Remember where your ideas came from with QuotePad

runs on Windows
screenshot of QuotePad

There are all kinds of tools out there to help you organize information. They range from large-footprint database management systems down to little text file apps that let you scribble down notes to yourself. One thing that they all seem to have in common, though is that none of them remember where you got your information from.

When you jot a little note, you may want to keep track of just where it came from. If you're looking at a web page and see that little something you need, you may want to keep track of just which page it was that you were visiting. That's fine if you remember to capture that little bit of information, but if you don't, you may never get back to it. QuotePad can give you a hand with this.

When you grab a chunk of text from a web page, QuotePad not only copies the text you've selected; it also keeps track of the URL of that page. Now you don't have to get bogged down with the process—find the page, grab the text, remember to note the address—you can just keep looking, and QuotePad does the dirty work for you. And it's not limited to just snatching text from web pages: it also timestamps your notes, lets you set reminders, and more.

QuotePad is a free download. It's a Windows application, and runs under versions from Windows 2000 through Vista.

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5 Responses to “Remember where your ideas came from with QuotePad”

  1. Daniel says:

    A bit late in the game, but those who were looking for an alternative to the now defunct Google Notes might like this one.

  2. Slartibartfarst says:

    Thanks for this. I shall try it out. I am one of the people referred to in the comment above,”…those who were looking for an alternative to the now defunct Google Notes”.

  3. kennedy says:

    Another option would be Evernote ( This does the clipping thing with the URL but also maintains a local copy and a copy held in the ‘Cloud’ which is accessible with a browser.

  4. SRIRAMAN K says:

    THANKS FOR QUOTE PAD. It will be useful for me

  5. Colin says:

    Or…Scrapbook add-in for Firefox does a great job of keeping everything from small snippits of text, to an entire web page.
    The captures are accessible via a show/hide sidebar and clicking in this sidebar loads the referring page into Firefox. Very sweet and searchable too.