Stickynotes is a free Windows program
designed to replace all those little paper notes you have stuck to your
monitor. It's designed to be there when you need it, but be out of the
way when you don't.
Stickynotes can be any size, any color, and be placed anywhere on the
screen. They are saved and restored automatically, so you don't
have to worry about them. Note settings are stored per-user.
Installing Stickynotes is simple.
If you've downloaded the installer-based version, just run the
installer and follow the instructions. If you've downloaded the
.ZIP-based version, just unpack the archive into the directory of your
choice (I use C:\Program Files\Stickynotes) and double-click on
stickynotes.exe to get started.
Important Note -- If you are
currently using a previous version of Stickynotes, you must disable the
old version first. To do so, uncheck "Run Automatically when
Windows Starts" in the Settings dialog box of the old version, then
select Quit. Your notes will be preserved from the old version.
Once you've run Stickynotes, you can set it to run automatically when
you log on to Windows through the settings dialog box.
To get started with Stickynotes,
right-click on the small yellow note icon in the system tray, near the
clock. This will bring up the Stickynotes menu, which has the
- New Stickynote -- this
will open a new note. The note will appear in the middle of the
screen unless there's already a note there.
- Hide Stickynotes -- select
this option to hide all of the notes. To make them visible again,
either select Show Stickynotes from the menu, or just left-click on the
Sticknotes icon in the system tray.
- Settings -- select this to
change your default note preferences, as well as basic Stickynotes
options. More on this below.
- About Stickynotes --
Selecting this option opens a new note with information about the
software. You can use this if you forgot where you downloaded
Stickynotes, or if you're just bored. The new note won't be saved
along with your notes, so it won't be there the next time you launch the
- Quit -- This will close
the software, including all note windows. The note contents and
settings will be saved automatically.
If you choose Settings
from the Stickynotes system
tray menu, you'll see the Settings dialog box. This dialog box
contains the following options:
- Show up on Taskbar -- By
default, Stickynotes only appears on the System Tray while running,
rather than on the Taskbar with normal applications. If you'd
prefer to have it appear on the Taskbar as well, select this option.
With this option enabled, Stickynotes can be brought to the
foreground via Alt-Tab. Stickynotes will only occupy one System
Tray icon or Taskbar button regardless of how many notes are open.
- Help notes stick to screen edge
and each other -- With this option selected, notes will "snap"
into position when they're close to the screen edge or another note.
This helps keep notes tidy. This option is selected by
- Run automatically when Windows
starts -- Select this option to have Stickynotes launch
automatically when you log onto Windows. Your notes are restored
automatically upon launch.
- Default Note Color -- Use
this setting to specify the color of newly-created notes. You can
always change the color of an existing note later, as explained below.
- Default Font Size -- Use
this setting to specify the size of the text in newly-created notes.
You can always change the font size of an existing note later, as
- Transparency -- This
slider bar allows you to set how transparent notes are, from "barely
visible" to "totally opaque". The currently-selected note is
always opaque, so you can see what you're typing. This option is
only available in Windows 2000 and XP.
Using a note is easy -- simply click on
the note you want to change, and start typing. To close a note
(and lose its contents), click the small "X" button in the upper right
of the note. To move a note, you can either click on the title bar
across the top of the note, or press the Ctrl key and click anywhere on
the note, and drag the window where you want it. To change the
size of the note window, click on the small square Resize button in the
bottom-right of the note.
To change other note settings, right-click on the note window.
This will bring up a context menu, with the following options:
- New Stickynote -- Select
this to open a new note.
- Color -- This submenu lets
you change the note window's color. Choose from the seven preset
colors, or choose "Custom..." and pick the exact color you want!
- Font Size -- Use this
submenu to change the size of the text in the note window. If you
the default size difficult to read, you may want to change the Default
Font Size setting in the Settings dialog box, as explained above.
