How to use Sticky Notes in Windows 10

The Sticky Notes app has been present in Windows for a long time. In Windows 10, Microsoft decided to ditch the old desktop version of Sticky Notes and recreate it as a new, modern, universal app. The new Sticky Notes looks and works pretty much the same as the old one. However, it also supports integration with Cortana, which is something the old Sticky Notes could not do. Here is how to use the Sticky Notes app in Windows 10:

How to open Sticky Notes in Windows 10

One of the easiest ways in which you can open Sticky Notes in Windows 10 is to click or tap on its shortcut from the Start Menu.

The Sticky Notes shortcut from the Start Menu

However, there are other ways to launch Sticky Notes too, and you can find them all described in this article: 10 ways to start Sticky Notes in Windows (all versions).

How to create a new note in Sticky Notes for Windows 10

Sticky Notes is a simple app that is easy to use. When you open it, it automatically creates a new blank note, that looks like the image below.

A new note created with Sticky Notes

If you want to create new notes, click or tap on the + (plus) button on the top-left corner of any note already found on your desktop. The note must be active, to see the + button, which means that you need to select it with a click or tap inside the note.

Creating a new note

Keep in mind that the newly created note uses the same color as the note where you pressed the + button. However, you can change its color later.

How to change the color of a note in Sticky Notes for Windows 10

Sticky Notes can use different colors for the notes you create with it. That can make it easier to organize things on your desktop, as well as make notes prettier if you prefer other colors than yellow, which is the default color. To change the color of a note, click or tap inside the note, and then the menu button, which looks like three suspension dots.

The Sticky Notes menu button

Then choose the color that you prefer to use for that note by clicking or tapping on it.

Changing the color of a note

It is worth noting that the notes created with Sticky Notes can be yellow, green, pink, purple, blue, or white. However, the Sticky Notes prefers to refer to them as Lemon, Grass, Rose, Amethyst, Sky Blue, and Clean.

How to format text in Sticky Notes for Windows 10

The Sticky Notes app from Windows 10 lets you format the text inside your notes. However, you should know that the formatting options available are fewer than in the old Sticky Notes app for Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. To format the text inside Sticky Notes for Windows 10, you can use the following keyboard shortcuts:

  • Bold: Ctrl + B
  • Underline: Ctrl + U
  • Italics: Ctrl + I
  • Strikethrough: Ctrl + T
  • Bullet list: Ctrl + Shift + L
Text formats available in Sticky Notes

How to delete a note from Sticky Notes in Windows 10

To delete a note from Sticky Notes, click or tap inside the note, and then the trash button that appears on its top-right corner. When Sticky Notes asks you to confirm your choice, press Delete and the note is gone, and unrecoverable.

Deleting a note

How to move notes created with Sticky Notes in Windows 10

To move a note created with Sticky Notes in Windows 10, click or tap inside the note, and then drag its title bar (the darker area at the top of the note) anywhere you want to place it on your desktop.

Moving a note

How to resize notes created with Sticky Notes in Windows 10

If you want to resize a note created with Sticky Notes in Windows 10, move the mouse cursor on its bottom-right corner.

When the cursor changes its appearance to a two-headed arrow, drag the mouse cursor to adjust the note's size.

Resizing a note

How to enable and use Cortana's Insights in Sticky Notes for Windows 10

The Sticky Notes app from Windows 10 is integrated with Cortana and can work together. This feature is called Insights and, if enabled, it can automatically identify specific types of information you write in a note created with Sticky Notes and take appropriate actions.

Before we show you what information Insights can detect in your notes, let's first make sure that you have it on. To do that, open the Sticky Notes Settings. Click or tap on the menu button (the three dots) inside a note, and then Settings.

The Sticky Notes Settings button

This action opens a small window in which the only setting available is called Enable insights. Make sure that its switch is turned on and then close the window.

The switch for Enable insights in Sticky Notes

When it is on, the Insights feature can, for example, automatically detect when you enter a time or date inside a note. When it sees this information, Sticky Notes highlights it, and you can click or tap on it to create a Cortana reminder.

Cortana reminders created in Sticky Notes

Other examples of information that Sticky Notes' Insights can automatically detect in your notes include:

  • Addresses - if you click on an address, Sticky Notes opens the Maps app.
  • Emails - if you click or tap on an email-address, Sticky Notes opens the Mail app.
  • Phone numbers - if you click or tap on a phone number, Sticky Notes opens Skype.
  • Flight number - if you enter the number of a flight inside a note, clicking or tapping on on it shows you details about it, based on the Bing search engine.
  • Stocks - if you enter a stock symbol with a $ sign in the beginning, clicking or tapping on it shows you details about that stock, based on data from the Bing search engine.
Insights from Sticky Notes

Some people might find the Insights useful. However, if you are not one of them, you can disable this integration with Cortana by turning off the Insights switch from Sticky Notes' Settings.

Disabling the insights in Sticky Notes

Do you like the new Sticky Notes app from Windows 10?

We have been avid users of Sticky Notes ever since its first days, and we still are. Although we like the way the new Sticky Notes from Windows 10 has changed, we are not pleased by the lack of advanced text formatting options that we used to have in Sticky Notes for Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. Do you feel the same? What would you add to the new Sticky Notes app to make it better? We must admit that we would also love it if Sticky Notes would be capable of syncing notes across Windows 10 computers, using your Microsoft account and OneDrive. Share your opinion in the comments section and let's discuss.