Quickly display your quick side notes in quick side window.
Side notes live in a plain text file, called
notes.txt by default, in
the current directory or any parent directory (i.e. when locating notes,
we first look in the current directory, then one directory up, then two
directories up, and so forth.)
Side notes are displayed in a side window with the command
The filename is defined by user option
To really mix things up, there’s the user option
side-notes-secondary-file, which defaults to
notes-2.txt, and will
display a separate notes file in a lower side window when the command
side-notes-toggle-notes is prefixed with an argument (
By default a notes file found in any parent directory will open that
file rather than visit a non-existing file in the current directory, but
you can override this by prefixing
C-u C-uto force visiting
side-notes-filewithin the current directory.
C-u C-u C-uto force visiting
side-notes-secondary-filewithin the current directory.
Of course, you can use Markdown or Org Mode or whatever by changing the
file extensions of
For more information on how to change the way the side window is
(info "(elisp) Side Windows").
Install from MELPA stable then add something like the following to your init file:
(define-key (current-global-map) (kbd "M-s n") #'side-notes-toggle-notes)
Bugs and Feature Requests
Send me an email (address in the package header). For bugs, please ensure you can reproduce with:
$ emacs -Q -l side-notes.el
Known issues are tracked with
FIXME comments in the source.