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Sticky Notes v. 1.8

, 14 Jul 2006 CPOL
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A WTL replacement for PostIt paper notes.


I no longer support the StickyNotes utility on CodeProject. Anyone interested in the latest version, please visit this site[^].


At some point, I got tired of sticking PostIt notes around my cubicle, so I decided to come up with a replacement. So here I present the Sticky Notes - free replacement for paper PostIt notes.

Installing the Sticky Notes

Download the StickyNotes.exe from the link above into the directory of your choice.


Double click on the executable file, and you'll see a Sticky Notes icon in the system tray. When you right-click on the icon, the menu will popup, allowing you to create a new note and to search for an existing one.

Let's say you created a new note and typed in some text. Now, when you click on the icon in the top left corner, the menu will look like this:

Now, you can create a new note, save a note, delete a note, and change the font and background color. Notes will be persisted into the text file which will be created in the root directory of the specified user's profile for WinNT, 2000, XP, or higher, i.e. C:\Documents and Settings\administrator on Win2000. The file name will be constructed by concatenating the user name and the default file name, notes.dat. It will allow several people to have different sets of notes. For Win95, 98, or ME, the file will be created in the same directory where the executable is located.

If you want to search for the note saved previously, select Search from the main menu. Then, enter any string into the Look For field, and click the Find Now button. Double click an the appropriate item from the list-box below. And your note will popup! That's it. Enjoy!

System Requirements

This application was developed using VC++ 6.0 SP4, and tested on WinNT SP6A, 2000, and XP.

Version History

Version 1.0 - February 6, 2002

Version 1.1 - March 8, 2002

  • Fixed: During logging off or system shut down, the application did not persist the saved notes into the text file.
  • Fixed: It was possible to resize the note into a line or a dot and the note would become unrecoverable (pointed out by Paul Howes).
  • Added: A new note can be created when you double click on a tray icon with the left button (suggested by Trond Nilsen).
  • Added: If WinNT, 2000, XP, or higher is running, the file where the notes are saved will be created in the root directory of the specified user's profile. For Win95, 98, or ME, it’ll stay the old way: the file will be created in the same directory where the executable is located (suggested by Philippe Lhoste).

Version 1.2 - September 24, 2002

  • Fixed: When the previously saved note is displayed, the whole text inside the rich-edit control was initially selected.
  • Added: In the search dialog, when the note is selected, it can be displayed by pressing an 'Enter' key.
  • Added: Changed the 'Note' icon to a bitmap, added code to change the background color of the bitmap to be the same as a note's background color.
  • Added: Changed the 'Close' icon to a bitmap, added code to change the background color of the bitmap to be the same as a note's background color.
  • Added: In the search dialog buttons, an edit control and a list-box control now have WinXP-like look.
  • Added: Used Norm Almond's CLabel class for static controls in the search dialog.

Version 1.3 - February 15, 2003

  • Fixed: Removed Derick Cyril Thomas' code.
  • Added: A context menu to the note's rich edit control.
  • Added: A prompt dialog which is displayed when a note's text has been modified, asking an user if the note should be saved.
  • Added: In the search dialog, the listbox was changed to a list control, getting the scrolling for free.
  • Added: Only one instance of the search dialog can now be created.
  • Added: 'New Note' button (allowing to create a new note) in the search dialog.
  • Added: In the search dialog, if the edit control has focus, a search can be performed by pressing the 'Enter' key.
  • Added: A note can be closed by double clicking on a note icon.
  • Added: Support for Windows XP themes on XP - remove the .exe.manifest file if you don't like it.

Version 1.4 - November 3, 2003

  • Fixed: Displayed notes were not saved when the app was being closed.
  • Added: Save a note into a file.
  • Added: When double clicking on a note's title bar, the note would shrink, leaving only a title bar and a date's status bar visible. Clicking the title bar again would open up the note (suggested by Todd Smith).
  • Added: A gradient look to the title bar (used Irek Zielinski's CGradientStatic class ported to WTL).
  • Added: Note can be deleted from the search dialog.

