text-only notepad. You can write notes with full text formatting, to-do lists, bulleted lists, and anything else you can think of. The to-do lists actually have checkboxes to tick once you’re done. You can add hashtags to tag similar notes, and the powerful search feature is lightning-quick at finding what you want.

The app also includes a simple note-sharing feature to collaborate with others. Share the link with any email address, and they can see and edit the note as long as they register for Rexpad. Give it a try, the look and feel of this one might be just what you have been looking for in a notes app.

Snippetnote (Web): Notes That You Copy-Paste Often

There are somethings that you tend to write often in different places, like your full home address or a favorite emoticon like the shruggie. It’s easier to use a text expander for these, or copy-paste them from a clipboard. Snippetnote does just that.

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It can seem a little strange to use a clipboard as a notepad, but try it out. The Snippetnote developers are on to something here. Start adding notes you use often to the app, and see how it retains text formatting to ensure a good copy-paste experience. In fact, Snippetnote works exceptionally well with code syntax and highlights, making it a valuable tool for coders 7 Best Note-Taking Tools for Programmers 7 Best Note-Taking Tools for Programmers Good note-taking skills are key to staying organized as a programmer. Here are the best note-taking apps designed with coders and developers in mind. Read More .

It’s also nice to have an app that works across devices, where all you need to do is sign into a website to access your frequently used snippets. Given that it’s mobile-friendly, the cross-use between desktop and mobile is welcome.

Do You Find Notes Apps Too Complicated?

From the simple Notepad app in Windows to the gargantuan Microsoft OneNote, note-taking apps have evolved significantly. But the evolution has also brought with it a tendency to do too much, in turn becoming bloated and slow Too Lazy to Take Notes? Try These Faster Notetaking Tips Instead Too Lazy to Take Notes? Try These Faster Notetaking Tips Instead There are several shortcuts you can take to capture everything from lectures to meeting minutes to to-do lists. Let's explore some of those shortcuts today with these tips for faster note-taking. Read More .

Do you find notes apps to be too complicated these days? Do you use all the features of your favorite notepad tool?

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  1. Nick Oftime
    January 24, 2018 at 5:39 pm

    Google Keep, Simplenote and Note Board - Sticky Notes app are all good

  2. Chris
    January 22, 2018 at 9:19 am

    An informative list. However I'm surprised that you haven't mentioned Google Keep.