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Digital Sticky Notes

by SnickerdoodleDesigns on 3 August 2013
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If you have been reading my tutorials for a while, you know that I love Sticky Notes.  I have them everywhere.  It’s so much easier than trying to remember everything!  Sticky notes do lose their “sticky” though, if you move them around too much.  Turn on the fan on a hot day, and Sticky Notes have been known to blow away.  And, as strange as it might sound, my little dog, Riley, actually likes to eat Sticky Notes.  I haven’t yet figured out exactly why.

I used to keep my favorite Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts on Sticky Notes, until I created a printed Cheat Sheet for them.  You can read Quick Tips #7 – Keyboard Shortcuts in just a minute or two, and find the download of my favorite Shortcuts to print for yourself.

When I want to attach notes to a particular design or layout that I am creating in Photoshop, Sticky Notes won’t work.  So I use Photoshop’s Notes feature.  You can read Quick Tip #9: Creating Notes  to learn how to use this nifty tool, if you are unfamiliar with it (and even download another gift there).

There are times, though, when I just need to leave myself a note… and it’s not associated with a Photoshop file, and I don’t want it blowing off my desk.  In those instances, I use the Sticky Note gadget, built into Windows 7.  This is a revamped version of the Notes gadget in other Windows versions.  I am using Windows 7, so will demonstrate that version today.

To find Sticky Notes click on the Windows logo in the lower left corner of your screen. sd-sticky-notes-1

Click on All Programs, then select Accessories to find Sticky Notes.  When you click on Sticky Notes, a yellow Sticky Note Pad will open on your monitor.

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You can easily resize the Stick Note, delete the Note (by clicking on the X in the upper right corner), or even create additional Sticky Notes (by clicking on the + sign in the upper left corner).  If you right click on a Sticky Note you can even change the color of the note itself.  This is a nice way to label notes with varying degrees of importance.

Here’s a tip:  If you right click on Sticky Notes in the Accessories Folder, you can choose to pin Sticky Notes to your Task Bar or Start Up Menu.  I keep Sticky Notes right there on my Task Bar so I can quickly access it when I need it.

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 Now…. I just need to guard against this……….

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 But can you REALLY have too many Sticky Notes?

 

 

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1 Joy Black 3 August 2013 at 11:49 am

Thank you for this tip. I’m sure there is a lot more I could be doing with Windows that I never thought of.

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2 Min 3 August 2013 at 12:09 pm

LOL, Karen, my screen looks pretty much like your last screenshot… only a lot messier because those notes are neither empty not uniform in size…. ;)

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3 SnickerdoodleDesigns 3 August 2013 at 12:15 pm

Once you start using Sticky Notes, Joy, I think you will totally be addicted.. I am anyway! LOL, Min! I cleaned everything up for the screen shot… you should see the “real” Sticky Notes screen! :)

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4 Dizzie A. 3 August 2013 at 12:29 pm

List of Sticky Notes shortcuts including changing the font.
http://www.door2windows.com/list-of-all-keyboard-shortcuts-for-sticky-notes-in-windows-7/

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5 Dona 3 August 2013 at 10:22 pm

Stickies and Sticky Notes are also available on the Macintosh. Stickies has been around a long time and came with the OS. Sticky Notes is now $7.99 through the Apple Store.

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6 Lesley 4 August 2013 at 5:32 am

OH lordy me…I’m gunna end up with a desktop full of these lol…I can throw my calender away lol…and I thought this was a tutorial to create them using PS…this is heaps easier :) thanks Karen

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7 SnickerdoodleDesigns 4 August 2013 at 7:42 am

Thanks, Dizzie and Dona, for the additional information! :)
You’re welcome, Lesley! :)

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8 Elizabeth A 4 August 2013 at 12:43 pm

Your little dog probably likes the glue in them. From what I understand, tape and such has animal products in it. I have a tape eater in my house, I am always hiding the tape dispenser! Photo emulsion also, always have to turn those upside down or they get licked, sort of inconvenient for a scrapper! Thanks for the info about sticky notes, I didn’t realize Windows 7 has such a nice version of that, I will start using it!

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9 Carol 4 August 2013 at 11:27 pm

I have a little dog like Riley who just loves to get his mouth on a piece of paper or cardboard box. He is my first dog over the many years who loves chewing on almost anything. Guess he was meant to be mine so I remember to pick things up right away instead thinking I’ll get back to it.
Love this–I have never used the sticky note, actually didn’t even realize it was there. I have used those post its for many years and but this tip is totally the tops. I really like that I don’t have to be in Photoshop or any program to use it. What a time saver this will be for me. Thank you so much.

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10 NancyP 6 August 2013 at 7:44 am

Well I’ll be—–Never knew there was anything like sticky notes in Windows 7. Thanks for the tip! This will sure come in handy!!!
HUGS my friend!!!

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11 SnickerdoodleDesigns 6 August 2013 at 7:49 am

Hi Elizabeth… that was my guess too, about the glue, but I wasn’t sure why that would be. Your explanation makes total sense. :) Carol, I will have to remember that is one good thing about having a dog that likes to eat my notes – it will force me to be sure they don’t blow off my desk (unless I want to lose them!) Hi Nancy! I’m glad you ladies found this tip helpful. Thanks for letting us know!

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12 Jenni 16 August 2013 at 11:24 am

ROTFLMAO! That would be my problem too! All those sticky notes!
Thanks for the tip! Never even knew it was there!

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