Useful Tips & Tricks for Sticky Notes

In one of our previous tutorials, we've shown you How to use Sticky Notes. Now it's time to take it to the next level and show you how to customize certain aspects of working with Sticky Notes. In this article I will show how you to restore the delete dialogue box, backup your notes, copy text from other applications to Sticky Notes while maintaining the same formatting.

How to Restore the Delete Dialogue Box

NOTE: In order to perform this action you need to have administrative permissions.

If you have opted to NOT have the confirmation box show up when deleting a note, by selecting 'Don't Display this message again', and would now like to get it back, follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Open the Registry Editor.

    Type the word run in the search box of the Start Menu and choose Run, or press the Windows+R keys on your keyboard.

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    Type regedit in the Run window and press OK.

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    You will now receive an UAC (User Account Control) prompt. Click on Yes to continue.

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  • Step 2: Navigate to the following key:'HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Applets\StickyNotes'

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  • Step 3: Now delete the value called PROMPT_ON_DELETE or set its value to 1 then click OK and exit.

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For those of you who wish an easier way to restore the dialog box, just download the file we attached to the bottom of this article, called StickyNotes.reg. Once the download ends, double-click on the file.

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Confirm the action by pressing the Yes button.

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Finally you will get a confirmation message that the change has been done.

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The result will be the same but much faster and faster: you will have the delete dialog box with just a few clicks.

Backup your Notes

If you want to backup your sticky notes or send them by email, you can do so by browsing to 'C:\Users\YourUSERNAME\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Sticky Notes' and copy the file StickyNotes.snt to an USB drive, for example. If you just want to create a backup, you can copy the file to a folder you've previously created on your disk.

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NOTE: For viewing the content of the folder you need to enable 'Show hidden files, folders and drives' in Windows Explorer. Just in case you don't know the exact steps on how to do this, check out this tutorial.

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Customize text

Those of you that are not happy with the standard fonts used by Sticky Notes, can use other text editing applications like Microsoft Word, Microsoft Wordpad, etc. You can type your short notes in these editors, select the preferred fonts and formatting and then copy / paste them to Sticky Notes. When you do this, the formatting from the text editor will transfer to your note.

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Just select the text from the text editor, right-click on it and select Copy from the contextual menu or use the shortcut keys 'CTRL+C'.

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On the note where you want to add the text, right-click and select Paste or use the shortcut keys 'CTRL+V'. You will have the custom text transferred to your note.

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Conclusion

These little tips & tricks are designed to help you better exploit the potential of Sticky Notes. If you have other tips to share, or any questions or problems, don't hesitate to leave a comment.

Related articles:

How to use Sticky Notes
How to Sync Sticky Notes Across Users and Computers in 7 Steps
Take Screenshots with the Snipping Tool in Windows 7 & Windows 8

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