Create a sticky note

You can create a sticky note in different ways on different devices to suit your style and situation.

  1. Open Sticky Notes.

  2. From the list of notes, click or tap the plus icon ( + ) in the upper-left.

  3. Type or write a note.

    You can write on your notes anyway you want. You don't have to just type.

    • Use your finger On any touch-enabled device, you can sketch a note with your finger.

    • Draw with a pen If you have a digital pen, you can write your note.

      Tips: 

      • If you're using a pen with your PC, you can customize one of its buttons to create a note. Type "pen settings" into the Search box on the Windows 10 taskbar. On the Pen & Windows Ink page, scroll down to Pen shortcuts, and then assign one of the pen's buttons to Sticky Notes.

      • For example, for the Windows Surface Pen, assign the top button to open Sticky Notes so that when a thought strikes you, jotting it down is only a pen click away.

    • Use Insights If you type notes that contain a date, time, phone number, or address, Insights will offer ways to interact with the note, such as adding a reminder to your Outlook calendar if you type a time.

      Make sure you've enabled Insights. On the Note list, click the gear icon located in the upper right, and then set the Enable insights option to On.

  4. Click or tap the close icon ( X ) in the upper-right to close the note.

    You note will be automatically saved.

Note: You cannot currently have Sticky Notes stay on top of other applications. But you can pin Sticky Notes to the Windows taskbar to see your list of notes instantly or to create a new note quickly. Right-click the Sticky Notes icon in the taskbar, and then click Pin to taskbar.

Format a note

  1. From the list of notes, double-click or tap a note to open it.

  2. Select the text you want to format.

  3. At the bottom of the note, click or tap a formatting button.

    You can format text with bold, underline, italic, underline, strike through, or add bullets.

  4. Tap the formatting button again to stop applying the formatting.

    Note: You cannot currently change the font or size of note text.

Add a picture to a note

  1. From the list of notes, double-click or tap a note to open it.

  2. Click or tap the camera icon to browse to the picture you want to use.

  3. Select the picture and then click or tap Open to add the picture.

  4. To remove a picture, open the note, and then right-click the picture. Click or tap Delete image.

  5. To remove a picture, open the note. Right-click or double-tap the picture, and then click or tap Delete image.

    Tip: You can also delete an image by opening the image. From an open note, click or tap the ellipsis icon ( ... ) in the upper-right, and then click Delete image

You can create and format a new note on your iPhone in different ways.

  1. Open OneNote, and then on the bottom right, tap Sticky Notes.

  2. At the bottom of the list of notes, tap the plus icon ( + ) to start a new note.

  3. Type or write a note.

    You can write on a note anyway you want:

    • Use your finger You can sketch a note with your finger.

    • Dictate a note On the iPhone's keyboard, tap the microphone icon to dictate a note.

  4. To save your changes, tap Done in the upper-right.

  5. To close the note, tap the downward facing arrow in the upper-left.

Format a note

  1. From the list of notes, tap a note to open it.

  2. Tap or select the text you want to format.

  3. At the bottom of the note, tap a formatting button.

    You can format text with bold, underline, italic, underline, strike through, or add bullets.

  4. Tap the formatting button again to stop applying the formatting.

    Note: You cannot currently change the font or size of note text.

  5. To save your changes, tap Done in the upper-right.

  6. To close the note, tap the downward facing arrow in the upper-left.

Add a picture to a note

  1. From the list of notes, tap a note to open it.

  2. Tap in the note where you want to add a picture.

  3. Tap the camera icon, and tap how you want to add a picture:

    • From Library: In your photo gallery, navigate to the photo, tap it to select it, and then tap Done to further modify it. Tap Done again to add it to the note.

    • Take Picture: From the camera app, take a picture. After taking the picture, you can further modify it, and then tap Done to add it to the note.

  4. To remove a picture, open the note. Tap the picture to open it, and then tap the trash icon to delete it.

  5. To close the note, tap the downward facing arrow in the upper-left.

You can create and format a new note on your Android phone in different ways.

  1. Open OneNote, and then on the bottom right, tap Sticky Notes.

  2. From the list of notes tap the plus icon ( + ) to start a new note.

  3. Type or write a note.

  4. To save and close the note, tap the left-facing arrow in the upper-left.

Format a note

  1. From the list of notes, tap a note to open it.

  2. Select the text you want to format.

  3. At the bottom on the note, tap a formatting button.

    You can format text with bold, underline, italic, underline, strike through, or add bullets.

    Note: You cannot currently change the font or size of note text.

  4. To save and close the note, tap the left-facing arrow in the upper-left.

Add a picture to a note

  1. From the list of notes, tap a note to open it.

  2. Tap the camera icon, and then do one of the following.

    • Take the picture: Press the camera button to take the picture. After taking the picture, you can further modify it. Tap the checkmark at the bottom to add the picture to the note.

    • Add a picture from your photo gallery: Next to the camera button, tap the photo gallery button. Navigate to the photo, tap it to open it to further modify it. Tap the checkmark at the bottom to add the picture to the note.

  3. To remove a photo, open the note. Press and hold the picture until a shortcut menu appears. Tap Delete image.

  4. To save and close the note, tap the left-facing arrow in the upper-left.

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