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Tab Notes Free

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Tab Notes Free is a Menu Bar application which keeps your notes tidy and easy to access and your screen uncluttered. Click on your screen edge, then a note pops up!

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• Click on your screen's edge to take a note.
• Document file types are conventional RTF (Rich Text) and RTFD (Rich Text with images). Not proprietary format. (This application uses "Comment" property in RTF. )
• Documents folder can be any folder in your home folder.
• Supports versioning. OSX keeps documents' previous versions. (This app does not contain version browser. Please use TextEdit to browse version files.)
• The app has built-in short term backup system. Changes made to notes will be kept for 3 days in the backup folder (you can open it from the preferences). For more comprehensive backup system, we recommend other application.
• Customisable with original themes created in Tab Notes Theme Editor:

* This application is a "menu bar app". The application icon does not appear in "Dock". Instead it appears in main menu bar. You can change preferences from the icon in the main menu bar.


Q. The application does not open. It does't work.
A. This app is a menu bar app. App icon does not appear in Dock. It is designed to serve you discreetly without occupying Dock space. The application icon appears in the right part of the main menu bar at the top of the screen.

Q. Tab did not appear. Where can I add my notes?
A. Just click the screen edge. Please see the video

Q. It would not let me delete the app.
A. Finder does not let you delete an app that is currently running. Quit the app first. To quit the app, choose Quit from this application's menu in the main menu bar at the top of the screen. (Even though this app may be running, while in stand by, its CPU power usage is almost nothing.)

Q. Isn't there any "Preferences" for this app?
A. Yes there are. The menu icon of this app is located in the right part of the main menu bar at the top of the screen. You can choose this app's Preferences here.

Q. How do I change themes or background colour?
A. Press and hold Control key then click a tab. Contextual menu appears. (Depending on device configurations, right-click on mouse or two finger click on track pad may be used.)

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What's New in Version 1.5.1

Maintenance update


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Customer Reviews

It’s OK, if You Only Need 3 Notes!

Since 3’s the limit with the free version, I haven’t expended much energy yet to investigate the charms of Tab Notes Free. I do know I was not easily able to deduce the method of closing any of the tabs I have hanging around the screen like Christmas lights, except they look like push-pins.

Many be someday I’ll decide I need more than 3 pins. For now, I just keep re-using.

UPDATE: These 3 little notes are extremely helpful, especially for the little things I only need for a few moments. Now I’m not sure what I would do without them. They’re also great for “parking” calculations, numbers, bits of data in a handy place because somebody’s going to want it. Now I know where It is stored. And when it’s no longer needed, it’s outta here! —but the “parking” space is still right here, and handy!

Easy to Handle, Fun to Use!

Tab Notes Free is fun in a lot of ways! It’s a great way for organization, planning out events, and many more! It’s a great application to use, and doesn’t take up much space. However, the one irritating is the fact that every time you click near the edge of your homescreen, and click, which I do often because many of my applications line the screen, asks me if I want the premium version because I cannot have more then three Tab Notes.

Now I understand that you should advertise your full eighteen dollar tab notes and all that, but it gets VERY annoying that it happens over ten times a day. I’d appreciate if there was just a “Never ask this again” button, as is common on many ads or security questions.

Any ~ great app, would so recommend :)

This is great!

I don’t write reviews, literally, I never write reviews. This is the first review I’ve ever written, and it is so worth it. I have an organisation problem, and I use notes on my mac and iphone, and I write in my notebook, but the issue is: I never open them to check my notes. So the fact that this is write there on my screen no matter what I’m doing is great. Even when the little creature thing is showing from the side, it’s a constant reminder that I have some work to do. The limit is 3 notes (for free), but so far I have not needed more than 3. Plus, you can resize notes to fit in a list of things. Maybe when I need more I’ll purchase the premium. I seriously love this.

Tab Notes  Free
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  • Free
  • Category: Productivity
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.5.1
  • Size: 3.5 MB
  • Languages: English, Japanese
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Compatibility: OS X 10.9 or later, 64-bit processor

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