6 Simplenote Tips and Tricks You Should Know

We recently reviewed Simplenote; it is a great minimal note taking application that is perfect for people who just wants a straight forward tool to jot down text wherever they are and whatever they are doing. While The UI of Web Apps, Mobile Apps (or ever Desktop apps) is a toolbar-less and minimal, there are many features in Simplenote that first-time users might miss. So, to help you in getting most out of the service, here are some of the best Simplenote tips and tricks that you should know.

Use Markdown to format text

If you have been using the app and never tried Markdown, you are missing probably the best feature of the app. In all the apps, you won’t find to make text bold, add hyperlinks or do any other formatting. Instead of having buttons to do that, Simplenote relies on Markdown – a markup language to stylize text.

You can enable Markdown in any Simplenote note by clicking on Info button and then clicking on the toggle next to Markdown.

Enable Markdown in Simplenote
Enable Markdown in Simplenote

You can learn more about it here, but following are the basics to get you started:

# Name of heading one

## This is heading 2

### this one is heading three

*here is italics text*

**This text is in bold**

***Here are both at the same time***

[This is for a link](http://gettinggeek.com)

Writing the above will look like the following in Simplenote:

markdown example in simplenote

Export all your notes

If you like to keep a local backup of all your online activities, Simplenote has got you covered. Strangely, the desktop apps don’t have an export feature, but you can export all of your notes in a .zip format using the official web app.

To export all your notes from Simplenote:

  • Go to app.simplenote.com
  • If asked, Enter your email and password to sign-in
  • On the top left corner of the window, click on your email ID.
  • Click on Download Zip

Sync Simplenote with other note taking apps

Unlike Microsoft Onenote or Google Keep, Simplenote can be accessed using third party apps; there are not many out there, but if you need something specific, the available ones are worth checking out.

Probably the most popular is nvALT 2, it is a simple Mac app to take notes quickly using keyboard shortcuts. Once installed, you can sync your notes created on nvALT with Simplenote by heading over to Sync in settings and entering your Simplenote credentials.

Some other apps are ResophNotes (for Windows) and nvPY (for Linux)

Publish your notes to the web directly

Probably one of the unique features of Simplenote is its ability to let you publish notes directly to the internet. If you need to share a note with a lot of people where you are not sure if they use Simplenote, you can use this feature.

To publish a Simplenote note to the web:

  • Click on Share button in the app
  • Select the Publish
  • Toggle the Make public link to On.
hpw to publish notes in simplenote
Publishing notes in Simplenote

Once you are done, you can copy the URL of note and then share it with others via email or social media.

Set a Passcode on Simplenote

Many people use note taking apps to save valuable data that might be personal, if you have saved some sensitive information in the app, you might want to prevent others from accessing it. To do this, both mobile apps (iOS and Android) support setting passcodes on the app to prevent anyone who does not have the passcode.

To set a passcode on Simplenote app, do the following:

  • Open the Simplenote and go to Settings.
  • Under Pin Lock, tap on Turn PIN Lock On
  • Create a PIN and re-enter it to verify.

Once you have done that, the app will automatically lock itself on the phone.

Currently, there is no option in desktop apps to set a passcode or password, however, it may be added in future.

Learn Keyboard Shortcuts

You can only be as fast as you type on a keyboard, if you know how to perform certain commands on your keyboard, there will be less need to take your hands out of it and to reach the mouse.

Here are keyboard shortcuts for Windows version of Simplenote:

Ctrl-n Create New Note
Ctrl-f Move focus to the search box
Ctrl-+ Increase font size
Ctrl- – Decrease font size
Ctrl-0 Reset font size


And following are the keyboard shortcuts of Mac version of Simplenote app:

Command-n New Note
Command-p Print Note
Control-tab Move focus to tags
Command-l Move focus to search box
Command-+ Increase the font size
Command- – Decrease the font size
Command-0 Reset font size back to default

Have other Simplenote Tips and Tricks?

Do you know about other Simplenote tips and tricks that others should too? Which feature of the app do you love most? Share with others in the comments below.

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6 Things to Do Before Selling Your Android Phone

Selling your phone without erasing your personal data will be stupid. So, let’s discuses 6 Things to Do Before Selling Your Android Phone.

Upgrading your Phone every one or two years is getting pretty standard and selling your old phone can help you get a few bucks that you can use in buying a newer, better phone. But, your phone has a lot of information about you and handing it over to someone other with erasing it will be foolish. So, in this post, I will discuss 6 Things that you should Do Before Selling Your Android Phone.

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Check with your Carrier

Some carriers don’t allow selling a locked phone, so, if you are planning to sell a phone that is in contract, first confirm with your career if you are authorized to do it. If you have an unlocked phone, then you are pretty much ready to go.

Backup Data and Save it somewhere convenient

Won’t it be bad if you lost photos of your 4-year kid dressed as Chewbacca in his School? Backup is the solution for that. If you have logged into your device using a Google account and you did not mess with Syncing settings, Google Should have your contact numbers on the cloud that you can access anytime. Still, it does not cover Messages, Photos that you captured and any Call logs. This data may come in handy in future, here is how you can backup it:

Photos, Videos and Other Files on Storage

It is pretty simple, plug your phone into your computer using a USB Data Cable. After you have plugged it in, the Computer should recognize it correctly. Now, go to This PC on your computer, here you should see an icon of your Android device. Double-click on it to open the storage.

backup files from android phonesHere, open both folders and copy all files and folders somewhere convenient in your computer. If you only want to copy Photos and Videos, just copy DCIM Folder. This folder will contain all photos and videos captured by your device.

