How To Use Sticky Notes In Windows 7 & Windows 8.1

Sticky NotesAlong with Paint, Snipping Tool, WordPad and Notepad, Sticky Notes is an application that has been long integrated in Windows. 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 easily. In this tutorial we'll show how to use Sticky Notes and let you decide whether you want to use it or not.

NOTE: Sticky Notes is available in Windows 8.1, the Home Premium, Professional, and Ultimate editions of Windows 7. If you've got a Tablet PC or a touchscreen, 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 and Windows 8.1's apps view.

Sticky Notes, Windows 7, Windows 8.1

The fastest way to access Sticky Notes is to search for the word "sticky" in Windows 7's Start Menu or in the Windows 8.1 Start screen. Click or tap the Sticky Notes search result.

Sticky Notes, Windows 7, Windows 8.1

The first note will be displayed and it should look similar to the one below. You can start typing if you want to create your first note.

Sticky Notes, Windows 7, Windows 8.1

How To Create A Note With Sticky Notes

The interface is very simple and easy to use. If you want to create a new note, just click or tap the "New Note" button or use the keyboard shortcut "CTRL+ N".

Sticky Notes, Windows 7, Windows 8.1

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

Sticky Notes, Windows 7, Windows 8.1

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".

Sticky Notes, Windows 7, Windows 8.1

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

Sticky Notes, Windows 7, Windows 8.1

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

Sticky Notes, Windows 7, Windows 8.1

IMPORTANT:You have to distinguish between "Delete note" and closing Sticky Notes. When you 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 it.

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 its size, drag it from its bottom right corner.

Sticky Notes, Windows 7, Windows 8.1

You can change the color of the notes to help you organize them. The choices available are: Blue, Green, Pink, Purple, White, or Yellow. To do this, right-click or press and hold the note to bring up the color options menu and select the color you desire.

Sticky Notes, Windows 7, Windows 8.1

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

Sticky Notes, Windows 7, Windows 8.1

The application offers the possibility to format the text, with the help of the keyboard keys. Just select the text and press one of the following keyboard shortcuts, to get the desired formatting:

  • Bold: "Ctrl+B"
  • Italics: "Ctrl+I"
  • Underline: "Ctrl+U"
  • Strikethrough: "Ctrl+T"
  • Bullet list: "Ctrl+Shift+L"
  • Bigger font: "Ctrl+Shift+>"
  • Smaller font: "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"

Conclusion

Sticky Notes is a very friendly application that allows you to add notes to your Desktop in just a few steps. They will remain there as long as the application is running and each time you open it, your latest written notes are restored.
If you have any questions about this tool, don't hesitate to leave a comment below.