Get started with Sticky Notes

Welcome to Sticky Notes! We're still the best way to write quick notes on your Windows desktop, but now you can also take your sticky notes with you, allowing you to capture, find, and use your notes across apps and your favorite devices.

Note: New and updated features in Sticky Notes may be released on a gradual roll-out basis, which means that they may not have made their way to your computer or device right away after being announced.

Welcome to Sticky Notes for Windows 10! 

Open the Sticky Notes App

  • On Windows 10, click or tap the Start button, and type "Sticky Notes". Sticky Notes will open where you left them.

    In the list of sticky notes, tap or double-click a sticky note to open the note. Tap or double-click the Close icon ( X ) to close a note.

  • If you do not see Sticky Notes in your list of apps, open the Microsoft Store app and install "Microsoft Sticky Notes".

Sign in and Sync your Sticky Notes

In Sticky Notes version 3.0 and later, using the same Microsoft account, you can sign in to sync your notes across apps and your favorite devices.

  1. Open the Sticky Notes app and view your list of notes. If only a single note is displayed, click or tap the ellipsis icon ( … ) in the upper-right of the note and then click or tap Notes list.

  2. Click or tap the settings icon on the upper right of the notes list.

  3. Tap or click Sign in and enter your Microsoft Account credentials. If you do not have an account, you will be asked to create one to sign in.

  4. Tap or click Continue.

Learn more about where else you can see your Sticky Notes.

Create a new sticky note

  1. Open Sticky Notes. Sticky Notes will open where you left them.

  2. From the notes list or from an existing sticky note, click or tap the plus icon ( + ).

    Tip: If you right click or tap and hold on the Sticky Notes icon in the Windows taskbar, you can select New note.

  3. Add content to your note any way you want. You can use the keyboard, write with your finger or stylus on a touch-enabled device, or add a picture.

    Tip: Try using Cortana. If you type notes that contain a date, time, phone number, or address, the Cortana digital search agent will offer ways to interact with the note, such as by adding a reminder to your Outlook calendar if you type a time.

Learn more ways add content to your sticky note..

Search your Sticky Notes

  1. At the top of the notes list, type a search term into the search box.

    This will filter your view of the notes list to notes containing that term.

  2. To clear the search, click to tap ( X ), or delete the search term.

Change the appearance your Sticky Notes

You can customize your notes.

  • Grab the top of a sticky note and drag around your desktop. We will remember where you put it!

  • Grab the edges of the note and increase its width and height.

  • Change the note background color. From any Sticky Note, click or tap the ellipsis icon () located in the upper right corner, and then select a color for the note.

    Change the light or dark color mode for easier reading. The color mode changes the background and font colors of the note and the note list to either light or dark, but not the note header. From the notes list, click or tap Settings, and then under Color, change the color mode to either light, dark, or set to match your current Windows mode.

    Note: If you’re signed in to Microsoft account, the color change will sync across your devices and on the web.

Tell us what you think

Tell us what you like about the new Sticky Notes experience — and what suggestions you have for making it even better. We'll send your product feedback directly to the Sticky Notes team!

  • From the Notes List, click or tap Settings, and then under Help & feedback, click or tap Share feedback.

  • Give us a content suggestion or report a problem on the Sticky Notes suggestion portal.

Welcome to Sticky Notes for iPhone!

See Your Sticky Notes in OneNote

  1. Your sticky notes appear along with OneNote for iPhone. Open OneNote for iPhone, and then on the bottom right, tap Sticky Notes.

    You may need to sign in with the same Microsoft account to see your notes across your devices.

  2. In the notes list, tap a note to open it.

  3. To close the note and return to the notes list, tap the downward-facing arrow in the upper-left.

Learn more about where else you can see your Sticky Notes.

Create a new sticky note

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

    You may need to sign in with the same Microsoft account to see your notes across your devices.

  2. From the notes list, tap New note (+) to start a new note.

  3. Add content to your note any way you want. You can use the keyboard, write with your finger or stylus on a touch-enabled device, or add a picture.

Learn more ways to add content to your sticky notes.

Change the color of your Sticky Notes

  • From the Notes list, slide a sticky note from the right to reveal Sticky Note options, and then tap the format icon.

  • From a sticky note, tap the ellipsis icon ( ... ) located in the upper right, and then select a color for the note.

    Tip: If you’re signed in to your Microsoft account, the color change will sync across your devices and on the web.

Share your Sticky Notes

You can share your sticky notes with anyone, even people who don’t have a Microsoft account. Sticky notes can be shared using most popular apps or services available on your iPhone phone, including text messaging, email, or social media.

  • From the Notes list, slide a sticky note from the right to reveal sticky note options, and then tap the share icon.

  • You can also share the sticky note by opening it first, and then tap the ellipsis icon ( ... ) located in the upper right. Tap Share Note.

Tell us what you think

Tell us what you like about the new Sticky Notes experience — and what suggestions you have for making it even better. We'll send your product feedback directly to the Sticky Notes team!

  • From the Notes List, tap your account profile picture and then under Feedback, tap Send Feedback.

  • Give us a content suggestion or report a problem on the Sticky Notes suggestion portal.

Welcome to Sticky Notes for Android phone!

See Your Sticky Notes

There are two ways to get your Sticky Notes on Android:

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

    In the notes list, tap a note to open it. To close a note and return to the notes list, tap the arrow in the upper-left.

  • On the Microsoft Launcher You can also quickly access your sticky notes without OneNote if you're using Microsoft Launcher as a custom Home screen for your Android phone. From the Launcher Home screen, slide from the left edge to see your feed, then flick down and tap Customize feed to add cards. Flick down again and turn on Sticky Notes to add to your feed.

Learn more about where else you can see your Sticky Notes.

Create a new sticky note

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

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

  3. Add content to your note any way you want. You can use the keyboard, write with your finger or stylus on a touch-enabled device, or add a picture.

Learn more ways to add content to your sticky notes.

Change the color of your Sticky Notes

  1. From a sticky note, tap the more options icon located in the upper right.

  2. Select a color for the note.

Tip: If you’re signed in to your Microsoft account, the color change will sync across your devices and on the web.

Share your Sticky Notes

You can share your sticky notes with anyone, even people who don’t have a Microsoft account. Sticky notes can be shared using most popular apps or services available on your Android phone, including text messaging, email, or social media.

  1. From any sticky note, tap the ellipsis icon ( ... ) located in the upper right.

  2. Tap Share.

  3. Select how you want to share the sticky note.

Tell us what you think

Tell us what you like about the new Sticky Notes experience — and what suggestions you have for making it even better. We'll send your product feedback directly to the Sticky Notes team!

  • From the Notes List, tap your account profile picture and then under Feedback, tap Send Feedback.

  • Give us a content suggestion or report a problem on the Sticky Notes suggestion portal.

No more hunting around for a piece of paper and pencil to capture a quick but important thought you don't want to lose track of.

See Also

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See your sticky notes everywhere

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