Hello note-taking friends! You might be a happy Windows user, or maybe you’re forced to use Microsoft and PC at work. Whether you use Windows happily or grudgingly, you’re looking for the best note taking apps and software to help you stay organised on Windows. Let’s get right to it. 👇

About your guide

Hi there! 👋 I’m Elizabeth Butler, physician, parent, part-time indie hacker, and personal knowledge management enthusiast. I’m the creator of the Calmer Notes method for personal knowledge management.

I get really excited about connecting people like you with the right note taking systems and apps. I firmly believe that having a robust note taking practice will make you happier, more productive, and more relaxed.

How to choose a note taking app

Choosing a note taking app is an incredibly personal choice. Some people prefer to use rigorous organization, with headings, subheadings, and complex tagging structures. Other people want a more minimalist approach, so they can just capture quickly on the go.

If you’re looking for a way to capture typed notes on your Windows laptop or work PC, all of these apps will do the job. You’ll likely prefer the aesthetics or specific functions of one over another, so it’s worth investing some time in exploring each to see what fits you best.

(Looking for a more systematic, detailed approach on how to choose a note taking app? You might be interested in my Calmer Notes for personal knowledge management course— in module 4, we do a deep dive into how to mindfully select the right note taking software that fits your life.)

The best note taking software with dedicated stand-alone Windows apps

Evernote

Website: https://evernote.com/

Description: “Tame your work, organize your life. Remember everything and tackle any project with your notes, tasks, and schedule all in one place.”


Inkdrop

Website: https://www.inkdrop.app/

Description: “Organizing your Markdown notes made simple.
With 100+ plugins, cross-platform and encrypted data sync support.”

Created by independent developer Takuya Matsuyama based in Japan, Inkdrop is a beautifully-designed, Markdown-based note taking app.


NoteJoy

Website: https://notejoy.com/

Description: “Fast and focused notes for you and your team. Capture at the speed of thought. Designed to be the fastest way of getting ideas out of your head.”


Notion

Website: https://www.notion.so

Description: “One workspace. Every team. We’re more than a doc. Or a table. Customize Notion to work the way you do.”


Nuclino

Website: https://www.nuclino.com/

Description: “Your team’s collective brain. A modern, simple, and blazingly fast way to collaborate – bring knowledge, docs, and projects together in one place.”


Obsidian

Website: https://obsidian.md/

Description: "A second brain, for you, forever. Obsidian is a powerful knowledge base on top of a local folder of plain text Markdown files.”


OneNote from Microsoft

Website: http://www.onenote.com

Description: “Your digital notebook. One cross-functional notebook for all your notetaking needs.”


UpNote

Website: https://getupnote.com/

Description: “Organize your ideas. Stay focused and productive with a clean and clutter-free note space.”


Set up your note taking app efficiently using the Calmer Notes method for personal knowledge management

Hi friend! 👋 I hope that you found this overview of the best note taking apps for Windows & PC helpful. If you're searching advice on how to choose the best note taking app, you might be the kind of person who's interested in personal knowledge management.

I've created Calmer Notes: Personal Knowledge Management for Busy People based on my own two-decade experience of applying personal knowledge management in academia, consulting, and medicine. The Calmer Notes method will take you through the process of creating and maintaining a tailored, mindfully-designed personal knowledge management system to organize your digital notes and files.

This self-paced course (which includes digital book + workbook + PKM app database) is now available for purchase at Gumroad.

If you'd like to learn more, check out an overview of the Calmer Notes approach or visit Calmer Notes. You can also download your free seven-day plan to craft your personal knowledge system when you sign up for my newsletter.

Wishing you all the best on your personal knowledge management journey!

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