Sticky Notes Icon separated on the Taskbar and Opening in new window

After installing the May 2019 Update from Microsoft, users have reported that when there are several Sticky notes opened in the system, instead of showing all the sticky notes with one single icon in the taskbar, every note is shown as a separate icon. Let’s say there are 10 sticky notes open, there will be 10 Sticky notes icons in the taskbar, consuming all the space on the taskbar.

This is because of the design changes that Microsoft implemented in the Sticky Notes application. Although there is no direct way to fix this issue. There are several workarounds and options that can be implemented so that working with this new design of Sticky Notes can be managed.

Workaround 1: Combine and Hide Labels for the Task Bar Buttons

Step 1: Right-click anywhere on an empty area of the taskbar

Step 2: Choose Taskbar Settings from the context menu



Right Click Taskbar Taskbar Settings



Step 3: Scroll down and locate Combine taskbar buttons

Step 4: From the drop-down select Always, hide labels



Taskbar Settings Taskbar Combine Taskbar Buttons Always Hidel Labels


With this setting in place, you can see that all the sticky note icons will be combined.

Workaround 2: Enable Show All notes

Mostly, the sticky notes are placed in a particular position on the screen. Like, some notes are placed in the bottom, some on the corner, etc as per the user’s requirement. If the user wants to see all the notes at the same time and in the same position as he had placed them before, then one can use this workaround.

NOTE: All the Notes should be first placed in the required positions for this workaround to work as expected.

Step 1: Right-click on the Sticky Note icon from the Taskbar

Step 2: Click on Hide all notes



Hide All Notes



Step 3: Right-click on the Sticky Note Icon again

Step 4: Choose Show all notes



Showw All Notes


Workaround 3: Create a Desktop View for Sticky Notes

Step 1: Open Task View. Hold the keys Windows logo key+tab at the same time

Step 2: From the top, click on the + New desktop and create a New Desktop View



Click On New Desktop



Step 3: Move the Sticky Notes to the New Desktop Created. To do so, drag the note and drop it to the New Desktop that you created. Repeat the same for all the notes.



Move The Sticky Notes Min


After moving all the notes, it should look something like this :



Final View



Step 4: When you want to access the Sticky Notes, you can simply change the Desktop View using Ctrl+Windows logo key+Left/Right

Workaround 4: Work with the Notes list feature

There is a new feature called Notes list in Sticky Notes. With this, we can see all the lists in the same window.

Step 1: Right-click on the Sticky Note icon from the Taskbar

Step 2: Click on the Notes list from the menu



Noes List Feature



The resulting window. would look something like this.



Notes List View


Workaround 5: Uninstall and Reinstall the previous version of Sticky Notes

Step 1: Take ownership of the folder C:\Program Files\WindowsApps

For more details refer to Take Ownership of a File / Folder through Command Prompt in Windows 10


Step 2: Open Run terminal with keys Windows+R

Step 3: Type powershell and hold the keys Ctrl+Shift+Enter to open the command prompt with Admin rights.







Step 4: Uninstall the Sticky Notes Application using the below command and hit Enter

Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.MicrosoftStickyNotes | Remove-AppxPackage



Step 5: Now, Install the previous version of Sticky Notes with the below command and press Enter

Add-AppxPackage -register "C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\Microsoft.MicrosoftStickyNotes_3.1.54.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe\AppxManifest.xml" -DisableDevelopmentMode



Step 6: Disable the Application Updates to Sticky Notes using the below command

Get-AppxProvisionedPackage -Online | Where-Object {$_.PackageName -like "*StickyNotes*"} | Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -Online


That’s All.

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