Sticky Notes in Windows 10 / 8 / 7: Tips to use, save, format, backup, restore

If you are a regular Windows 10 / 8 / 7 Sticky Notes user, you might find these tips & tricks to use, save, format, backup and restore handy. It also tells you how to turn the Sticky Note delete confirmation box, back on, in case you have turned it off earlier.

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Sticky Notes

  • To open a new Sticky Note, type sticky in start search and hit Enter.
  • To change its size, drag it from its bottom right corner.
  • To change its color, right click the note and then click the color you want.
  • To create a new sticky note, click on the ‘+‘ sign in its top left corner.
  • To close a sticky note, right click on its taskbar icon and select ‘Close window’. If you reopen Stiky Notes now, you will see the earlier Notes. The Notes will appear exactly where you left them, even if you restart your Windows computer.
  • To delete a sticky note click on the ‘x‘ mark in its top right corner.

Once its running and you start making notes, you can use the following keyboard shortcut keys to format its text:

Select the text where required, and then press the desired keys:

  1. Bold: Ctrl+B
  2. Italics: Ctrl+I
  3. Underline: Ctrl+U
  4. Strikethrough: Ctrl+T
  5. Bullet list: Ctrl+Shift+L
  6. Increase size of text: Ctrl+Shift+>
  7. Decrease size of text: Ctrl+Shift+<
  8. See the options when you press Ctrl+Shift+L each time (1 to 5 times).eg. To get Roman numerals: Press 5 times, Ctrl+Shift+L.
  9. Capitalize (or otherwise) highlighted letters: Ctrl+Shift+A
  10. Right Align : Ctrl+R
  11. Center align: Ctrl+E
  12. Left Align: Ctrl+L
  13. Single line space: Ctrl+1
  14. Double line space: Ctrl+2
  15. 1.5 line space: Ctrl+5

Ctrl+A, Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V, etc of course work as usual. Know any more? Do share below in the comments!

Backup, Save, Restore Sticky Notes

You can backup the Windows 7 Sticky Notes by backing up this file to another location:

C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Sticky Notes\StickyNotes.snt

You may have to show hidden/system files via the Folder Options.

To restore it, delete the sticky notes from your desktop and copy paste the backed up one into this folder:

C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Sticky Notes folder

How To Retrieve Back The Lost Notes, After Closing Windows Vista’s Sidebar Notes Gadget may interest some Windows Vista users.

Turn the Sticky Note delete warning back on

If you have at any point, on selecting delete,  opted to NOT have the confirmation box show up again, by selecting Don’t Display this message again, and would now like to get this delete confirmation box, here is the way to do it.


Open Registry Editor and navigate to the following key :



Now delete the value called PROMPT_ON_DELETE or set its value to 1.

If you do not want to touch the Windows registry, you could simply download our freeware FixWin to fix the issue, quickly.

Change Sticky Notes font

Windows uses the Segoe Print font. Changing of the default is not supported in Sticky Notes. What you can do is type your text in the desired font in a text editor like Word, and copy-paste it here. The Sticky Note should display the text in that font. Let us know if this works for you.

How to minimize Windows Sticky Notes to your notification area and Sticky Notes alternatives may also interest you.

If you have any questions, please address them to TWC Forum thread on Sticky Notes.

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Anand Khanse aka HappyAndyK is an end-user Windows enthusiast, a Microsoft MVP in Windows, since 2006, and the Admin of Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.
  • tehnolog

    Insdead of sticky type stikynot in start search

  • Windows Club

    Thanks for bringing this up.

    StikyNot is the name of the .exe file which is situated in the C:\Windows\system32 folder.

  • David

    Where are the options in stickynote? I switched off the warning before deleting and can’t find how to put it back on again.


  • Relo@d

    I also need to learn how to turn the sticky note delete warning back on plz!

