Notesbrowser User Manual


English - Version 2

July 2020

























Welcome to the Notesbrowser User Manual!

01.         Introduction. 3

02.         Installation. 5

03.         The Basics (categories + pages + columns) 9

04.         Change the field layout of a page. 12

05.         Free field arrangement (Freeform Mode) 13

06.         Categories 15

07.         Save. 16

08.         Search. 17

09.         Reminder and calendar 18

10.         The settings 21

11.         The right click menus 25

12.         Print 26

13.         Internet- und program links 27

14.         Tables 28

15.         Backup and recover 29

16.         Notesbrowser Lite. 32

17.         Notesbrowser Editor 33

18.         Plugins (Selection) 35

19.         Tips and Tricks 37

20.         Differences Freeware / Lite / Editor / Pro Edition. 39

21.         How to purchase the Professional Notesbrowser 42

22.         Known bugs 43

23.         Appendix A: Keyboard controls 44

01.     Introduction

Welcome to the Notesbrowser User Manual!

Here is an overview of the main screen:



Most important is the area in the middle of the screen where the notes are entered. You can see five notes fields with their description lines.

The search is in the icon title bar. search Just enter some letters and press the Return key. Immediately you are at the position where the text is (Key F4). Continue your search with Key F3.

The reminder for scheduling appointments can be accessed with this icon from the title bar icon   or with the key F8. You can set alarms to your appointments.

The icon title bar with many useful icons. Can be switched on/off with CTRL + F2.

On the right side are categories. Each of them can have multiple pages with notes.

At the bottom, below the notes, is a tab bar where you can select different pages of the selected category.

Professional Edition only: With the small arrow below the categories you can access the next column of categories, with another 20 categories.   There are 3 columns with 20 categories each.

02.     Installation

The installation is typical. There is one difference, because Notesbrowser can work on a stationary computer or in an portable environment:

1.)        During the installation you need to think about: Do you want to use Notesbrowser only on the actual computer? This is default! Or do you want to use it on a portable drive or even on a cloud drive, dropbox or similar?

The difference is: a single computer will have static path for database the portable will have relative path

2.)        If you want to use it on a single computer, just install it in the recommended folder, usually C:\Program Files\Notesbrowser

3.)        If you want to use it on a flash drive etc. install it there, e.g. [Flash-drive-letter]:\Notesbrowser   (e.g. E:\Notesbrowser)

The same applies for Notesbrowser Lite and Notesbrowser Editor!


After installation, Notesbrowser greets you with a welcome screen.

After this, depending on your first choice, select where should Notesbrowser save its data:

At this screen you decide where Notesbrowser saves its data:

·       in the default directories on your PC or Laptop (this option is default) or

·       in a portable mode, e.g. on a flash drive or similar.

You choice will decide where database and settings are located. Installation directory was choosen by you in the previous step.


1.)       Save into user profile and documents folder

With this choice the default Windows directories will be used:

C:\Program Files\Notesbrowser                      Installation-directory

..\Documents\Notesbrowser                           Database+appointments

..\User Profile\AppData\Roaming\Notesbrowser       Settings

If you don’t want to use a flash drive or similar: This is your option.

Notesbrowser saves settings and data where ‚normal‘ Windows Applications should do this.

With this option you can choose button Change to select a different path to put your Notesbrowser database. Only if you know what you are doing.

This is for example usefull if you want to store your database in a directory on the network or in a cloud folder, e.g. Dropbox but want wo keep the installation/program on your local computer.


1.)       Save into the Installation directory

This option is usefull if you want to take (physically!) away Notesbrowser with the installation, the database and the settings.

E.g. you have installed Notesbrowser on a flash drive (which you are going to take away) and this means it has to save it‘s data also on this flash drive. No data will be saved outside this flash drive, beacuse relative path will be used.

Typical structure, if E: is your flash drive:

E:\Notesbrowser\                 Installation-directory
E:\Notesbrowser\Database   Database+appointments
E:\Notesbrowser\Settings     Settings

Now you can take the flash drive with you and use it on different computers - with your personal database always in place.


Example for portable mode with a flash drive:


Wrong mode selected (For experienced users!)

