PeperNote is a simple sticky notes application for Windows

Feb 24, 2021
Updated • Mar 16, 2021
Software, Windows software

Alerts and reminders are useful for getting things done. But sometimes you may not want to fiddle with menus and toolbars, keeping it simple and faster might just be the best idea. So in a way, a note on your desktop can serve the purpose. If you want a sticky notes application with minimal options, PeperNote is a good choice.

PeperNote is a simple sticky notes application for Windows

The program is set to automatically start with Windows, and there's no way to change this behavior from the program's settings. If you don't like that, you'll need to disable it from the Task Manager's Startup tab or through programs such as Autoruns.

PeperNote interface

PeperNote has a tray icon which you can double-click to access the GUI. The interface looks like a blank yellow page, but when you mouse over it several elements appear on the screen. To add a new note, double-click on the tray icon, or use the option from the tray context menu.

Pepernote tray menu

You can stick a note to stay on top of other windows by clicking the pin icon in the top left corner of PeperNote's GUI. Not a fan of the yellow backdrop? Click on the box that appears next to the pin to change the background color. The program lacks a palette, so you can't pick the color manually. Instead, it switches between a few pre-defined options. On the bright side, you can use this to change color code various notes.

PeperNote text formatting

The two A buttons in the bottom left corner of the program's window allow you to change the font size of the note. PeperNote supports basic text formatting such as Bold, italics, underline and strike-through. To apply one of these styles, select the text before clicking on the relevant format option. The application supports common keyboard shortcuts such as Ctrl + B, CTrl + I, etc, for applying the format, which can be a faster way for stylizing the content. The note-taking tool also lets you set the text alignment to left, right or center.

PeperNote supports images, but you can only add them if the image is stored in the clipboard, i.e. you cannot attach pictures from files directly. The program doesn't support URLs, you can save web addresses in your note, but the pasted text is not converted into a clickable link.

PeperNote urls

Resize a note by dragging it from any corner. You can have multiple notes set up at the same time, kind of like how you'd stick several notes on your refrigerator's door. PeperNote supports auto-save, it preserves your notes when you exit the application. But there is something you should remember, if you close a note individually its contents will be deleted. Right-click on the tray icon and select "Bring notes to front" to display all notes that you have saved. You may also do this by clicking in the title bar area of a note. The program lacks a trash bin for deleted notes.

Pepernote multiple notes and colors

PeperNote is named after a Dutch Gingerbread cookie. The application is open source and requires .NET 4.7.2 to run. Even though it is available in an archive, it is not a portable software, the ZIP file contains the installer. The program is very user-friendly, and is almost as simple as Notepad, but with additional options.


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  1. Paul said on March 5, 2021 at 7:33 am

    It looks very handy in that it seems to work well and is very simplistic which is an enormously under-rated ‘feature’.

    Only thing that has historically stopped me using such programs is their lack of simple ‘integration’, for want of another term, with the fundamentally ingrained way I use Windows:

    1. Always maximised apps
    2. Win + D should I ever want to see the desktop
    3. Alt + Tab or mouse to switch b/w apps

    Having notes on top of an app is anathema to me as invariably there will be some content underneath that is aggravatingly blocked.

    Yet at a glance I would like to see all notes.

    For me, I avoid cluttering up my desktop. Is never more than maybe the left 25% is covered with icons and labels. Hence, there is 75% of space for littering with notes that do not overlap anything but the desktop background and ideally will sit to the RHSide to at-a-glance distinguish from all the LHSide clutter.

    Ideal world?

    Win + D reveals the desktop and the notes stuck on it.

    Really unsure why, unless it is a limitation of APIs in Windows, why zero notes apps I have ever seen integrate this way, unless … I am quite possibly the only person on the planet who wants this :)

  2. Litschi said on February 25, 2021 at 7:10 am

    I’m still using ATnotes from 2005 :-)
    Portable and robust…

  3. Anonymous said on February 24, 2021 at 11:55 pm

    This is great. The new sticky notes in Windows 10 is total garbage.

    1. Bill Gates Virus said on February 26, 2021 at 5:00 am

      One icon per note, to fill up your whole taskbar! Microsoft has true geniuses working for it! /s

      As you can see, a single guy coding in his spare time can do a better job than a team of MS engineers.

    2. Anonymous said on February 25, 2021 at 1:58 pm

      That sums up Windows 10 uwp apps! They are all trash.

      Check out Old Classic Sticky Notes for Windows 10 at Winaero.

  4. Robert said on February 24, 2021 at 11:06 pm

    Looks like a good program and is open source. However I am happy with “Simple Sticky Notes”. Not only does “Simple Sticky Notes” have a trash bin to recover deleted notes but it also has a reminder so that it will notify you at a certain appointed time of an event. The website also has downloadable skins and sounds as well.

    1. Matilda The Hun said on February 25, 2021 at 2:42 pm

      Same here. I’ve used Simple Sticky Notes for years. Best one I’ve found for the desktop. Sticky Notes with win10 is left far behind…

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