CintaNotes Note Taking Software

Martin Brinkmann
Jan 15, 2010
Updated • Apr 5, 2016
Software, Windows software

CintaNotes is a free and commercial note taking application for the Windows operating system that supports tags, global hotkeys and more.

Computers offer many possibilities when it comes to taking notes. Some options include creating text documents, using online services or software programs.

CintaNotes, a free and commercial program for Windows belongs to the latter group. The program is a portable note taking software for the Windows operating system that comes with a lot of clever ideas which might convince some users to give it a try.


Several options are available to take notes using the software. If the window of CintaNotes is active  pressing the INS key will create a new note. Text can be copied from other applications with the global shortcut Ctrl-F12 and it is also possible to paste information from the clipboard into the software either with a right-click and the selection of paste or by pressing the shortcut CTRL-V if the window of the note taking application is active.

All notes that are taken are by default untagged. CintaNotes uses tags to group notes so that it is easier to keep an overview. Tags are by default displayed in a left sidebar while the notes of the selected tab are displayed in the larger main area of the application.

Each note can be edited with a double-click. This opens an editor where the title and text of the note as well as the tags and link can be edited. Content that is pasted from websites automatically contains the link and the title of the website as well as the selected text.

CintaNotes Editor

The changes become immediately visible in the main window of the program. A search form is provided at the top which can be used to perform a global or filtered search.

The options of the program contain several interesting features. It is for instance possible to define a hotkey to spawn a new note window globally or enable silent clipping which will not bring the note taking window to the front as long as the option is active while notes are still being added using hotkeys.

Backups of the notes are performed automatically by the program and an import and export option makes it possible to synchronize notes on multiple computer systems.

CintaNotes Free vs. Pro

A Pro version of CintaNotes is available that offers additional features. Below is a list of features that it supports that are either limited in the free version or not included at all in it.

  • Multiple Notebooks that you can created.
  • More than 3 tabbed sections.
  • Password protection.
  • Printing notes.
  • Linking notes with each other.
  • Export notes to HTML.
  • Technical support.


CintaNotes is a resource friendly application that uses less than 8 Megabytes of computer memory while running. It is compatible with most Microsoft operating systems including Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP. The note taking software can be downloaded from the developer's website where it is available as a portable version and an installer.

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  1. Mohan Arun L said on January 30, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Cintanotes is one of the smallest lightweight note taking apps that I have ever come across. I didnt think twice when I switched from Treepad to using this app for all my apps. I needed fast as you type search for all notes, just what I needed was found in this app (Cintanotes). I really wish it could scroll the note to exactly where the search item appears, as I start typing. That is my only wishlist. Adding more features will bloat the software, already I am thinking that the weekly/monthly/hourly backup thing is a ‘feature bloat’ I disabled it.

  2. Tobey said on January 17, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    I’ve used CintaNotes for over a year now and I must say it’s a really neat little app with just the right amount of features for taking notes. I just wish it could do one thing – search for multiple words spread within the note rather than exact phrase only. Have ever I tried to use wildcards? Nope… Eh, too bad, they don’t work either. Still, it’s a very nice piece of software and I’ve enjoyed its simplicity.

  3. Nathan said on January 16, 2010 at 12:50 am

    I’ve used CintaNotes for a while. It’s good but the feature set was to simple. I started to apply GTD and switched over to Thinking Rock ( It was to bloated/slow. ;-) Recently i stumbled over wieldy ( and actually i am testing it. Looks quit nice, but also feels a little bit beta. Especially it misses some help. What else GTD applications do you recommend?

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