If you later want to use Notesbrowser the other mode, you need to do:

1.)        Make a backup (with the inbuilt backup in the settings).

2.)        Better also make a full copy of your database with the Windows File Explorer.

3.)        Deinstall Notesbrowser.

4.)        Delete the settings files manually, if they are not removed by the deinstallation. Or move them to a different location. If you don’t do this, Notesbrowser will detect the settings files and will use them. It will not ask you about the mode which you want to change!

5.)        Install Notesbrowser again and choose the right mode at first start this time.

6.)        Recover your database and settings from the backup path. The recovery will use the mode choosen at installation.


03.     The Basics (categories + pages + columns)


Important basic features

 Settings: You can open the options with the key F10

 Reminder: You can open the scheduler with the key F8

 Freeform: Use the key F5 to start the Freeform Mode where you can set the size and position of the notes fields (Pro Edition only)

 Backup: Key F9 creates a backup at once

 Calendar: Key F7 opens a small calendar

 Help: To open the help, press key F1



The 20 buttons on the right side are called categories.

The first category is named Tutorial  at the first start of Notesbrowser and is usually indented, which means it is selected. Select categories with a mouse click.

A category is best described as folder and can hold multiple pages with notes.

With a right mouse click on a category a menu pops up where you can change the name and color, e.g. use red color for important categories.



Every category consists of pages. They can be opened with the tab bar at the bottom of Notesbrowser:

You can change the names of a page. Just do a right mouse click on a tab and a menu will pop up.

You can delete pages with this icon:

You can add pages with this icon:

You can change the sequence of the pages with drag & drop of the mouse.


Columns (only Notesbrowser Pro Edition)

In the Professional Edition are small arrows below or above the 20 categories. They look different for every skin, for example:  or  

You can switch between Columns of 20 categories each with the arrows. If you are in the first column, there is only one arrow below the categories, if you click it, there will also appear an arrow on top of the categories where you can get back to the first 20 categories .

There are 60 categories at all.


Collect notes

The main task of Notesbrowser is storing your notes.

Notesbrowser is designed to do this fast and the best way we can imagine:

First, it is always at hand: Notesbrowser launches in the system tray  and stays there, consuming nearly no CPU time and memory until it is needed. If it is needed by you, for example if you have an idea or find some useful information in the Internet, just press the Hotkey F11 and Notesbrowser is in the foreground in less than a second to take your notes. If you are done with the note, press the hotkey again or press key F12 and Notesbrowser is in the tray again, lurking. Your notes are saved automatic.


Easy note organizing

If you later open Notesbrowser, the last saved note is visible, because Notesbrowser remembers the last opened category and page.

The many categories and pages give you space to save to-so lists and address-lists, project information and more.


Launch Internet pages, mp3s, files and playlists

In every notes field you can start these links:

·       Internet links can be launched with a single mouse click

·       Files and folders, entered with full path, can be started with a double click

·       Email addresses can be started with a double click – your Standard email program will be launched

·       You can move files per drag & drop from the file explorer in Notesbrowser:

o   You can move and drop the files directly into a notes field to insert them as OLE links.

Attention: This will work with single files only, and is only basically implemented at this time.

o   Or you can drop the files on the border(!) of Notesbrowser to insert them with full qualified path - this will work also with multiple files. They are inserted in the first notes field on the page.

·       You can start mp3s with full qualified paths, for example: C:\Music\Wham - Last Christmas.mp3

·       A program needs to be installed that can handle the file type, for mp3 e.g. Winamp, because Notesbrowser does not launch files directly but directs them to Windows to start them

·       Music playlists with full qualified mp3 paths in a field can be played from the right click menu Play all  


Notesbrowser is easy to learn

Most of the icons and buttons in Notesbrowser have a helpful tool tip hint if you move the mouse over the element. Do this with all icons you do not know!

If you don’t know what an icon or button does, just try it. You cannot destroy anything! Also try a right mouse click in different areas, because there are many different menus!


04.     Change the field layout of a page

To change the arrangement of the text fields, you can:

·       Change the page layout

·       Use the Freeform mode (next chapter!)

