I'm looking for a text editor with the ability to float above other windows. As far as I know, Sublime and the native TextEdit don't have this feature. Is there some other program that does have this feature?

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The OS X version of this app that's been on Macs since System 7.5 has the ability to float, and become semitransparent.


Technically it's a rich-text notetaking app rather than a plaintext editor, but it might satisfy your use case.

Another option (quite the polar opposite of Stickies) would be to use an editor within Terminal, and use TotalTerminal to display it in "visor" mode.

Finally, it looks like there was an open-source project that added these kinds of window management features to any app of your choosing called Afloat. The original project hasn't been updated in 3 years, but one of the forks might be functional on the current iteration of OS X.


Bean http://www.bean-osx.com/Bean.html

Use option-command-F to float document window (or in menu Documents / Window / Float Window).


The Notes app has this feature.

Open a note in it's own window (double-click the title) and then the option is under Window/Float on Top.

You can assign a keyboard shortcut to it in system keyboard settings (I use ^++F)


Scribblet is the best so far - it's actually just a modified version of TextEdit so that it allows you to take notes and it stores them in folders like Finder does. http://www.palemaverick.com/scribblet/

  • it just doesn't add tables :(
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