Keeping a record of everything text

Treepad Logo copyright 1995-2014

Everyone in general has a recording system: whether it be electronic like Microsoft OneNote, Evernote, Notes in Microsoft Outlook, Sticky notes in Windows 7, plain text files or Manual like physical notepad, Moleskin notebook, or any combination of the above.

Treepad is a bit simpler, more powerful and not for all users, however this Barista (yes, that’s me) has been using it for years. Herewith a short overview.

Okay, to cut to the chase, Treepad is an Outliner. Outliners are tools which allow you to categorize or dump information (text, pictures) in a single location which you can search later. They are quite nifty for keeping track of all sorts of little pieces of information e.g. Call Centre reference numbers, Invoice Numbers or general notes made on a specific day.

Functionality differs across outliners but the most basic functionality, of storing, searching and manipulating text is standard across all products. I personally use a Paid for version of Treepad, after using the free: Treepad Lite version for over 2 years, both versions have installed and portable (allowing you to carry the program on a usb drive) versions.

Differences in versions:

Treepad Lite allows you to save and categorize text in a tree like structure, but does not allow you to password protect the file, format your text or save pictures.

The other paid versions of Treepad however depending on version, allow you to password protect, collaborate, format text,  and save pictures.

The main reason you would want to use treepad for your home or business is:

  • There is a free and portable version you can try out
  • Its quite simple and intuitive to figure out
  • You can store masses of text and search the entire mass in seconds
  • It stores everything in a single file
  • It has premium versions which you can store pictures and password protect
  • It makes you more efficient in storing and retrieving information

Some information you may want to know as a beginner with Treepad:

The screen is generally laid out in two sections, on the left are nodes (which store text) and on the right is the text within the selected node.

Treepad Main Screen Layout

Treepad Main Screen Layout (Click to Enlarge)

All Nodes have to be within the Main Node (in the screenshot called First Node). To create a new node on the same line; select the node and click enter. To create a child node, select a node and click the ‘Insert Key’. You can also do these actions by right-clicking the node and selecting from the context menu. To search click on the Binoculars on the toolbar, or Press ‘Ctrl + F’.


References: – Treepad: Keep all your notes organised – Official Website

Further reading: – Outliners

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