How can I make the Sticky Notes pin on top of everything else? They don't seem to be real windows. There is no way to cascade/tile them either.


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Another half baked idea from Microsoft, you cannot keep them on top or tile them. You would need to look for a 3rd party sticky note application that has more features.


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    Yes, some of the 3rd sticky notes apps are stickies, Hott Note, 7 sticky notes, Notezilla, TurboNote. Most of them support keeping sticky notes on top. Commented Mar 12, 2014 at 6:00
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    Confirmed both Hott Notes and Notezilla allow you to keep the note on top. However Notezilla is a MUCH better user experience.
    – nCardot
    Commented Oct 11, 2021 at 5:35
  • Agreed. Notezilla seems to top the list. Commented Oct 15, 2021 at 1:27

You can use the NIRCMD tool. Download it here:


then run this in the command line:

C:\> nircmd.exe win settopmost class Sticky_Notes_Top_Window 1

or maybe:

C:\> nircmd.exe win settopmost title "Sticky Notes" 1
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    Note: You'll need to open the command prompt as an administrator. Commented May 16, 2014 at 14:25
  • This worked once for me and than stopped working Commented Nov 19, 2014 at 18:05

While downloading a new tool to solve the issue is dicey, I found a great solution now in OneNote, open a side note, and keep it pinned. AND you get sync AND you get formatting, search, AND SCROLL (for which I had to download another tool!) etc etc which was ridiculously missing in sticky notes.

  • What's a side note, all I see is the option to add a quick note or add a new page in a notebook, neither of those stay on top of other windows
    – Ghos3t
    Commented May 12, 2021 at 4:38
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    @Ghos3t: Open a new quick note, and then click on the bar on the top of the note window; the ribbon drops down. There's an 'Always on Top' option in the 'View' section; click that and it'll stay on top. Great answer!
    – harry
    Commented Oct 21, 2021 at 0:11

Turned out Sticky Notes is not supporting always on top now.

I'm using WinTop to keep it on top and it works great.


As alluded to in another incomplete answer:

  1. Install Microsoft Powertoys (https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/powertoys/) by running the Powershell command: winget install Microsoft.PowerToys --source winget.
  2. Go to Settings in Powertoys, Select Enable Always On Top in the side menu and turn On (Default).
  3. Once installed the default key-binding CMD+CTRL+T can be used to make any window always on top.

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Job done, works great for a multitude of Always on Top requirements.


I totally recommend using dexpot to anyone, it will solve your problem no coding required, although it’s not only its sole purpose to make a window always on top. To make a window always on top, you can right click on the titlebar of the window and right click, select always on top. However, for the sticky notes, it’s a little irregular, so what i did was to set up a shortcut for it to be alt+t, so when i do alt-t, the window currently active will become “always on top” even the sticky notes! So yes, try it, it’s free, and will do alot more functions, like transparency, that you can always define a shortcut to make it easier. Cheers!

Download here: http://dexpot.de/

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    Welcome to Superuser, Are you a salesmen for DexPot? you seem to be going for the hard sell here
    – 50-3
    Commented Oct 21, 2013 at 1:21
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    Haha, I am sorry, I do sound like a salesperson. But no, I am just a long time user of dexpot. And, to be honest, dexpot is even free for non-commercial use, so it's not like there's any sales going on?
    – richie
    Commented Oct 21, 2013 at 17:38

It's not quite Windows Stickys but its just a simple program that requires no install and is just Sticky notes. It is set to be Always On Top or can be removed, nothing fancy. http://www.rndpro.com/downloads/notesontop.zip

  • This is a good app, but I quite dislike the design. Have an upvote though
    – user499423
    Commented Sep 20, 2015 at 1:11
  • bad link. 404 not found
    – nCardot
    Commented Aug 25, 2021 at 3:38

Microsoft PowerToys has a functionality that allows you to set any window as always on top via a customizable keyboard shortcut.

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    Commented Jan 3, 2023 at 16:02

You can use a 3rd party app WindowTop to set top any window.

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