In this guide, we show you a bunch of tips and tricks for Sticky Notes, which has received an update for Windows 7. Specifically, we’ll What versions?cover the following:
- What versions of Windows 7 have Sticky Notes?
- How do I open Sticky Notes?
- How do I create a new note?
- How do I change the color of notes?
- How do I resize notes?
- How do I delete a note?
- How do I change the fonts of a note?
- How can I backup my notes?
- How do I format text within my notes?
- How do I save my notes for later?
If you know of a trick that we missed, please let us know in the comments.
What Versions of Windows 7 have Sticky Notes?
Sticky Notes is available only in the Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise editions of Windows 7.
So, if you have Windows 7 Starter edition, you wont have access to Sticky Notes — sorry.
How Do I Open Sticky Notes?
To open Sticky Notes, click the Start button, type notes and click Sticky Notes.
How Do I Create a New Note?
Either: click the plus sign on a previously-existing note:
Or: Right click the notes icon in the taskbar and click New Note.
How Do I Change the Color of Notes?
Right click a note and choose a new color:
How Do I Resize Notes?
Notes will resize as you add content to them:
Alternatively, you can grab the bottom right corner of a note to resize it. You can also overlay notes if you like that kind of thing
How Do I Delete a Note?
On a note you’d like to delete, click the X in the top tight corner.
You’ll be asked to confirm deletion and can check a box (Don’t display this message again) to remove the confirmation dialog.
Advanced tip: If you want to be prompted again (I closed a note with the fonts examples after taking about five minutes preparing it):
Not sure how to use the Registry to make edits? Learn here: Working with the Windows Registry.
1. Open the registry and navigate the following key:
2. Change the value of PROMPT_ON_DELETE to 1.
How do I Format Text Within my Notes?
You can format text in your notes with the following shortcuts:
How do I Change the Fonts of a Note?
The only way I could find to change the fonts in a note is to first format the font in a program like Microsoft Word and then copy and paste the formatted text:
How Can I Backup My Notes?
To backup your notes, you’ll first need to show hidden files and folders.
Now open My Computer and enter %appdata%\Microsoft\Sticky Notes\ in the address bar:
Copy StickyNotes.snt to a backup location of your choice. You can also copy this file to another PC running Windows 7 to view your notes there.
How do I Save My Notes for Later?
If you’d like to close Sticky Notes but not lose your current notes (i.e. avoid clicking the X to delete a note), you’ll need to do the following:
Right click the Sticky Notes icon in the taskbar and click Close. This will save your notes for next time.