How to Make a "DIARY" in Notepad


Introduction: How to Make a "DIARY" in Notepad

this instructable will show you how to make your very own personal secret diary in notepad in 3 eas steps.

Step 1: Step 1: Open Notepad

go to you computers start menu and open notepad.

Step 2: Step 2: Copy and Paste

Type .LOG (in capital letters) and hit enter.

Step 3: Step 3: Save the File

save the file as DIARY or anything you like



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    It just get either nothing, or ECHO is OFF.

    The .LOG is typed into the file - the extension itself isn't important, as long as you open the file each time with notepad itself.

    I've written out some more descriptive instructions, if anyone needs some more assistance.

    (a) Launch notepad, and in a new file type '.LOG' (without the quotation marks) on the first line.
    (b) Save the file, using any file name and extension you like, although I would recommend using a unique extension such as .jrnl, .diary, .myd, or similar (.txt and .log work as well).
    (c) Close notepad and save changes if you've not done so already. At this stage the file should *only* have .LOG in it, and on the first line.
    (d) Re-open the file using notepad. If you selected a unique extension, I would recommend binding that file extension to notepad (set notepad as default).
    (e) You should now see that on the second line, under the .LOG text, is a time and date stamp. Underneath this (line 3), enter your journal/diary entry, and save the file.
    (f) Once the file is closed and reopened, you're most recent entry will have the time and date that it was saved recorded under it. In order for notepad to produce the time/date stamp, you *must* save the file, exit notepad, and reopen the file using notepad.

    For example, I personally created a new file in notepad, typed in .LOG, then saved the file as 'ideas.jrnl'. Once saved, I exited out of notepad, and attempted to re-open the file I just created. Windows didn't recognize my .jrnl extension, so I associated it with notepad. From then on, I simply had to double-click my file, and it would instantly pop-up in notepad, ready to go!

    Using this method, you're pretty much creating a quasi-dynamic text file that simply inserts the time and date that it was last saved at (after having made a revision to the file). As long as .LOG is on the first line, and is the only thing on the first line, the file will continue to operate in this fashion. I've tested this feature using notepad and various other text editors such as Notepad++, EditPad, Crimson, SciTE, Vim, Sublime - yet the auto time/date stamp only works when using notepad itself.

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    I wanted to let you know, 5 years later this advice still holds true. You honestly helped me step by step. I had to create an account on this website just to show you the high quality you provided in just this one simple comment. I appreciate it.

    Oops, apparently this isn't like FB, where you can simply delete & rewrite post when it comes out like that!

    Hopefully, you understood what I meant..thanks

    I couldn't find a way to the left of Google calendar where it would be perfect!
    There's all that blank space just sitting there & Google dc'd diary idea :(

    So... to find one, stumbled upon this "LOG"
    I like the way this looks, but does it work with a tablet/android phone?

    I do believe you save it as .LOG

    Huh? I have the same questions as The Y. Please explain what you're doing and tell us how this works as a diary and not just any ordinary Notepad text file after you've cut/pasted "something" (?) and saved it as .LOG

    The Y
    Just type in .LOG and save as something like "DIARY.LOG". Thats what worked for me.

    what do you have to copy and paste?
    and do you save it as .LOG or do you type it in notepad?