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Stickies tips & tricks, Part 2: Customizing notes to work for you

Stickies tips & tricks, Part 2: Customizing notes to work for you

Now that we’ve covered how to create and add different types of content to notes in Part 1 of Stickies tips & tricks, the next step is manipulating those notes to fit your personal preferences.

Surprisingly, there are quite a few things you can do to make Stickies an even more enjoyable part of using your Mac. You can change the appearance of notes, modify how you interact with them, and more. Introductory information about this program was already included in Part 1, so let’s jump right to the good stuff!

Reminders just the way you like them

I have to admit, Stickies isn’t the prettiest program included in Mac OS X. Its appearance is very basic and straightforward. Normally those are good qualities, but why not put some pizazz in your notes? Well, how do you do that? The Font, Note, and Color menus at the top of the screen are where the answers to that question lie. You can customize text styles, make the whole window translucent (Command+Option+T), set the note to float above all other windows (Command+Option+F), and change the background color to something other than yellow. Once you’ve made your changes and are happy with them, go to Note > “Use as Default” and any notes you create after that time will automatically adopt your customizations.

Collapse and expand notes

Your Mac’s Desktop can easily get cluttered with a bunch of sticky notes laying all over the place. Luckily, there’s a cool feature in Stickies that can help with keeping organized and saving screen space. Simply select a note and press Command+M on your keyboard to collapse the window. All that will remain is a tiny strip of color and the note’s first line of text. To expand it back to normal size, press Command+M again.

Hover to find useful information

This is a simple one, but still handy to know in case you ever need it. Since Stickies are all stored in a single database and not as individual files which can be browsed in Finder, there’s not much information available about them. Hovering your mouse over a note for a couple seconds, however, will reveal a popup with the dates of when it was first created and last modified.

Where’d it go? Tracking down off-screen notes

You know there’s a sticky note sitting there somewhere… it was there before, but seems to be missing now. While it is possible the note was accidentally closed, there’s also a chance it’s just not visible on-screen. This is especially possible if you often connect to a variety of different monitors. Go to Window in the menu bar and you should hopefully a see a listing of all your open notes. If the elusive one happens to be there, good news! Just select it from the menu and then go to Window > Zoom. It should appear on-screen again. This is similar to what you can do with other Mac application windows as well. Check out our article “How to resize a window on your Mac’s screen that’s too big to drag” for more information.

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