Immediately create a new Stickies note with Shift-Command-Y

Jan 18, 2010 - 9 Comments

instant stickies note You can instantly create a Stickies note from anywhere in Mac OS X by highlighting the text or image and hitting the Command+Shift+Y keys. In the screenshot example, I pulled a text snippet from Wikipedia into a new Stickies note instantly by using the key combo. I use this all the time when researching and gathering information for projects, yet another Mac feature that I can’t live without!

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Mac OS X, OS X Apps, Tips & Tricks, Utilities


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  1. Xtn says:

    doesn’t seem to work in PPC MacOS 10.5 (leopard)

  2. Jasper says:

    awesome. Always passively wondered if there was a way to do this. Thanks.

  3. Clusterbuster says:

    it doesn’t work in SnowLeopard, either..

  4. deutchland says:

    this def works in 10.5 and 10.6 i use it all the time for creating a multi tiered clipboard while researching. if you are having trouble, try alternate commands for your keyboard layout, like command+option

  5. Jason Pollock says:

    Doesn’t work for me either – seems to depend on the application.

    Chromium, Thunderbird – No.
    NetNewsWire – Yes
    Adium – No

    So, spotty at best.

  6. Adam says:

    Thanks, this is a great tip. I find myself using this to make snippets in Firefox all the time.

    Just one problem though, that key combination always gives me two duplicate stickies. Any ideas?

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