How to sync Sticky Notes across devices in Windows 10

After the Windows 10 May 2019 update, Sticky Notes can now be configured to synchronize your notes on all your devices automatically.

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The Windows 10 May 2019 update is systematically implementing a new version of the PC operating system everywhere, adding new features and improved applications. While Windows 10 Version 1903 adds many notable improvements, it also adds improvements and functionality to several smaller applications, including Quick Notes.

The Sticky Notes application has been part of Windows 10 for years, and for some users, it is the preferred application for creating notes, to-do lists and appointment reminders. The new features of Sticky Notes include the ability to synchronize your notes across devices and the ability to export notes directly to Outlook.com. These improvements can make the Sticky Notes application more useful than ever.

This tutorial shows you how to change the application settings Adhesive notes of version 1903 so that the notes created on a device are synchronized on all your Windows 10 devices.

SEE: Update Windows 10 May 2019: 10 new notable features (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

How to synchronize super Sticky Notes on Windows 10 devices

For synchronization of notes to work, all your devices must be associated with an active Microsoft account. Then, the first step is to log in to your Windows 10 PC with the appropriate credentials.

Next, the Sticky Notes application will start ( Figure A ). You can load the application using the Start Menu, or you can type "sticker" in the search box on the desktop and click on the appropriate result. If you plan to be a frequent user of the application, it may be a good idea to add the Sticky Notes icon to the Taskbar on your desktop.

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Figure A

To access the synchronization settings, click on the settings icon and open the Settings menu. Scroll down the list until you find the Synchronize button ( Figure B ) and click to activate it. From now on, the notes will be synchronized on all your devices with Windows 10, as long as you use a Microsoft account.

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Figure B

Please note that once synchronization of sticky notes is activated, there is no clear way to deactivate it, so to act accordingly.

Another element to keep in mind is that Sticky Notes synchronization also includes the Outlook.com email inbox associated with your Microsoft account. As you can see in Figure C logging into Outlook.com will reveal a section in your inbox for sticky notes.

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Figure C

Warning

Over the years, paper sticky notes have earned a notorious reputation as a tool to store system passwords insecurely; the digital version presents a similar security problem, only with the additional risk of synchronizing those passwords on all its devices ( Figure D ). This may sound convenient from the user's perspective, but it sounds dangerous to anyone in charge of protecting confidential systems and data.

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Figure D

Please, for the sake of your IT department and cybersecurity professionals everywhere, do not put your passwords in sticky notes, paper or digital.

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