Free Note Taking Apps for Windows with feature 'Handwritten Notes'

If you want to remember something, make sure to write it down! Whether it is a shopping list or what you decided at a work meeting, we need to take notes to assist our memory. Today, there is a plethora of note taking apps available – and here you find the best ones available for all devices.

Make sure to read the app descriptions and user reviews to find a suitable product. While some memo apps largely resemble an analog pen and notebook, others have more elaborate features where you can save images, audio and even take photos of handwritten notes and turn them digital with text-recognition software.

  1. Google Keep is a service provided by Google which integrates note-taking and web surfing.
  2. Microsoft OneNote, part of the Microsoft Office Suite, is a digital notebook application that gives people one place to gather notes and information.


  3. Xournal++ (a fork of Xournal) is a handwriting Notetaking software with PDF annotation support. Written in C++ with plattform independent GTK, supporting Linux, e.g. Ubuntu, Debian, Arch, Suse, macOS and Windows 10. Supports Pen input like Wacom Tablets.
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  4. Write is a word processor for handwriting, designed primarily for tablets with an active stylus. Write has the functionality of a vector drawing application, plus a unique set of tools which ease the editing of handwritten text.
  5. Jarnal is an open-source application for notetaking, sketching, keeping a journal, making a presentation, annotating a document - including pdf - or collaborating using a stylus, mouse or keyboard. It is similar to Microsoft .
    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Windows
    • Online
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    FiiNote is the most convenient note app for android. The app is compatible with Android 2.0 ~ Android 4.3(and later). It is designed for both Phone and Pad. Feature list: 1, Unique hybrid model for combined handwriting and keyboard.
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  6. NoteLab brings the power of digital note taking to Linux, Windows, Mac OS X, and Solaris.
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  7. Windows Journal is one of the applications designed for Tablet PCs. Users can handwrite notes and draw lines or shapes with it. Even though it is recommended to use a graphics tablet or a Tablet PC, you can compose handwritten notes using a normal mouse.

    Discontinued

    It was removed from Windows 10 as part of an update released on August 9, 2016. Last version, 10.0.173, can be still downloaded from the official website.

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  8. Notetaking and blackboard replacement application. Inspired by Xournal. Written in C++/Qt for Linux / Windows / Mac.
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  9. Bamboo Paper, a seriously fun new app from Wacom, provides you with the ability to create virtual notebooks for your tablet, letting you share your ideas visually with handwritten notes, sketches or doodles.
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  10. Notetaking and blackboard replacement application. Inspired by Xournal. Written in C++/Qt for Linux / Windows. It has the ability to annotate PDF files and has a few other options (e.g. markdown support).
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    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • iPad
    Save and organize written notes. Edit, enhance, and share them with friends and colleagues. Convert your handwriting to text for easy editing and sharing.
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