How to turn an email into a sticky note on Mac

Your Mac has a nifty feature called Stickies which are basically digital sticky notes. And, for those who have used or still use physical sticky notes, you know how handy they can be. You can jot down a reminder, an idea, or a to-do so that you don’t forget it.

Having these Stickies on your Mac lets you accomplish the same thing. So, for emails in the Mail app that you need to follow up on, want to read later, or just want to keep close at hand, turn them into sticky notes.

Macbook with Stickies

Convert an email to a sticky note on Mac

  1. Open the Mail app and select the email you want to turn into a note.
  2. With the email selected, click Mail from your menu.
  3. Scroll down to Services.
  4. In the small menu that displays, choose Make New Sticky Note.
Make Sticky Note on Mac

You will then see the sticky note automatically appear on your screen with that email message inside it.

Important: Many rich formatted emails may not appear in the Sticky Note, in which case, you can select the text from the email body and then follow steps 2 to 4 above.

Adjust your sticky note

Once you have your sticky note, you can do a variety of things with it. You can move it anywhere on the screen and resize it.

On the note itself, you can change it to full-screen mode by clicking the triangle on the top right. You can minimize it to only see the first line by clicking the square on the top right. And to delete it, click the square on the top left.

adjust Sticky Note on Mac

Customize your sticky note

With your note selected, you have additional options from the Stickies menu.

  • Change the font format, size, style, and color.
  • Change the sticky note color.
  • Import or export text.
  • Import an image or capture a screenshot.
  • Add a link.
  • Check the spelling and grammar.
  • Insert an emoji or symbol.
  • Print the note.
  • Arrange all notes on your screen.

Do more with Stickies: