How to put sticky notes on your desktop

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How to put sticky notes on your desktop
Using Windows' Sticky Notes app will allow you to do away with physical sticky notes. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Using physical sticky notes -- those brightly coloured scraps of paper people emblazon round the edges of computer screens with scribbled reminders on them -- is both messy and bad for the environment. If you need to display reminders on or around your PC's screen, it's tidier and more sustainable to use Windows' virtual Sticky Notes app. This will allow you plaster your computer's desktop with as many reminders as will comfortably fit onto it.

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    Type "Sticky Notes" from your Start screen and open the app when it's icon is displayed. If you use Sticky Notes regularly, add a tile linking straight to the app to your Start screen. To do so, right-click on the Sticky Notes icon after you've searched for it and click "Pin to Start" from the options displayed at the bottom of your screen.

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    Click in the Sticky Notes tab that appears on your screen and type a message. Click outside of the tab to pin your message to your desktop. If you want to add additional notes to your desktop, click the "+" symbol in the top left-hand corner of your Sticky Notes tab. Alternatively, click inside an open tab and press "Ctrl" and "N."

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    Hover your cursor around the corners and sides of your Sticky Note tabs and drag them to resize either before or after you've entered text. If you want to change the colour of your tabs, right-click on them and choose a new hue from the context menu that displays.

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    Use keyboard shortcuts to format the text your enter. Highlight your copy and press "Ctrl" and "B" for bold. For italics it's "Ctrl" and "I," to underline it's "Ctrl" and "U" while to strike-through it's "Ctrl" and "T." You can create a bulleted list by pressing "Ctrl," "Shift" and "L" from a live tab and increase or decrease the point size of your text by pressing "Ctrl" and "Shift" followed by either ">" or "<."

Tips and warnings

  • Click the "X" in the top right-hand corner of your Sticky Notes to remove them from your desktop once they've fulfilled their purpose.

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