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My notes look funny in Notepad on Windows

[This post is only relevant to Windows users of Notesy 1.0 who like to use Notepad.]

Notesy saves your notes as text files, to make them easy to open in many applications on your computer. So far, so good.

However, Notesy 1.0 saves notes with UNIX line endings (this is what Macs use) rather than Windows line endings. Unfortunately this makes your notes look funny if you open them in Notepad on Windows. We’re very sorry about this, and it’s fixed for 1.1 already, but that doesn’t help you while you’re running 1.0.

To work around this you can open your notes in more sophisticated applications such as WordPad, Word, or the excellent and free Notepad++; actually, if you try Notepad++ you may never go back to plain old Notepad. Notepad++ adds an Edit in Notepad++ option to the Windows Explorer context menu, so you can open a note by simply right-clicking on it and choosing that option.

If you prefer to keep on using Notepad you can grab the free todos utility that comes as part of the Tofrodos package. The simplest way to use it is to open the Tofrodos ZIP file and drag the todos.exe utility onto your desktop. You can then just drag any note from your notesy folder onto the todos utility’s icon and it will automatically be converted for you, and you can then open it in Notepad by double-clicking on it as normal.

Here’s an example of a note created in Notesy 1.0 opened in Notepad and in Notepad++:

Again, we’re very sorry this slipped through, but we’ll get Notesy 1.1 out there as soon as we can.