Knot Desktop Notes

Martin Brinkmann
Jan 11, 2008
Updated • Aug 3, 2010
Software, Windows, Windows software

I'm looking for a software that offers an easy way to write down notes on my desktop. I do not need a fancy tool with lots of options, just something basic that is available immediately. I used to write down notes in text documents but my desktop soon got cluttered with lots of text documents containing notes and it was obviously not the perfect method.

Knot is a small application that displays notes on the desktop. Those notes can stay on top if you want and you can start Knot with Windows so that your notes appear instantly after system start. It does have some fancy options like different colors and shadows for the notes as well as multi-monitor and network support.

Users can create new notes by pressing F4 when a note is active which is my biggest problem with that application. I prefer a system wide shortcut that would create a new note instantly. The method Knot is offering is still better than the previous one using text documents.

Does anyone know a desktop notes application that is lightweight and offers system wide shortcuts ? I would like to use an application that would create a new note whenever I press a keyboard shortcut and that would allow me to write down notes afterwards instantly.


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  1. martin english said on January 17, 2008 at 6:21 am

    for windows, I have a file on my desktop called “New Text Document.txt” (what a surprise !!). When I first created it, I put
    on the first line and then saved it – see

    Now, whenever I open it, I get sent to the end of the file, and have the current data nad time entered for me – see

  2. Bianca said on January 13, 2008 at 11:26 am

    I highly recommend stickies available at

    It allows hotkey creation of new notes (Win+S) as well as lots of other functions.

    It’s free. I’ve been using it for years!

  3. gokudomatic said on January 12, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    even this doesn’t satisfy me. I want something like a note, like knot(why not, the concept looks fun) but where I can store images from the clipboard(or directly from the PrtScn). So many times I had to juggle with windows to copy information because they’re covering each other.

  4. Syber said on January 12, 2008 at 4:33 am

    Same Phil, I use Shirusupad, it is a very good note for desktop, even you don’t need save text that you wrote (automatic save). Simple to use, just click system tray icon. Import/Export note, reminder. I tried several softwares before, only Shirusupad that I liked.

  5. phil said on January 11, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    try tiny memory footprint (660k), awesome ui and uses normal txt files to store it’s notes. believe me, i tried them all and this is the one and only.

  6. Ram said on January 11, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    Why dont you give hottnotes a try. Check it out at

  7. murph said on January 11, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    A great little addon to firefox i use is
    Quick Note,you can get it from the mozilla addon page.
    It only has two pages to put notes on,but im sure you can extend this,you can have it open in another tab-hover-or sidebar.

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