Notebooks for Windows

On your PC, Notebooks is the only notebook you ever need. It allows you to create as many books as you need to write, store and structure your details of life, and it will quickly become the one and only repository for all journals, ideas, notes, drafts and diaries but also for your projects, task lists, documents, files and everything else you want to keep close at hand.

Notebooks for Mac

Use Notebooks to create carefully formatted documents with styles and embedded photos, or to quickly write plain text notes. Convert between these formats any time, and if you want to use Markdown, Notebooks knows how to handle that as well. It is a perfect, distraction free writing environment.

Notebooks stores and displays many document types: plain text and formatted text, PDF, web pages, MS Office documents, photos, videos, music and much more *). Everything you want to keep organized can go directly into Notebooks.

Notebooks also keeps your task lists and allows you to tick off your to-dos as you complete them. Divide your projects into nested sub projects, which makes them easier to handle, and cross-reference into your reference library, which, of course, is in Notebooks, too.

Notebooks for Windows can share its files with Notebooks on the iPad and iPhone, which allows you to conveniently work on your documents from your desktop, but also on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch when you are on your way. The synchronization between the devices currently supports Dropbox and many WebDAV servers (with Dropbox currently being the most convenient option).

Notebooks stores all your documents as regular files on your computer’s hard drive, so you can always access them through Windows Explorer to open and edit with other applications, too.
So whether you need to write something down or look something up, you need to have Notebooks on your PC.

You are welcome to email your questions or post your comments.

*) Some document types my require a plug-in to display in Notebooks, but you can always type cmd-O to open documents in their native application.

Get Notebooks for Windows (Version 1.1)

Download Installer

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Getting Started

After downloading the Notebooks package (it is an .msi file), just double click it to install. When you first start Notebooks, it checks for the presence of “Dropbox/Notebooks” folder on your system. If you are already syncing your iPhone or iPad versions of Notebooks with Dropbox you have a jump start and Notebooks immediately presents all your books and documents. Changes you make on your computer will be synced back to Dropbox and further to your iPhone or iPad. (As Dropbox maintains a version history of all changes, so even if something should go wrong, there is always an easy way to restore the original documents.)

In case the Dropbox/Notebooks folder does not exist, Notebooks asks you to select a start directory as home folder. You can choose any folder you want, it does not need to be empty.

Notebooks does not import your documents into a database or anything like that; instead, it displays the contents of the selected start directory and presents folders as books. Notes and documents you create or change in Notebooks are stored in that folder, which means that your documents are always accessible from Windows Explorer and never locked into Notebooks.
Items you delete in Notebooks are deleted from your hard drive as well.

In case you do not yet have a Dropbox account and want to create one, you can use the following referral link and get a few extra MB of free space:

If you use a WebDAV service for synchronization, all you need to do is mount that server first and point Notebooks to that “drive”.

You can just as well use Notebooks without the iPhone or iPad counterpart and point it at your Documents folder, for example. You may discover an interesting replacement for Windows Explorer.

New in Notebooks 1.1

Additions / Improvements

  • Quick Search for list of documents – acts like search for title in current book -“Create Link” in a formatted document accepts anchors within current document (#name).
  • Accept anchors in URLs and Notebooks links
  • Formatted documents: “Copy Link to Current Selection” copies the link to the selected phrase; this makes it possible to link to a specific section of a document.
  • Use system setting for smart quotes
  • Spring loaded folders in tree view open after 1 second (during drag & drop)
  • Rearranged Preferences dialog
  • Improved organization and display of recent items
  • New setting “Extract Contexts Automatically” to improve compatibility with the iOS versions of Notebooks. This is work in progress (contexts are not yet supported in Notebooks for Mac).
  • Cmd-T adds time only, but no date anymore (use cmd-D Cmd-T for date/timestamp)
  • A document’s file type can now be changed by editing its title in list view
  • Notebooks now uses plugin to display PDF documents (if installed)


  • Treat ‘:’ like a list item as well; this ensures that multiple lines of text for definition lists is correctly aligned
  • New setting: Show Markdown documents as plain text by default
  • Setting to select which emphasis character (_ or *) should be used for cmd-B and cmd-I
  • When “Convert to Combined Markdown” is selected, “New Markdown” creates a combined Markdown as well.

Fixes / Corrections

  • Solved issue regarding deletion of books and files
  • Recent Items menu is no longer empty (as experienced by some users)
  • When changing font, background or style of formatted documents, the changes are now reliably applied.
  • When dropping images into documents, uppercase filename extensions are no longer ignored
  • Correctly handle umlauts in internal links
  • Show “Copy HTML Code” for formatted preview
  • Correctly handle notebooks:// links in Markdown documents
  • Improved auto-naming of documents in case of conflicts
  • alt+O opens Format menu
  • Optimized handling of Due Tasks (should be less CPU intensive)
  • Text is now saved automatically 3 seconds after last key press