Basic usage

Get acquainted with Inkdrop interface

Inkdrop interface is broken up into 3 main sections.


  • Sidebar is the leftmost section. It lists notebooks, statuses, and tags.
    • Notebooks are like folders that store your notes. You can nest notebooks in one another as deeply as needed.
    • Statuses help you treat notes as tasks and, for example, display only active or completed ones.
    • Tags are like labels that let you link notes with one another. For example, if they relate to a common topic.
    You can toggle the Sidebar by using Command+/ or Ctrl+/ on Windows/Linux.
  • Note list is located amid. All your notes live here ordered by modification date by default. You can search for notes via the search box at the very top of the section.
  • Editor is the rightmost section. This is where your magic happens 🪄 — your workspace.

More useful shortcuts:

  • Command+E or Ctrl+E — to switch between the editor and preview modes.
  • Command+P or Ctrl+P — to display the editor and preview side-by-side.
  • Command+Shift+D or Ctrl+Shift+D — to enter/leave the 'Distraction Free Mode' 🧘 Is when the sidebar and note list are hidden, and you can focus on the writing process.

Create new note and notebook

To create a new note, you can either click the pencil-write icon on the right top of the note list or use the Command+N / Ctrl+N shortcut. The newly created note will appear in the Note list section.


To create a new notebook, click the add-circle icon next to the Notebooks title:


To create a sub notebook:

  1. Right-click the notebook, which will be the parent, and select New Sub Notebook...
  2. Provide a title for the nested notebook.
  3. Click Create.

The newly created notebook will appear inside the parent one.

Settings and preferences

Inkdrop has the Preferences view where you can fine-tune look and feel of the app. To open the Preferences view, take the following steps:


Go to Inkdrop > Preferences in the menu bar. Alternatively, you can use the Command+, shortcut.

Windows and Linux

Go to File > Settings in the menu bar. Alternatively, you can use the Ctrl+, shortcut.

And you will see the window like this:


User data directory

Inkdrop stores your data and config locally at the following path:

  • on macOS: ~/Library/Application Support/inkdrop/
  • on Windows: %APPDATA%\inkdrop\
  • on Linux:
    • deb/rpm: ~/.config/inkdrop/
    • Snap: ~/snap/inkdrop/current/.config/inkdrop/

To open it in a file manager, go to Preferences > General and select Open Config Folder.

The config folder has the following files and folders:

  • config.cson — app config file in the CSON format
  • keymap.cson — keybindings config file in the CSON format
  • packages/ — installed plugins
  • db/ — local database

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