Steam's Note Taking feature is quite the useful addition
Sometimes, when you play games, you may have the desire to keep a note about something. Maybe about an NPC who gave you an important quest, about crafting the best armor or weapon in the game, or other vital information.
Some games support notes, but the majority do not. You may write down information on paper, a smartphone or in a text document on the computer. All of these options have in common that they are not linked to the game in question directly.
Use Shift-Tab while in a game to bring the Steam overlay to the front. There you find the new Notes icon, which you activate to display a basic text editor interface. Write or paste text into the interface, and create one or multiple notes for the game in question.
Steam Notes supports rich text formatting, and all controls are displayed in the interface. You find options to bold or underline text, use lists and some other basic text editing options.
Once done, you may display these notes at any time while playing the game, using the Steam overlay, or access all notes from the game's page in Steam. Even better, notes may also be edited or added right then and there. Notes are stored locally but also synced to the cloud so that they may be accessed on other devices.
Steam's note taking feature lacks a few options right now, such as the ability to import or export notes, or use notes in more than one game. The latter may be useful if a game developer has released multiple games of a series. Last but not least, an option to add visuals, e.g., screenshots, might also be useful.
Some Steam users may notice that the Steam overlay and Notes feature may be quite taxing. There is little that can be done about that, other than making sure that no other applications or games are running at the same time.
Steam users who want to join the beta can do so in Settings > Interface. A restart is required, and an option to leave the beta at any time is also available.
Steam's new Notes feature, which will land in the next stable release of Steam, is a useful addition to the gaming platform. Steam gamers who write down notes regularly while playing games may find it most beneficial.
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