At a Glance
- Simple, powerful, intuitive
Store info, e-mail it, or pop it up with a timer with this sticky notes program.
A to-do list is a very tidy thing. Items are listed in orderly
progression, a neat sequence of checkboxes to be marked as done in
due time. For some people, that works. Others (myself included)
need a bit more chaos in their organization. Stickies lets me
spread my to-do list all over my desktop and arrange it so that it
makes visual sense to me.
You may think having your desktop covered in sticky notes is
irritating. That is actually true: It does feel cluttered,
especially if you’ve got a large backlog of tasks you wrote down
and didn’t do. That’s part of the magic of Stickies: It gets you to
actually do your to-do list, because you want to remove those notes
and uncover your fancy wallpaper.
To create a new note, simply hit Win+S from any application
across your system. This global shortcut can be changed or
disabled, but it’s on by default. There are a number of other handy
shortcuts, such as Alt+Ctrl+S for creating a sticky and instantly
populating it with the clipboard contents. However, this is just
scratching the surface of what Stickies can do.
Stickies can contain rich text as well as images. If you type
“” (open bracket then close bracket), Stickies automatically
turns that into a checkbox. Stickies also handles Hebrew and Arabic
gracefully, and does not get mixed up if a right-to-left line
contains English text.
While editing a sticky note, you can press Ctrl+Shift+A to
access the Set Alarm dialog. You can also do this by right-clicking
the note. Once there, you can set the note to pop up at a certain
time and date. When the time comes, the note sets itself as “always
on top” and starts vibrating–moving in very rapid, small motions
in all directions. The effect is very noticeable.
You can also set alarms to recur; you can have Stickies remind
you to water your plants every three days or update your
resumé every six months, for example. You do this by
right-clicking a note’s title bar and selecting Sleep >
Recurring. Recurring notes can also have an end-date.
Speaking of the title bar, you can collapse each note down to
the title only. You can also use the title-bar to set the note as
“always on top,” and of course, to close the note. And if you
closed an important note by mistake, the Manage Stickies dialog
(easily accessible through Ctrl+M from any note) lets you browse
and search all notes, including closed ones. Incidentally, that
means if you’ve written down some sensitive information in a sticky
note and want to make sure it’s gone, you should delete that
information yourself (using plain old Backspace on your keyboard)
prior to closing the sticky note.
Stickies packs so much functionality into its 1MB installer, I
cannot begin to cover it all. I haven’t even touched on its
networking facilities, which let you send notes to other computers
on your LAN.
Stickies is an essential part of my daily workflow. It is one of
the first applications I install on any Windows machine I use, and
it ensures I always have the information I need right in front of
me. Highly recommended.
Note: This program is donationware. It is free to use, but the author accepts and encourages donations towards further development.