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OS X El Capitan: The Missing Manual by David Pogue

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Stickies

Even in the age of the far more modern Notes program, the old Stickies app is still creaking along. It creates virtual Post-it notes that you can stick anywhere on your screen.

You can use Stickies for quick notes and to-do items, web addresses or phone numbers you need to remember, or any other little scraps and snippets of text you come across. They all show up whenever the Stickies program is running (Figure 10-39).

Creating Sticky Notes

The first time you launch Stickies, a couple of sample notes appear automatically, describing some of the program’s features. You can quickly dispose of each sample by clicking the Close button in the upper-left corner of each note or by choosing File→Close (⌘-W). Each time you close a note, a dialog box asks if you want to save it. If you click Don’t Save (or press ⌘-D), the note disappears permanently.

To create a new note, choose File→New Note (⌘-N). Then start typing or:

  • Drag text in from any other program. Or drag text clippings from the desktop directly into your note. You can also drag a graphics file into a note to add a picture. You can even drag a sound or a movie in.

  • Drag the icon of a PDF file into a note. (Stickies can even accommodate multipage PDF files. At first, you see only the first page, but the scroll bar reveals the rest.)

  • Choose FileImport and select any plain text file or RTF (Rich Text Format) document to bring it into a note.

  • Drag URLs into a note directly from a web browser’s address bar.

    Tip

    If one particular note ...

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