Tomboy, a simple yet feature-rich, Notepad alternative for Windows 7

Having some basic knowledge about the text editor is important as it allows you to create and change text files. These text editors also provide methods that can duplicate and move text within files (Cut, Copy and Paste), format the text and transform data. In a way text editor allows you to organize your notes and other tidbits of information. Tomboy is one such free, open-source note-taking utility that is much more powerful and robust in comparison to other text editors.

 For instance, in Windows 7 one can pin Tomboy to the taskbar and view the recent and pinned notes by performing a right-click or search all notes right from the taskbar. Moreover, this desktop application supports linked notes, easy editing and quick search. 

Besides this, one can quickly access one’s notes by a mere mouse-click on the Tomboy pane applet, visible on the desktop. The ‘Table of Contents’ lists all your notes in the order they were last modified.

Tomboy isn’t limited to certain set of features – you can extend it as you wish using the many available add-ins.

Salient Features:

  • Font styling and sizing
  • Auto-linking to web and e-mail addresses
  • Inline spell checking
  • Redo and Undo option

Download Tomboy from here.

Tomboy is compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems.

Go here if you are looking for some more Notepad replacements or alternatives.

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The author Hemant Saxena is a post-graduate in bio-technology and has an immense interest in following Windows, Office and other technology developments. Quiet by nature, he is an avid Lacrosse player. Creating a System Restore Point first before installing a new software, and being careful about any third-party offers while installing freeware is recommended.


  1. Ariebitski

    the best is edit pad pro not free at all

  2. Signaljunkie

    Tomboy still doesn’t work with Windows’ redirected folders (domain environments.) Mono is a pox.

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