Stormboard’s sticky notes are powerful tools that enable you and your team to work more effectively and efficiently. In this post, we are going to teach you everything you need to know to use our sticky notes like a pro.

What you will learn in this article:

  • What are Stormboard sticky notes?
  • How to create a sticky note
  • Types of sticky notes
  • Moving sticky notes around your Storm
  • Changing the color of a sticky note
  • Changing the shape of a sticky note
  • Changing the size of a sticky note
  • Editing and deleting a sticky note
  • Commenting on a sticky note
  • Using the Rapid Fire function
  • Duplicating a sticky note
  • Locking a sticky note
  • Copying or moving a sticky note to another Storm
  • Viewing the sticky note history
  • Voting on sticky notes
  • Assigning a sticky note
  • Connecting sticky notes

What are Stormboard sticky notes?

Stormboard’s sticky notes are digital versions of the real thing! They come in different colors, shapes, and sizes that you can customize to suit the way you work.

All of the content that you add to a Storm (what we call your Stormboard digital workspace) is added using a digital sticky note. There are six different types of sticky notes — text, image, whiteboard, video, file, and index card.

Watch the video below for a quick overview.

How to create a sticky note

Once you are in a Storm — if you are working on a desktop, laptop, or tablet — double click anywhere on your screen to create a new sticky note. You can also click on the “Add” button in the bottom toolbar.

If you’re working on a Microsoft Surface Hub, tap the screen once with the Surface Hub Pen to create a new note. On our mobile app, a note can be added using the plus sign button on the bottom toolbar.

When a new sticky note opens, it is automatically set to text mode so that you can start adding your content right away. You can change to a different mode using the sticky note menu that appears at the top of the note.

Types of Sticky Notes 

There are six different types of sticky notes for you to choose from.

1. Text Sticky Notes

Our most basic form of sticky note, this is the default setting every time you open a new note. You can write or paste any text that you want in your Storm on this note.

You can customize the font size, style, and alignment by clicking on the “Setup” button at the bottom of your screen and selecting the “Styling” tab.  An example of a text sticky note is shown below.

2) Whiteboard Sticky Notes

To change your sticky note to the whiteboard mode, select “Whiteboard” from the sticky note menu, and then click on “Start a new Whiteboard”.

Your sticky note will now become a whiteboard where you and your team can draw and create (at the same time!) with various colors and tools. You can also add text, images, shapes, make connections between ideas, and more!

3) Image Sticky Notes

To change your sticky note to image mode, select “Image” from the top of the note. You can drop an image from your computer onto the image sticky note, or choose from one of the three options:

  • Select a local file
  • Select from Box
  • Select from OneDrive

The imported image will be saved in the Storm and can be opened by anyone on your team.

Click here to learn more about connecting your OneDrive and Box accounts with Stormboard. 

4) Video Sticky Notes

To change your sticky note to video mode, select “Video” from the menu at the top of the note. A YouTube search bar will appear where you can search for a specific video using keywords, the title, or a URL.

Once you have added the video, click the checkmark at the top of the note or hit enter to save it to your Storm. Your team will be able to view the video by double-clicking on the note or by clicking “Play Video” (shown below).

a digital sticky note with a video on it in Stormboard

5) Index Cards

To change your sticky note into an Index Card, select “Index Card” from the menu at the top of the note. Our digital index cards resemble physical index cards and allow you to write and group notes.

When you open a new index card sticky note, there will be a red line at the top of the card. It is above the red line where you write the title of your index card. In order to fill in the rest of the card, you will have to hit enter to save it. Then, click just under the title of the index card to add your content. Click the small checkmark on the right-hand side to save.

Read: Your Guide to Using Index Cards + Substorms in Stormboard

6) File Sticky Notes

The last type of sticky note is a File note. To change your sticky note to file mode, select “File” from the menu at the top of the note. There are seven different ways to add files (shown below).

You can drag and drop a file from your computer, import files from your computer, Box, or OneDrive, or create new Microsoft files while in your Storm. These files can be live co-edited with members of your team and are automatically saved to your Storm.

Click here to learn more about our Microsoft integrations.

Moving sticky notes around your Storm

To move a sticky note to a different area of your Storm, simply drag and drop it! It will stay where you place it until you move it again. Use the blue guidelines to align your notes or use the magnetic section type to keep everything neat and tidy.

