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I am always writing small notes in notepad (copy/pasting bits, writing down email/sites i need to remember) but at the end of the day i normally just don't bother saving. Is there any program that will let me store notes quickly and easily (think like those sticky notes in Windows 7 - but be able to save them/view easily). preferable plain text too so i can copy/paste code there

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OneNote springs to mind.

And what's wrong with the Sticky Notes? They are saved automatically even.

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... or a text file. But I must say, OneNote is very useful just for the instant OCR alone! It can search text in images! That's impressive and handy. – thenonhacker Oct 30 '09 at 23:03
+1 for OneNote, another important feature is that it integrates seamlessly into Windows search – Chris Thompson Oct 31 '09 at 0:45

Check out Tomboy Notes for Windows! You can categorize them and search them among many other features.

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Tomboy hater care to explain the neg? ;) – John T Oct 30 '09 at 23:08
can't let the downvoters win! :) +1 – Molly7244 Oct 31 '09 at 1:09
+1 for Tomboy here too. I always found OneNote overkill. Idigas reply arose my curiosity though. Will check them. Had never heard of those two. – A Dwarf Oct 31 '09 at 3:46

Check out Evernote. Clients for most OS's and mobiles -- even a web interface. Your notes are (almost) always nearby.

The free plan is reasonably generous too.

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ActionOutline - call it with alt-A, save and minimize to tray with alt-S (can be changed).

Simple, easy, lemon easy, and does everything you asked for. Not free thought (although the is a lite version ... but I've been using the normal one for so long, I don't know the difference anymore).

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There is also CintaNotes - simple, easy, free ! Notes inside it can be taggable and searchable.

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+1 Didn't ask the question, but thanks :) I didn't know about these. – A Dwarf Oct 31 '09 at 3:48

OK, no reason you'll like this, but org-mode for Emacs is a great note keeper and outliner. It's Emacs so it's cross platform, and it's also got geekiness in spades (Emacs has an elaborate system of keyboard shortcut sequences that make beginners' eyes pop out and roll across the floor). But it does more juiciness with plain text than any other note-taker/outliner, by a country mile. Because it's plain text, it's also fully accessible from other text editors, and usable with version control systems. It's under active development by one of the most amazing developers in the Open Source community, and has a great community. For an intro, check out Carsten's Google Tech Talks on the org mode home page.

It's not for everyone, really it's not, but I can't live without it.

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For anyone into emacs: org-mode is an excellent package for organizing and storing notes.

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You could use an online version such as Google Notebook. You can create multiple notes, grouped under headings and search them.

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Sadly, Google Notebook is no more. Only existing users can still use it. – AnonJr Oct 31 '09 at 1:57

UberNote is a good web-based note taking tool. Useful if you have internet access wherever you need to take notes.

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