Working with NoteBook

Here is a screenshot of NoteBook in use:


As you can see from the picture, the pages are listed in the page pane at the top part of the screen (under the toolbar) and the selected page can be viewed underneath it.  The status bar lists when the page was created, modified, the size of the document in bytes, the selected page and the number of pages and the hyperlink the mouse is over (if any).  The page pane can be made smaller so that there is more space to view a website or the selected page.

Now, when you move the mouse cursor over the page pane, it will change back to full size.  Moving the cursor over the page will shrink the page pane again.

Hidden Page Pane
Hidden Page Pane

The page pane's position can be changed using the Options dialog box.

The Toolbar

The Toolbar has the following buttons: New, Open, Save, Add Page (Rich Text Page, Text Page, HTML Page, Picture, Sound, Other file or an Image from your Scanner or Camera), Rename, Delete, Edit and View (Large Icons, Small Icons and List).

NoteBook also acts as a web browser.  When you click on a hyperlink, the website will appear in the preview pane.  The four buttons on the right-hand side of the toolbar are (from the left), Back, Forward, Stop and Refresh.

Creating, Opening and Saving NoteBooks

There is more than one way of doing each of these:


  1. Choose 'New' from the 'File' menu (Ctrl+N)
  2. Click on the 'New' button on the Toolbar

Also, when NoteBook is started without any arguments, a new file is started automatically with one blank Rich Text page.


  1. Choose 'Open...' from the 'File' menu (Ctrl+O)
  2. Click on the 'Open' button on the Toolbar
  3. Click once on a blank part of the MDI window

If you start NoteBook from the command line or use a shortcut, you can specify a file to open there e.g.:

NoteBook.exe C:\Files\Book1.nbk
NoteBook.exe C:\WINDOWS\Desktop\Readme.txt


  1. Choose 'Save' from the 'File' menu (Ctrl+S)
  2. Click on the 'Open' button on the Toolbar

Choose 'Save As...' from the 'File' menu (Ctrl+F3) to save the file with a different name.

If someone else has the file open you are trying to save, you will only be able to save the file as another name.  You will be able to save the file to its original name if the person who first opened it closes it.


Rich Text and Plain Text Print dialog box
Rich Text and Plain Text Print dialog box

HTML, Picture and sound Print dialog box
HTML, Picture and Sound Print dialog box

Importing Files and Exporting Pages

You can import plain text files, rich text files and HTML files into NoteBook.  To import a files:

The file and its contents will be displayed in NoteBook.  The page will have the same name as the filename e.g. if you imported 'C:\WINDOWS\TIPS.TXT' the page would be called 'TIPS'.  You may get out of memory problems when trying to import certain binary files, but you shouldn't need to import them anyway.

You can import all the files in a folder by choosing 'Import' -> 'Folder...' (Shift+F7) from the 'File' menu.

You can import the pages of another NoteBook file by choosing 'Import' -> 'NoteBook...' (Ctrl+K) from the 'File' menu.

You can export plain text files, rich text files and HTML files.  To export pages:

By choosing 'Export'  -> 'Selected Page' (Shift+F12) from the 'File' menu, you can export the file in a raw format i.e. as they are.  This is used for exporting binary pages such as pictures, sounds and files.


Change Password to Open
Change Password to Open

Enter Password
Enter Password

You can password protect your files to stop people gaining access.  The passwords are case sensitive.  Clear both textboxes to remove the password from your file.  As it says in the Change Password picture, you should make a note of your password because you might lose access to your data if you forget it.

Security Note: don't rely on a password fully protect the file.  If someone really wanted to, they could still get access to your data using other methods.

To change the password:

Recent File List

Recent Files
Recent Files

The recent file list data is stored in a file called Recent.dat in your NoteBook folder.  It offers a convenient way to open your most recently opened or saved files.  The Open other button shows the Open dialog box so that you can open a file, which is not shown in the list.  The Remove and Remove All buttons allow you to remove the selected item or remove all items from the list respectively.


Rich Text and Plain Text Find dialog box
Rich Text and Plain Text Find dialog box

HTML Text Find dialog box
HTML Text Find dialog box

You can search the text on the selected page if you want to find something.

Once the text you specify has been found, it will be highlighted for you.  If the text cannot be found, a message will appear saying that the text wasn't found.

Search All

Search All dialog box
Search All dialog box

This dialog box searches all pages (Rich Text, Plain Text and HTML) for an instance of the text specified in the 'Text to search for' textbox.  If the text is found, the page's icon is shown.  Clicking on the icon displays the page in the main window.  The 'Find on the selected page' button opens the Rich Text and Plain Text Find dialog box (this doesn't work for HTML pages).

Note: this dialog box searches the Rich Text and HTML source, e.g. if you searched for '<HTML>', all HTML pages would be displayed.  If the word you want to search for is made up of different fonts and styles, you will have to take that into consideration when searching e.g. if you are searching for the word 'Hello' in HTML pages where the first letter is bold, you would need to search for '<b>H</b>ello'.



To display this dialog box, choose 'Options...' (Ctrl+F9) from the 'Edit' menu.  The General section of the Options dialog box is made up of these parts:

Default Rich Text Format

This tab allows you to set the default rich text format, which is applied to all future new Rich Text pages.  You can also apply the format to existing pages in the Page Editor by clicking on 'Apply Default Rich Text Format' (F8) in the 'Options' menu.

Default Plain Text Format

Similarly to the default rich text format, it is also possible to set the default format for plain text pages.  Changing the default plain text format will change the look of all the plain text pages in the file, both current and future.  These settings are also used for the HTML Editor.

Page Pane/Page Position

If you would prefer the page pane to be in a different place, you can set it here.

Comments Column

Here, you can change the text in the Comments column to read something else.  E.g. if you want to mark your pages with a date, you could change this to 'Date'.

Default Document Folder

If you would like the Open and Save As dialog box to always display the same folder, you can specify that here.  Use the button to browse for the folder you would like to use.

The Page Editing Associations tab allows you to specify the program you use to edit a specific type of page.

Options > Page Editing Associations
Options > Page Editing Associations

The first six entries refer to the six different page formats used by NoteBook.  However for the page type 'File', you add file extensions and choose which program edits a page with the extension you have added.  The entry Default File Action will be used if a File page is edited where there is not an extension entry for it in the list.

Please note that adding extensions only affects pages that are of the type 'File'.  If you were to add the extension '.jpg' and then add a picture of this type, NoteBook would use the program against the Page Type of 'Picture' rather than what is against '.jpg'.

To add an extension, click on the add button.  Use the options below to choose whether it is edited with NoteBook's rich or plain text editor, the default program associated by Windows with the file type or a custom program.  For the custom program, you can specify the executable filename and, if applicable, the start in folder.

Click on the Remove button to remove any file extension you have added.  To rename an extension, click on it and press F2 or click on it again shortly after clicking.


The 'Window' menu allows you to choose the way the windows are arranged on the screen (useful if you have more than one file open).  Choose from 'Tile Horizontal' (Ctrl+H), 'Tile Vertical' (Ctrl+T), 'Cascade' (Ctrl+E) and 'Arrange icons' (Ctrl+R).  You can also select the NoteBook file you want to work on.

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