Zettels is a personal organizer on the Web. You do not need a software installation. Simply use this service with a notebook, smartphone or desktop-computer and a browser. The service is also usable without an own computer.
The contents of your notes organizer are restricted to your own private use. Your privacy will be maintained. The connection from your browser over the internet to your notes organizer at Zettels is SSL encrypted. In this way, we ensure that only you have access to your notes.
Once you register using your e-mail address, you may store any texts, images, music or videos. In short, whatever you like. Store easily such things as addresses, quotes, recipes or an article you have copied from a website. If you work scientifically, we have practical functions for you to use, such as reference information, which automatically alphabetizes lists.
The space „Title”
Give your note a recognizable title in order to be able to identify it in your notes list. If you enter a date at the beginning of a title, the note will be stored accordingly as a date. Within the categories, your notes are sorted in alphabetical order.
The space „Text” - contents of a note
A memo note can store various contents. First of all, you may type in pure texts. The maximum text length is 30,000 characters.
In the field marked „Text” e-mail addresses and links to external websites are linked automatically, if these addresses begin with http://, https:// or ftp:// for example:
- http://www.domain.com (empty space or new line)
- [:Link title]http://www.domain.com
(no space here ]http://)
Telephone calls using Skype must be written
skype:Skype-Name (new line)
skype:001-1234-56789 (new line)
callto:001-1234-56789 (new line)
or create a link to your phone
tel:001-1234-56789 (new line)
- amazon:search term(new line)
- google:search term(new line)
- youtube:search term(new line)
- bing:search term(new line)
- wolframalpha:search term(new line)
- wikipedia:search term(new line)
Or find a place using Google Maps
map:street(optional), zip code(optional) city (new line)
Keywords, cross references, sources
In the space marked „Text” you can enter keywords, cross references, sources or mathematical formulas, using the TeX Notation for this:
The space „Link” – external links to websites, images, audio and video
The space „Link” is for linking external contents. The contents linked are automatically opened. Depending on the type of file, you may need a browser plug-in, which you may download free of charge: Flash, Quicktime. Enter the complete path in the space marked „Link”:
In order to activate your Zettels calendar, write a date at the beginning of the title space of a note::
7/25/2021 10:00-12:00 (Title of the note)
Websites are frequently updated, their contents constantly changing. Not all interesting contents that you would like to access in the future remain preserved here. If a link does not suffice for this reason, it pays off to download images, videos and podcasts, storing them on your personal Zettels account.
Each note may store its own file. Thus, files may also be accessed while you are underway somewhere. Since only you may access the uploaded files, also material protected by copyright may be stored simply as a private copy in Zettels.
Images, videos and audio formats may be directly shown or listened to on a note – i.e., without additional player-software.
In order to link a video with a note, enter the „Embed Code” into the field „Link”.
Listening to music
Upload your music or a podcast as a .mp3 file. The audio file will play directly on your note using audio streaming.
You may also link a .mp3 file. It will then be loaded by the server, on which the original file is stored. Please note the copyright regulations.
Create your own categories for organizing your notes. And of course, you may change the designation of the category or the categorization at a later date as well. The notes are arranged in alphabetical order by title within the categories.
Adding a rating to a note
Each note may be stored with a rating. Notes considered to be important are easy to find, since they may be found on a separate list.
Defining memo notes
If you often work with a particular note, we recommend that you mar this specifically as a memo note. This way you do not always have to search for it, but can simply call up the page with all of your marked memo notes. If you log out from this page, it will appear again immediately the next time you log in.
If you wish to find a note using a certain search term, cite a keyword. You may enter one or more keywords into the field labeled „Text”. Simply click on the button or write the characters „vertical line” (Windows: Alt+124) before and after any term. The keyword will automatically be linked and listed in alphabetical order.
To insert a reference in the space marked „Text” click the button
You can insert a cross reference to another note in your organizer. Click the button on the note that will receive the cross reference.
Now you can work on the note which should contain the cross reference. Click the button marked . A cross reference with the title of the target note is created.
Survey of images, references, cross references, keywords and links
It is possible to receive an overview of the functional contents of your notes with surveys of images, references, keywords, links and cross references (links from one note to another).
If you select lists from a category or after a search, the results are restricted to the respective category or the search results.
Sending notes or categories to other Zettels users
It is very easy to make a note accessible to another Zettels user. All you have to do is copy your note in his or her account. For this, you need his or her registered e-mail address.
If you have stored your note on a certain topic in a category, you may also send the entire category to another Zettels user. If you send it and activate the „Live” option, all notes will be sent as live notes.
Using live/dialogue options when sending
Certain information has to be kept alive. And there are notes contents that, if changed, should be immediately updated for all news recipients. How does this work? When sending a note, activate the option "Live note". Here’s an example: You send out a live note to all your friends that contains your address. If you move or change your phone number, your live note is updated automatically for all your friends' notes with a single click.
When sending a note that uses the „dialogue” option, the sender and the receiver can both work on the note. The person writing what and when is noted on the note.
Providing or booking a subscription
Are you interested in an exciting subject? Share your discovery with others. Simply provide a subscription to other users of Zettels. Describe your theme in as much detail as possible and send your notes to your subscribers. In order to prevent a flood of notes being sent out, only one new note may be submitted per day. From this point of view it is obvious that quality goes before quantity. Of course, it remains your decision what you consider as quality.
Are you interested in what others have explored? Subscribe to the subscription offers provided by other Zettels users. You’ll be surprised by what shows up. If you are not satisfied with this offer, simply unsubscribe.
Pinboard, the Zettels public space
Do you have a good idea, or have you hit upon something interesting? Maybe it has nothing to do with any particular context, but you feel that it is of interest not only to you, but to others as well? Do it like in real life. Attach the Zettel to the pinboard. All Zettels users can access this.
You can import a MS Access database or a xml formatted file into Zettels.
Your browser bookmarks may also be imported into your Zettels account. First export your bookmarks as a Html-File from the bookmark manager of your browser. On the personal account configuration page you will find the corresponding option for the bookmark import into Zettels.
Backing up or exporting your data
Zettels is not a dead end. Of course, you can export all notes at any time, for example, to a local database. You will find the export functions on the account configuration page.
Services and prices
|Free of ads|
|Secured Connection (SSL)|
|Memo notes, Ratings|
Keywords, Cross references
|Storage space||50 MB||1.000 MB|
|Image, Audio, Video|
|MS Access Database|
|Text, Database, XML|
|Additional storage space|
pro 1.000 MB = 1 GB
|Additional storage space|
pro 1.000 MB = 1 GB
Storing personal data on Zettels only makes sense if you can be sure that this data remains private. Any indirect financing through the sale of anonymous information or advertising is therefore ruled out. By paying to use the service directly, you ensure that the data you have stored in Zettels will not end up in the hands of others. By setting up a Zettels Basic or Zettels Plus account, you can be 100% sure that only you have access to your personal data.
How to pay?
If you are based inside the EU or Switzerland you can pay by Sepa Bank Transfer.
Terminating your contract
If you no longer wish to use the Zettels service, it is not necessary to terminate your contract. If you are a Zettels PLUS user, simply delete your Zettels account. A refund of payment already made is not possible.
Users of the cost-free Zettels BASIC service will receive an e-mail if they have not visited Zettels for more than 150 days. We will ask you whether you desire to keep your Zettels account. If you decide that your user account and all files should be deleted, you do not need to do anything else. After another 60 days from receiving the mail, your account and all contents will be deleted automatically. If you would like to continue using Zettels, it is enough if you log in once again. We then know that you desire to keep your user account.