Who loves Sticky Notes?
Windows actually ships with the digital equivalent of everyone’s favorite stickie. So instead of affixing those ubiquitous paper stickers to your desk and monitor – you can have an infinite arrangement sprawled out on your digital desktop.
Sticky Notes have actually been present in Windows ever since the ancient Vista days; however, Microsoft still hasn’t created an easy way to change text from the goofy font that resembles Comic Sans Serif. Today I want to show you a few techniques for not only changing the font but adjusting the font size, controlling spacing and even adding bullet lists.
To conjure Sticky Notes click the Windows icon in the lower left corner of the screen and type:
A yellow stick square pops on the screen. Here’s how to get more power out of these noble notes.
Paste pre-formated text into Sticky Notes
If you type in Microsoft Word in your favorite font and then paste it into the Sticky Notes window all the font settings are preserved. So one way to get your favorite fonts with all the formatting into the Sticky Note is to simply copy and paste.
But this feels so archaic… there must be a better way right?
Ah! There is!
Remember some formatting shortcuts
When it’s time to spruce up your fonts, most of your default word processing commands work.
For example, Ctrl + a selects all text, Ctrl + z will undo your last change. Ctrl + n creates a new Sticky note and Ctrl + b makes the text bold.
But there’s a bevy of other options that are just as useful but you probably weren’t cognizant of them. Check this out:
Ctrl + Shift + l (lowercase “L”) gives you lists
Click the cursor into the text you wish to transform into a list then press Ctrl + Shift + l to turn the line into a bulleted line.
Pressing Ctrl + Shift + l a second time changes the bulleted item to a numbered list. Press it again and you’ll have an alphabetically sorted list.
Keep pressing it to get different versions of the list.
Changing the text size
So how do you bump up or shrink the font size in Sticky Notes? It’s all about Ctrl + Shift and the less than or greater than signs.
Ctrl + Shift + > increases the size of the font. Just select the text you want to bump up and then keep pressing Ctrl + Shift + > to enlarge it. To remember this shortcut think:
Greater than sign means greater font size
Conversely, pressing Ctrl + Shift + < decreases the size with each hit.
Incidentally, if you hold down the Ctrl key will scrolling the mouse wheel you can increase and decrease all font sizes with one deft flick of your finger.
Sub and superscripts
Superscripts are great for exponents and subscripts work well for footnotes – here’s how to get them in your Sticky Notes:
Type normally then press Ctrl and the equal sign ( = ) to type in the tiny subscript font. To go back to normal text, hit Ctrl and = again. Note the “+” sign isn’t included in the shortcut – all you’re doing is pressing the Ctrl key and then the = button.
Similarly, to create superscripts hit Ctrl and Shift +
This looks a little confusing but it’s pretty straightforward. Just hold down the Ctrl key and the Shift button while tapping the (plus) + key.
To change the vertical spacing between lines select the text you wish to modify then hold down the Ctrl key while pressing the 1, 2 or 5 button.
Use Ctrl + 1 for single spacing, Ctrl + 2 for double spacing or Ctrl + 5 for 1.5 line spacing.
Hack the registry
By default the Sticky Notes application uses a playful font called Segoe Print. Anyone know how to pronounce that?
If pasting formatted text from Microsoft Word into Sticky Notes doesn’t sound like fun then we can force Sticky Notes to use almost any font on our system with a little registry hack.
Make sure you backup the registry before you proceed then follow me.
Kick open Notepad and paste in the following code:
REGEDIT4 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Fonts] "Segoe Print (TrueType)"="verdana.ttf" "Segoe Print Bold (TrueType)"="verdanab.ttf"
Replace verdana.ttf with whatever font you want. I’m going for Verdana and Verdana bold so I used verdana.ttf and verdanab.ttf accordingly.
You can browse all your fonts by going to the Control panel and searching for fonts. Or in Windows 8 you can just press the Windows Key and type fonts to get there.
Back in Notepad, click Save As then select the Save as type drop down box to change it from Text Documents (*.txt) to All Files (*.*)
Let’s save it as StickyNotes_Font_Fix.reg.
Now just log off the computer – then login again, pop open the Sticky Notes app and start typing in your new vogue font.