  • Windows Club

    Relo@d : Post has updated to answer your question :)

  • Chris

    What is the point of having sticky notes be backed up in the .snt file if you can’t read it? When I open it in Notepad, I see gibberish, with my notes in there somewhere. When I open it with Sticky Notes itself, I just get a new Sticky Note window on my desktop. Do I need proprietary software to view it in a meaningful way? Or am I expected to just be okay with dozens of notes popping up whenever I open Sticky Note, in order to review what I once documented? Seems silly and unwieldy.

  • Carver

    I was wondering if there was any way to hide the sticky notes application from the taskbar. Such as in the system tray. Because I would like to have sticky notes open all the time, but I dont want it taking up space on my taskbar.

  • Ed

    After running sticky notes for the first time every time I start up again an empty sticky note appears on the desktop. Is there a way to disable sticky notes from start up? I have tried disabling it with CCCleaner but get access denied.

  • Bob

    I had to reboot before the registry change took effect (for restoring the delete warning).

  • Allan

    Hi guys.. it’s not the perfect solution, but searching on the net, I found a software (Sticky Notes Taskbar Hider) that does exactly what the name says! It lets you send sticky notes to the system tray.
    I just tried it and it worked for me..

    But I agree, shouldn’t have to add an other software to hide a simple task bar item!

  • Jadah

    Thanks for the Info, you had this posted just in time of need. Sticky Notes are very useful, but was giving up on them because of my Laptop and Desktop Use. used to send them by email…

  • Bogcess

    Great post! That was definitely helpful. However I re-entered my data manually because the codes are different to read. I hope microsoft makes it easier to restore deleted notes in the future. Thanks!

  • britton fletchall

    i have never used sticky notes, but i tried to open it and an error prompt comes up stating it failed to quit or initialize what can i do. it won’t open or close

  • hendra

    Hi Everyone…
    could anyone please help me, i’d like the sticky notes process to be running every time i start up, since i am using error repair professional, and deleted the process, now i can’t even restore it. is there anyone know how to start up the sticky notes process? please email me..
    profesor_shadow at yahoo dot co dot id
    any answer would be thankful…

  • random-user

    so i had a little trouble with my laptop today, so i resored it. unfortunately the sticky notes don’t work anymore…
    when i click on the sticky note icon it opens a little windows with this:
    not able to launch sticky notes. issue with accessing the file.
    WHAT CAN I DO???? PLEASE HELP!! I really want them back!
    Thanks in advance :)

  • gongoscho

    where i can found the postions of the notes? Or better, is it possible to save the postions?

    I work with 2 Displays, and the problem is when i change to 1 display from 2 display work the positions are bad!


  • shenry

    I typed a new sticky note and options to close, minimize or maximize it are greyed out. I have options only to delete (x)or add (+). How can I fix this so my notes are not visible to everyone who walks up to my PC?

  • Kalle

    How can I keep Sticky Notes always on top?

  • John

    When I restart my computer with a sticky note on the desktop, the font size of the note is greatly(!) increased. Is this a known bug and is there a fix.

  • Donna

    My sidebar “sticky notes” have disappeared – along with some needed info. How can I find them?

  • joon

    why doesn’t sticky notes just have an options menu instead of old commador 64 keyboard commands???? if microsoft is going to copy apple why don’t they try to improve the technology? just another reason to make the switch to something that works the first time it is released.

  • Boris

    From some time Sticky Notes stopped working, on startup it just says that the program stopped working and should i try to restart the app. Nothing helps.
    So I’ve found Stickies app as an alternative.
    How do I disable the original Sticky Notes from running on startup?
    It’s not in Sysinternals/Autoruns…

  • imy

    thanks man for the information

  • Jess

    Is there a way to change the font? I just have a weird thing about fonts that aren’t neat looking. :(

  • Windows Club

    My apologies about the date Josh.
    Thanks Rahul – I trust you know for sure!

  • Mike

    If you paste a few characters of text using the font you desire and then put the insertion point into that text string, anything you type will be in the pasted [desired] font. You can then clean up the extraneous stuff you pasted into the note and you’re good to go. Hope this helps

  • Oliver

    I second that query about not having it start at startup…but it’s not listed in Startup Services as far as I can tell. Does anyone know how to turn this thing off?

