Scribble Notes in Your Browser with Notepad5

Dmitri Popov

Productivity Sauce

Feb 19, 2015 GMT
Dmitri Popov

Notepad5 can come in rather handy when you need to take notes without leaving the convenience of your favorite browser. This super simple browser-based text editor can run locally (perfect when you are offline), and it's surprisingly functional despite being rather bare-bones. Users practicing the art of distraction-free writing will appreciate Notepad5's minimalist interface. In fact, there is not much interface to speak of: the entire editor consists of an editing area and the status bar at the bottom. In addition to that, you can enable the full-screen mode using the Ctrl+Enter keyboard shortcut. Speaking of shortcuts, all supported actions in Notepad are performed using dedicated key combinations: Ctrl+R to create a new file, Ctrl+O to open a local text file, Ctrl+S to save the current file, and so on. During the editing session, the application continuously saves the currently opened file in the local storage, so there is no risk of losing your work. If the editor's default appearance is not your cup of tea, you can use the Ctrl+E keyboard shortcut to specify custom CSS options. Finally, Notepad5 features word and character count functionality, a boon for writing professionals.

Installing Notepad5 is ridiculously easy: clone the project's GitHub repository using the git clone command and open the index.html file in the browser. You can, of course, install Notepad5 on a server if you are so inclined.

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