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Tab Notes Free is a Menu Bar application which keeps your notes tidy and easy to access and your screen uncluttered. Click on your screen edge, then a note pops up!

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  • Click on your screen's edge to take a note.
  • Document file types are conventional RTF (Rich Text) and RTFD (Rich Text with images). Not proprietary format. (This application uses "Comment" property in RTF. )
  • Documents folder can be any folder in your home folder.
  • Supports versioning. OSX keeps documents' previous versions. (This app does not contain version browser. Please use TextEdit to browse version files.)
  • Customisable with original themes created in Tab Notes Theme Editor:

  • This application is a "menu bar app". The application icon does not appear in "Dock". Instead it appears in main menu bar. You can change preferences from the icon in the main menu bar.


    Q. The application does not open. It does't work.
    A. This app is a menu bar app. App icon does not appear in Dock. It is designed to serve you discreetly without occupying Dock space. The application icon appears in the right part of the main menu bar at the top of the screen.

    Q. Tab did not appear. Where can I add my notes?
    A. Just click the screen edge. Please see the video

    Q. It would not let me delete the app.
    A. Finder does not let you delete an app that is currently running. Quit the app first. To quit the app, choose Quit from this application's menu in the main menu bar at the top of the screen. (Even though this app may be running, while in stand by, its CPU power usage is almost nothing.)

    Q. Isn't there any "Preferences" for this app?
    A. Yes there are. The menu icon of this app is located in the right part of the main menu bar at the top of the screen. You can choose this app's Preferences here.

    Q. How do I change themes or background colour?
    A. Press and hold Control key then click a tab. Contextual menu appears. (Depending on device configurations, right-click on mouse or two finger click on track pad may be used.)

    Copyright CuteCritters
    Copyright SpoonGraphics

  • What's New
  • Removed unnecessary link to CloudKit Framework ... works on Mavericks again.

  • Tab Notes Free ( is a Mac software application that has been discovered and submitted by users of The latest version that our users have reported running on their systems is Tab Notes Free 7693. The most popular version of this application used by our users is Tab Notes Free 1.5.1.

    Operating System: Mac

    Minimum OS version: 10.9

    Copyright: Copyright (c) 2013-2015 Catalystwo. All rights reserved.