How To Use Sticky Notes In Windows

Along with Paint, Snipping Tool, WordPad and Notepad, Sticky Notes is an application that has been present in Windows for a very long time. It is small utility that allows you to create all kinds of notes. You can place them anywhere you want on your Desktop, you can format their text, resize and paint them in a variety of colors. In this tutorial we'll show you how to use Sticky Notes and let you decide whether you want to use it or not.

NOTE: Sticky Notes is available in Windows 10, in Windows 8.1 and in the Home Premium, Professional, and Ultimate editions of Windows 7. If you've got a Tablet PC or a touchscreen, you should also know that Sticky Notes supports pen and touch input.

How To Start The Sticky Notes Application

The Sticky Notes application is located in the Accessories section of Windows 7's Start Menu. In Windows 8.1, the app is found in the apps view.

In Windows 10, things are a little different. Go to the Start Menu and press All apps.

Now, scroll down to the Windows Accesories folder and open it. There, you will find the Sticky Notes app.

In Windows 7, the fastest way to access Sticky Notes is to search for the word "sticky" in its Start Menu. In Windows 8.1, you can do the same thing on the Start screen.

In Windows 10, the fastest way to launch Sticky Notes is to ask Cortana launch it, by saying "Open Sticky Notes".

Another way to launch it is to type Sticky Notes in Cortana's search box.

When you open Sticky Notes, the app will simply load a blank note, similar to the one below.

How To Create A Note With Sticky Notes

As you'll notice, the interface is very simple and easy to use.

When you launch the app, you actually get a new note, in which you can simply start writing. If you want to create a new note, click or tap the "New Note" button or use the keyboard shortcut CTRL + N.

A blank note will be created the same as shown below.

How To Delete A Note In Sticky Notes

If you want to delete a note, click or tap the "Delete Note" button or use the keyboard shortcut CTRL+D.

You'll be prompted to confirm your choice. Click or tap Yes to delete the note.

Note that, if you no longer want to be asked to confirm your choice each time you remove a note, you can check the box that says Don't display this message again, before pressing Yes.

IMPORTANT: You have to distinguish between Delete note and closing Sticky Notes. When you simply close Sticky Notes from the taskbar, the notes you have created will be displayed the next time you open the application, exactly in the same place and form as they were when you closed the app.

How To Move A Note In Sticky Notes

The apps offers you the possibility to scatter the notes anywhere on your Desktop. To do that, drag the slightly darker part of your note and drop it where you want.

How To Customize A Note In Sticky Notes

The application offers some customization options like resizing, changing the background color or formatting the text. To change a note's size, drag it from its bottom right corner.

You can also change the color of the notes, to help you organize them a bit. The choices available are: Blue, Green, Pink, Purple, White, or Yellow. To do this, you'll have to open the note's contextual menu. Right-click or press and hold the note and select the color you desire.

As you can see below, Sticky Notes will immediately change the color of the selected note.

Sticky Notes also lets you format the text from any note, with the help of some keyboard key shortcuts. Select the text you want to format and press one of the following keyboard shortcuts, to get the desired formatting:

  • Bold: Ctrl+B
  • Italic: Ctrl+I
  • Underline: Ctrl+U
  • Strikethrough: Ctrl+T
  • Bullet list: Ctrl+Shift+L
  • Increase font size: Ctrl+Shift+>
  • Decrease font size: Ctrl+Shift+
  • Capitalize (or otherwise) highlighted letters: Ctrl+Shift+A
  • Right align: Ctrl+R
  • Center align: Ctrl+E
  • Left align: Ctrl+L
  • Single line space: Ctrl+1
  • Double line space: Ctrl+2
  • 1.5 line space: Ctrl+5


Sticky Notes is a friendly application that allows you to add notes to your Desktop in just a few easy steps. They will remain there as long as the application is running and each time you open it, your latest written notes are restored. Do you use this app? Or do you still prefer using traditional paper post-it notes? If you have any questions about this tool, don't hesitate to leave a comment below.