Version 1.5 - January 3, 2004

  • Added: 'Recent Notes' in the system tray context menu - shows last six accessed notes (suggested by Girb and John Drescher).
  • Added: Transparent notes.
  • Added: Print notes.
  • Added: Hyper link recognition.

Version 1.51 - January 26, 2004

  • Fixed: If there are some open notes covered by another window and a user right-clicks the system tray icon, then all open notes move to front (pointed out by tomrowton).
  • Fixed: If there are some open notes covered by another window and a user double-clicks the system tray icon to create a new note, it is created as a background window (pointed out by tomrowton).
  • Fixed: Wrong alpha value used to describe the opacity of the note (pointed out by tomrowton).

Version 1.52 - February 8, 2004

  • Fixed: If there is an open note and it's deleted from the note's menu, it was still being shown in the recent notes list.
  • Added: Menu item 'Set Font' has "..." (suggested by Owen).
  • Added: Date and time are locale specific (suggested by Owen).
  • Added: If there is a note open and a user selects the same note to open in the recent notes list, then the already open note will be activated (suggested by tomrowton).
  • Added: Bring all open notes to front.

Version 1.6 - May 8, 2004

  • Fixed: If you click 'X' in the upper right corner, color is not saved.
  • Added: Change font color.
  • Added: The currently selected color and transparency have a tick mark (suggested by Owen).
  • Added: Changed the way a unique note's ID is generated.
  • Added: Transparency is now persisted (suggested by tomrowton).

Version 1.7 - September 25, 2004

  • Added: Note's title.
  • Added: Pin image (allows pinning a note) indicating if a note is the top most window.
  • Added: Import from a file.

Version 1.8 - October 30, 2004

  • Fixed: Spelling error in the window menu item 'Transparent'.
  • Added: Mouse wheel support.
  • Added: Changed static controls holding 'Close' and 'Pin' images to buttons.
  • Added: When a note becomes inactive, the title bar changes its color to an inactive window caption color and vice versa.
  • Added: Moved the option to insert a title to the window menu (suggested by Tony W).
  • Added: Save a note whenever it loses the focus (suggested by MageLord).
  • Added: Persist all notes to the file when any note is saved.
  • Added: Persist note's position and size (suggested by tomrowton).
  • Added: When an app starts, it displays notes that have been open before the app closed (suggested by MageLord and Tony W.). (So you don't need to remember to open your notes every time you restart or change the user.)

