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The 4 Best Free Online Sticky Note Tools

Sticky notes are a great way to both visualize your ideas and quickly jot down what’s on your mind. But the world’s become digital, and what was once an everyday object like the sticky note or even a pen, is now often rare and even wasteful.

Fortunately, there are plenty of alternatives. If you want something that functions like a sticky note you can quickly throw up on a board, or a collaborative tool you can use as a team, then there are tons of options available. Best of all, they’re all online, and all free.


First up on this list comes Pinup. As far as capturing the feel and accessibility of a sticky note, Pinup is one of the best options on this list.

If you wanted to get started with Windows 10 Sticky Notes, for example, you’d have to find the right program, but to get started with Pinup, all you have to do is visit its site. There’s some information there from the get-go explaining how you can use Pinup, but with a single click that’ll go.

From there, you can create a sticky note with a double click, and you’re already good to go. There’s a lot more to Pinup than just throwing up quick notes, however.

If you want to draw on your sticky note as if it were a physical piece of paper, you can do that by selecting the option across the top of the note. You can change the color of the note as well, so that you can color-code your thoughts, if you so wish.

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There are more options here, such as duplicating notes, linking them together, moving them around, changing their size, and even creating sticky notes out of uploaded documents, images, and more.

If you want to save your sticky notes, then there’s no need to stress there, either. Whatever you create with Pinup, you can revisit simply by visiting the same web address—you’ll get a unique code with every new canvas.

You can also share these canvases with others so that you can have multiple people working on the same surface at once. This lets you share your ideas like you might if they were there in person, only across the internet.


Next up on this list, we have IdeaBoardz. IdeaBoardz is a great option to give a shot if you’re looking for something more structured, or a nice middle ground between trying to emulate the old sticky note functionality and trying to improve on it.

At its core, IdeaBoardz works in quite a simple way. You create a board, which you can name and describe for people to better understand its purpose. From there, you can add new notes to the board to describe whatever it is that you’re trying to describe or take note of.

How your board is structured is up to you, however. You can choose to add as many as 10 or a few as just a single section to your board, which will define how the board looks. You can filter which sections appear once you’re viewing it, but you can’t truly add or remove any after board creation.


IdeaBoardz’s greatest feature, however, is its collaborative element. As with many of the best document collaboration tools for remote working, you can share your work with anyone by simply giving them the link to the page, and they’ll be able to add or remove ideas as they see fit. This makes it a great tool for classrooms or workspaces to share their thoughts.

You can also thumb up any of the notes on your board in order to vote for it. This is mostly useful so that you can then sort by that, as opposed to creation date. If neither of these are appealing to you, you can also search for each sticky note yourself manually.

If you’re looking for something that will let you recreate the feel and energy that you have with a proper sticky note or corkboard, then lino is a great option to do just that.


lino is structured as a series of canvases that you can create and access for whatever purpose that you want. You can make them private or public as you so fit, which allows you to let other people see your ideas if you so wish.

Adding new sticky notes to the board is easy. There are four different colors of them available below your account information, and you can just drag them onto a canvas to get started.

The note will expand out, and you can then get to work. There’s support for five font sizes and a range of different colors, as well as the ability to further change the note colors if you so wish. You can also add tags to your sticky notes, which is perfect if you’re looking to organize your thoughts more.

The coolest part about lino is how it lets you recreate the feeling that a real physical corkboard would give. You can rotate your notes so that they’re not just lined up like a grid, you can pin them to the board and peel them back off. You can even add images as if they were physical photos you had added yourself.


Finally, we have Padlet. If you’re looking for something that really aims to be more than just a simple sticky note web service, then Padlet might just be your best bet.

You’ll need an account to get started with Padlet, but once you have one, you’ll be able to create your Padlet easily.

There are a bunch of different types available for you to choose from. The wall layout is the one most reminiscent of an actual corkboard, but if you prefer more structure, you can choose that as well.

You can elect to set up your Padlet with any title and description that you need, and can set it up with various icons, backgrounds, color schemes, fonts, and a whole bunch of other features. You can access this later as well, if you want to adjust it once you’ve started working on it.

From there, all you have to do is start adding posts. You can’t reorder them as haphazardly as you can some other options on this list, but there’s a ton you can do with each individual post, such as expand it out, change its colors, and add media to the post.

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As you can see, there’s a wide variety of different digital sticky note options out there for you to try. They’re all free, and they’re all available online, which means that you can quickly give them a shot without having to pay a cent or worry about downloading untrustworthy software.


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