Windows Journal

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Windows Journal is a discontinued notetaking application, created by Microsoft and included in Windows XP Tablet PC Edition as well as select editions of Windows Vista and later. It allowed the user to create and organize handwritten notes and drawings, and to save them in a .JNT file, or export them in TIFF format. It can use an ordinary computer mouse to compose a handwritten note, as well as a graphics tablet or a Tablet PC.

JNT format[edit]

Microsoft has provided no documentation for its proprietary .JNT file format, which makes it difficult or impossible for other developers or software publishers to read or write .JNT files. Therefore, other programs cannot import Windows Journal files. There can be no third-party applications that make direct use of files created with Windows Journal. .JNT files should be converted to other formats such as XML with the Journal Reader Supplemental Component,[1] for external applications to use.

Windows Journal Viewer[edit]

Windows Journal Viewer, also created by Microsoft, allows viewing the Windows Journal notes (.JNT files) on other systems without the Tablet PC software. The most recently released version[2] is still available for Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003.


Windows Journal was not visibly updated since its introduction and eventually became obsolete, although it was tested for compatibility throughout the development of new versions of Windows and patched for security vulnerabilities as recently as May 2016.[3] Windows Journal was available in the original July 2015 release of Windows 10 and the November Update, but it was removed in the summer 2016 "Anniversary Update."[4] Most of its features are available in OneNote, which is integrated into Windows 10. OneNote does not support .JNT files, but Microsoft offers the ability to reinstall Journal[5] and a tool for converting Journal files to OneNote files.[6] On July 12, 2016, Microsoft released a patch (KB3170735) for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 to notify users about future Windows Journal developments.[7] On August 9, 2016, Microsoft released another patch (KB3161102) to remove Windows Journal from Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 due to the Windows Journal file format (Journal Note File, or JNT) being susceptible to security exploits.[8][9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Microsoft Windows Journal Reader Supplemental Component for the Windows XP Tablet PC Edition Development Kit 1.7". Microsoft Developer Network (v.1.7.2600.2180 ed.). Microsoft Corporation. April 2005. Retrieved May 25, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Download Microsoft Windows Journal Viewer 1.5 from Official Microsoft Download Center". Microsoft Download Center. Microsoft Corporation. 14 March 2005. Retrieved 29 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Shinder, Debra (12 May 2016). "May 2016 – Microsoft Patch Tuesday". GFI Software. 
  4. ^ Veal, Nicholas (5 May 2016). "Sticky Notes updated for preview users". MSPowerUser. 
  5. ^ "Windows Journal Application Beta Refresh for Windows". Support. Microsoft. 9 August 2016. 
  6. ^ Guin, John (21 December 2007). "Journal to OneNote Importer". OneNote Testing. Microsoft. 
  7. ^ "July 2016 Update for Windows Journal". Support. Microsoft. 15 July 2016. 
  8. ^ "Update for Windows Journal component removal". Support. Microsoft. 9 August 2016. 
  9. ^ Popa, Bogdan (10 August 2016). "Microsoft Releases KB3161102 to Kill Off Windows Journal". Softpedia. SoftNews SRL. 

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