- Set Alarm -- Use this
option to set a date and time to be reminded of the note. At the
specified date and time, the note will be brought into the foreground,
your default system "ding" noise will be played, and the note's title
bar will flash until it is clicked upon.
- Cancel Alarm -- Use this
to cancel a previously set alarm.
- Always on Top -- This
setting forces the note to stay on top of other windows at all times.
This is very useful in combination with the Transparency setting
in the Settings dialog box.
- Find Text -- Use this to
search within the current note to find a specific word or phrase in the
- Undo -- Unsurprisingly,
this will undo the most recent changes made to the note's text.
- Cut/Copy/Paste -- Use
these to send information to and from the Windows clipboard, for
transferring text between notes and other applications or other notes.
Stickynotes also supports drag-and-drop of text or files.
- Select All -- This selects
all of the text in the note, making it ready to be copied-and-pasted or
- Load Note from File / Save Note
to File -- These options allow you to load the contents of a text
file into a note, or to save a note's contents to a text file. Use
this if you prefer using Stickynotes instead of Notepad. :)
You don't need to use these to save your notes under normal
circumstances, though, as all of your notes are saved and restored
- Print This Note -- This
option will bring up a dialog box that allows you to print the current
note's contents. The printout is pretty no-frills, but hey -- so
are the notes.
- Close This Stickyntoes --
This will close the current note, discarding its contents.
- Hide All Stickynotes --
This option will hide all of your notes. To make them visible
again, either choose "Show Stickynotes" from the system tray menu, or
just left-click on the Stickynotes icon in the system tray.
- Quit Program -- This will
close the Stickynotes application, including all note windows. The
note contents and settings are automatically saved.
Here are some nifty Stickynotes
features and tricks, some of which didn't really fit into the other
- Text files can be dragged from any Explorer window into a note
window to fill the note with their contents.
- Selected text can be dragged from a drag-and-drop supporting
application (like WordPad) into a note window; the text will be inserted
into the current note's contents.
- You can press the Ctrl key and click anywhere in a note window to
- If you press the Alt key and click on a URL in a note,
Stickynotes will launch that URL in your default browser.
Stickynotes is free. If you like
it, or if you have a question, suggestion, or any comment, please send me mail
This software could not have happened
without the suggestions and testing of a number of people, most notably
Cynthia Matuszek, Barrett Phillips, and Jeffrey Berthiaume.
Stickynotes was initially inspired by a similar application that comes
with MacOS, written by Jens Alfke. The two programs are unrelated
-- the MacOS version simply led me to recognize a need and try to fill
Stickynotes was written using Borland
Delphi 5. The installer-based version of Stickynotes uses the Nullsoft
Install System, which
saved a great deal of hassle. I highly recommend it.
Changes since version 18.104.22.168
- Fixed a bug that prevented Stickynotes from opening text files dropped onto empty notes. (thanks to Dave Hamdon)
- Fixed a bug that made Stickynotes print blank pages when printing dark-colored notes.
Changes since version 22.214.171.124
- Fixed a bug that prevented Stickynotes from working on Windows 95.
Changes since version 1.x:
- Transparency in 2000/XP
- Printing of notes
- Loading / saving of notes
- Find text in notes
- Drag and drop text files into notes
- Custom note colors
- "Always on top" feature for notes
- Alarm feature pops note into foreground with sound at specified
- Drag-and-drop text into notes, with insertion point feedback.
- Custom default note color.
- Notes now stick to each other as well as screen edges.
- Screen resolution change detected, notes are moved as necessary
-- and restored to preferred locations once resolution is changed back.
- Default note color preview on settings.
- "Hide Stickynotes" menu option changes to "Show Stickynotes" as
- Each stickynote's title in Task Manager now includes the first
line of the note's contents.
- Alt-clicking on a URL in a stickynote launches that URL in the
- Added 2-pixel margin to sides of notes
- Added introductory dialog box for new users
- Added support for different (larger) font sizes, including a
default font size
- Added support for multiple-monitor systems