Using Sticky Notes

You can use Sticky Notes to write a to-do list, jot down a phone number, or do anything else that you'd use a pad of paper for.

To create a new sticky note

  1. Click on Start
  2. Type Sticky Notes into the search box and click on Sticky Notes in the list of results
  3. To create additional notes, click the New Note button

You can also open a new note by pressing Ctrl+N.

Tip: To resize a note, drag an edge or corner of the note to make it larger or smaller.


To delete a sticky note

When you've finished using a note, you can delete it to clean up your desktop.

  1. Click the Delete Note
  2. In the Sticky Notes dialog box, click Yes.

You can also delete a note by pressing Ctrl+D.

Note: Sticky Notes closes if you delete all of your notes. To create a new note, reopen Sticky Notes.


To change the color of a sticky note

  1. Right-click the note that you want to change, and then click a color.


To format text in a sticky note

You can format text, add bullets to make a list, or change the text size by using keyboard shortcuts. Here's how:

  1. Select the text that you want to change.
  2. Use the following keyboard shortcuts to format the text on your note:

Type of formatting

Keyboard shortcut

Bold text


Italic text


Underlined text




Bulleted list


(Press this keyboard shortcut again to switch to a numbered list.)

Increased text size


Decreased text size


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