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gnote - A simple note-taking application for Gnome

gnote [OPTION] ...

This manual page documents briefly the gnote command.

Gnote is a desktop note-taking application for Linux and Unix. Simple and easy to use, but with potential to help you organize the ideas and information you deal with every day.

Gnote's usefulness lies in the ability to relate notes and ideas together, using a WikiWiki-like linking system.

When run without any options, either a Search All Notes window or the Gnote note menu appears in the notification tray area depending on configuration. Selecting a note from a list in Search All Notes or from the menu from notification area displays the note's spatial window.

Changes to notes are saved automatically. Links to URLs, files, and other notes are detected as you type. Rich editing such as highlighting, bold, italics, undo/redo, and variable font sizes are supported.

Global keybindings exist to allow fast access to Gnote notes and dialogs. These keybindings are set in GSettings (see below) and may be activated from any application.

The program follows the usual GNU command line syntax, with options starting with two dashes (`--'). A summary of options are included below.

Run Gnote in background.
Specify the path of the directory containing the notes.
Create and display a new note.
--new-note TITLE
Create and display a new note with the title given.
Display the existing note matching TITLE or URL.
Open the search all notes window with the search text.
Display the "Start Here" note.
Search and highlight TEXT in the opened note.
Show summary of options.
Show version of program.

Gnote has several preference settings stored in GSettings. Changes to Settings are applied instantly to any running Gnote instance. A summary of the GConf settings and their purpose are described below.

A GSettings schema for key bindings. Keys are listed below.
Global X keybinding for displaying the "Start Here" note. The default keybinding is <Alt>F11.
Global X keybinding for displaying the Gnote applet's note menu. The default keybinding is <Alt>F12.
Global X keybinding for creating and displaying a new note.
Global X keybinding for opening the recent changes dialog.
Global X keybinding for opening the note search dialog.

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Hubert Figuiere <>

This manual page was originally written by Luca Capello <>. Adapted to Gnote by Hubert Figuiere and Aurimas Cernius

April 7, 2009 gnome