I am looking for very simple note manager that should have some feature like:

  • A sidebar in which I can create sub sections of a document; preferably multi-level tree like hierarchy

  • Should be very fast to load

  • Good to have encryption feature but it should not be compulsory

  • I don't need features like cloud syncing, cross OS support or text formatting or support for any data type except text

For inspiration of what I am looking for, see CryptoTE. It just misses support for multi level tabs and has force encryption requirement. Otherwise it is perfect.

  • very fast to load - Does it count if a software takes time to start the first time during a log-in session, but after that minimizes to system tray and starts faster? – Tymric Aug 12 '15 at 8:42
  • @Timmy Yeah! I am fine with such scenarios – VarunAgw Aug 12 '15 at 15:08
  • With sub-sections, do you mean sections (with headings) in the same document (and a table of contents in the sidebar)? Or should this be separate documents, which can be navigated from the hierarchy/menu in the sidebar (which shows all documents)? – unor Sep 27 '15 at 11:54
  • @unor I will prefer the first case as individual document can be moved easily. But it is not very important requirement – VarunAgw Sep 27 '15 at 15:18

How about Cherrytree? Seems to have all you need:

  • sidebar with multi-level tree like hierarchy (also, drag-and-drop),
  • seems to be loading quite fast (at least on my machine),
  • you can password protect your notes if you choose to,
  • select your own type of formatting,
  • runs on Windows,
  • is free.
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