Windows only: Portable note-taking application QuotePad creates searchable notes from any text on your screen, and even saves the original link if it's from a web page.
QuotePad works like most other note-taking applications—you simply select some text and use the Shift+Ctrl+Q shortcut key combination to create a new note, which automatically adds a link referencing the source page. You can pin the application to the side of the screen, or easily filter through the notes with the included search feature—there's even a feature to export the notes as a plain text file, making this an interesting alternative if you want to quickly save bits of information but aren't in the market for a full-featured solution like Evernote.
QuotePad is a free download for Windows only. For more alternatives, see our five best note-taking solutions.