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Comments and Discussions

Generalgreat reminder and winks reminder tool,record your minds quickly Pinmembere_ilite20-Jul-08 17:03 
Generalcannot it stick on a webpage , Pinmemberlilyshining122-Oct-07 20:11 
GeneralGood Program PinmemberGautam Jain1-Apr-07 20:11 
QuestionWhy is the obvious not obvious? PinmemberNGS 54967224-May-05 6:00 
AnswerRe: Why is the obvious not obvious? PinmemberTrillo23-Nov-05 9:04 
Generalsuggestion PinmemberDavidDou2-Mar-05 6:01 
GeneralRe: suggestion PinmemberDavidDou2-Mar-05 6:17 
GeneralRe: suggestion PinmemberIgor Vigdorchik2-Mar-05 13:21 
GeneralRe: suggestion PinmemberDavidDou3-Mar-05 10:22 
GeneralRe: suggestion PinmemberIgor Vigdorchik3-Mar-05 12:24 
GeneralRe: suggestion PinmemberIgor Vigdorchik5-Mar-05 8:08 
GeneralRe: suggestion PinmemberAnna-Jayne Metcalfe8-Apr-05 13:02 
GeneralRe: suggestion PinmemberIgor Vigdorchik9-Apr-05 8:50 
GeneralRe: suggestion PinmemberAnna-Jayne Metcalfe9-Apr-05 10:25 
GeneralRe: suggestion PinmemberIgor Vigdorchik9-Apr-05 11:38 
GeneralRe: suggestion PinmemberWaleed12-May-05 23:48 
GeneralRe: suggestion PinmemberIgor Vigdorchik14-May-05 4:33 
GeneralAlt+Tab doesn't show notes PinmemberGeorge V. Reilly23-Dec-04 22:27 
GeneralRe: Alt+Tab doesn't show notes PinmemberIgor Vigdorchik24-Dec-04 15:15 
GeneralDateseparator PinmemberEsko Lakso13-Dec-04 21:20 
GeneralRe: Dateseparator PinmemberIgor Vigdorchik14-Dec-04 14:03 
GeneralRe: Dateseparator PinmemberIgor Vigdorchik18-Dec-04 17:19 
GeneralRe: Dateseparator PinmemberEsko Lakso21-Dec-04 8:54 
GeneralRe: Dateseparator PinmemberIgor Vigdorchik23-Dec-04 13:42 
Generaldeleted notes Pinmemberhgood4-Dec-04 0:43 
GeneralRe: deleted notes PinmemberIgor Vigdorchik4-Dec-04 4:51 
GeneralRe: deleted notes Pinmemberhgood5-Dec-04 7:06 
GeneralRe: deleted notes PinmemberIgor Vigdorchik5-Dec-04 8:38 
GeneralRe: deleted notes Pinmemberhgood5-Dec-04 20:50 
GeneralRe: deleted notes PinmemberIgor Vigdorchik6-Dec-04 3:33 
GeneralRe: deleted notes Pinmemberhgood6-Dec-04 20:35 
GeneralCompile Error Pinmembermicrocyb11-Nov-04 11:52 
GeneralRe: Compile Error PinmemberIgor Vigdorchik11-Nov-04 12:00 
GeneralRe: Compile Error Pinmembermicrocyb11-Nov-04 12:27 
GeneralRe: Compile Error PinmemberIgor Vigdorchik11-Nov-04 12:42 
GeneralRe: Compile Error Pinmembermicrocyb11-Nov-04 12:49 
General. [modified] Pinmembermachnotrix10-Nov-04 0:33 
GeneralRe: problem compiling PinmemberIgor Vigdorchik10-Nov-04 4:34 
QuestionNeeds vertical scroll bar? Pinmembertw_acoustic1-Nov-04 8:45 
AnswerRe: Needs vertical scroll bar? PinmemberIgor Vigdorchik1-Nov-04 9:26 
GeneralRe: Needs vertical scroll bar? Pinmembertw_acoustic1-Nov-04 9:43 
GeneralRe: Needs vertical scroll bar? PinmemberIgor Vigdorchik1-Nov-04 13:32 
QuestionWhy is the title? Pinmembertw_acoustic21-Oct-04 23:51 
Usually the title is the filename but here it is just a bit of text. Suggestions: (a) Title is by default the first words in the text, up to the number of complete words that will fit in the title window at default window size; (b) when saving, prompt to change the title from this, unless it has already been changed or accepted; (c) search and retrieve notes by title.
(a) would be very useful even without (b) and (c) as notes would automatically be identifiable when minimised to the title bar.
I also find it a little strange that the option to insert a title is on the text menu although the title is not part of the text. I would expect to see it on the window menu as the title is part of the window.
Hope you don't mind these suggestions, I am only making them because I think this will be a really useful bit of software for me.
Tony W
AnswerRe: Why is the title? PinmemberIgor Vigdorchik22-Oct-04 8:05 
GeneralNit picked Pinmembertw_acoustic21-Oct-04 8:20 
GeneralRe: Nit picked PinmemberIgor Vigdorchik21-Oct-04 11:13 
GeneralSave Notes PinmemberMageLord18-Oct-04 10:23 
GeneralRe: Save Notes PinmemberIgor Vigdorchik18-Oct-04 17:39 
GeneralNotes Lost PinmemberMageLord15-Oct-04 8:14 
GeneralRe: Notes Lost PinmemberIgor Vigdorchik15-Oct-04 8:35 

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