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You can use the Folders extension to create nested folders from your tags with easy drag and drop. Folders also supports Smart Tags, which allow you to build custom filters for viewing your notes.


The words tags and folders can be used interchangeably in the Standard Notes context. However, when discussing their use on the web and desktop apps, it is helpful to distinguish them. The labels located at the top of the app are referred to as tags and the labels located on the left side of the app are referred to as folders.

When tags are nested inside other tags, the outer/higher level tag is called a parent tag and the inner/lower level tag is called a child tag.

Nested tags are recorded in a Parent.Child format and appear that way on mobile.


If you add a child tag to a note, the tag's parent tag may or may not be added depending on how you add the child tag.

If you create a note in a folder (e.g., the All folder) and add a child tag using the Quick Tags extension, its parent tag will also be added. If you create a note in the child folder, the child tag will automatically be added to the note, but the tag for the parent folder will not be added.

For example, if your Recipes folder includes the Cakes and Pasta tags, then there are two main ways to approach adding "Spaghetti Recipe" note to the Pasta folder:

  • Create a note in the Pasta folder. One tag will be added: Recipes.Pasta.
  • Create the note a folder other than the Pasta folder and type "Pasta" into the top input field for tags. Two tags will be added: Recipes and Recipes.Pasta.

You may need to refresh your app after deleting a folder/tag.


The Folders Component is written in JavaScript and compiled with Grunt.


The source code for the Folders Component is licensed under GNU AGPL-3.0-or-later.


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