How To Close or Minimize Sticky Notes without Deleting Them in Windows 7 and 10


Sticky Notes is a popular Windows built-in app that allows users to take notes using Post-it-Note-like windows on their desktops. According to a Microsoft employee, there were 8-million monthly Sticky Notes users as of April 2016. It appears as a desktop application in Windows 7, Windows 8 but has become a modern universal app in Windows 10 Anniversary Update. However, despite the different in form factor, both of the apps look and work more or less the same. The only noticeable difference is that you can set different colors for each sticky notes in Windows 10 version.

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That said, you still won’t be able to quickly figure out how to close out the Sticky Notes without deleting them. The little minimize icon is still nowhere to be found in the app’s window. Is it even possible closing Sticky Notes without losing all my notes?

The trick is fairly easy. Thanks to IntoWindows for pointing it out.

To close Sticky Notes app without losing all my notes, simply press Alt + F4. It’s the keyboard shortcut known for closing any active application. Note that there is still no way you can close single sticky note without deleting it.

Keyboard Alt F4 - How To Close or Minimize Sticky Notes without Deleting Them in Windows 7 and 10

And to minimize the Sticky Notes app, just click its icon on the taskbar once. It will minimize the app right away.

Sticky Notes taskbar icon - How To Close or Minimize Sticky Notes without Deleting Them in Windows 7 and 10

If you feel the built-in Sticky Notes app not good enough, check out these alternatives.


  1. Hi, I am unable to minimize the Sticky Notes App (windows 10) by just clicking the taskbar once. I have to right click the Sticky notes -> select the “close window” option to minimize which I could not find effective. Do let me know how to minimize the notes in one click. Thanks

  2. I used to be able to collapse Stickies in one click on the icon I pinned to the Taskbar; then something happened since I shutdown last night and startup this morning. Now the ONLY way I can minimize the app is by ALT f4. Which is a pain! So I would like to know why this has happened also.

  3. In the latest update my sticky notes no longer minimize at a single click on the task bar icon. I did the ALT F4 but now I cannot get the sticky notes back on my desktop Instead they come up in a separate window. Defeats the purpose of sticky notes IMO. I might as well use a bunch of notepads. Any ideas what changed?

  4. Right click the Sticky Note Icon. You then get the option to “Hide all notes”.

    This is a little dumber than I hoped it would be, but this is the only way I’ve found to hide sticky notes without closing the application or clicking the “show desktop” button at the bottom right of the applications bar.

    • There is not a hid all notes option when you right-click. I just upgraded to windows 10 and the sticky notes are junk compared to windows 7. I want to be able to hide and open all notes with one click. I can click the show desktop button, but that makes everything else minimize too, defeating the point of easy access sticky notes. When you have 4+ monitors going on with many programs running, you need better functioning apps to work with you not against you.


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