Changing the color of a sticky note

When you open a new note, or re-open one, the top bar of the note will have circular color options for you to choose from. Simply click on the color you want, and the color of the note will change. You can also change the color from the sticky note menu. Click once on the note to open the menu.

If you don’t see the color that you are looking for at the top of your note, click on “Setup” at the bottom of your Storm and then the “Styling” tab. From there, use the drop-down menu next to “Legend” to change the set of colors that you have access to for your sticky notes. Make sure to hit “Save Changes” after choosing the color set you prefer.

Changing your color palette in Stormboard

Changing the shape of a sticky note

Click once on any sticky note to open the sticky note menu. Here you can select the shape that you would like your note to be.

The shapes offered are square, title (which you can use as a header sticky), octagon, hexagon, gem, and triangle — yes, we call this a triangle, even though it has four sides!

How to change the shape of a sticky note in Stormboard

 

Changing the size of a sticky note

Click once on any sticky note to open the sticky note menu. You can then change the size of the note to be 1×2, 2×2, or freeform. A freeform note can be dragged to be whatever size you like.

Editing and deleting a sticky note

There are two main ways to edit a sticky note.

  1. Double click on a note to open it. Edit the note. Click the checkmark or hit enter to save.
  2. Click once on a note and select “Edit” from the sticky note menu. Edit the note. Click the checkmark or hit enter to save.

Remember, you can only edit a sticky note that you created. You can’t edit other user’s notes, but you can comment on them (see the next section).

To delete a sticky note, click on it once and choose “Delete” from the sticky note menu.

Commenting on a sticky note

Every sticky note has its own comment thread. Everyone in a Storm can comment on any note and there is no limit on the number of comments per note. This is a great way to discuss ideas or elaborate on them.

 Learn more about commenting on sticky notes here.

Commenting on a sticky note in Stormboard

Using the Rapid Fire function

If you need to add ideas quickly, try the rapid fire feature. When you open a new sticky note, at the top you will see the phrase “Rapid Fire” with an X next to it. When enabled, this feature creates new sticky notes one after another so that you don’t have to keep double-clicking to open a new note each time.

To enable this function, click on Rapid Fire, and a check should appear in the place of the X. To turn the feature off, click it again so the X reappears.

This is a great way to get lots of content into your Storm as quickly as possible.

Duplicating a sticky note

Click once on any sticky note and select “Duplicate” from the sticky note menu. When you click on this option, an exact duplicate of that note will appear for you to move to where you need it.

Locking a sticky note

To lock a sticky note, click once on the note so the sticky note menu appears.

Click “Lock Sticky”, and the sticky note becomes locked in place with a red pin. No one else in your Storm will be able to open or move the note. Only the person who locked the note can unlock it so that it can be edited or moved again.

Copy or move a sticky note to another Storm

In the sticky note menu is an option to “Copy/Move To”. This allows you to copy or move the sticky note to another Storm.

When you click on this option, your other Storms appear in a new dialog box (shown below), where you can then select which Storm you want that sticky to go to, which section of the Storm to place it in, and whether you want to move the note or copy it.

How to copy and move a sticky note in Stormboard

Viewing the sticky note history

If you want to see the history of a sticky note (who created it, when it was created, what edits have been made, etc.), choose “Sticky History” from the sticky note menu. A dialog box will open showing exact dates, timestamps, and any changes made.

Voting on sticky notes

Voting makes it easy to quickly make decisions and get feedback from your team. You can vote on every type of sticky note, and you can even vote more than once on a single note.

Read more about how voting works here.

Voting on sticky notes in Stormboard

Assigning a sticky note

You can assign any sticky note or task to any member of your team.

To assign a note, click on the checkmark in the bottom right corner. Next, select the user you want to assign the note to and a due date. The user’s avatar will show up in the corner of the note, and they will be notified that they have been assigned a task.

Connecting sticky notes

Connect your content, and clearly view your workflow, using connector lines. These lines can go in different directions, can be color-coded, never break if you move your notes around, and more! (See the featured image at the top of this post for examples of connector lines).

Learn more about connector lines in our help document here.

Get Started!

If you and your team would like a demo to help you learn more about sticky notes, contact us! Are you interested in using Stormboard’s digital sticky notes during your meetings? Sign up for Stormboard now!

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