To change the page layout, right click on a page name in the tab bar below. Select Page Design

These are the arrangements for page layout:



05.     Free field arrangement (Freeform Mode)

Text fields can be arranged completely free in the Professional Edition. (And in Notesbrowser Editor and Notesbrowser Lite).

Click on this icon  (or key F5) to start the Freeform mode.

You will have new icons in this mode:


Here is how the icons operate:

   Add a new field to the page (also with the Insert key). Be sure there is space for a new field.

   Split a selected field in two text fields (key End).

   Delete a selected field (key Del)

   Toggle description line of selected field (key Home/Pos 1).


To change the arrangement of the fields use your mouse and drag & drop the text fields with it.

To resize text fields, click at a boarder, hold the mouse button and move the mouse around.

You can exit the Freeform mode with the buttons Ok or Cancel – you can alternatively use the keys Return or ESC.


Keyboard support

Use the keyboard in the Freeform mode: E.g. key sequence F5 - Insert - Return comes in handy to add a new field very fast.


06.     Categories

If you click on a category button with the right mouse button, you can choose some useful actions from the menu. You can rename it, delete it, change the color, open the print preview and more.

Move a category

You can move the selected category up or down. You can also change the sequence of the categories with drag & drop of the mouse.

Move a category into a different column

If you have the Professional Edition, you can drag & drop a category below or above an arrow to move it to a different column.

07.     Save

Notesbrowser saves automatic, if you:

·       exit Notesbrowser (also at shutdown of Windows)

·       change the category

·       actively press the save button or CTRL + S

·       minimize Notesbrowser

·       open the settings

You can watch Notesbrowser save: Every time the Save-Button save  on the right side is vanishing, this has happened.

To save for yourself, click on the Save-Button or on this icon in the title bar:

If you want, you can leave Notesbrowser with the menu entry “Exit! No! Save“ to skip all changes at the actual category since the last save. The menu entry can be found in the main menu  


08.     Search

The search is a main feature. It is very fast and direct: Enter some letters of what you look for and start the search.

search The search box is located at the top of Notesbrowser. It can be accessed with the Key F4. With Return or key F3 you can search subsequently! To stop a running search press ESC.

At the end of the search the page will be opened where the search was started. If the search was not successful, the text in the search box is red.

09.     Reminder and calendar


 The scheduler (or reminder) is a central feature which you can access from every page with the key F8. Another way to the scheduler: You can click on left icon of the date preview bar.

Date Preview bar


The date preview shows the next date. It should read Make Backup! now. If a date needs your attention it blinks. A click on the left icon opens the corresponding date.


You can turn this preview off in the configurations (key F10) and you can also move it to a different location with the mouse.

Enter new dates

You can enter dates with the button New date  from the reminder or from the right click menu. If the calendar and the scheduler are both open, you can double-click on a date in the calendar and you can then set up a new date for this day.

If you have entered a new date press Ok to confirm. You will see the new date appear in the reminder.

Change dates

Open the reminder with F8.

You can double-click on a date or select it and choose Change from the right click menu to change a date.

Attention! Please note that the scheduler does not allow you to enter a date or time in the past. If you try to do so the scheduler will automatically correct it. At the beginning, this is a bit confusing, but remember that you can always leave the change date dialog with Cancel and the date will not be corrected.

Set alarms

You can let Notesbrowser remind you to dates. Notesbrowser needs to run to do so. But it can run minimized and will remind you.

Move and resize the reminder

You can resize the scheduler window and date preview by dragging it at its borders. Calendar, scheduler, date dialog and preview bar can be moved with the mouse held down.


Insert dates in Fields

With ALT + D or  you can enter the date that is selected in the calendar into a text field. Text that you enter this way into the fields is only text and not part of the scheduler.


Adjust the scheduler

The table with the dates can be adjusted: You can change the width of columns in the headline by moving the separators. A column can be hidden by choosing it from the right-click menu.



In the configurations (key F10) you can select some useful options, for example the start day of the week.


Repetition dates

You can enter date series. Only the next date of the series is visible in the reminder, but if you reach the date, it will be repeated at the next date and you will see a message.


Birthdays and anniversaries

You can set yearly repetitions. You can also set the birthday flag and enter a birthday of the person or anniversary and see in the preview the age added to the preview text.


