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Here’s how to enable Sticker Drawing on Desktop in Windows 11

In recent Windows 11 build, a new hidden feature has been discovered that allows you to put custom drawn stickers over your wallpaper. It comes in addition to put the predefined sets of stickers, and works in pair with it. Here are the steps you need to take to get the feature working.

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Since February 2022 Microsoft is tinkering with Desktop Stickers - a feature that allows the user to put fancy images over the background image. They appear as a top layer, so they remain on their places when you change the wallpaper. It is possible to add one that just one sticker, resize and move them.

The user can add and remove stickers from the context menu of the desktop background. But Microsoft goes even further. Now you can draw your own stickers in addition to those that are available by default. As of the moment of this writing, this feature is hidden, so you have to enable it manually.

Before proceeding, make sure you are running the most recent Insider Preview build, which is 25267 in the Dev channel. You can find what build you have installed by typing winver in the Run dialog box (Win + R).

Now do the following.

Enable Sticker Drawing on Desktop in Windows 11

  1. Right-click the desktop and see if you have the Add or edit stickers in the context menu. If not, turn on the stickers feature as described in our dedicated tutorial.
  2. Now,download ViveTool from GitHub and extract its files to the c:\vivetool folder.
  3. Right-click the windows icon in the taskbar (the Start button) and select Terminal(Admin) from the menu.Open Terminal (Admin)
  4. Finally, type the following command and press Enter: c:\vivetool\vivetool /enable /id:36165848.Enable Drawn Stickers
  5. Restart Windows 11.
  6. Right-click the Desktop and select Add or edit stickers.
  7. Now, click on the pencil icon and draw anything you like right on the wallpaper.Draw a Sticker over the wallpaper
  8. Click the Done button to save your drawing.

The drawing tool allows you to select line thickness and color. There is also an eraser option. Saved stickers can later be moved or edited.

Sticker line size and color options

As Stickers are a work in progress, the drawing mode has a few limitations. Your wallpaper fit must be set to Fill in Personalization. Also, you cannot use the feature with more than one monitor. However, the one can try to bypass the second limitation by directly running microsoftwindows.desktopstickereditorcentennial.exe.

Hand-drawn stickers are not the only hidden gen in recent Windows 11 releases. Another eye candy feature are 'education themes', new hidden desktop themes made for students that you can enable as shown in this tutorial.

via PhantomOfEarth

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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