Fairly often when visiting websites, I need to jot down a little note. Sometimes this note is a reminder to view the entire website later, but other times I need to remember something, but only when I next visit the website. This could be a simple note to remind myself exactly where I left off in my viewing of the website, or something else entirely. Regardless, those types of notes can be difficult to keep track of. There’s no guarantee I’ll remember to look at the note the next time I visit the website, or even that I’ll remember there is a note. Thanks to a Google Chrome extension called Note Anywhere, that’s no longer a problem.
Note Anywhere is a utility for placing sticky notes not just on your desktop, but on particular websites. You can then use those sticky notes as very specific reminders that you only need to see when visiting that page. For instance, if I have a lot of unanswered emails in my inbox, but I keep putting the old ones off in favor of new ones (which is sadly true in my case), then an appropriate sticky would be one that reminds me – whenever I visit my Gmail inbox – to forget any new emails and only reply to the old ones. I could also use Note Anywhere to place notes on some of my favorite time-wasting websites, such as Facebook or YouTube or Hulu. In these cases, the notes wouldn’t be anything specific to those websites, but reminders that I probably have actual work to do, and shouldn’t be spending so much time goofing off!
Using Note Anywhere is really simple. When you’re on a page and find you want to leave yourself a note, simply click the sticky note icon in your toolbar. A blank sticky note will appear. You can enter your text, as well as move the note around the web page. The note hovers over the text and graphics of the page, but don’t worry if the new note is on top of something important, as the note can easily be moved by dragging on the darker color along the bottom of the note. You can also close a note by clicking on the black and white “X” button that appears when you hover your mouse over a note.
When you’re finished writing on the sticky note, that’s all there is to it; Note Anywhere saves the text in real time. What’s great is that the next time you visit that page, the sticky note you left for yourself will appear, and will only appear on that page. Note Anywhere remembers position on the screen as well, so however you left your notes will be the way you find them when you return.
Note Anywhere is incredibly handy for a couple reasons. First is that it’s just easy to use. Click the icon and enter your text. Move it around if you want to. And that’s it. Second is because it remembers which website you left the note on and only displays a particular note when visiting the appropriate website. While other sticky note programs want to display all your notes all the time, Note Anywhere treats notes as page-specific.
At the moment, Note Anywhere is great the way it is. It would be nice to be able to make a particular note global in scope, so that it appeared on every page. This would be useful for those notes you want to leave yourself about wasting time, or an upcoming event like a meeting or birthday, that is relevant no matter which website you’re visiting. Of course, those types of notes might be better written in a desktop sticky note program (or a real reminder application), but the ability would be nice here as well. Second, I’m not alone in using Google Chrome on multiple computers, so a welcome feature Note Anywhere could add would be to synchronize my notes across multiple installations. (I just checked the extension’s website, and this second request appears to be in the works, which is fantastic.)
Even without those features, Note Anywhere is still a really nice utility. It’s simple to understand and use (it’s a sticky note program, after all!), and it looks nice. The feature set it offers is something I find very useful, and one that you might as well. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, download and install your copy from the address below. I’d tell you to write it on a sticky note, but you’ll have to install it first!