Sticky Notes 3 for Windows 10 Launches With Cross-Device Syncing, Dark Theme, More

Posted on August 28, 2018 by Mehedi Hassan in Windows, Windows 10 with 25 Comments

Microsoft is today launching the brand new Sticky Notes app for Windows 10 in a preview. The company has been teasing the major new update for Sticky Notes over the last few weeks, and Insiders in Skip Ahead can finally try it out themselves.

Sticky Notes 3 is a big update for Sticky Notes as you know it. So far, one of the much-requested features of the app was the ability to sync notes across all your devices. Starting with Sticky Notes 3, the app finally syncs and backs up all your notes to the cloud. So now when you add a note on your computer and move to your laptop when travelling, that note will show up seamlessly on your laptop. And if you make changes on your laptop, those changes will sync to your desktop too. Keep in mind that Syncing support on Sticky Notes 3 is part of a bigger plan for Microsoft — the company is working on Android and iOS apps for Sticky Notes, so this is essentially the first step towards the firm’s ultimate goal.

Sticky Notes 3 introduces a number of other features, too. There’s a new dark theme called Charcoal Note, a new formatting bar for easier styling of notes, improved performance, new animations, and improved accessibility. With Sticky Notes 3, users can also see all their notes in the main app and only choose to some of their notes on the desktop which is really useful if you have a ton of different notes.

Sticky Notes 3 is available for Insiders in Skip Ahead for the time being, though it will make its way to more users in the near-future.

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27 responses to “Sticky Notes 3 for Windows 10 Launches With Cross-Device Syncing, Dark Theme, More”

  1. Stooks

    Once completed I am sure they can close thousands of user requests for this!

  2. Darekmeridian

    Been using sticky notes forever, glad they are giving it a little love finally.


  3. hoelzer48

    Doesn't OneNote already offer most of these features? I've been using it for years on my Windows 10 Desktop and my Android Phone and it syncs very nicely between the two of them.

  4. neunmalelf

    "We brake ton's of running System with every OS update."

    "We don't fix long known and overdue error's."

    "We can't even get our Flagship Internet Browser up to modern standards."

    "But we now have a Sticky Note App with the same features other had for a decade."


    Welcome to Microsoft 2018 (Where we spent our manpower wisely...)

  5. MacLiam

    As soon as they let this loose for the Fast Ring insiders who are still getting the final versions of 1809, I will be all over it. It is exactly the kind of thing I want. It's like a Whiteboard where the cooperating participants are you and your different devices rather than a bunch of collaborators.


    Sticky notes may be part and parcel of Ink Workspace, but SN2 seems to be available from the store right now as an app.

    • gregsedwards

      In reply to MacLiam:

      Agreed, but it sort of begs the question, why do we have so many different apps from Microsoft that effectively solve the same problem? I mean, sticky notes and whiteboard share a lot of the same functional DNA. There’s no reason why a sticky note couldn’t simply be a private whiteboard, or a whiteboard couldn’t simply a be sticky note shared with other people. On some level it seems like these are just modes masquerading as separate applications.

  6. PeteB

    If it's a crappy phone/UWP version, no thank you.

  7. SvenJ

    Skip ahead? Really? Hope it makes it into the spring 2019 update. Just code it up, test it and update it via the store. It's sticky notes. not rocket science.

  8. Rycott

    Seems like they could just have an option for OneNote to have a small StickyNote like interface instead of creating a whole other app to sync notes.


    But hey... I'm sure they know what they are doing... right?

    • Darekmeridian

      In reply to Rycott:

      Well they do actually but the problem is just to do a "New Quick Note" it loads an entire instance of One Note, which is a lot of overhead.


      I think people are making a bigger deal out of this than it really is.. just adding some nice features to an accessory app that has been around for years, like Apple did with Notes. Not like this is a core stability thing.


  9. NT6.1

    Awful. The Win32 Sticky Notes is superior.

  10. useful windows

    Woo Hoo! Long overdue since Windows 8.0

  11. Skipper

    Can you copy/paste items like images into the notes like you could with V1

  12. Dan1986ist

    Wonder if Microsoft plans on removing Sticky Notes from Ink Workspace and just having it as a download from the Microsoft Store app?

  13. Rob_Wade

    That second window popping up is REALLY annoying. Seriously, I've never had any use for sticky notes outside of a Lean Six Sigma event, and certainly not virtual ones on my computer. But I definitely don't need a second window coming up when I'm working with sticky notes. This is just insane.

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