Sunday, October 14, 2007

Quick Notes

Finding fast ways to take notes is an obsession. I'm always looking for new ways to take, keep and keep organized different kinds of notes. Here's one for general information that you want to remember.

Google Docs
It assumes you use Google Documents and Firefox.

  • In Google Docs, create a document called "Notes," or something like that.
  • Bookmark it and save the bookmark to your Bookmarks Toolbar Folder.
  • It should show up on your toolbar as Notes - Google Docs (If you named it "Notes")

Anytime you want to make a quick note, click on the bookmark and write it down. Be sure to hit Save or Ctrl+S to save your notes.

But wait, there's more.
If you want to make a quick note while you're using the keyboard, there's an easy way to do that too. You can use Firefox's autohotkey feature to open your notes pay fast.

  • Click on Bookmarks
  • Go down to Bookmarks Toolbar Folder and then to your Notes - Google Docs bookmark
  • Right click on the bookmark
  • Click on Properties
  • In the Keywords box enter a letter or two (I use n for notes).
  • Click Save Changes

Now you can quickly open the notes page from your keyboard. Here's how:

  • Hit Ctrl+L (which moves you to the Firefox url bar)
  • Type n (or whetever keyword you created)
  • Hit Enter.

Your notes page will open.

But wait, there's even more.

When you were entering the Keyword into your bookmark's Properties box, you might have noticed a checkbox with "Load this bookmark in the sidebar" next to it. If you check that box, when you use the bookmark to open your notes page it will open in Firefox's sidebar -- a handy place to take a quick notes while you're reading a web page. This doesn't work with the Ctrl+L keyboard shortcut.

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