The calendar


   F7     opens the calendar

With a double click on a date you can enter a new date in the reminder (if it is open) or if it is closed, you will insert the date as text in the last active text field.

Right click on the calendar for more options.

10.     The settings

  With a click on the settings icon (key F10) you open the settings of Notesbrowser:

On the left side you can choose the detail pages of the settings:


Settings: Info

On the info page you can see the Notesbrowser Version, installation path, the settings path and the database path.

Settings: Skins

You can select a Skin, this is how the surface of Notesbrowser looks.

You can download new skins from our homepage. Skins have to be un-packed and every skin needs to be in a single folder below the Notesbrowser\Skins path.

Settings: Backup

You can backup and also recover your database here!




Select a backup path and click this button. Your database will be copied to the backup path location.



If you have lost your database, choose the backup path where your backup is located and click the recover button. The database will be copied from the backup to the database folder.


Usually, you will not need to recover if you have accidentally deleted some text. With CTRL + Z (undo) you can undo many actions.

You often also don’t want to recover the whole database. If you want to recover only single categories, please read in our Forum how to do this!

Also look at chapter 15 for more information.


Settings: Font

You can select the global font. It is always possible to have more than one font in the text fields, but the global font can be used to reset text with CTRL + N or CTRL + Shift + V and also will be used in empty text fields.

Font size

If you select Automatic, the font size will be calculated depending on the Notesbrowser window size and your screen resolution. Adjust this if a particular font is too small or too big for you.


Settings: Controls

Show window on top

Choose this to have Notesbrowser float in the foreground above other programs.


Settings: Layout

Word wrap

The word wrap wraps text lines in all text fields.


Settings: Plugins

Plugins are Links to other programs and more, that can be launched very fast from Notesbrowser with a right mouse click on the boarder or the icon next to the system clock:

There are 10 slots for Plugins in Notesbrowser. Some are used automatically, for example fort he MP3 Pizza Timer, some are free.

You can define Plugins in every slot. Use SET and then enter the path to the Plugin by hand or put a file per Drag & Drop on the window.

What you can use as a Plugin:

·       Every startable program

·       Every file and every folder

·       Every webpage

·       Every Script file

·       Email addresses

Some Plugins can interact with Notesbrowser, for example the MP3 Timer.

To get more Plugins, visit the Notesbrowser Plugins Homepage.


Settings: Reminder

Settings are self-descriptive.


Settings: Register

Enter your registration data here if you have bought Notesbrowser. If you use the Freeware Version, you can start the Professional Version trial period here.

After that time you can return to use the Freeware Version again.

11.     The right click menus

If you click in a text field with the right mouse button, you have some menu actions you can select from:


There are more right click menu with many action in different areas of Notesbrowser. There is also an important right click menu is you click in the Notesbrowser icon (if active) next to the system clock:

Here is an overview over all right click menus

Right click on:

Menu actions:



Top left symbol

Help, configuration, print, zoom...

Border (everywhere)   

Start Plugins, configure skins...

In text fields

Formatting, print field...

On a page tab button

Rename, Freeform, page layout…

Category button

Delete, print, change color...


New date, change year...

Reminder or date preview

Hide columns, print dates...

Lower corners (left or right)

Adjust windows size

Icon next to the clock

Start plugins, Exit...

In some context menus the actions are slightly different, e.g. there are four different ways to print: From the text field you can print a single text field, from the page menu a single page and from the category menu all pages – from the reminder you can print only dates.

12.     Print

With the print preview icon from the title bar you can see a print preview of the selected category. The text you can see is generated and can be changed if you don‘t want to print everything: Just delete what you don’t need from the print preview and then print.

From the text field right click menu you can print a single text field, from the page menu a single page and from the category menu all pages – from the reminder you can print only dates.

13.     Internet- und program links


Internet bookmarks can be managed inside Notesbrowser. Just copy the link in Notesbrowser, write some comments and you can click it to launch the link in your browser. You can make different bookmark categories easily.

You can also click on email addresses.


14.     Tables

Tables can be copied into Notesbrowser, e.g. from Excel or Word. Notesbrowser does not support creation of tables and supports them only basically.

You can press Return in a Tables last row to add a new row.