  • Joohansson

    On scandinavian keyboard for decrease/increase text size:
    Dec: ctrl+shift+,
    Inc: ctrl+shift+.

  • Firefly

    Why does my note on my sticky note get extra letters, number or symbols added to it daily?

  • aisha

    how can i erase the writing on the stick note when i am using the digital pen plz

  • Slaaneshlord

    i keep having this come up when i log on my pc or try to open stickynotes manually.
    Not able to launch sticky notes. issue with accessing the file(quit).

    At this point i just want to know how to delete it from my computer. it wont let me uninstall or delete the file. help anyone

  • twilightamnesia75

    I have an important sticky note that was on my desktop for months, but all of a sudden it has disappeared. When I hover my mouse over the sticky note icon in my task bar, I can see it, but I cant seem to restore it. Can anyone please help?! Many thanks for any help!

  • Avner19

    How do I change the font?

  • Charles Pace

    Great resources have been discovered here, thanks!

  • Anonymous

    I love Sticky Notes but… There must be a way to reroute the .snt file to one that can be backed up on a regular basis, like say the ‘My Documents’ folder. Any ideas?

  • Addie Nonki

    does anyone knows how to start sticky notes minimized? thanks!

  • Vmg74
  • Peter Watson63

    Does anyone know of a sticky note type programe which you can stick notes into the folders on the PC – as well as on the desktop?

  • Terry Ritchie

    Is there a way to invoke stikynot.exe from the command line with the message you wish to appear on the note? For example, issuing:

    C:>stikynot “This is my new message.”

    would create a new sticky note on the desktop containing my message. Anyone know if this is possible?

  • Cyber-k

    how do you make sticky note’s talk on window’s 7 ?

  • Abc

    I have multiple PCs and want to share these notes among them. how can I do it?

  • Jennifer Keaton

    Can you put a sticky note in a file folder? I mean I manage 150+ projects at one time and i want to leave a sticky note in a folder so I can be reminded whenever I open the file. Is this possible???

  • Per Bylund

    Super script: ctrl+=
    Sub script: ctrl+shift+=

  • Per Bylund

    Delete whole word: ctrl+delete

  • Guest

    Use another tool to minimize to system tray?? and all the circus to change the font? does not make any sense.. MS Sucks.. why not install a better sticky notes software.

  • qqq

    “To delete a sticky note click on the ‘x‘ mark in its top right corner.” – DOES NOT WORK!

    There is no way to close or delete single notes!

    It is possible to add new ones. But no way to delete the existing ones.

  • Mambarino

    Tried it, didn’t like it, ended up with the one by Zhorn

  • Outspokenwithlove

    Somehow the sticky note app is gone and I can’t find it at all. The only thing I find is a folder where the sticky notes would be had I saved them. Where did it go?

  • Jamie Davis

    if you have a tablet screen, or a pen or touch tablet, you can also draw/write inside of the sticky note. you can also copy and paste formatted tables into your sticky note like this:

  • Jamie Davis

    you can also draw or write in the sticky pad if you have a tablet, and you can also copy and post table formats into your notepad as well. like so:

  • GarnetMum

    How can I stop sticky notes from opening on my monitor for everyone to see when I start up? I have tried removing it from the start up in the system configuration window but the next time I start up it is back in there again. Any ideas?

  • Jim Sullivan

    My Sticky Notes have colored borders (which change as normal when you select a color) but the background body of the note itself is always white. Not a huge problem, but I like the colors. Any ideas?


    What is Ctrl+A? What does it do?
    BTW: THis help is amazing thanks! My friends are envious

  • sarah leah

    i used to have the comic sans on my sticky notes come automatically. suddenly, it is gone and i want to restore the comic sans, but can’t figure out how. please advise.

  • Dan

    Ctrl+A Select All is common in programs.

