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Windows 8.1: The Missing Manual by David Pogue

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Sticky Notes

Sticky Notes creates virtual Post-it notes that you can stick anywhere on your screen—a triumphant software answer to the thousands of people who stick notes on the edges of their actual monitors.

You can type quick notes and to-do items, paste in Web addresses or phone numbers you need to remember, or store any other little scraps and snippets of text you come across (Figure 11-10).

Creating Notes

To create a new note, click the button in the upper-left corner of the starter note, or press Ctrl+N. Then fill the note by typing or pasting.

Note the resize handle on the lower-right corner of each note. Drag it to make notes larger or smaller onscreen.

Formatting Notes

You can format the text of a note—a little bit. There are no menus, of course, so you have to use keyboard shortcuts:

  • Bold, Italic, Underline. Press Ctrl+B, Ctrl+I, or Ctrl+U.

  • Strikethrough style. Press Ctrl+T.

  • Create a bulleted list. Press Ctrl+Shift+L.

    Tip

    Press Ctrl+Shift+L a second time to produce a numbered list.

  • Change the type size. Press Ctrl+Shift+> (larger font) or Ctrl+Shift+< (smaller).

You can also change the “paper” color for a note to any of five other pastel colors. To do that, right-click the note and then choose from the shortcut menu.

Deleting Notes

To get rid of a note, click the little in the upper-right ...

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