Kindle Notepad is now available at Amazon for $1.
Update: Kindle Notepad V1.1 is now available – If you are upgrading from V1.0 to V1.1, please read the upgrade guide – Kindle Notepad V1.1 Update Guide.
Before Jumping into Kindle Notepad App Help
This post covers general help. There are a few other good resources -
Kindle Notepad Help Pages:
- Kindle Notepad Help Videos. Looking at these is strongly recommended (in addition to reading this post).
Please Note: Kindle format is pretty rough. For PC reading PDF or Word are much better. Kindle format is best for Kindle as fonts can be changed and notes can be added.
- Notepad V1.1 Improvements – Notepad V1.1 Changes (PDF), Notepad V1.1 Changes (Word), and Notepad V1.1 Improvements in Kindle format (mobi).
- All Notepad Help Files in 1 File – Notepad All-in-One Help (Mobi Kindle format), Notepad – All Help Documents (PDF), Notepad – All Help Documents (Word). This includes all 4 of the documents below.
- Kindle Notepad Main Help – Kindle Notepad Main Help (Kindle format), Kindle Notepad Main Help (PDF), Kindle Notepad Main Help (Word). Discusses General Use.
- Kindle Notepad Q&A – Kindle Notepad Q&A (Kindle format), Kindle Notepad – Q&A, FAQ (PDF), Kindle Notepad FAQ, Q&A (Word). Common questions with answers.
- Kindle Notepad App Backup & Restore – Kindle Notepad Backup & Restore (Kindle format), Kindle Notepad Backup & Restore (PDF), Kindle Notepad Backup & Restore (Word). A guide on how to do backup and restore of your notes in Kindle Notepad App.
- Transferring Notes – Kindle Notepad Transferring Notes (Kindle format), Transferring Notes from Kindle Notepad App (PDF), Transferring Notes from Kindle Notepad App (Word). How to move files from your Kindle Notepad App to your PC. For Mac please see the following paragraph.
Please Note: When on Mac and transferring files you need to keep in mind:
When you get the Kindle show up on the Mac, the .active-content-folder doesn’t show. This is because on Mac it’s considered a hidden file. So you have to use a workaround to see that folder – http://www.mactricksandtips.com/2008/04/show-hidden-files.html.
People are finding that using Houdini is easiest.
After using Houdini the .active-content-data folder in the Kindle shows up and you can follow the remaining steps.
Thanks to Maurine for all the documents and for most of the content in this post. Thanks to Roger Knights for suggestions.
Kindle Notepad Help
What Kindle Notepad is
It’s a Kindle App that lets you create and edit Notes on your Kindle. It uses text files so you can also transfer over notes from your PC to your Kindle. Since it’s text, the notes you create and edit on your Kindle can be moved over to your PC or Mac and used there.
What Kindle Notepad isn’t
It’s not: a word processing software, a spell-checker, a utility to read text files from Gutenberg, an app to create very long files, an app to read very long files, a calendar, etc.
Think of it as a simple Notepad app for your Kindle.
Starting Off with Notepad
The first time you open Notepad, you will be taken to the All Notes screen and see a Welcome Note.
On Kindle 2:
On Kindle 3:
Notice the Number Guide at the bottom of the screen. You can use SYM or this Number Guide (Alt+Q = 1, Alt+W = 2, etc.) to enter numbers. You can hide the Number Guide by pressing ‘Hide Number Guide’ in the Menu.
If you click on the Welcome Note you will see the following shortcuts (on this page explanations have been added) -
All Notes Page Shortcuts
1) You can choose to sort notes by selecting “Sort by Date” or “Sort by Title” in the Help menu or by using the shortcut key of Alt+D.
2) You can start a new note by pressing Alt+N.
3) You can rename a note (the note that the cursor is on) by pressing Alt+F.
4) You can delete a note (the note the cursor is on) by pressing DEL key.
New Note and Edit Note Pages Shortcuts
1) Save – saves the note with the current title. If no title has been provided, you will prompted to enter a title. Note remains open for further editing/additions. Shortcut = Alt+S.
2) Save As – save the current note under a new title. New note remains open for editing/additions. Shortcut = Alt+V.
