A note freeware reminder for your desktop

Martin Brinkmann
Jun 8, 2006
Updated • May 6, 2013

I sometimes stick lots of post-its on my monitor that remind me of upcoming important tasks. This is making my desktop look rather messy though and I was looking for an alternative for some time now.

A Note is one of those alternative. The freeware lets you add post-it like notes right to your desktop, a virtual replacement of the post it notes that I have pinned to the monitor in all those years, so to speak. You are free to chose a color for the note, setup an alarm with sound or change the font of the note.

You are able to change almost every design aspect. The notes can be uploaded to a database to use them from more than one computer. (for example home and office PC)

You have two options to create a new note. First you can right click the note icon and select new note, or double click the icon which has the same effect. Another great feature is that you can make the notes transparent, which is working both in Windows XP and NT.

The program supports several other features besides transparency. Notes are automatically saved, you can set them to be always on top, or change the note's colors so that you can distinguish them easily. There is also an import and export feature that you can make use of to sync notes between different Windows systems.

Update: A Note has been updated regularly by its author ever since it was initially released back in 2006. All recent versions of the program are fully compatible with newer versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system that have been released after Windows XP.

It is interesting to note that the project has been revived in 2009, after being inactive for more than 5 years. In fact, the author has released only two updates to the program ever since our initial review. Its developer has recompiled the program using MSSVC 2008 and has added several new languages to the program including a Russian translation.

The server synchronization feature is however not working, and it looks as if this won't be fixed by the author any time soon.

We have reviewed several alternatives in the past. This includes the excellent iQ-Notes for Windows, or CintaNotes, which offers more of a notebook like interface for notes.


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  1. yayo said on June 10, 2006 at 8:19 pm

    I’m the italian translator of Stickies.
    use Stickies. it’s the best one! : P

  2. Kip said on June 9, 2006 at 8:48 am
  3. CypherHackz said on June 8, 2006 at 2:05 pm

    I use Rainlender. It is easy to manage and to use.
    It also have many skins to use.

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