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I have always been a huge fan of the yellow post-it notes as my memory is atrocious. But the downside to using so many pieces of yellow paper was that my office always looked like it had been the victim of a mustard explosion. Wherever I went, I would trip over a note that had fallen off the computer monitor because the gum had given out. Plus it was difficult to keep them organised. But now I use the digital version of the post-it notes and things are much better organised as a result.


The free “lite” version of Post-It notes used to be available via the 3M Post-It website and indeed if you perform a Google search today, you are still directed to the 3M website. But after searching high and low for it, it seems that the 3M site is now only promoting the paid professional version so I turned to my trusty friend,, for the free Lite version.

The Lite version has a lot of limitations if you compare it to the professional version (which I have) but nevertheless, this is still a very useful and robust little program. Upon installing it, you will see a small yellow square on the desktop. If you click on that, a new post-it note “whooshes” onto the screen and you can write your note. Clicking once on the desktop then saves the note and it will sit there on your desktop until you delete it. To write a new note, just click that yellow square again and a new note will open up. As far as I can see, there is no limit to the number of notes you can write.

Eventually with so many notes on your desktop, you will want to move them around to organise them so the notes can easily be moved around by clicking on the desired note with your mouse and dragging it to wherever you want it to go. You can also change the background colour of the note and the colour and style of the font to write the note. So urgent notes can be written in large bold red letters while routine notes can be written in normal small type.

Another useful feature is that you can set up the program to load whenever the windows operating system loads. So every morning when you switch on your computer, your Post-It’s will be sitting on your desktop waiting for you.


Now you will never have an excuse ever again for missing that dentist’s appointment!

  1. Brainiac
    August 30, 2007 at 2:17 am

    That 'Send To Note' functionality seems quite useful.

  2. Aibek
    August 30, 2007 at 12:34 am

    I am using something similar, it's called Memento. It's not as flexible as Post-It, however has one excellent feature that made me stick with it for more then 3 years. Memento notes always appear on top of the other active windows, so I don't have to return to the desktop everytime I need to lookup something in one of my notes. And since notes can be easily collapsed/expanded they don't occupy much space either.

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