To change the columns, you need to copy the table to a different program e.g. Word or Excel and the changed table back. We will improve this in the future.

15.     Backup and recover


If your Notesbrowser database grows, you will face the problem that you don't want to lose all your information with a crash of your hard drive or Windows. For this reason, Notesbrowser offers three features:

·       auto saves your notes

·       every category will be stored in a single file

·       has an inbuilt backup and recovery facility (not available in Notesbrowser Editor and Notesbrowser Lite)


The backup is already inbuilt so you don't have to use another tool.


 To make a full backup of all your notes, appointments and settings all you have to do is press F9 or click on the backup icon.


We recommend that you change the backup path in the configurations (F10) to another physical hard drive, if you have two. This is because you can lose a whole hard drive in the worst case. But rarely will you lose two hard drives at the same time.

You can change the Backup path with the button


The Notesbrowser database is very small so that you can back it up to an USB stick - we recommend this on a weekly basis.



 Tip: Use the scheduler to remind you to make a backup!



Use the recover feature if you have lost your database and need to recover your data from a previously made backup.

Note: We recommend looking into the Notesbrowser Forum for some very detailed explanation how to restore a database if you have lost parts of the database or are not sure what is happening. Please look in the F.A.Q. section of the forum. The information there is updated often to answer all common questions, and we get a lot of questions about database, backup and restore. You should know what you are doing, or you may destroy your database and backups if you make a mistake:


Recover if you have lost your whole database


1) Go to the configurations (F10)

2) Go to the backup page.

3) Click on Select path to choose the path where your backup is located

4) Click on the Restore button

5) If you confirm, the database from the selected path is copied to the Notesbrowser path


6) Notesbrowser will be restarted with the restored database already loaded


If you want to recover only parts of your database

If you want to recover only a single or a few categories of your database, you have to do this manually on file basis.

Attention: The following instructions are for experienced users only!

First you should open two Windows Explorers, one with the Notesbrowser database folder and the other one with the backup folder.

Notesbrowser files are basically text files with some formatting. Each category is saved in a single file (see chapter Tips and Tricks).

It is recommended to use the Notesbrowser Editor to open categories you want to look at. Use the Notesbrowser Editor with the setting that allows multiple instances.

Open the same category from the Notesbrowser database folder and also from the backup folder to compare them.

To compare two categories directly on file basis and see even small changes, use a text compare tool like the free WinMerge (

With the above mentioned methods you can spot changes and copy back every change you want from the backup folder to the Notesbrowser folder.

The sequence of categories and pages can be changed in Notesbrowser and this is also reflected in the files!

Example: If you compare the actual category files with your backup files but you have moved categories in its sequence after you made the backup, the files where the content is stored may have changed and have a different name. For example, the first category (that on the top) is saved in this file: 01-01-Category.nbw

If you have moved the category to the second position, the content will be saved in 01-02-Category.nbw

The same applies if you moved or deleted pages inside of a category – the pages in a category are always saved in the sequence they are in the category. If you compare the same category but later have changes the sequence, the sequence of the file of the backup may be different.

16.     Notesbrowser Lite

Notesbrowser Lite is a lightweight version of Notesbrowser Professional.

Here you can find more info:

Notesbrowser Lite is reduced to notes keeping and organizing. There is no reminder, no calendar, no skins, no plugins and no inbuilt backup. Only 20 categories are supported. It is a small program that loads very fast.

Notesbrowser Lite is faster and smaller than Notesbrowser:

While Notesbrowser offers a lot of space and a reminder and a calendar, Notesbrowser Lite is more basic but can be used for actual projects and tasks.

Both programs can be combined very well:

For example you could use:

1) Notesbrowser Lite consequently only for tasks and To-dos

2) Notesbrowser only for reference and information bases

3) For quick notes and current tasks you can also use the Notesbrowser plugin DoNext or Notesbrowser Editor.

17.     Notesbrowser Editor

Notesbrowser Editor works like a text editor with some features of a browser. But instead of text files it opens and edits Notesbrowser files (.nbw files).

Because it behaves like a text editor, you will not have problems to understand and use it. It also has features of a browser, e.g. you can choose a homepage and you have back and forward buttons.

