Sticky Notes

Sticky Notes is a desktop notes application included in Windows 7,[1] Windows 8, and Windows 10.[2] It was present in Windows Vista as a gadget for the Windows Sidebar, and originated in Windows XP Tablet Edition in 2002. The program allows users to take notes using post-it note–like windows on their desktop. According to a Microsoft employee, there were eight million monthly Sticky Notes users as of April 2016.[3]

Sticky Notes
Screenshot of Sticky Notes on Windows 10 with insight enabled. The upper half with a yellow background is the typed note. Red text indicates an insight has been identified. The white with black highlight is the selected text for the insight shown in the lower portion of the sticky note.
Stable release
Windows 10:
Operating systemWindows XP Tablet PC Edition, Windows Vista, Windows 7 (Home Premium and higher editions), Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10
TypeDesktop notes


The original Sticky Notes gadget was one of many included with Vista. Although gadgets were continued in Windows 7, Sticky Notes was removed from the list and was made a standalone app, built on the Win32 platform, that could still open at startup. This version does not directly support pen input. The default color is yellow, but five other colors are offered. Sticky Notes have jumplists and a taskbar preview, which shows the notes in a stack. Sticky Notes are automatically saved.[4] This version was reused in Windows 8 and the initial releases of Windows 10.[5]

In the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, a new version built on the Universal Windows Platform was introduced. It can be launched as a standalone app or part of the Windows Ink workspace. The latter method causes the space behind the notes to become blurred. The new version directly accepts pen input and can recognize words and letters in handwritten text. The new Sticky Notes provides stock information when a ticker is typed or written, and it provides flight info when a flight number is typed or written.[6] It has Cortana integration and can create reminders from notes that include a date.[7] Unlike the Windows 7 version, this version's taskbar preview shows a stock image rather than the notes a user has created. It originally did not have a jump list, but that was added back in version 1.6.2 on February 6, 2017.


Sticky Notes can sync notes across multiple devices, not just to Windows 10 devices, but also to iOS and Android devices running Microsoft OneNote.[8][9] A web client to edit sticky notes is also available on the OneNote website, at the obscure location.[10][11][12]

On Android devices, Microsoft Launcher can show sticky notes synced with a local instance of the OneNote app.[13][14]


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  6. Coppock, Mark (3 June 2016). "Sticky Notes app gets new stock ticker and flight info support on Windows 10 Insider". WinBeta.
  7. Guim, Mark (6 July 2016). "How to create a reminder in Sticky Notes on Windows 10". Windows Central. Mobile Nations.
  8. Thorp-Lancaster, Dan (10 October 2018). "Microsoft Sticky Notes are coming to OneNote on iOS and Android (Updated)". Windows Central. Mobile Nations.
  9. Whitney, Lance (12 July 2019). "How to use Microsoft's Sticky Notes in Windows 10, on the web, and on your mobile device". TechRepublic. CBS Interactive.
  10. Woods, Rich (31 October 2018). "Sticky Notes is now available on the web". Neowin.
  11. Viswanathan, Pradeep (31 October 2018). "Microsoft brings Sticky Notes to the web". MSPoweruser.
  12. Killian, Bell (9 October 2018). "Microsoft is bringing Sticky Notes to iOS". Cult of Mac.
  13. Thorp-Lancaster, Dan (21 November 2018). "Microsoft Launcher beta gets To-Do and Sticky Notes integration, 'Hey Cortana' support". Windows Centeral. Mobile Nations.
  14. Hassan, Mehedi (21 November 2018). "Microsoft Launcher Gets To-Do and Sticky Notes Integration". BWW Media Group.
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