Backing up Texts, Call Logs, Calendars and Contacts

Texts, call logs Calendars and other data similar to this is not stored in external storage. As I have said before, by default, Google should sync your contacts already. But, to backup Logs and other settings, you can use an app called Easy Backup. The app is completely free, and it will let you store your backups in cloud storage such as OneDrive and Google Drive. Later, you can install the same app on your new Android phone and restore the backup to get your data back.

Complete Device Backup

If you have a rooted phone, you can use Titanium Backup to take a full backup at once. The app will make a complete backup of all apps installed on phone and their settings. There is a catch/ Condition though that you should keep in mind: You won’t be able to restore the backup on a new phone if it is not rooted.

Remove any MicroSD Cards and SIM Cards

6 Things to Do Before Selling Your Android Phone

Very basic steps, but I have a couple of friends who have sold their phone with a MicroSD card attached to it, SD Cards don’t come free, and you are only selling a phone. Giving away your MicroSD card won’t make much sense for you as you can remove and use in on your new devices. It is an entirely different story with SIM Card, without a SIM card, you won’t be able to change your phones without changing your number.

Erase All Your Personal Data

Now that you have made a complete backup and you have removed all external storage, we can move to the big step. You can erase all your personal data from phone simply by Resetting it to factory settings. This is the nuclear option as it will remove all apps and accounts from the phone. All user made settings and customization will be lost, and the new owner will have to set-it-up again just as you did after you bought the phone.

Here is how you can restore your phone to Factory settings:

  • Open Settings. To do this, go to App Drawer> Settings
  • Scroll down and tap on Backup and Reset

reset android tablet

  • Tap on Factory data reset under Personal Data
  • If you have set a Password or Pattern, enter it when asked. Factory reset will erase most data from the phone, but, keep in mind that it won’t delete data from a plugged-in external SD Card.

There is one more thing worth discussing wiping data from the phone, while doing a simple Factory Reset should be OK for users, still there will still be a possibility that new buyer can recover the deleted data. If you want to make sure that no one can recover your data from the phone, doing a factory data reset after encrypting the Phone will be a wise step. Encrypting your phone/tablet is straight forward, to do this simply do the following:

  • Charge your phone (the process won’t stop until you have a charged phone)
  • Go to App Drawer > Settings
  • Tap on Security
  • Select Encrypt Phone and then tap on Encrypt Phone on the next screen. After you have encrypted the phone successfully, you can reset the device. This will make recovering your Data Almost Impossible.

encrypt android tablet

Include All Accessories That Came With Phone

Your Phone should have come with some accessories in the retail box; this includes Charges, Data Cables, Headphones, etc. These will be not much of your use as your next phone will ship with its accessories. Including these accessories will be a good thing to do before selling your Android Phone.

Also, the phone should have been shipped with Documentations and Quick start guides, giving them to the new owner of the phone is a good practice as it will make it easy for him to sort out problems should he have.

In doing all this, make sure that you have not included any accessories that did not come with the phone and you bought them yourself. Any additional chargers and aftermarket batteries, Cases will come into this category.

Clean the Device (Physically)

Well, it is not necessary for you, but still, receiving a clean phone will make the buyer feel good. It will feel like you are giving him something that you have taken care of and you have loved. You can find dozens of Screen Cleaning cloths and sprays in the market. If your phone has a removable back and battery, don’t forget to clean these areas too. I don’t recommend using sprays or liquids inside phones as they may get inside phone’s circuit board. A simple fiber cloth and some compressed air will do fine.

What things you Do Before Selling Your Android Smartphone?

Have you sold your Android phone recently? If yes, what things do you do before selling your Android Phone?

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How To Get Medium’s Best Feature For All Websites

Knowing how much time you will need to read something on web can be useful, read here how to get it.

In case you are not familiar with Medium, it is a social platform where anyone can publish any text or written article. Anyone with an account can write and publish his/her thoughts and once published, medium does a great job of categorizing it and making a good post reach thousands of readers on the site.
Medium is completely free and the simplicity and minimalism are one of the biggest reasons to keep users hocked.
But probably the best feature of Medium is that it tells you how much time will you need in reading the article. Medium processes it with its algorithms and in my experience, it is accurate -for an average reader at least.
Folks at readism have created something that brings this great feature for most websites.
The service works with both – the website and an Google Chrome extension.

Using the site is pretty simple, enter the URL or name of book on the text box and you will be good to go.

However, the magic happens with its extension, Once you have installed the chrome extension, you will be able to see how much time will you need in reading any article or a book. You wont even have to do any sign-up to use the extension and it is free to use for everyone.

know reading time of article
The default reading timings are based on average timings, however, if you are want more accurate timings, you can sign-up via a Google Account. After doing it, the site will ask you to read a few paragraphs and then you should be good to go.
In today’s life, every second matters and if you spend a lot of time on blogs or news sites, readism may be a big improvement.

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