Create and Sync Sticky Notes in Windows 10 and Windows 11

Sticky Notes have been a handy feature in Windows for years, allowing you to create virtual notes and place them on the screen to remind you of things you need to do. But beyond simply compiling notes, you can save and access them in a history list and sync them across multiple computers. That means you can create notes on your Windows 11 laptop and access them on your Windows 10 tablet without missing a beat. Here’s how to get started.


Open and sync Sticky Notes

Open Sticky Notes

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Sticky Notes is included with Windows as an app. On Windows 10, click the Start button and select the sticky notes Shortcut from the app list. Windows 11 users can open the Start menu and click All apps, and then select the Sticky Notes list. Alternatively, just type “sticky notes” in the search box and select the result.

log in

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When you launch Sticky Notes for the first time, you’ll see a Welcome screen asking you to sign in with your Microsoft account so you can sync your notes across devices. click Getting started to sign up or choose Use a different account if you have a preferred login.


Create and save sticky notes

Create sticky notes

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Enter your first note in the note window. You can create additional notes by clicking the plus sign. Sticky Notes supports cut, copy and paste. Select the text in a note, right-click and select Cut or Copy. Right-click an empty space in a note and select paste.

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Format Sticky Notes

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You can also play with the formatting of the text in the note. Select the entire note or just the text you want to reformat. The Notes window provides Bold, Italic, Underline, Strikethrough, and Bullet icons.

Color coded sticky notes

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You can even paint your notes with different colors. For each note you want to redraw, click the ellipse icon and choose a different color. When you’re done, you can close the note. Your note will not be deleted; it is saved to your Sticky Notes history instead.

Even if you close the Sticky Notes app completely, your notes will remain in the program. You can double-click a closed note to reopen it, and even add more information or change existing ones if needed.

Search sticky notes

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If your notes start piling up, you can search for specific ones. In the history window, enter your keyword in the search box to see relevant results.


Delete sticky notes

Delete sticky notes

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If you want to delete a note, click the ellipse icon and select Delete note. You can also do this by hovering over the note in the history list and clicking the trash can icon. You can also delete a note using the context menu. Right-click a note, and then select Delete note.

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Navigate Sticky Notes

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You will be asked to confirm if you want to delete the note. Click on Extinguish remove or click To keep to save it from the axe. Check the box next to do not ask me again to deactivate the confirmation question for the future.

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Access cloud storage

Access cloud storage

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You can sync your notes to the cloud. In the History window, click the Settings icon. Click the Sign In button, and then sign in with your Microsoft account if you didn’t already do so when you first launched Sticky Notes.

Sync Sticky Notes

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Now, when you switch to another computer running Windows 10 or 11, you can open Sticky Notes and find the notes you previously created on your other device.

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