OS X Finder

Working with Mac OS X Stickies

Looking at Mac OS X Stickies

In the OS X Finder Mac OS X Stickies are sometimes an unappreciated program. It has been a part of the Macintosh OS since 1994 with the release of System 7.5. The current version allows you to save reminders, to-dos and other bits of information that you might collect. There are a variety of stickies settings you can apply to one or every note that include, overall display, color, formatting, floating, opacity, and linking. Even if you’re a current user or have never tired stickies before they are definitely better than your analogue post-it.

Here are two things you can try out to show you what a great tool they are.

Searching Stickies

Searching stickies is a great way to find something you’ve noted that might not be visible. Simply use Command-F and you can search for words in a single note or all notes. You can also perform a Find and Replace.

Embedding Links

Embedding links from your browser is common practice, but what about email and media files? Next time you have a note that relates to a specific email just drag and drop it into a sticky. It forms a link to that email so that you can reference later on. The same is true for images and PDFs too.


Dragging a Quicktime movie onto a Sticky note will embed the movie into the note, complete with the usual play/pause controls.

Try that with a regular old post-it

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