How To Put A Quick-Access Notepad In Your OS X Menubar

If you've ever wished you had a quick-access scratchpad in your OS X menubar, there's a quick and easy way to get one with free site-specific browser application Fluid and an HTML document.

What you'll need:

  • Fluid
  • A plain text editor of your choice

You can follow the instructions in the text below, but here's a quick video detailing how to tackle the process:

First, create an HTML document with the following (or download this one):

<html> <head> <title>notebox</title> </head> <body> <form> <textarea name="notebox" cols="43" rows="30"></textarea> </form> </body> </html>

You can play around with the default size of the textarea, but thanks to Fluid's WebKit base you'll be able to adjust it as needed within the menubar.

Once you've saved that information to a file, you can either store it somewhere on your hard drive or upload it to your web server.

Next, open up Fluid and either drag the HTML document into the URL field to fill in the path or enter the URL to its location on your web server. Chose a name, location and icon and then press "Create".

Fluid will then create an SSB and ask you what you want to do next. Choose "Launch Now".

Your new SSB application will open in a big window. Go to the application menu — which will be named whatever you chose in Fluid — and select "Convert to MenuExtra SSB…"

You'll soon see it in your menubar. Now you can resize the window the way you'd like it and you're all set! You now have a notepad in your menubar. Don't forget to add it to your login items if you want it to start up when you log in.


    Two problems:
    1- the notebox doesn't allow me to enter any text
    2- each time I start the application notebox, my browser is redirected to a credit union site..

    First one could be something a very simple I did or didn't do but the second one, getting redirected to a bloody creditunion web site, is pretty annoying

    I get the same redirection to the same URL.

    Sometimes Fluid won't pick up the full URL. Make sure the URL path is preceded by: "file://"

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