Sticky note apps and an impractical way to make them

Sticky note apps

Many times we have tonotice little reminders that we need to have on hand and it is not justified to open an application. Luckily, there are digital versions of digital note apps. Let's see some alternatives.

Use the desktop background

In the classic version of GNOME, the desktop background only has a decorative function. However, we can give you some use. You only need to create a drawing the size of your screen resolution with LibreOffice Draw, Krita or another similar program, write or draw what you want to rememberr, save it in jpg format and set it as your desktop background.

I do it in the following way with The Gimp

  1. I create a 1600x900px image of white background.
  2. I use the rectangular selection tool to mark the outline about 1 cm from the edge.
  3. I use the trace selection tool with a rounded join style and a width of 1px.
  4. Fill with a color.
  5. I use the text and paste tools to add reminders.
  6. When I'm done I export the image and choose it as the background with the configuration tool.

To tell the truth, it is not a very useful method, every time you make a change you will have to delete and reload the image. Luckily we have other alternatives.

Sticky note apps


This application it has been around for a long time without being obsolete It allows us to create quick notes, reminders, to-do lists and intimate diaries.


  • Allows you to set reminders with different types of alarm.
  • It has a calculator to execute the operations written in the notes. The allowed operations are +, -, * (multiply), / (divide), and ^ (power). It supports the constants Pi and E. It also supports the functions Sin [x], Cos [x], Tan [x], Log [x] or Log [x, y], Exp [x] and Sqrt [x].
  • Supports organization of notes in group. Groups can be shown and hidden
  • It is possible to personalize the notes by altering the color, typography, and transparency.
  • Can be used for checkbox to-do list creation
  • You have the possibility to attach files.
  • Supports the creation and use of templates
  • Notes can be password protected
  • It has support for images online and pasted from the clipboard.

BalloonNote it is available for Windows, Linux and Mac. Requires Java virtual machine.


This application available for Linux in Snap format and also accepts the incorporation of multimedia content.


  • Automatic saving of notes.
  • Synchronizing notes using Dropbox
  • Choice of background and title bar color.
  • Editing options for typography, bold, size, italic, list, alignment ...
  • Images, video and audio can be added from disk to notes to note from local drive
  • Note lock to prevent accidental editing.
  • Save and retrieve notes.
  • Undo and redo modifications
  • Check spelling
  • Allows the creation of profiles
  • Can toggle between light and dark themes


In this case we have a little program unpretentious that you lets you save texts for later use with other applications.

The text can be cut, copied and pasted; and notes can be saved (as plain text) and viewed and / or edited later,

Rhinote is operated only with the keyboard with these commands:

Ctrl-x: Cut selected text

Ctrl-c: Copy selected text

Ctrl-v: Paste the text from the clipboard (should work with copied / cut text from any application)

ctrl-z: Undo the last task

Ctrl-Shift-z: Redo the last task

Ctrl-n: Open a blank note

Ctrl-o: Open a saved note

Ctrl-s: Save current note

Ctrl-a: Save current note as file name

Ctrl-p: Print the current note on Linux

ctrl-h: Program help.

Although in Debian and derivatives it works as a complete program that can be started from the launcher. On Windows and other Linux distributions it has to be started as a Python script.


Now we will talk de an open source application for Window onlys. Despite taking up little disk space (it does not exceed 300kb) the program brings the same benefits as the programs we discussed above and even more.


  • Easily decide which notes to show and which to delete or save for later.
  • Highlighting PHP, HTML and SQL snippets.
  • Support for plugins.

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  1.   K said

    Having synchronized notes is a very powerful tool, but I can't find anything "open source" that works between linux and android but only on local network (not internet), something as simple as notes synchronized on LAN became impossible Android laptop for work daily, I was using Joplin but it started crashing on debian.

    I am testing at the moment:

    Android: Markor


    I await some recommendation of open source apps to sync notes on LAN.