Windows 11 brings a lot of visual updates for users. The upcoming Windows 11 22H2 update will aim to add in even more visual improvements as well as bug fixes. Desktop stickers are an interesting new feature that has just been released for you to experience. This fun and experimental feature allows you to apply stickers to your existing desktop background image. It is disabled by default, but you can enable it with a short edit to the Registry.
It’s rare for an operating system to have stickers, which are often seen in instant messaging and chat apps. However, if you want to further customize your desktop, you should give it a try. Here are other related guides you should see: How to Clear Cache in Windows 11, How to Make the Default System Icons Visible on Windows 11 Desktop Environment, How to disable Ads in Windows 11, How to install Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) in Windows 11, and How to Create a Restore Point in Windows 11.
We’ll go through how to enable the stickers in Windows 11, as well as how to use them on your desktop.
Requirements to Use Stickers in Windows 11
The stickers feature is included in the Windows 11 22H2 release. At the time of writing, this build is only available in the Windows Insider program’s Beta and Dev channels. To use the stickers, you must download the most recent Insider build.
However, Microsoft intends to make the build available to PCs globally. So, if your PC has this update, you can unlock stickers using the Registry editor.
How to Enable Desktop Stickers on Windows 11
To enable desktop stickers in Windows 11, follow the steps below:
To check that you are running Windows 11 build 22H2, press Windows key + R to open the Run dialog and type
winverand click “OK.”
A screen will appear displaying the version of Windows you are using. If your version is 22H2, you can proceed.
Next, press the Windows Key + R keyboard shortcut to open the Run dialog. Enter regedit and press OK.
When the Registry Editor opens, go to the following location:
HKEY LOCAL MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\PolicyManager\current\device
Right-click the device key and select New > Key from the option menu, then name the new key Stickers and press Enter.
Right-click the newly created Stickers key and choose New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
Name the new DWORD (32-bit) value “EnableStickers”.
Change its value from 0 to 1 and click OK to save.
When complete, close out of the Registry Editor and restart Windows 11.
How to Use Desktop Stickers on Windows 11
Once you get back from the restart, you can begin using the desktop sticker features.
To use desktop stickers on Windows 11, right-click an empty area on the desktop and select Add or edit stickers.
The option brings up the Stickers picker user interface. You can select from several different stickers to add to the desktop. You can scroll through other options or search for specific types of stickers.
Once you select a sticker, it adds it to the desktop where you can resize it and move it around to different locations. To remove the sticker, click the trash bin icon.
After you add stickers, they’ll display behind your desktop icons like they’re part of the wallpaper.
You can also navigate to Start > Settings > Personalization > Background to add stickers when using the Picture option.
It is crucial to note that desktop stickers are currently an experimental feature in Windows 11. As a result, the feature does not always work as intended. When you add stickers, your desktop icons and taskbar do not appear while you are selecting stickers. If you have any issues, a fast restart should fix them.
It’s unclear whether Microsoft will make this a permanent feature in Windows 11, but you can play with it for the time being.