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Video: Three Sticky Notes tips for Windows 7 power users

Bill Detwiler shows you how to quickly search, backup, and prevent accidental deletions of Windows 7 Sticky Notes.

Just like their paper cousins, Windows 7's Sticky Notes applet is a handy way to remind you about important tasks or upcoming events. During this episode of TR Dojo, I show you three handy tips that will help you get the most from Sticky Notes.

For those who prefer text to video, you can click the Transcript link that appears below the video player window or read Greg Shultz's article, "Take advantage of Sticky Notes in Windows 7," on which this video is based.

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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

26 comments
CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Say, if a user is migrating to another machine, or if the user leaves and his boss or replacement needs his notes on their machines?

pcresponse
pcresponse

Great video on the use of Sticky Notes and the Search function is outstanding and works well on Win 7 32 bit. However, is does not function when used in the 64bit version of Win 7. Can you provide instructions on how to modify the Search script for use in win 7 64 bit? Alan pcresponse@snet.net

guyhs
guyhs

How do I obtain that long script to search through sticky notes?

Pctx
Pctx

Actually makes me want to use the Sticky Notes in Win7 again. :-)

Anton.Velichkov
Anton.Velichkov

Of course the shortcut works only with the native (English) version of Windows 7:-)

OCJim
OCJim

Should there be a way to VIEW sticky notes in different ways, like MS Outlook Calendar? - list, week, month, etc? And with a right click on the stiky note task bar icon, should there be a search option?

MikeBlane
MikeBlane

Is it possible to put a sticky note on someone else's user account so that when they login, they will see this new sticky note?

TheFinalFrontier
TheFinalFrontier

Nice, thought it was cool in the beginning of the video, the person was sticking the note to a Mac not a PC. Stickies have been on Macs forever. :)

ernestop
ernestop

Thanks Bill, as usual I learned a lot in a few minutes from your videos. Keep it up!

timothyd
timothyd

Thanks Bill! Your 5 minute videos help me stay on top of my game (if that is possible). I feel much more comfortable using Sticky Notes after hearing your message. Gracias!

drmayhem
drmayhem

I can't understand why to make a note with almost the same information in almost a month of difference?

JRedway
JRedway

Very good tip . It will be very helpful and handy! as part of my resolution to go paperless

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler

The idea behind Sticky Notes in Windows 7 is pretty simple. Instead of writing the not on a piece of paper and sticking it to the side of your monitor, you can create a digital sticky note and stick in on your Windows desktop. But just because they're digital, doesn't mean user will treat them any differently. For people who write their passwords on paper sticky notes and stick them to their monitor, Windows 7 Sticky Notes let them do the same thing digitally. Have you seen people do this? Take the poll and let me know. Original post and poll: http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/itdojo/?p=1881

jborsheim
jborsheim

I've run into the same issue ... the short cut shown does not function correctly on my 64-bit version of Win 7. Is there an alternate script available? TIA, Jim

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler

That's an interesting question. I'm not aware of a way to leave a Sticky Note on another account via the Windows 7 GUI, but you might be able to do so by manually manipulating the Sticky Notes files. I'll do a little digging and find out.

OCJim
OCJim

I thought so too...the irony... Was that the first clip they found in the archives which fit the narration? Just a coincidence that it was a MAC? And did they notice? Wow.

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler

I'm glad you find our TR Dojo video helpful. Thanks again!

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler

Thank you for the compliment. I'm glad you found the video helpful.

pc.medic.suffolk
pc.medic.suffolk

Why exult Windows 7 when it's only Vista made to work? If I remember correctly, Sticky Notes were available on Mac OS9, and have been through all the incarnations of OSX. Just buy a Mac and begin to live!

nottheusual1
nottheusual1

The smaller the business, the more "daring" the info on the Sticky Notes. Name it. More personal info than I'd be comfortable sharing with the wife ...

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler

The monitor shown in that clip is actually for our studio teleprompter--an old 19" Dell LCD connected to an even older Mac Mini.

thisaintmyemail
thisaintmyemail

Why must you argue over which OS is best? It's not like it matters. All of them suck in their own way... sheesh.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

I'm perfectly capable of spotting a troll without compensation. Check my history; you'll find I've posted the same comment multiple times, replacing 'Apple' with 'Windows' or 'Linux' as appropriate. A few weeks ago I was accused of being an Apple shill and getting kickbacks from Jobs. I encourage you to be more active than you've been in the past; you may start to notice trends in the post of many members and can get a more rounded idea of where they're coming from.

pc.medic.suffolk
pc.medic.suffolk

Ah!! Palmetto, methinks one is enslaved to Bill Gates, and he just takes the bucks and runs.

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