1. Google Keep
As part of the Google Drive package, Google Keep is a basic service for cloud-based notes and lists. I was able to cobble a sample piece together, complete with embedded images as well. Lists of items can also be made for tracking parts of an agenda or whatever else using the handy checkmark boxes to strike out completed steps.
If you are looking for a tool that takes Windows Notepad out to pasture, Notepad++ is definitely worth a good look. With a tabbed window mode and additional text editing functions that can also double up as a multi-programming language editor in a pinch, including full on syntax recognition, this free utility is quite flexible for most anyone's needs.
Jotting down notes doesn't have to be limited to a single document. If you prefer a web-like structure for spanning out your content, Zim Desktop Wiki can offer this and more. You can create pages that can be further developed in layers using sub-pages, which can be easily navigated through the side pane or via the back and forward buttons, much like browsing the web.
If you truly wanted to have it all in an editor app, simply look no further than to NoteTab. I have never seen a text editor software package with so many features before. In addition to creating your notes in the form TXT files, you can also create OTL text outline files for keeping tabs on sections of content, utilize a wide variety of web services to help you craft more thoughtful prose, use a clipbook to keep commonly used snippets of text saved for future use, and so much more.
5. NoteCase Pro
Just like NoteTab, another truly diverse and well-featured text editor suited for note taking with added flexibility is NoteCase Pro. Not only can you create notes at your leisure, but you can create Lua-based automation scripts and sync all of your saved files to a service like Dropbox or Box. Simply set your sync server settings and you can rest assured that your musings won't be lost forever in the unfortunate event of disk failure.
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