  • Ofori-Kuma

    I want to format my pc, how can i save my StickyNotes before formatting my pc. got very important things like girlfriend bday + other important things… PLS HELP ME

  • Anand Khanse

    Back up this file to another location : C:UsersUsernameAppDataRoamingMicrosoftSticky NotesStickyNotes.snt. It has been mentioned above. :)

  • Joshua Ozersky


  • Skye

    How do you put a heading on a sticky note?

  • lucy

    these days i try to use the products of the efficient software. i think Efficient sticky notes fulfil the needs

  • HMC

    Close the Sticky Note program before you shut down. If for some reason that does not work, you need to change it in the area where you edit your computer’s startup programs. Method three HERE ( ) has worked for me in the past

  • Thomas Beling

    How to change the font?

  • Muhammad Nauman

    why doesn’t sticky note shows after windows restart?

  • Anand Khanse

    Right click on its taskbar icon and select ‘Close window’. If you
    reopen Stiky Notes now, you will see the earlier Notes. The Notes will
    appear exactly where you left them, even if you restart your Windows

  • Anand Khanse

    I have updated the post: “Changing of the default is not supported in Sticky Notes. What you can do is type your text in the desired font in a text editor like Word, and copy-paste it here…”

  • Thomas Beling

    Thanks for the suggestion. I don’t have Office installed on my machine, I’m using Google docs.

  • Andrei R. Lopes

    Right click on its icon on taskbar and close the application. It’s only going to auto-start if it’s open when you shut the pc down.

  • Yogesh

    Is there any way to pin the notes to the desktop? (so that when I ‘minimize all’ or ‘show desktop’ using Ctrl+D; the Note doesn’t get minimized?

  • Kravik

    Neat. 😀

  • JSesh

    I have a touch screen. How do I delete something I’ve written with a “pen” or my finger?

  • Sal Torcivia

    Hello, I seem to have an interesting situation with sticky notes on windows 7. When I turn my tablet pc components in windows features my sticky notes will not open back up upon minizming them or when focus is lost on it. Any suggestions?

  • Drupal Kurdish

    how to make sticky notes on top of desktop?

  • Stevie Silva

    wonderful share, and Efficient Sticky Notes is a super sticky notes works on win7 and win8.

  • Joe

    My mouse cursor is only drawing (manually) onto my sticky notes, how do I allow the keyboard to type again?

    I’m using windows 8.1 on a Lenovo Yoga13 touchscreen.

    Thanks to all the helpers in this community

  • ali pulakkal

    hiii ……to all..
    please help me create a sticky note in windows vista?

  • Abby is here to help

    I use Windows sticky notes a lot and I have been able to have different fonts,font color and have the highlighting feature with my notes in sticky notes. What I do is take my notes and paste them into wordpad(you could also paste them into word), there I change the font, the color of the font and highlight (add symbols too using webings) and once I am finished personalizing them, I paste them back into the sticky notes! Try this tip please, it really enhances your sticky notes and if you use them a lot like me, this is perfect 😀

  • Abby is here to help

    Hi! In window vista search sticky notes in the search box that is in your start menu. If you find the sticky notes program using the search then just click on that and you should get a blank sticky note on your screen. From there type on that sticky note and use it however you like.
    btw to add another sticky notem at that point, click the plus (+) button at the top left corner of your first sticky note, then another new sticky note should appear!

  • Noah

    how do you erase the digital pen???
    plz help it is really annoying

  • Noah

    Thats helpful but how do you ERASE the pen

  • sanjayssk

    Also see the free program Sticky7List at that allows to browse the sticky notes in a list and save a snapshot of the notes in its own file format.

  • Clare Healy

    Copy/Paste does not work to change the font of your text.

  • Sam Kowald

    You will need to copy the file back into the original folder. This could be useful for those who put meaning information in their sticky notes (not the best way to do it). They would need to sort through their backups 1 by 1.

  • Nicole Zulueta

    I deleted the value PROMT_ON_DELETE, as said above, “Now delete the value called PROMPT_ON_DELETE “,, I tried it out on my notes but they still close without the warning dialog box.

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