As we are living in a digital world, people today are note-taking today on smartphone devices due to the following reasons:
- These are convenient as you can use it anywhere anytime.
- It’s easy to search for anything you have written and saved on your phone.
- They provide remarkable accessibility.
However, we want to change this! This is why I have compiled a list of the 10 best note-taking apps for Windows 10 that supports a stylus in 2020. This should make it easier for folks that spend most of their day on a PC, right? I think so!
Table of Contents
- 1 Top 10 Best Note-Taking Apps For Windows 10 in 2020 (With Stylus Support)
- 1.1 Google Keep – The standard
- 1.2 Notepad by ClickUp – Jack of all trades
- 1.3 Workflowy – Manage and Track projects with side notes
- 1.4 Bear App – Be on the go
- 1.5 Paper from Dropbox
- 1.6 Evernote – The pioneers
- 1.7 SquidNotes – Good for Stylus users
- 1.8 Ulysses – Multi-platform support for writers
- 1.9 Simplenote – For Bloggers
- 1.10 Microsoft OneNote – Average users choice
- 1.11 Alternative: Sensible Note Taker v1.05
- 2 Do you use a Stylus when taking notes?
Top 10 Best Note-Taking Apps For Windows 10 in 2020 (With Stylus Support)
Google Keep – The standard
This is a good option to have in your phone as it simple and completely accessible. With this you can:
- Copy text.
- Record audio notes.
Use this for very lightweight task management with reminders.
- With Google suit, take meetings or lectures on browser or phone device through an app and it stays with you.
- Quite harder to do formatting of text or markdown.
Notepad by ClickUp – Jack of all trades
This is a chrome extension that can be downloaded and used across the web. It stays in the bottom corner of your choice; creating simpler ways to write down reminders and do research.
- Click on the purple icon there at bottom of the screen, the complete list of notes is here.
With rich text editing you can:
- Format, emphasize or even markdown in the browser.
This is designed primarily for users who want to maximize their productivity as it connects them to their favorite project management software, ClickUp.
Notepad by ClickUp Features:
- Use this as part of it.
- Record meetings.
- Make checklists.
- Create tasks.
Users can synch their chrome extension with mobile and desktop app. It works wherever you need to go. It is the only software that carries this open and transfers the same notes from the browser right into it.
- Easy to use for project management.
- Take them on the web easily.
- No standalone mobile application.
Workflowy – Manage and Track projects with side notes
This is a note or project management hybrid but works great for such tasks. It takes the idea of an outline to an extreme. This one is designed in a way to drill further down into an outline thus creating a hierarchical structure right from the beginning.
- Provides flexibility.
- Plan books.
- Create quick tasks.
- Create checklists.
Users can also add tags and more organizations tools emerge.
Give it a try with its new mobile application.
- Easy to see zoom in and out from big images to small details.
- Carries a plain approach.
- Quite simple, the blank page can be daunting
Bear App – Be on the go
You can find this one only on Apple products. Carries a simple left to right interface with the main menu, snippet display of most recent ones, and real note-taking area.
Bear App Features
- Carries an organizational system, users can use hashtags to categorize, use the slash command to create sub-folders. This can be done from anywhere in it. Quite a simple way to organize and categorize.
The new folders created appear in the main menu automatically. To link them together, it uses a markdown text editor.
- From anywhere in it, use hashtags and categorize accordingly.
- Does not have any separate workspace.
It is available only for iOS.
Paper from Dropbox
This is a different yet unique app which is designed for all the visual thinkers out there. It is made more like a sketch pad thus users can
- Go into paintbrushes, swirls, and shapes.
- Create mind maps or draw quick cartoons as reminders.
- Carries notebook feature which helps you set organization that you require to group drawings and others into various categories.
- Able to capture quick design ideas.
- Does not carry many keyboard functions for text types.
It is only available for Mac or iOS.
Evernote – The pioneers
This is considered to be the OG of all the applications but over the years has lost some shine due to losing a few executives in the C-site. Users feel quite stuck especially after they started charging for premium prices but with some product details.
Its fundamentals remain the same:
- Take notes.
- Add lists.
- Attach files to them for safekeeping.
Carries an interface that has set the tone for other apps.
Uses can also export; this can be done but keep in mind that it is quite tricky.
- The card system and web clipper are similar.
- High on prices.
- Uncertain product leadership.
SquidNotes – Good for Stylus users
This is yet another one to make it to the list, one of the applications that are designed to capture the real handwriting of the user. It is able to mimic an actual notepad or legal pad. Users can use a stylus or write with the help of their fingers.
- Resize notes.
- Add shapes.
- Export to PDF.
- Best for commenting on pictures.
- Suggest edits.
- Use real handwriting.
- This is not as concise or compact as the rest of the apps.
Ulysses – Multi-platform support for writers
This is a hybrid writing program. If you are a Mac user and looking for something that lets you transform them from raw form into something that seems presentable then this is for you. what you can do is take notes in a plain text mode and then throw it in some other theme to export.
- Provides writing goals.
- Able to link to outside resources such as PDF.
- Carries a clean interface.
- For long-form writing carries a minimalistic interface.
- Requires ongoing subscription therefore it is recommended to rake test run before committing.
Simplenote – For Bloggers
The teams of Automattic who are creators of WordPress want to solve all your problems related to taking notes with this application. It is a free yet open-source platform.
- Let’s sync it across all your devices either it is Windows, Mac, or mobile phone device.
- It has markdown, a huge bonus to share code, or to emphasize any point.
There is no rich text editor.
- It carries drag and drop interface for revisions and history. To go back in time, just drag the toolbar.
- Easy to review history.
- Can be used across desktop and mobile devices.
- It is the best choice for attachments, settings reminders, hard to format texts.
Microsoft OneNote – Average users choice
This is a great choice if you want to annotate and comment on PDF’s. The best thing about this one is that it combines the function of traditional notes with a sketchbook approach. It is best in doing both.
- Take audio dictation.
- Made to-do list.
- Uses keyboard and sketching in the same app.
- Do not give up on your handwritten ones easily.
Users of Microsoft would want to take advantage as it connects to their 365 accounts which can be used to sync all their browsers, app, and mobile devices that they use for it.
- Carries sketches and types notes in one place. Good for saving time.
- Lacks major integrations.
Alternative: Sensible Note Taker v1.05
DekiSoft Sensible Note Taker is great if you want to quickly create notes on your desktop. What makes it stand out is that it has:
- Quick access
- Allows for multiple tabs to be open, great for lots of lists
Do you use a Stylus when taking notes?
Above were all the free note-taking apps with stylus support for Windows 10 that you can use in 2020. They are free and only cost you a simple sign-up with your email. My personal TWO favorites are Evernote and Simplenote. What are yours, are you a student or employee and does it make a difference in productivity? Let me know in the discussion below.