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Sticky Notes

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Choice is good, especially when it comes to freeware desktop utilities. When you're looking for a sticky-notes program, for example, you want as many choices as possible, and you've sure got them; everything from simple text apps with yellow backgrounds to elaborate efforts to duplicate the look and behavior of actual paper. We looked at Sticky Notes, which is fast and simple yet offers plenty of options for customizing your notes, including background colors, fonts, and priority.

As with many such programs, Sticky Notes offers several ways to create and access notes, but its main point of access is a system tray menu. From the tool's menu we could create and access notes, show or hide all notes, import and export notes, empty the Recycle Bin, open the Settings and Notes Manager, and carry out other tasks. The Settings are in two parts, Program and Notes. We could configure the size, color, font, transparency, and behavior of our notes, as well as set autosave, configure hot keys, import settings, and enable multimonitor systems.

We found that the fastest way to create notes is with the hot keys, though we'd like to see a shell context menu for Sticky Notes, which would let users create a new note quickly while using the mouse. Since you can paste stuff into Sticky Notes just as easily as you can type it (more easily, sometimes), it would be a time-saver. We quickly created a sequence of notes, which Sticky Notes presented in cascading order, each with a different background color--a nice option that makes it easy to distinguish notes. The Notes Manager is a simple gridded display giving quick access to all our notes. The online Help file is actually one of the better ones we've seen, and we've seen them all.

You wouldn't think the small differences among free sticky-notes programs would matter, but they do, especially if you keep a lot of notes. Sticky Notes offers a nice balance between speed and features. There's nothing stopping you from trying as many of these tools as you need or want to, but we recommend placing Sticky Notes near the start of the queue--it might just save you some time.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.8 stars

    out of 24 votes

    • 5 star: 11
    • 4 star: 7
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 5
  • Current version:

    3.6 stars

    out of 19 votes

    • 5 star: 8
    • 4 star: 6
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 5
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  • 4.0 stars

    "This program is Great! To-Do/Quick Notes/Reminder"

    January 15, 2014  |   By CNetFanForLife

    Version: Sticky Notes 1.121

    Pros

    I have been looking for a To-Do/Quick Note/Reminder program with pop up alerts for a long time. This is it! It has a note manager and a find feature but the best feature is "read." When checked in the Alarm Actions window the pop up reminder will read the contents of your note aloud. Clicking the speaker icon in the upper left of the note will also read your note. The alarm also has snooze

    Cons

    The snooze time doesn't seem adjustable.

    Summary

    I know several reviews are saying this is Malware. I have used Download.com for a long time now and I think I know what could be happening. The culprit is probably Download.com. What happened to you is called Bloatware. When downloading chose Custom install, then uncheck everything. Then Decline ALL "special offers." Otherwise YOU are giving permission to load all that Bloatware. Bloatware is extra software whose authors pay Download.com for every time it bloats another unsuspecting PC. Let the downloader beware!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "It definitely has malware"

    December 11, 2013  |   By synaptic_paradox

    Version: Sticky Notes 1.121

    Pros

    Seemed like a nice program, but I have soured towards it now...

    Cons

    This program definitely comes with malware, which uses a proxy to send information to another company for marketing purposes. Some people may not notice the malware, because it does not affect everything. I discovered it when I tried to use profession-specific search engines for my job and they no longer worked!! It was very difficult to remove, and it is quite possible it will return. CNET: how can we believe the safety of your downloads if you allow this program to continue in this way?

    Summary

    Download at your own risk! The malware might break your stuff!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "cute little program"

    December 8, 2013  |   By blazerrose

    Version: Sticky Notes 1.121

    Pros

    Quick download, easy installation, no malware detected. Looks a lot like what I had used on a Win7 computer.

    Cons

    None that I can tell so far.

    Summary

    For those who said they got malware with the download, I did not detect any. It was a small download, 848kb, and installed quickly. Norton scanned it and declared it clean. I checked my add/remove programs list and did not see any other program that had been installed.

    As for the program, it looks like it will do exactly what I wanted it to do. I'm using an older computer after my Win7 laptop died, and I missed my sticky notes. I am glad to have them back.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "I didn't find no Malware"

    November 17, 2013  |   By Sarka003

    Version: Sticky Notes 1.121

    Pros

    Better functionality than most other sticky notes.

    Cons

    I want to sync this to my phone but have been unable to do so.

    Summary

    The best Sticky I have used till date.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Easy to customize and use"

    August 25, 2013  |   By Bradtex

    Version: Sticky Notes 1.121

    Pros

    Easy to use menus to customize size, background and edit note titles and easily format text. Note manager makes finding, editing and deleting notes a breeze. A right button click on the taskbar icon allows access to options such as Settings, Import/Export, Find, and Save features, etc. There is even a setting for how many notes can be saved in the recycle bin, complete with a recycle bin list of deleted notes. There are more customization features such as setting Note Size and how long to keep backups.

    Cons

    After a few weeks of use, I find little about which to complain when using this handy, FREE, software.

    Summary

    Initially, I tried several other free notes programs and I found Sticky-Notes the easiest to learn and the most versatile to use.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "CNET should drop this from the download area."

    May 14, 2013  |   By golang

    Version: Sticky Notes 1.121

    Pros

    NONE NONE NONE

    Cons

    Spent over an hour getting rid of unwanted malware installed.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "MALWARE! Unwanted taskbar! Hijacked search engine!"

    May 10, 2013  |   By brakker1

    Version: Sticky Notes 1.121

    Pros

    None that I am aware of.

    Cons

    Installed a lot of garbage I didn't want. Hard to get rid of!

    cnet should be ashamed!!!

    Summary

    I will get my downloads elsewhere.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "MacTavish14 is right! It is Malware!!"

    April 23, 2013  |   By jlbaker255

    Version: Sticky Notes 1.121

    Pros

    Really...there is absolutely no reason to click the "Download" button on this POS!

    Cons

    It hijacked the start pages on both my IE and Firefox with spam ads for speeding-up my computer and how to loose weight, hijacked the search engines with one from Conduit.

    I ended-up uninstalling the Sticky Notes and getting everything changed back to the way I had it.

    Summary

    I am very disappointed in CNet for allowing this POS on it's Downloads.com page! I've been using CNet to download software since the beginning because I trusted them when they recommended something, obviously, this means they've sold-out to the spammers!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "CONTAINS MALWARE DO NOT USE"

    April 17, 2013  |   By MacTavish14

    Version: Sticky Notes 1.121

    Pros

    Nothing. Didn't use after it hijacked my browsers with 3 other programs.

    Cons

    MALWARE! This program had at least 5 programs total (3 that hijacked browsers) that affected my computer. DO NOT USE.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "It was more than what I was expecting!"

    March 4, 2013  |   By lostindawindows

    Version: Sticky Notes 1.121

    Pros

    I was in a hurry the day I downloaded this program and I was only paying attention to the ratings as opposed to what it did. I noticed as soon as I used the first note that it was more than a sticky note.It does all that it says. I like the function that reads to you. That has already been useful to me more than once. No issues on the download,no pop up adds, no Google Chrome I didn't ask for.Thanks you again Cnet for another awesome free program and thanks to the makers of Sticky Notes. You guys rock!

    Cons

    at least ten characters (Thats what I was told to enter). I crack myself up!

    Summary

    Get it. Its free and you want be disappointed.

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