Backup / Restore Sticky Notes in Windows 10 / Vista / 7 / 8 / 8.1 (2017)

Restore & Backup Sticky Notes in Windows 10 : I guess everyone is familiar with the sticky notes application in windows operating systems. Sticky Notes is the Most Useful and Handy App which helps us to take quick notes, reminders. Especially in 2017, windows 10 builds, The reminders we create in sticky notes can be synced with cortana reminders. But sometimes we might accidentally delete them and unfortunately, there’s no undo option for this. This post helps in retrieving the deleted sticky notes, to backup and to restore them whenever you need. Backup created in one version of windows can be used in another version too, let’s say you created a backup of sticky notes in windows 7 and you upgraded your Pc/Laptop to windows 10. You can still restore all your sticky notes using the backup you created in Windows 7.

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Backup Sticky Notes in windows 10 / Restore from Windows 8 / 8.1 / 7 / Vista

Post Content of ” How to backup & Restore Sticky notes in Microsoft windows 7/8/8.1 and windows 10″ :

  1. Backup Sticky Notes in Microsoft Windows 7/8/8.1
  2. Restore Sticky Notes in Microsoft Windows 7/8/8.1
  3. Alternate Procedure to Restore Sticky Notes in windows 7/8 and 8.1
  4. (Updated)Restore Legacy backup (StickyNotes.Snt) from Windows 7/8/8.1 in Windows 10
  5. (Updated)Backup & Restore Sticky Notes in Windows 10

How to Backup Sticky Notes in Windows:

  • Goto “My Computer” or Press “Windows Key + E” to Goto My Computer.
  • Copy the Below code and Paste it In the Address bar of the explorer or the window and press “enter”. This is the folder where we do backup and restoration of Sticky Notes in windows operating system. This is same for windows 7/8/8.1/10.
%AppData%\Microsoft\Sticky Notes
  • Copy the backup file of stick notes “StickyNotes.snt” and save it where ever you like. It’s The Backup File for Your Sticky Notes.

How To Restore Sticky Notes in Windows:

  • Open Sticky Notes App on Your PC and Then Close it. This creates a folder for sticky Notes in App Data Folder in which we’re going to paste the backup file.

Note: If there are any existing notes in sticky notes, they will be lost. So please backup those to notepad.

  • Goto “my Computer” or Press “windows key + E” to go to My computer. Copy the below code and paste it into the address bar of the window and press “ENTER”. This is the folder where we do backup and restoration of Sticky notes in windows operating system. This is same for windows vista/7/8/8.1/10
%AppData%\Microsoft\Sticky Notes
  • Now without closing this window, Open Windows Explorer in a New window and Now Navigate to the Location where you have saved your backup previously. Copy that File (StickyNotes.snt) and Get back to the other window.
  • Paste the file here. If there’s already another File “stickyNotes.snt” is present there, then windows will give you the option to “COPY AND REPLACE IT” Simply click on it to Replace the previous file.

Now close this window. Run Sticky Notes Application on Your Windows PC and you’ll find all the sticky notes restored from your backup.


The Alternate way to Restore Sticky Notes on Windows:

Instead Of Copying the above-given Address, You can also use this Address below:

C:\Users\YOUR NAME\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Sticky Notes

but in the Place of “YOUR NAME”, you must replace it with the Net username. If your Username is “JAMIE” then this will be your Address.

C:\Users\Jamie\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Sticky Notes

and the remaining procedure is same as above.

Sticky Notes has come into existence from Windows Vista. But if you’re windows XP user and you want to have sticky notes on your PC/computer /laptop there’s a third party available for sticky notes on windows XP called “Simple Sticky Notes”. Download it From “www.SimpleStickyNotes.com”.


How To Restore Sticky notes Backup from File in Windows 10:

You might be having a backup file from one of the older versions of windows – say windows 7, 8, 8.1. Since Microsoft did a complete makeover of the sticky notes app for windows 10, the restoration procedure is a bit different. But don’t worry. I’ll walk you through it.

