Sometimes I like to be able to put a quick, short reminder on my Windows desktop. However, I've never really been a fan of "sticky note" apps. Where do they store their data? What happens if I accidentally delete a note? Will all my notes still be there next time I start up my PC, or do I have to remember to run the sticky note app again before they appear?
When you think about it for more than 20 seconds, you realise that Windows has had the ability to put reminders on your desktop built into the operating system ever since it allowed support for long filenames. Yes, some of us are old enough to remember when Windows and MS-DOS only allowed 8 characters in a name, plus a 3-character extension.
To create a reminder note, just right-click your desktop, choose New Folder, and create an empty folder whose name is the text of the reminder you want. And that's all there is to it! Alternatively, create a new text document in the same way, to get a different icon.
Your reminders are guaranteed to appear next time you log into Windows, and if you accidentally delete one you'll find it in the standard recycle bin.
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