How to use Firefox, Chrome, Opera as a Notepad

Did you know that you could use your Firefox, Chrome or Opera browsers like a Notepad? In case you did not, then read on to find out how you can actually open a new tab in Firefox, Chrome or Opera and use it as a text editor to type just like you would do in a Notepad.

Use Firefox, Chrome, Opera browsers as a Notepad

use Firefox Opera Chrome as Notepad

Open a new tab in your web browser, type the following and hit Enter:

data:text/html, <html contenteditable>

Now move your cursor to the tab and try typing. You will be able to type!

You can type, compose, copy, cut and paste text here just as you would do in Notepad. If you wish to, you can bookmark this tab and use the bookmark to quickly open it.

This can be pretty useful if you are browsing and wish to take quick notes. You can instead open this bookmarked tab and start typing or pasting text in it.

You can even save it as an HTML file, just as you would save any other web page.

This code makes use of the Data URI scheme and creates a simple HTML page. Data URIs are supported on Gecko-based browsers, Opera, Web-kit based browsers and a few others. This will not work in Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 8.1.

The Notepad in Windows is a basic text editor you can use for simple documents or for creating Web pages – but you can make use of these tricks to get more out of it!

While you are using Chrome, you might want to enjoy the built-in T-Rex Dinosaur game when offline.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

8 Comments

  1. Pankaj Jangir

    Thanks Anand,

    Thanks for sharing a great tutorial for newbies and experienced both.

    Thanks Again

    Pankaj Jangir
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  2. Ashis Bhadra

    Wow! That’s so cool! 🙂

  3. Mouliano Iarocci

    Just tried it… also, you can save the text as a .txt file if you don’t want a HTML file. This is an awesome feature… you just saved me countless keystrokes by flipping between Notepad and my browser. Thanks a million!

  4. Ziggy

    Like it. I’ve bookmarked it for quick access and I’m very grateful for your tip on this, Anand. Just one question, can you do a spell check on your content?

  5. John

    Ziggy

    Yes, With my Firefox setup it offers automatic spell check!
    abab is underscored in this :
    hey this is great abab
    A right click on if offers a correction list!

  6. sergieyes

    I use gmail constantly for notes and memorandums. Google used to have a file search utility which it no longer distributes, but its email search is extremely useful. So, for example, I receive an offer from the Windows Club, I can highlight and copy the offer and paste it to an email. The email will have an icon for the subject, so that is very carefully chosen by me, and then I email myself. A month later, or whenever I like, I can go back in and revive the offer by searching the subject.

  7. sergieyes

    I use gmail constantly for notes and memorandums. Google used to have a file search utility which it no longer distributes, but its email search is extremely useful. So, for example, I receive an offer from the Windows Club, I can highlight and copy the offer and paste it to an email. The email will have an icon for the subject, so that is very carefully chosen by me, and then I email myself. A month later, or whenever I like, I can go back in and revive the offer by searching the subject.

  8. Mark Govers

    how to save?

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