6 Apps That Will Make Your Organization a Cinch

Have you ever had a great idea, but then forgot about it shortly after? Whether you’re an artist looking for inspiration or someone who appreciates a good thought, writing down your idea immediately is the best way to go.

Since not everyone carries around a pencil and paper 24/7, you should take it using the next best thing, a note-taking app. Many of these are free, and you can get them straight from the Windows Store. There’s an app that’s great for whatever you want to write down, whether it’s an idea for your next big novel or your passwords. With that said, let’s look at a few of those.

OneNote

This is Microsoft’s interpretation of the old-school note-taking software, and it does its thing quite well. OneNote has had a long developmental history, and it’s even part of the Microsoft Office package. So it’s quite up to snuff. OneNote makes the note-taking process easy and more streamlined, so you can use it on any device. However, it still has lots to offer.

This program uses action wheels, which gives you plenty of options without making the layout bloated. By clicking around, you can add images and items, or highlight particular points of your notes. There is a drawing interface as well, and while it’s best to use for a touchscreen, you can still use it well enough if you decide to use a mouse.

The Office version is the best one, so if you’re used to that, then the app version has features that aren’t present. Fewer options are available to keep your notes organized, and there aren’t as many tools you can use. But for a quick way to take notes, the mobile version is fantastic. It keeps everything simple and includes the essentials. It allows for easy searching and being able to pair with other devices, so it’s great all around.

Notepad Classic

We all know the classic Notepad tool that Windows has, and Notepad Classic is an app version that does a great job capturing the feel. While it’s third-party, it’s still a great note-taking tool, even if it doesn’t have much to offer.apps_notes_55 The app gives you a white space to type, a toolbar with the basics, and that’s pretty much it. It’s a quick, non-distracting way to keep your notes down.

Being a modern spin on the old Notepad program, it has a few changes that can make it easier, including line and column readouts. These minor changes add a touch, and it’s a great tool if you’re looking for a minimalistic way to take down notes. Of course, if you’re looking for something more, then this app may not be for you.

Code Writer

Code Writer takes a few lessons from Notepad Classic, but instead of keeping the basic premise of Notepad down, it adds its own changes to the mix. While none of them are amazing, it’s still a powerful app, no matter what your coding skill level is.

So as you can see, with Code Writer, it’s not about taking notes, but instead writing codes. It has a clean interface that will allow you to code easily, all without any problems. A few additions are added to make the coding experience easy, such as templates for all the different languages out there, including Java, Ruby, and Python. It also includes plenty of editing tools at your disposal that are non-distracting, but are useful. The people who make it know how a code-writing app should be done, so if you’re a coder, then you’re missing out on a lot if you don’t give this a try!

Poe

If you want something even more minimalist, Poe is the way to go. All the program consists of is a background with the app’s logo, and you just type your words there. It does have hidden toolbars so that you can add some customization, but it’s not distracting.

One of the tools is a word counter, and it has a few cool features. It has its own word counting goal, which you can use if you want to meet a certain word count, and as it keeps your progress, you can see if you’re going to reach the amount of words or not.

If you want to increase your typing speed, they have an option for a timer. When the timer’s set, it runs in the background, so you don’t have to worry about a bloated interface. While this interface doesn’t work for everyone, as some people think it’s a bit dull, it has a lot going for it, especially if you’re a writer who needs to improve your skills.

Sticky Notes 8

A classic sticky note is best for many situations, and this app is a paperless emulation of the good-ol’-fashion Post-It treatment. It has a selection of colors to choose from, and it allows you to take your notes however you want. Once again, it’s not filled with bells and whistles, but if you like to organize your thoughts, then this app is for you. It’s easy to use, and you don’t have to worry about getting lost.

But it’s perhaps too simple for some people. All you can do is add text and images to your note, and then you can synch it  another device. Nothing else is special here.notetaking_apps_66 The free version also has ads, but they’re not too distracting, just another note that has a sponsored ad on it.

If you don’t care about all the fancy touches, then Sticky Notes 8 is perfect. You can figure it out within a few minutes of using it, and then you can begin taking notes. Once again, you may be wishing for more features, but if minimalism is a thing for you, then this is perfect.

Evernote Touch

Ah, Evernote. One of the biggest ways to organize your notes, it’s known for working with all your devices. Your laptop, desktop, phone, or tablet all can have Evernote on it, so you can see your notes anywhere. While some apps are similar, Evernote is still the biggest and baddest one. They don’t care about one brand over the other, so you don’t have to worry about it not being available for Mac or Android. It’s just like a website, available from any device.

What’s also fantastic about Evernote is that it keeps everything organized in the best ways possible. You can keep things in different notebooks, or categories, and you can add tags to your notes so you can look them up with ease. Audio notes are also a cinch, and you can take them with no hassle. While the Windows app may not be as feature-filled as some of the others, that will change. It does what it needs to, and it does it well.

Overall

There are many note-taking apps out there, tailored to each one. Before you download one, ask yourself what you need to record. Are you someone who likes to record every single idea, or just the most important details? Decide, and then download an app that’s best suited for you.

David Alexander
 

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