The Editor is a perfect companion for the other Notesbrowser Versions and 100% compatible to Notesbrowser Pro, Notesbrowser Lite and Notesbrowser Freeware!

It's very lightweight - even lighter than Notesbrowser Lite - and has only basic features. It starts instantly and needs nearly no resources.

It includes the Freeform Mode. This means you can edit and arrange text fields.

New features:

·       Notesbrowser Editor can only open a single category (one single Notesbrowser file) at a time and does not have a column of categories on the right side.

·       It can open Notesbrowser files everywhere on your PC, flash drive or network location (UNC paths are supported).

·       Supports drag & drop: Drag a Notesbrowser file on the editor and it will open it. There is also an 'open file dialog'.

·       You can associate the editor with .nbw files (Notesbrowser files) and then you can open all Notesbrowser files just with a double click.

·       Remembers the last file and location and opens it.

·       Behaves like every other window, can be zoomed, resized and moved. Can even be sized to fill multiple screens.

·       Single file, no installation necessary. Just unzip it!

Here are more information:


18.     Plugins (Selection)

MP3 Pizza Timer

MP3 Timer is an easy to use alarm clock that counts down and plays your favourite music to remind you.

For example you can set it up to remind you after 12 minutes that your Pizza is ready!

MP3 Pizza Timer Bildschirmfoto

To use the MP3 Timer as a plugin in Notesbrowser, just put the exe file in the Notesbrowser plugins folder. Now you can launch the MP3 Timer with a right mouse click from the Notesbrowser border menu and also use it to remind at dates.

Here are more information:



DoNext is a small free tool sitting on your desktop and is a useful for taking quick notes. If you don’t need it you can shrink it in size.


Screenshot DoNext example with two columns

The size and numbers of columns and rows can be adjusted(with the small symbols ).

To use the DoNext as a plugin in Notesbrowser, just put the exe file in the Notesbrowser plugins folder. Now you can launch DoNext with a right mouse click from the Notesbrowser border menu and also use all Notesbrowser Skins for DoNext.


Here are more information:

19.     Tips and Tricks

Where does Notesbrowser save my data?

In the configurations on the Info page is a good overview.


Also, to find out where a category file is located, move the mouse over a category button, and a hint box will appear:

In the box you can see where the category is saved in, for example:




You can also right click on the category and select Open folder here to open the file explorer. It will open the folder with the category file selected. This also works in Notesbrowser Lite.


In Notesbrowser Editor you can select this feature from the right click menu.


Every category has its own file. They are all in the same folder. All other data like dates and configurations are stored in the same folder in XML files.


In the Professional Edition the columns 2 and 3 are saved in the files 02-01-Category.nbw to 03-20-Category.nbw



Notesbrowser on an USB flash drive

Notesbrowser, Notesbrowser Lite and Notesbrowser Editor can be used from a flash drive and started everywhere.

Read more in chapter 02 because this is is a decision you need to make at installation time.


Command line parameter

You can run Notesbrowser with the parameter “-m”. If you do this, Notesbrowser will start minimized. This makes sense if you use this for a link in the startup folder. The link properties will have an entry like this in the target field:

C:\Program Files\Notesbrowser\nb.exe -m


The Notesbrowser setup normally creates this link. If you don't want Notesbrowser to start on every system boot, all you will have to do is delete the link from the startup folder:

Windows-> Programs -> Startup





20.     Differences Freeware / Lite / Editor / Pro Edition


Notesbrowser Lite and Notesbrowser Editor offers some new features that the Freeware Version does not have:

·       Completely free field arrangement  with the Freeform Mode (easy to use)

·       more layouts for pages:


·       much more space: Up to 50 pages per category instead of 6

·       you can copy and paste pages, not only categories

·       16 different background colors for fields

·        free Premium Email support - we will really help you!

·       free updates for at least two years

·       Notesbrowser Lite: The Category buttons can have 9 colors:


The Professional Edition offers all features of the Lite Edition plus some new features:

·       More space: 3 columns instead of one column - 60 categories  

·       new, exclusive Skins




21.     How to purchase the Professional Notesbrowser


Register Notesbrowser:

Registered customers can unlock the Professional Edition with all the new fine features.

