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I save my notes in Outlook notes. However it's just a list of notes without any kind of categorization.

I am looking for a replacement software where I can define my categories and I can place a note in one the categories.

Plus the ability to search text across all the notes.

I prefer an Outlook plugin but a small quick launch app will do.

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Wiki Please !!! – joe Aug 6 '09 at 16:26
why wiki ? – Jacob Schoen Aug 6 '09 at 16:27
up vote 4 down vote accepted

Microsoft OneNote


All Microsoft Office version contains OneNote

And good and cheap is Evernote - Dillie-O mentioned

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Looking for something small, basic, lean and cheap (<$30). – Tony_Henrich Aug 6 '09 at 18:07
Actually I noticed my MSDN subscription had it so I decided to use it. – Tony_Henrich Aug 6 '09 at 21:54

Evernote is a very popular program that does those kind of things, plus you can access it over the web or on your iPhone.

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At 21M download and requirement to create an account with them, it's more than what I feel comfortable with. I don't like software which force me to create accounts for it to work when I am not interested in being connected. I just want a small stand alone app with no strings attached. – Tony_Henrich Aug 6 '09 at 18:14

There's lots of programs that do this task. Many that outperform outlook.

  • Evernote: Will note just about anything and make it searchable. Does OCR text recognition on pictures and PDF files to make them searchable as well.

  • Google Notebook: Now defunct for new users. I used to use this and loved it. Evernote works pretty well as a replacement

  • Tomboy notes: Loved by linux, available for Windows too.

And these are just the free ones!

If you prefer Microsoft's route, try OneNote

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+1 for Tomboy notes, though OneNote works for me... mostly. – icarus74 Jul 3 '13 at 5:45

Microsoft Onenote is my personal favorite. It's very easy to use, starts directly and it integrates with Outlook.

It also has nice features such as screen clippings and print to onenote making it easy to save webpages as notes.

I've tried Evernote and Google Notebook and they didn't work for me, may be personal preference, who knows?

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I don't feel like paying that much for it. Thanks. – Tony_Henrich Aug 6 '09 at 18:15

Try using a small app called memento. It sticks around in the taskbar and you can access it by right or left click of the icon. It is pretty handy if you need to keep the information available at all times.

Memento Download Page

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I don't see why it's better than Outlook Notes. It just adds new notes. I can't add notes and organize them in categories. No search facility. It doesn't meet the requirement I specified. – Tony_Henrich Aug 6 '09 at 18:18

Tomboy notes is my Linux preference, there is a Windows version that is easy to install as well.


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as you can see they are easy to categorize and fully searchable.

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