A computerised version of yellow notes stuck to the monitor


Our rating: 


Pros & Cons:

Stickies is robust, does all the basics well and provides a range of useful advanced features. Large selection of skins available.
Possible overkill for users wanting just a "sticky note".

Our Review:

Stickies has been around for a long time and remains a top choice. The notes take the form of resizable windows with a control bar. Basic color changes and text formatting are easily done, notes can be made transparent, pinned on top, rolled up, or hidden. There is also a note manager for searching and organizing your notes.

Stickies has some advanced features that are particularly useful. Some of these features include recurring reminders, alarms, multiple monitor support, user definable styles, network sharing, and you can email your note.

A particularly nice feature allows a note to be attached to any window so when you reopen that window the note will pop up. This means you can add notes to text files, web pages, or whatever you're working on. Next time you open the text file or visit the same web page the sticky note will pop up. Just make sure you set your sticky note to sit on top of the window, otherwise you will have to move your window to find it.

You can also create your own skins or download one ready-made. The right skin can provide you with convenient tool bars to speed and gussy up your memo-writing.

Stickies also allows you to use images and draw (or doodle) in your memo. You cannot, however, add an image to, or draw in a text memo. You must first set your memo to "image", add your image or drawing, and then you may add text to your memo. It's a little fiddly but at least image-based memos with a comment or two are possible. Although Stickies will permit you to drop only one image into a single note, it seems to handle large bitmaps and jpgs very well.

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This seems like a good program for notes. The one thing I WISH was that it had a keyboard hotkey to HIDE all notes and SHOW all notes. I don't like having to use the mouse and notification area icon to hide notes. At least it's fast and easy to SHOW by a simple click on the icon, but setting them back to being hidden is a pain. Going to read more and maybe find a way to do it. Wish me luck!

I've been using Steven DeToni's Stickies since 2002 in 98, xp and win 7, but the program doesn't seem to
work in win10.
This "new" version of stickies seems to be a hacked version of that old program with some of the controls
changed just for the sake of being different and alarmingly is not the easy to use app it once was. It lost me
in several places. I know some will see it as helpful, but I can assure you they must not have ever used the
much older, much simpler, much smaller , much faster, less cumbersome version originally written by
Steven DeToni with his last version released (V1.65 Public Domain) back in 1999. Seems a lot of people
have jumped on that bandwagon and ruined it in the process.
Maybe someone can get a De Toni version and adapt it to Win10 for the true benefit of a lot of people....