Please go to our web shop to purchase Notesbrowser:

On this page you can also purchase Notesbrowser Lite and Notesbrowser Editor – and all together with the discounted Notesbrowser Bundle.


How is my order processed?

1.   You can order different ways to order, e.g. PayPal. Choose the way you prefer.

2.   After registration we send you an email with your personal un-look registration data. The registration data can be entered immediately in Notesbrowser:

Click on the registration icon
 in the tile bar or open the Configurations -> Register) and enter the code to unlock the new features. You can also press CTRL + F8.

22.     Known bugs

Notesbrowser is very stable. We spend many years to make it that reliable.

But there is no program that is completely free of bugs.

So, as always with computers, use the backup feature. Also update to new Notesbrowser versions when they are released.

You can also report bugs in our free Notesbrowser forum. If you do so, please always report the version, windows version and exact steps to reproduce the bug.

You can also suggest new features.

Here you can here register for the free Forum and submit topics.


23.     Appendix A: Keyboard controls



Exit or minimize Notesbrowser (adjustable)


Opens the help


Rename (Category or page, the last one that was active)


Toggles the icon bar


Repeats a started search (you can stop it with ESC)


Starts the search (activates the search box)


Freeform Mode - - free arrangement of fields (Pro Version only)

F6 or. CTRL + P

Print preview


Opens the calendar


Opens the reminder




Immediately makes a Backup of the Notesbrowser database


Opens the Configuration

F11 (adjustable)

Notesbrowser appears in the foreground (Hotkey function)


Minimize window very useful together with F11)


Saves the actual category


Toggles Stay on top on/off

You can also right mouse click on the Notesbrowser logo to turn this mode on. It will be indicated with a changed upper left menu icon and the Notesbrowser window will always remain in the foreground)

ALT + Enter

Turn Full Screen Mode on/off


Delete actual page


Insert a new page


Keys in text fields


Copy text


Cut text


Insert text (or category or page if copied)


Insert text only (without formatting)




Select all text










Clears all formatting of selected text (very useful!)

CTRL + +

Makes font bigger

CTRL + -

Makes font smaller


Indent selected text


Un-Indent selected text


Add bullets to line, press more than once to switch to numbers


Colors text red


Colors text grey


Background color is changed to light red


Background color is changed to grey


Insert date that is selected in the calendar

CTRL + ALT + áâ

Move category up/down

CTRL + ALT + ßà

Move page left/right



CTRL + Arrow up

Switch to category above

CTRL + Arrow down

Switch to category below

ALT + Arrow ß

Switch to page left of selected

ALT + Arrow à

Switch to page right of selected


Switch from the description line to the field below it or repeats a running search

SHIFT + Enter

Switch from the text field to the description line


In a field description line: Switch to next description line


In a field description line: Switch back to previous description lines

All Arrow keys áâßà

You can move between text fields and description lines


Keys in the Professional Edition                


Freeform Mode (free arrangement of fields)

CTRL + 1

Switch to column 1

CTRL + 2

Switch to column 2

CTRL + 3

Switch to column 3

2x CTRL + 1

Switch to the first column to the first page in the first category

2x CTRL + 2

Switch to the 2nd column to the first page in the first category

2x CTRL + 3

Switch to the 3rd column to the first page in the first category

CTRL + Space

Maximizes a small text field for easier editing, or minimizes it back


in the Freeform-Mode: Insert a new field


in the Freeform-Mode: Split a selected field


in the Freeform-Mode: Delete a selected field

Pos 1/ Home

in the Freeform-Mode: Toggle headline of a selected field on/off


Copy the actual category (can be inserted with CTRL + V)







Useful key combinations: Move content of a text field

With three key combinations you can easily move all text between two text fields:

1.   Press CTRL + A to select a field

2.   Press CTRL + X to cut it

3.   Press CTRL + V to insert the text into another field!


Key combination: clear text formatting:

With CTRL + N you can delete most of the formatting of text you have selected. But some formatting cannot be deleted if they have to do with paragraph formatting. Here is a trick to get rid of these formatting:

1.   Select some text with formatting

2.   Cut the text with CTRL + X

3.   Insert it again with CTRL + SHIFT + V