How to use Sticky Notes in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users how to use the new Sticky Notes that comes with Windows 11. Microsoft Sticky Notes app is simple way to quickly create post-it like notes and save for later. It’s like a quick reminder that can easily be discarded after use.

The new Sticky Notes app which now supports pen input and offers reminders and other insight data that you can stick to the desktop, move them around freely, and sync them across devices and apps like OneNote Mobile, Microsoft Launcher for Android, and more.

The Sticky Notes also supports different insights data, including dates, times and others with Cortana enabled and functional. When you type something with a time or date, the time or date will turn blue links that you can click or tap into and set reminders. If your Windows device has a pen or stylus, you can also draw or write notes directly in a sticky note with your stylus.

Below we’ll show you how to open and use the Sticky Notes in Windows 11.

How to use Sticky Notes app in Windows 11

Like any other apps in Windows, simply go to the Start menu > All apps and click Sticky Notes.

When the Sticky Notes app opens, you can Pin it to the Taskbar by right-clicking on the app icon on the Taskbar and selecting Pin to taskbar if you want to.

The Sticky Notes app is very simple to use. By default when you launch it for the first time you’re given an option to sign in with your Microsoft account.

When you sign in, you can back up and sync your notes across devices using your Microsoft account. If you haven’t create an account, you should do it in order to back up your notes.

If you simply want to use the app without signing in, then exit the sign in screen and begin use the app.

By default, you’ll see a yellow sticky note. You can type whatever you want into the post-it like note and it will be saved your note for later.

The app also comes with a hub where all your notes are recorded.

To create a new note, click the “+” sign. 

To change the color of a note, click the “” menu button and select one of the color choices.

You can then change the color of the notes using the color palette. From this menu, you can also delate a note. Simply click the trash can button (Delete note) to delete a note.

These individual windows can be moved anywhere on the desktop and resized. Simply select the title bar and drag the windows anywhere on the desktop. If you double-click the tile bar, it maximizes the windows and double-clicking again restores its default size.

Clicking X on the window does not delete the note. You can always retrieve the note by going to the list hub.

How to show or hide all notes in Windows 11

If you have too many notes on your screen and you want to quickly hide or unhide them, then use the tips below.

Right-click on the Sticky Notes icon on the Taskbar, then on the content menu window, click Show or hide all notes.

That should do it!


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