2 Ways to make Sticky Notes open automatically at the Windows startup

Sticky Notes are one of the simplest and most useful tools in Windows operating systems because they are the electronic equivalent of the paper sticky notes every desk employee knows intimately. If you’re such a person, you also know that sticky notes are useful only if they stick and remain visible at all times. :) Unfortunately, Sticky Notes in Windows may not be sticky enough for you as they don’t start automatically each time you log into Windows. If you encounter this problem, here are two solutions for you:

NOTE: We assume that you are already familiar with how to open Sticky Notes and how to work with them. If not, you can find more information in this tutorial: How to use Sticky Notes in Windows. Before you go ahead with this tutorial, please keep in mind that its instructions work for Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.

Method 1. Leave the Sticky Notes app open

It might sound a bit awkward, but it’s as simple as that: if you want your Sticky Notes to automatically launch during the Windows startup, all you have to do is leave them opened on your Desktop when you shut down your computer. When you turn on your computer again, all the Sticky Notes that you had previously opened will load automatically.

Method 2. Create a Sticky Notes shortcut in your Windows Startup folder

If, for any reason, the first method doesn’t work for you, you can also “force” Sticky Notes to start automatically during each Windows startup. To do that, you have to create a shortcut to the Sticky Notes executable file, and place it in your user account’s Startup folder.

Start by opening Windows Explorer if you’re using Windows 7 or File Explorer if you are using Windows 8.1 or Windows 10. Then, in the address bar, copy and paste, the following location: %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

This path takes you to your user’s Startup folder. Depending on what programs you have installed and configured to run on startup, you might see some files stored there.

In the Startup folder, create a new shortcut and point it to the Sticky Notes executable file. The location of this file is the following: %windir%\system32\StikyNot.exe

The shortcut you created should have the same icon as the Sticky Notes app.

That’s all! You can close Windows Explorer or File Explorer and you can also close Sticky Notes. From now on, your Sticky Notes will be opened each time you start your Windows computer.


As you have seen, setting your Sticky Notes to open each time you log into your Windows computer or device is easy. If the first method we shared doesn’t work for you, the second absolutely will. If you have any questions or issues, don’t hesitate to use the comments form below.