3) Save & Exit – save the current note and return to the previous Note display screen. Shortcut = Alt+X.
4) Cancel – if no changes have been made to the note, leaves the note and returns to the previous Note display screen. If changes have been made to the note, you will be prompted to save (if desired). Shortcut = Alt+C.
Please note that the two different pages have different shortcuts.
Start off by reading the Welcome Note. On the Welcome Note page try out the shortcuts for Save, Save As, Save & Exit, and Cancel. On the All Notes page try out the shortcuts for Rename, New Note, and Sort.
Read Kindle Notepad Help Pages
Press the Menu button on either the Welcome Note Page (Edit Note Page) or on the All Notes Page. Choose Help in the Menu.
Please read the small Help pages. These will give you a quick overview of what the app is capable of.
Write Your First Note
- Press the Menu key to get the Menu.
- Press ‘New Note’ in the Menu. It’s the first option/choice.
- The New Note Page has a ‘Name’ field at the top and a ‘Body’ field below that. The Kindle Notepad Video Page has a very good video describing this page in detail.
- Type a name into the Name field. There is a limit of 21 characters and certain special characters are not allowed.
- Type your note into the Body field. There is a size limit (it’s a lot of pages so it’s unlikely you’ll run into it). However, for note-taking you should not have any problems.
- Move down to the Save button and press Save.
- Your Note will be saved and a confirmation message will appear. Now, you can go back to the ‘All Notes’ Page by pressing Back and you will see the Note you have added show up in the list.
Please Note: Save button (Alt+S shortcut) saves your work without exiting the page. This button is added specifically so that you can save what you’re writing at regular intervals and avoid data loss.
If you want to Save & Exit, use the Alt+X shortcut.
Difference between All Notes Page and Recent Notes Page
All Notes Page shows ALL your notes.
Recent Notes page shows the notes you have recently edited. This might be just a few notes or quite a few – at most 20 notes are shown.
Sorting your Notes
You can sort your notes by date/time or you can sort them alphabetically. The shortcut key is Alt+D.
If your notes are sorted alphabetically – In the Menu the only sort option will be Sort by Date. The Sort shortcut, Alt+D, will sort your notes by date.
If your notes are sorted by date/time – In the Menu the only sort option will be Sort by Title. The Sort shortcut, Alt+D, will sort your notes alphabetically.
Any notes written today will show the time they were written. Any notes written before today will show the month and day.
Alphabetical sorting first shows notes started with special characters and numbers, and then notes starting with alphabets. The sorting is not case sensitive.
Searching through your Notes
On the All Notes page and the Recent Notes page there is a search field. When cursor is not on this field it says – search by keyword.
If you type in a keyword the Kindle Notepad app will search the note titles and bodies for a match. Search is case insensitive.
Type in a word, wait a second, and search results are instantly populated. The title will change from All Notes to All Notes: Search Results (or from Recent Notes to Recent Notes: Search) to show that a search result is being shown.
To clear search results and display all notes again – simply delete the word(s) entered. After a second a full list of notes will show up.
Search Notes Page
There is a separate ‘Search Notes’ page that provides the following -
- Search by Title field. Here you can search notes by their names.
- Search by Text field. Here you can search only the bodies of your notes.
- Combination searches. Here you can search a combination – Example: All notes that have ‘Homework’ in the title, and ‘Monday’ in the body.
The Search results on the search notes page also show a snippet from the body of the note.
Please consult the PDF/Word attachment on Kindle Notepad Main Help for more details on Search.
Changing Font Size and Font Type
There are 6 Font Sizes available – very tiny to decently large. There are no super-sized fonts.
When you change the font size, everything changes – buttons, titles, Help pages, dialogs, everything. That means you get everything in the font size you like.
The app has to redraw every single element when font size is changed. This means that it can sometimes take 5 or more seconds to change the font size. It is recommended to find a font size you like and stick with it – if possible.
You also get a choice of two font sizes – Serif and Sans Serif.
You can access Font Options by pressing the Aa key.
More Coming Soon
More help and more help pages will be added soon. Please leave a comment if you want help on a specific topic.