Sticky Notes


The original Sticky Notes or Post-it notes are a little square of paper, (usually yellow and created by 3M) that had a sticky strip allowing you to jot down a note and stick it anywhere on a hard surface as a reminder.
There are "electronic" versions that do the same thing on your screen.

A simple version appears in Windows but you can get more advanced versions, with more options, on-line.
At the time of writing this article there were 379 results for "free Sticky Notes" in CNET's

Here is a quick overview of Microsoft's version.

Microsoft Sticky Notes

From Microsoft's help page ….
You can use Sticky Notes to write a to-do list, jot down a phone number, or anything else that you'd use a pad of paper for. Sticky Notes can be used with either a Tablet PC and tablet pen, or with a standard keyboard.


To create a new sticky note;  

  • From the Start button (on the Taskbar), choose All Programs.
  • Select the Accessories folder and choose Sticky Notes from the list.

To create additional notes;

Do one of the following;

  • Click the New Note button (1).
  • Use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl N.

To type a note;

  • Click where you want the text to appear, and then start typing.

To write a note using a tablet pen, start writing on the note where you want the ink to appear.

To re-size notes;

  • Drag an edge or corner of the note to change the size.

To delete a sticky note;

Do one of the following;

  • Click the Delete Note button (2) and click Yes.
  • Use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl D.

Note: Sticky Notes close if you delete all of your notes.

To change the colour of a sticky note;

  • Right-click anywhere on the note and choose a colour.

To format text in a sticky note

  • To format text, change the text size or add bullets for a list, select the text and use the following keyboard shortcuts.
Format Keyboard shortcut  Format Keyboard shortcut
Bold text Ctrl B  

Bulleted or Numbered list

Ctrl Shift L

Italic text

Ctrl I


Increased text size

Ctrl Shift >

Underlined text

Ctrl U


Decreased text size

Ctrl Shift <


Ctrl T