The Windows Insider program recently started receiving preview builds of next year’s feature update, and Windows 11 version 22H2 (this year’s fall update) has also reached RTM status, but a feature that was unavailable to test are the “desktop stickers”, a new feature similar to Telegram stickers that have been circulating the internet before.
Windows 11 22H2 is a quality update that fixes missing functionality such as drag and drop for the taskbar and redesigns the Task Manager. But there’s a lot more to this update that didn’t make the final cut. This includes Desktop Stickers, which may be enabled in version 22H2 in the future via a server-side or cumulative update.
Windows 11 desktop stickers are a universe of their own and are completely separate from Microsoft or Windows. It has cool animal images, trashy memes or anime characters that you can place on top of the desktop background, and it will stay on your desktop even if you change the background.
Shortly after the company finalized the RTM for the Windows 11 anniversary update, developers were already working on the update to find features the company may have in the works. And apparently that hunt has secured desktop stickers for the OS that has yet to be officially released.
Enable desktop stickers in Windows 11
- Open Windows Search and type ‘Registry’ and then open the Registry Editor.
- In the Registry Editor, copy and paste the following into the address bar:
- Right click on the device key.
- Select New > Key.
- Double tap the folder key and name it “Stickers”.
- In the Stickers folder key, select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
- Name the new value “EnableStickers”.
- Open the EnableStickers item and change the value data to 1.
- Click OK.
Using desktop stickers
Desktop stickers are designed for everyone and getting started with this feature is quite easy.
You can right-click anywhere on the desktop and select “add or edit stickers”, which will take you to the Windows 11 background settings page. From there, make sure the feature is enabled.
Clicking the “Add or Edit Stickers” item in the context menu will open a Stickers tool that allows you to select stickers, similar to the clipboard history tool or emoji panel. You can also search for stickers by typing the names of animals.
To place a sticker, you have to choose one from the menu and drag it over the desktop
You can also resize and add multiple stickers to any point on the desktop.
The best thing about desktop stickers is that you don’t have to add stickers when you change the desktop background. The stickers will remain on the desktop if you switch wallpapers, but will not work if you use the slideshow.
It is not yet known when the stickers will be officially announced, but reactions to the feature have been mixed. While some people like the idea of the sticker feature, many users find it unnecessary and useless.