How do people take notes on the Linux desktop? Let us count the ways ...
Actually, let’s not. There are just too darned many ways to do that deed.
Into that mix comes Notes-Up, a simple yet flexible app for taking, editing, and organizing notes on the elementary OS desktop. Let’s take a closer look at Notes-Up why don’t we?
The fastest and easiest way of doing that is through the elementary OS AppCenter. That just takes a click or two, and all the work is done for you.
If you prefer to embrace your inner geek, then you can grab the source code and compile Notes-Up yourself. I’ve never done that, so I can’t tell you how smooth or not the process is.
Regardless, let’s assume all went well and you have a copy of Notes-Up on your computer. It’s time to start working with it.
Fire up the application. Its user interface is reminiscent of Standard Notes or Joplin.
The Notes-Up window consists of three panes:
- One that lists notebooks (more on these in a moment),
- One that lists your notes, and
- One for viewing and editing your notes.
Add a note (called a page) by clicking the New Page button at the bottom of the middle pane in the Notes-Up window. An empty editing window displays.
Click New Page in the top-left corner of the window and type a title for the note. If you don’t, New Page displays as the note’s title in the list of notes. That can get a bit confusing if you have a lot of notes and they all have that name …
From there, type your note. You can use plain text or format the note using Markdown. If you don’t know Markdown, then check out my book (which is what the link in the previous sentence points to).You can also use the buttons on the toolbar to:
- Make text bold or italic.
- Insert a quote or a code snippet.
- Add lists.
- Insert a link or an image.
Notes-Up automatically saves your notes and adds them to the All Notes list in the middle pane of the application’s window.
Notes-Up, as I mentioned a moment ago, displays your notes in a long list in the middle pane of the application’s window. As you create more and more notes, it can quickly become difficult to find the one you’re looking for (even with the help of the built-in search function).
To better organize your notes, you can create notebooks, which are like folders that you can use to collect notes on particular topics. For example, you could have notebooks for writing ideas, drafts of blog post, quotes you’ve collected, or notes for a course that you’re taking.
To create a notebook, right click on Notebooks and select