Notepad

Notepad for Chromebook

NotepadNotepad is the simple, built-in text editor that comes with Windows. It’s great for making quick edits to text files, coding, and making notes. Most of these things are easy to do on Chromebook, with one exception – editing text files. It’s actually kinda hard to edit a text file in local storage and resave it back to local storage. The fastest solution is to upload any text files to your Google Drive, and edit from there – there’s lots of apps for that, and we’ll show you some below.

Text

Text is a native (“v2″) app, so it runs directly on your Chrome OS device, and hence works great offline. It’s a plain and simple text editor – no syntax highlighting yet, but it’s fast and functional.

Text

Text

Writebox

Writebox is a great app to pick up. It’s a text editor in the distraction free style (one document open, wide margins, large line spacing) – it opens and saves text files directly from your Dropbox or Google Drive.

Writebox

Writebox

Google Docs

If you upload a text file into Google Drive and head to drive.google.com, you will be able to open your text file with it. However, you may get a slight frowny face when you realise that it actually creates a separate Google Docs file, and any changes you make will be made there rather than the original .txt file. Therefore, you can use it to open and read files (but not really edit them) and it creates a bit of a mess on your lovely Drive.

Google Docs text

Opening a text file in Google Drive

Google Docs text

Google Docs viewing a (converted) text file

Write Space

Write Space is a full screen, distraction free style editor that works offline. It’s not quite a regular editor – you can’t save files with it, you just copy all the text and paste it somewhere else – but it’s great for making some crucial notes when you’re offline. You can open files using the “Import” function shown below. (For the technical amongst you, it saves your text to HTML5 local storage.)

Write Space editor

Write Space editor

Write Space import text

Scratchpad

Scratchpad is Google’s built-in note taker for ChromeOS, similar to the sticky notes in OS X – you’ll find it in your apps menu. Just start typing, and everything you do saves straight away as a Google Doc file in the root of your Google Drive. Simple! The files save down as regular Google Docs files, so you can edit them either from Docs or from Scratchpad.

Scratchpad

Scratchpad

Drive Notepad

Drive Notepad is a text editor that’s built to open and save text files directly back to Google Drive, which is great – but it’s a bit flaky. Not recommended yet.

Drive Notepad

Drive Notepad, failing

Chrome

Oddly, you can use Chrome itself as a simple text editor. Open up a new tab and type this in the URL field / Omnibox:

data:text/html, <html contenteditable>

You’ll get a very simple, no formatting bit of space to write text in. If you need something super fast that will always work, save this as a bookmark and use it when you’re in a jam.

One thought on “Notepad for Chromebook”

  1. Dear Sirs and Madams:

    Thank you for all the technical information about Microsoft Word’s equivalence on Chromebook. Before I bought this Chromebook of mine, I had been wanting for a long time to have a laptop so that I can write freely. I bought the Chromebook because it has a keyboard which would enable me to typewrite down my ideas and thoughts as a free writer.

    I have had many years of experience of typewriting on Microsoft Word and it has been a very easy tool for me to write down my thoughts freely or to write a paper. I have been thinking it will be very good if my Chromebook may have a Microsoft Word in it. I have written a lot on Scratchpad and I am glad it has the function similar to that of a Microsoft Word on which I may write freely.

    I think it is very important for a person to practice typing because it is a very important and traditional skill. A conventional laptop with keyboard makes it easy for typing, though we have a variety of choices today such as ipads and other newly invented electronic devices working for our purposes of getting onto the internet and many others, except typing. I presented my idea on Facebook or another place online for the invention and manufacturing of keyboards matching ipads so that users of ipads may still practice typing. At the recent two nights I watched news on television showing those matching keyboards have been manufactured in an Asian country.

    I also think it is a very important function for a laptop to make it easy for a writer to write down something and save it permanently in a place out of his own choice, thus it is important for a laptop to have enough built in memory storage, so that a writer may save his writings into it before he choose to publish them. This idea involves a person’s natural rights and freedom, such as his rights for privacy and his rights for publication, which are part of a person’s natural rights and freedom of speech, including whether or not he chooses to speak out, how and where he speaks out if he choose to do so.

    Thank you,

    Jie Song (Jerry Song)
    a writer

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