I'm looking for an app to create documents and notes with support for hyperlinked notes. My requirements are explained below.

Consider the following document:

This is a simple note1, though it should be rendered as a document2.

  1. A note, in my opinion, is something like a short reminder3 for something.
  2. The document has meaning that should be preserved, not just dates and actions.
  3. For creating reminders, I'm totally fine with Google Calendar.

So here I have some sort of note which has subnotes (which could contain subnotes of their own). While this representation is somewhat accepted for final rendering, it seems to be quite inefficient in creating that type of document.

What I look for is the ability to click anywhere in the document, and open a window to add commentary (that technically is not just a commentary, it is a note of itself) and so on for as many nested subnotes as needed.

Satisfying that requirement is already great (so far I didn't find anything like it, though I've tried), but if there are many tools like that, it would be great if subnotes, beside storing as hyperlinks in parent notes, could be rendered as plain list under the root note.

I know that Microsoft Word has commentaries (not good at all, since I cannot add commentaries for a comment) and hyperlinks to another document (not so good, since I have to manually create an additional document, and it opens in a different instance of MS Word; this would not work as efficient because my style of work implies very frequent creation of subnotes of various tree-like structure, and time is money).

It should be Windows-compatible application. If the functionality is right, price is not an issue.

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    – Mawg
    Jan 4, 2018 at 7:14
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    Sorry that didn't help; but, at least you have learned of a good new site, which is my go-to for free software, which si all reviewed and rated. I hope that you find what you are looking for
    – Mawg
    Jan 4, 2018 at 11:35
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    Maybe a simple Markdown editor would fit your needs? Link goes to a list of search results on our site, with answered questions for Markdown editors. Just take a look.
    – Izzy
    Jan 4, 2018 at 17:20
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    @Izzy thank you! That seems quite fitting indeed. Gotta take a look at those markdown editors now. Jan 5, 2018 at 13:24
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    @DmitryVolkov I'm using Linux, not Windows :) There are some other wiki-like editors (Markdown or other formats), and a few also with WYSINEWYG (…not exactly… – kidding :) But not being home in the Windows world, I have no example at hand. As for "with no markdown": plaintext won't succeed if you want to link – and Markdown is what comes closest concerning readability without a Markdown parser.
    – Izzy
    Jan 5, 2018 at 17:19

2 Answers 2


Tomboy is an open source, cross-platform (Windows/Mac/Linux) note application that satisfies most of your requirements. Tomboy makes all note titles hyperlinks automatically by default. So if you have four notes titled "example", "simple note", "document" and "short reminder", then clicking on any instance of "simple note" in the example note opens the "simple note" window alongside the "example" window. You can also put ordinary clickable URLs in any note.

Tomboy's text formatting options are: bold, italic, strikeout, highlight, fixed width (useful for formatting code), 4 font sizes, increase/decrease indent, and bulleted list.

The problem is going to be the tree structure. Everything in Tomboy cross-referenced so there isn't any tree structure, there's just a long list of linked notes and a search function to search all notes.

Tomboy is tested to work on Windows 7, 8/8.1 and 10. Instructions for installing Tomboy on Windows are here.

  • Almost perfect solution to me. I think I'm not gonna be picky any further. Thank you very much! Jan 5, 2018 at 13:34

The note-taking tool TheBrain is like a visualization of a hierarchical filesystem. You can arrange to view the tree from almost any node.

I don't know whether it satisfies all of your other requirements, but it's worth a look.

There are tutorials and a free trial, but requires a license for continued use.

Best wishes ... cheers, drl

  • Thanks for the answer, drl. The tool you posted is magnificent, thank you very much, but it is not what I look for. The main criteria is to be able to create hyperlinked subnotes, which also could have hyperlinked subnotes. It should be more like a tool to create a wikipedia page, with links attached to words which lead to subnotes. If there is an ability to take a look at the tree structure - great, no - not a big deal. Jan 5, 2018 at 13:22

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