Tab Notes 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!

Watch the demonstration video here ▶

• 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. )
• RTF documents can be synchronized with iPhone via Dropbox. This means you can view them from any device with Dropbox installed.
• 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.)
• The app has built-in short term backup system. Changes made to notes will be kept for 3 days in the backup folder (you can open it from the preferences). For more comprehensive backup system, we recommend other application.
• 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.)

Q. "great concept. worked great for a while…then all of a sudden its gone."
This was compatibility issue with OSX10.9 Mavericks. (Pasted texts were not saved.) It's been fixed now.

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What’s New

Version 1.7.8

improved compatibility with Catalina

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
57 Ratings

57 Ratings

TahoeTim2 ,

Update: Great App & developer support

When I purchased the app, I was amazed how much more productive I became. I use this app all day ( and night ). My only hitch was I couldn’t get a screen grab on my Tab Notes. As a Filemaker developer, I was afraid the problem would be related to the fact that I run 3 monitors, each with several spaces. I complained and the developer contacted me with the solution. Now this app is outstanding and works with multiple monitors and spaces. For anyone that uses the mac “Stickies", but gets disappointed how cluttered and unorganized “Stickies" looks on your desktop , “Tab Notes” is the answer. I would give this app more than 5 stars if I could.

Developer Response ,

Hi Tim,

Thank you for using Tab Notes, and for taking time to write a review.

Are you talking about “Capture Selection from Screen” service menu item?

What about unchecking “Apply this style to pasted text” in the Default Font setting if you have checked it.

What email address were you using?

Our email addresses are or

We don’t rejects any emails, and we receive many emails each day from all around the world so we don’t know what happened to your emails.

MDW2016 ,

Nearly perfect stickies alternative and works very well. One of my favorite programs!

I’ve been looking (and looking and looking) for a “stickies” like app that did not operate like a Mack truck. And I just hate the look of the built in Stickies app that comes with MacOS.

One key requirement for me is that it MUST allow creation of a new note from the menu bar. Check! Tab Notes gets the job done and pretty nicely at that. It took some time to get used to the the snapping of notes to the window edge, but now I do like it. Notes are all easily accessible, but out of the way at the same time. Personally, I keep them on a second monitor to avoid distractions on my mail screen.

I did disable the cutesy characters right away though. :) They drove me nuts.

UPDATE: Still loving this after a couple of months. And I recently discovered that Tab Notes can be easily previewed and browsed using Finder. They may also be edited with TextEdit. Awesome!

NOTE: This app is unfortunately NOT compatible with “Popup Window” by the same developer. I do hope the developer makes these compatible in the near future. There’s some obscure way to “import” it into TabNotes but I cannot get any details on that. I also wish the developer would support customers better. Sometimes I try to contact the developer and never get a response back.

Papamaner ,

Very good resource for my job!

Not against using the defaul Stickies App in macOS Sierra, but I don’t like the way the notes collapse on my desktop screen. Looks like a bunch of
colored lines, and if you have a lot of stickies, for me it just makes my desktop look unindated with “colored horizontal clutter” ;-)

The genius of TAB Notes is it works just like Stickies, with the exception it turns into a map pin when you collapse it-- that was a BIG selling point for me.

With map pins, I can cleanly hide my notes when I don’t need them, placing a Tab Notes map pin, on any side of my desktop screen.
After using the trial Tab Notes to manage my desktop at work for 3 months, I went ahead and purchased the full version.

If you are looking for better sticky notes management to add to your productivity and a cleaner notes-filled-desktop, then Note Tabs is worth the money!



Catalystwo Limited
3.6 MB

OS X 10.9 or later, 64-bit processor


English, Japanese

Age Rating
In-App Purchases
  1. Popup Window Plug-in $15.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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