Microsoft changed sticky notes on Windows 10 with the arrival of the Anniversary Update. Among the new features that it incorporates, we can highlight the reminders and Insights, thanks to the integration with Cortana. It is a lightweight alternative to OneNote that allows you to take notes quickly.
In this article we will give you some tricks to get more out of this alternative to OneNote, so that you always have a quick way to write notes to keep track of your tasks or to remind yourself of important events.
To launch it, just write the application name in the Start Menu and clicking on the shortcut. Once you’ve opened it, you can right-click on the Sticky Notes icon and select “Pin to taskbar” if you’re going to use it frequently.
As an application, Sticky Notes is very easy to use. By default, a yellow one will appear, in which you can write whatever you want. Winodws will save it so that you can consult it at any time.
Apart from the one that will appear on the screen when you open the program, you can create new notes with the “+” button. To delete it, just click on the trash can icon. To change the color you have to click on the menu button, which is indicated as “…”, and choose one of those that will appear in circles.
Otherwise, behave like any window. You can move them around the desktop by clicking and dragging or resizing them by clicking on a corner with the mouse.
Insights, an interesting feature
Sticky Notes works in conjunction with Cortana to provide more information to the user. This feature it is known as Insights, and is enabled by default. In any case, it doesn’t hurt to check it out. Click the menu button, go to the settings gear and make sure the “Enable info” option is checked.
This way, when you type something like a flight number, the text will turn blue. If you click on it you will receive more information about it. This works the same way for reminders, which are another kind of Insight roughly. If you write a date or a time, the same will happen as in the previous example.
You can also get these reminders to your mobile phone installing the Cortana app on iOS and Android, and logging in with the same Microsoft account with which you set up Windows 10.
More Insights Features
Sticky notes has its own Insights. It will automatically detect any of the following things you type:
- Telephone numbers: if you write any number it will allow you to make a call using Skype.
- Email addresses: you can use them as a shortcut to send an email.
- Web addresses: they work as a direct access to any website, which will open in the browser that you have determined by default.
Some of these functions still they do not work in all territories, but with the arrival of the Creators Update it is expected that it will be fixed. Microsoft will continue to add Insights and expand those that are already available in the future.
Synchronization and backup
For now, Sticky Notes are not synced between your Windows 10 devices. They are stored in a local database on your computer. What you can do is save a backup and restore it to a different computer, but you will have to do it yourself.
This application is ideal for take quick notes, which you don’t need to keep for a long time. If you want to use sync features, you will have no choice but to use OneNote or something similar.
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