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Desktop notes

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Screenshot of Knotes, a desktop note application for KDE

Desktop notes are computer applications that allow putting Post-it note-like windows on the screen, with reminders, short notes and other clippings. They are typically rectangular and yellow, like their physical counterpart, but most applications support other colours and more elaborate designs.

The earliest-known desktop note application is "Note pad" made for the GEOS system for the Commodore 64 in 1985. For the Macintosh, the Stickies application was developed by Jens Alfke and included in System 7.5, released in 1994.[1] A number of applications have duplicated the functionality of Stickies on other platforms.

macOS has its own built-in desktop note functionality with the Stickies application and, from Mac OS X Tiger through macOS Mojave, with Dashboard, an application that has notes and other desktop widgets.

On Microsoft Windows, desktop note applications have been included by default since Windows Vista, which has the Notes "gadget".[2] It is used as part of Windows Sidebar. As Microsoft states in its description, "Notes" can be used to "Capture ideas, notes and remainders in a quick and easy way." On Windows 7, the successor to Vista, this functionality is replaced by a stand-alone application called Sticky Notes, in which the notes can be freely repositioned on the screen. Third-party desktop note applications such as ShixxNOTE[3] offer more options than Sticky Notes.

On Linux, desktop notes have existed for a long period of time. The GNOME desktop environment has a built in "sticky notes" feature available, whereas KDE (K Desktop Environment) has a desktop notes application called Knote.

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  1. ^ Jens Alfke (April 13, 1997). "They Made Me An Offer I Couldn't Refuse". Thought Palace. Retrieved February 21, 2013.
  2. ^ ""Windows Vista Sidebar"". Archived from the original on 2008-03-03. Retrieved 2008-03-22.
  3. ^ "ShixxNOTE network enabled sticky notes program". Archived from the original on 2003-02-28. Retrieved 2012-02-23.