Notepad A powerful WYSIWYG editor with advanced features
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The "Notepad" is a WebExtension that replaces the QuickFox project. It allows users to manage and organize notes and notebooks using a note manager panel. It includes the most common editing features similar to those found in modern note-taking solutions, and it is a lightweight alternative to standalone options like Microsoft Word. This extension integrates into the browser and can also be accessed from the right-click context menu. This project is built on top of the well-known TinyMCE project (a popular open-source JavaScript library that provides a rich text editor for web applications). This extension automatically saves notes to the local storage as you make changes, so you don't need to press the save button repeatedly. The extension works offline and does not send or receive data from remote servers.



  1. What is the "Notepad" extension and how does it work?

    The goal is to offer an easy-to-use in-browser note-taking solution with support for the most common formatting styles, including bold, italic, underline, strikethrough, superscript, subscript, and code blocks. The extension is written in HTML5, so it utilizes all formatting options supported by modern browsers. Additionally, it allows for the insertion of symbols to simplify writing mathematical equations. The extension uses the TinyMCE editor as its WYSIWYG HTML editor. You don't need to worry about saving your notes before closing the editor, as the extension automatically saves any changes to the storage before exiting.

    The extension's core library enables users to enter and format text, as well as perform other tasks typically found in word processors and text editors. It is user-friendly and can be customized easily, making it suitable for web application integration. Its wide range of formatting options and robust plugin system has made TinyMCE well-known.

  2. Is it possible to open the editor in a separate window rather than the default browser tab?

    To open the editor in a separate window, right-click on the action button and change the mode. Make sure the notepad is closed for this change to take effect. There are currently two modes of operation: "Tab" and "Window." There is a plan to add the "popup" mode in future releases. However, the "application-content-mode" supported in the QuickFox editor is unlikely to be implemented in this project as there is no equivalent WebExtension API for it.

  3. Is it possible to have multiple notes, and if so, how can they be organized?

    You can have multiple notes by using the top right button to open the note manager panel (or use the designated shortcut to open it). In this panel, you can create a new note or notebook (It acts like a folder for organizing multiple notes). The extension also supports note chaining, allowing you to have multiple entries within a single notebook or the root directory. If you delete a parent notebook, the extension will prompt you to confirm the action before removing all notes and notebooks within it from the extension's internal storage.

    Note that currently, you can not change the order of notes and notebooks.

  4. What's new in this version?

    Please check the Logs section.

  5. How can I switch between different notes?

    Use the note manager panel to select a different note.

  6. Is it possible to send a selected text from the browser to my notepad?

    To send selected text from the browser to your notepad, use the right-click context menu. The context menu lists all notes created from the note manager panel. When you select text and use the context menu to send it to your notepad, the extension removes the formatting before exporting it. If the selected text is sent to an open note in your notepad, the extension will insert it at the cursor position. If the selected text is sent to a closed note or a note that is not currently active, the extension will append it to the bottom of the content with an empty line as a separator.

  7. What does happen if I delete a single note?

    If you delete a selected note, the extension will keep the note's content in the editor as an untracked note (the notepad's window title will indicate it is untracked). Untracked notes are destroyed when the editor is closed, so copy them to the clipboard before closing the editor. To save a new note after deleting one, select a new note from the note manager panel. The title of the editor should match the name of the new note.

  8. What does happen if I delete a notebook?

    After confirming the action, the extension will delete all notes and notebooks within the selected notebook. There is no way to retrieve deleted notes, so it's important to make a backup of any important notes before deleting a notebook.

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    The Notepad extension is a WebExtension that provides an in-browser note-taking solution with a variety of formatting options and support for inserting symbols. It allows users to manage and organize their notes and notebooks using a note manager panel, and it is based on the TinyMCE editor. The extension saves notes automatically to the local storage and can be used offline without sending or receiving data from remote servers.

    Users can open the editor in a separate window or tab using the right-click context menu, and they can send selected text from the browser to their notepad using the same menu. If a note is deleted, the extension will keep its content in the editor as an untracked note, which is destroyed when the editor is closed. Users can delete a notebook and all notes and notebooks within it after confirming the action, but they should make sure to back up any important notes before doing so.

    At the moment, it is not possible to change the order of notes and notebooks or use the "application-content-mode" supported in the QuickFox editor, but these options may be added in future releases.

    Permissions are explained

    storageto save user notes
    tabsto add context menu to the page context
    contextMenusto add context menu to the page context and the browser action button

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