Sticky Notes

by collinss
UUID: sticky@scollins
Score: 14
Last edited: 2 weeks ago
Last commit: de458026d93d32d514db798a5e0c448a325c20a8

Applet that allows you to manage desktop notes

Sticky Notes applet

This applet is designed to be a simple, quick, and easy-to-use note utility. While there is some customization available, the emphasis is on making it feel as smooth and easy to use as possible.


  • Two types of notes: standard text and checklist
  • Optional titles
  • Notes can be resized
  • Colors can be selected on a per-note basis
  • Notes can be displayed on top of windows, underneath windows, or hidden altogether
  • Copy/Paste supported
  • All notes can be backed up to a file

Known issues

  • Occasionally intercepts clicks through windows
  • Pinning is slightly buggy

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jean noel clement
Hi, I'm using Mint 18.2 Mate and Stickynotes doesn't save my notes. They are all gone after reboot. Is there anything I could try to fix this issue ?
Stephen Collins
Stephen Collins-3 days ago
Hi, you said that you are using the Mate edition of Mint rather than Cinnamon, so I just want to clarify that this applet only works in Cinnamon before I go any further.
So the first thing we want to find out is if the notes are being saved to begin with. To do this create a new note, add some text, and then look at the contents of the file `~/.cinnamon/configs/sticky@scollins/sticky@scollins.json` to see if the text appears there (it will probably be near the bottom). Next, check `~/.xsession-errors` and `~/.cinnamon/glass.log` to see if there are any related errors and then pastebin them here or in a new issue on Github (Github is preferable if you can). Additional information that might be helpful is if you are using more than one monitor, any unusual hardware or software configurations, etc.
jean noel clement
Thanks for your reply. Yes using Mate and Sticky Notes worked very well with previous versions of Mint Mate. It is available from the 'Add to Panel' dialogue box.
I've just done an update to Mint and selected 'applets update' and now notes are being saved.
Jhon Monrroy
Jhon Monrroy-3 weeks ago
Hi Collins, can you tell me how to change background color to yellow? is possible add a new color? i have Mint 18.2 with cinnamon 3.4.6, regards
Stephen Collins
Stephen Collins-2 weeks ago
Ok, I just added a yellow note. I can't guarantee it actually looks any good ;) I'm not great at making things look good. If you don't like how it looks (or any of the other colors either) feel free to make some adjustments to the file and submit as a pull request. (the yellow stuff is at the end of the file)
Jhon Monrroy
Jhon Monrroy-2 weeks ago
thanks my friend, the new yellow color is perfect to me, regards...
Stephen Collins
Stephen Collins-2 weeks ago
The sticky notes don't currently have a yellow note, but it wouldn't be too hard to add one. The hardest part is getting all the shades right so they look good together and everything is still readable. I'll play around with it and see what I can come up with.
Stephen Collins
Stephen Collins-3 weeks ago
I just fixed a couple of issues recently. One was causing it to not add new notes when there was only a vertical panel present. The other is a text focus issue that has been plaguing me for a while where the notes would become unresponsive at times. Hopefully that fixes the issues mentioned.

I also added a new templates feature where you can create a note and then save it as a template to create duplicates at will. This will be particularly useful for the checklist notes (for recurring task list and such), but it can be used for regular notes as well. I haven't yet added a way to remove or edit the templates once created. I'm considering adding a mechanism to create these automatically on a timer, but I'm not sure if it's worth the effort, so If you like the idea let me know.
tarkingt0n-1 month ago
I really like this applet - I use it on Mint 18.3 and it fits the visual style of the Cinnamon dark themes well. I have discovered an intermittent issue involving my multi-display system and stickies disappearing - I'm going to try my best to provide an Issue report on GitHub. Thanks for your efforts in creating this tool.
Miles Bright
Miles Bright-3 months ago
Shouldn't this be a desklet and not an applet?
Stephen Collins
Stephen Collins-3 weeks ago
That was my original plan. When I finally started writing it, I decided to make it an applet instead for a couple of really good reasons.
First, by the time I actually sat down to write this, there was already a desklet that provided similar functionality. It had a lot of features, but it was much heavier to use. You had to add another entire instance of the desklet in order to get a new note. I wanted something more light-weight and easy to use, where you could quickly add and remove notes. This meant that the current desklet api didn't really suit my purposes well.
The second (and biggest) reason is that I wanted some separate, independent controls that would allow the user to quickly add notes and give easy access to exiting ones. It made the most sense to put those on the panel. With the way Cinnamon is structured, I had to make it an applet if I wanted to put those controls on the panel.
armageddon51-3 months ago
Would be nice but totally unusable in Mint Cinnamon 18.2. Need to be fixed.
Jason Hicks
Jason Hicks-3 months ago
Care to go into more detail or maybe file a bug report?
Jens Tautenhahn
Jens Tautenhahn-3 months ago
Does not work under Mint 18.2 and Cinnamon 3.4.4.
Jason Hicks
Jason Hicks-4 months ago
A great tool, it makes jotting down random notes much easier to write, and reference later.
Алексей Ситников
Good job! I need various hotkeys to work with this extension. Please.
Stephen Collins
Stephen Collins-3 weeks ago
Shouldn't be too hard. Which tasks to you want hotkeys for?