  • Close the sticky notes app in your windows 10 PC / laptop if it is running.
  • Go to this folder in your windows explorer.
%LocalAppData%\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftStickyNotes_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalState
  • Chances are there , you might be seeing something like this. If not Please create a new folder and name it “Legacy”.backup-restore-old-snt-sticky-notes-windows-10-Folder-location
  • Now copy and paste the  StickyNotes.snt backup file you already have inside the “Legacy” folder.  and rename it to “ThresholdNotes.snt”.  This is how the legacy sticky notes .snt files from older generations of windows are converted / supported in windows 10.

backup-restore-old-snt-sticky-notes-windows-10-Folder-location-ThresholdNotes

  • Now Just open your Sticky Notes app in windows 10 and you’ll see all your Notes from your backup are restored.

How to Backup & Restore Sticky Notes in Windows 10 ?

As you’ve seen from the above method, Backup and restoring of sticky notes is a little bit different when compared with the procedure in older versions. Similarly, the naming has also been changed. In Windows 7 to 8.1, the backup file for sticky notes is named as StickyNotes.snt by default. But in Windows 10 it’s been changed to “plum.sqlite”.

Sticky Notes Backup Process in windows 10 :

  • Close the sticky notes app in your windows 10 PC / laptop if it is running.
  • Go to this folder in your windows explorer.
    • %LocalAppData%\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftStickyNotes_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalState
  • See the file “Plum.sqlite” ? That is the file that contains all the data. Just copy and save it somewhere as a backup.

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You’ve just backed up your sticky notes in windows 10.

Restore stickyNotes in windows 10:

So how to restore it when you formatted your windows 10 PC? It’s just as easy as that.

  1. Close the sticky notes app first.
  2. Just come back to the same location mentioned above,
  3. Paste your plum.sqlite backup file there in ‘LocalState’ folder.

Conclusion:

A point worthy to mention, As mentioned above Sticky Notes in Windows 10 is able to sync the reminders with cortana. From ideas/suggestions portal of Microsoft related to Sticky notes backup , restore and integration. It’s been observed that up on the request of many users, Microsoft is possibly working on syncing the content of sticky notes in Windows 10 with OneNote/ Cortana notes in the Future updates. We might expect it in the “windows 10 Fall Creators Update” in 2017 or may be in 2018 update. So Your Sticky Notes will be synced across devices either through cortana notes / OneNote. which means all the sticky notes will be backed Up in the cloud and no more loosing.

Please do leave a comment and let us know if you’ve used this method.  Sharing is caring.

Post Originally Written on Aug 12, 2014 

Last Updated on May 12, 2017

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Comments

  1. Christine says

    Thank you.
    I was fussing and fussing, trying to direct the .exe to use my previous .snt file.
    Now it is. All other “help” areas were under the assumption that either the app or the data couldn’t be found. I found both. Now they’re linked and I’m a happy chick.
    Thanks.

  2. Firebolt Quill says

    I saved a backup on my old windows 7 computer. When I pasted the backup onto my windows 10 computer, it doesn’t work. The sticky notes is just blank. Please Help?

    • says

      Hi Firebolt,

      After your comment i checked the procedure once again. Since Microsoft updated the sticky notes app in windows 10 to Universal App, the above mentioned procedure is not working for it. I’ll soon update the post with an updated procedure that works in windows 10 too.

      Thanks for bringing it to my notice. 🙂

  3. Cherisa Zafft says

    This actually WORKED! I moved my sticky notes from Windows 7 to Windows 10. It took a little work to figure out that Windows 10 Sticky Notes files are no longer stored as .snt files, but this work around is simple and worked beautifully!

  4. says

    I wanted to restore from windows 7 to windows 10 and found the solution in http://stackoverflow.com/questions/38823336/where-sticky-notes-are-saved-in-windows-10-1607

    1. Open %LocalAppData%\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftStickyNotes_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalState
    2. Close Sticky Notes
    3. Create a new folder named Legacy inside folder LocalState
    4. Under the Legacy folder, copy your existing StickyNotes.snt, and rename it to ThresholdNotes.snt
    5. Start the Sticky Notes app. It reads the legacy .snt file and transfers the content to the database file automatically.

    It worked for me.

  5. minari says

    I just installed Windows 7 to Windows 10 yesterday.
    However, the sticky note file is corrupted.
    Google has searched and found your blog.
    Finally, I got your sticker note back thanks to you.
    Thank you so much really♡

    ※I do not know English..Translate to Google 🙂

    • says

      Hi Minari,
      HaHa.. Your English is fine, i understood what you are trying to say. I’m glad my article helped you in the right time. You can always contact me for any other doubts related to tech. 🙂 Either from Contact Form or from the comments section.