Windows 7: How to Format Sticky Note Text

While the Sticky Notes found in Windows 7 can be useful, they also look rather bland. To make them more functional, you can format the text by making it bold or underlined, larger or smaller in size, and even use various types of lists such as bullets or numbers.

1. Create a new Sticky Note by clicking the Orb (Start Button), clicking All Programs, opening Accessories and selecting Sticky Notes.

2. Highlight the text you wish to format and use the following keyboard commands:
Bold: CTRL+B
Italics: CTRL+I
Underline: CTRL+U
Strikethrough: CTRL+T
Increase size of text: CTRL+SHIFT+>
Decrease size of text: CTRL+SHIFT+<
Bullet list: CTRL+SHIFT+L (once)
Numbered list: CTRL+SHIFT+L (twice)
Lettered list (a,b,c,etc.): CTRL+SHIFT+L (three times)
Lettered list (A,B,C,etc.): CTRL+SHIFT+L (four times)
Roman numeral list (i,ii,iii,iv, etc.): CTRL+SHIFT+L (five times)
Roman numeral list (I,II,III,IV etc.): CTRL+SHIFT+L (six times)



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9 Responses to “Windows 7: How to Format Sticky Note Text”

  1. May 23, 2009 at 1:59 pm, David said:

    You have used the letter ‘U’ for both strike through and underline. What is the proper strike through key combination?


  2. May 23, 2009 at 2:01 pm, anonymous said:

    Strikethrough is Ctrl+T


  3. June 01, 2009 at 2:06 am, setini said:

    Didn’t know these tips. nice feature thanks.


  4. June 10, 2009 at 8:14 am, Mr Bungle said:

    Any chance that we can get tp change the colour, or maybe add a little transparency – they are useful, but a bit camp…


  5. July 02, 2010 at 9:08 am, Ramprasad said:

    Thanks, Very helpful tip.


  6. March 22, 2011 at 9:59 am, Guest said:

    It’s great. Very helpful. Especially if you have a simple to do list and strick out it item by item.


  7. June 05, 2011 at 4:31 am, Madirie said:

    THANK YOU!!!!


  8. December 27, 2011 at 11:40 am, vank said:

    This is great. I always wanted to know how to use strikethough.


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