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Add note shortcuts to HTC EVO home screen with AK Notepad

Evo-notepad-shortcut If you like the idea of keeping notes on your home screen, but the HTC Notes widget takes up too much space and other widgets don't offer enough features, then you should take a look at some of the full-blown notepad apps that either come with a widget like ColorNote or offer a "Pin Note to Home Screen" option like AK Notepad.

I know a lot of people like ColorNote—and it is very nice—but my go-to notepad app has always been AK Notepad. From simple niceties like being able to change the theme and font size/type to more robust features like search, backups, SD card import/export, passcode lock, auto-links (email addresses and URLs are live links), reminders, and sharing, it's just really well done.

What's particularly nice about AK Notepad is that you can create a note shortcut on your home screen without having to leave the app. You just long press the note you want from the main list and tap "Pin Note to Home Screen" from the menu. To do the same thing in ColorNote, you have to get out of the app, long press the home screen, tap Widget from the menu, tap ColorNote, and then select your desired note. Not hard, but still more steps involved.


ColorNote offers things that AK Notepad doesn't such as checklists, easy color switching, and colored widgets, but for adding notes to the home screen, I like AK Notepad.

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Jenn K. Lee

Jenn K. Lee is the founder of Pocketables. She loves gadgets the way most women love shoes and purses. The pieces in her tech wardrobe that go with everything are currently the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Sony Tablet P, and Nexus 7, but there are still a couple of vintage UMPCs/MIDs in the back of her closet.

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3 thoughts on “Add note shortcuts to HTC EVO home screen with AK Notepad

  • when i pin to homescreen it always goes to the farthest screen to left. any way to make it go to center, 4th screen?

  • I would like AK, but it doesn’t allow you to password lock JUST a particular note…I don’t want to type a password everytime i want to look at a note…but I do want password protected notes…

  • I’ve been happy with GTasks and its integration with the tasks from Google Calendar. All of the others take up too much space. The way I’ve got GTasks setup, it can display about 8 notes and reminder/due dates at the same time in one 4×2 widget.


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