Aug 11, 2018 @ 6:57 pm

How to use, backup, restore and delete Sticky Notes on Windows?

To upkeep or secure some important event or some sudden thought in windows, the Sticky Notes app is used. This app is preinstalled Universal Windows Platform (UWP) and is a complete Windows utility app. Those who have a habit of note making can use this app to make notes for day-to-day use.

Sticky Notes

Using this, you can create, save, format, restore, and backup handy. To use, sticky notes is easier than manually writing. You can minimize the size of Windows Sticky Notes to your notification area. It will remain secure if provided with a password.

The Need to Back up Sticky Notes!

Launching and using sticky notes is easy. However, the problem arises when they get lost accidentally. There can be many reasons behind it such as sudden power failure or system restart.

This may not only hinder your work as you have jotted some important points but may hamper your performance too and at this time it becomes imperative to backup sticky notes. Backing up Sticky Notes not only keeps them safe but also allow you to move them to another system.

In this article you will find, the shortcut tricks for backing up and restore sticky notes in Windows 7, 8 and 10.

How to launch and use sticky notes?

1. Open windows icon and type sticky notes.

2. Click on “sticky notes” option, a short note will appear on the side of the screen.

use sticky notes to note something

3. Use “+” to “add” a new note and “×” to “delete” it. More than one sticky note can be used at a time. Use “+” to create more”.

add or delete sticky note

4. Shortcuts – Use Control + U to underline it, Control +B to bold, Control + I to turn it the font in italics, Ctrl + T to Strikethrough, Control + Shift + L to create a Bullet list and so on.

Sticky notes shortcuts

How to back up and restore sticky notes in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10 (older version)?

To back up and restore, the deleted Sticky Notes is not as bothering as losing them forever.

Here’s the quick and easy three-step process with all screenshots and process details:

Step 1

Open the File Explorer and paste the below-given address to reach a particular location.

%AppData%\Microsoft\Sticky Notes\StickyNotes.snt

Open explorer and enter location address

This is how it looks –

Step 2

Select from pre-installed files and click “Ok.”

select a preinstalled program from the list

Step 3

Open the file using “Notepad” and click on “OK”

Open file using Notepad

Step 4

Click on “Sticky notes” option displayed, this will automatically recover your notes.

Select Sticky Notes

To recover your files you can also use third-party apps, this may take time and cannot assure 100% result but yes, there are chances for recovery.

How To backup and restore sticky notes in Windows 10 Anniversary Update version?

Back up process:

1. Sign in to your account to get the backup of Sticky Notes.

2. Open “Run” by press Windows + R or “File Explorer” (Windows + E).

3. Use this folder address in the address bar of File Explorer or run.


Press “Enter”.

4. Copy “plum.sqlite file” to your desired location and exit the page.

Restoring Process

Step 1:

To restore the sticky notes, first delete them from your desktop and open the link address;

C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Sticky Notes folder

Step 2:

Copy and Paste the backed up sticky notes StickyNotes.snt or plum.sqlite file into the LocalState folder.

Step 3:

You can replace the file in the destination, skip this file, or compare them. Now open the open, you will find your notes recovered.

To Prevent Losing Your Sticky Notes Again, you can check these alternatives:

You can get your data migrated to other systems if you want to, otherwise, perform a regular backup of your sticky notes this will keep them intact. This can be done at least once a month. This involves a simple process,

1. Copy the StickyNotes.snt file from the %AppData%\Microsoft\Sticky Notes\ folder

2. Paste them to your desired location.

To use this backup for the restoration process, clear all the sticky notes from the screen and replace the existing file with the backed up file using copy paste.

You may find multiple third-parties Sticky Notes Software that is accessible in low or no cost. They are brimmed with features that are effective to use. You may find features like hiding from the taskbar, reminder setting, and password protection and, auto backup options, which will decrease your efforts in safeguarding sticky notes.

How to enable delete dialogue confirmation box?

A simple click on “X” can delete your sticky note, so make sure you have turned the “delete confirmation dialog box” “ON,” this would reduce the chances of sudden deletion.

After this, every time intentionally or accidentally deletes the notes you need to give it a manual confirmation. For this, here is a simple process, explained systematically.

Step 1:

Open the Registry Editor on your system under the Start menu by typing “Regedit” command. You can also do it using Run

Open Registery Editor

Step 2:

Now, follow the suggested path


Current user > Software > Microsoft > Windows > Current Version > Applets > Sticky Notes

follow suggested path

Step 4:

various system files will appear on the right of the screen. By default, the value for PROMPT_ON_Delete will be listed as zero.

Step 5:

Follow the suggested path

Revalue 0 to 1 by a double-click on PROMPT_ON_Delete

Sticky Notes will not lose on sudden shutdown.

If your system shuts down suddenly with the sticky notes open on the desktop, you will not lose it, and it will re-open automatically with a re-start.

You can also create a shortcut to keep them on the desktop on your windows computer.

People usually do not bother about losing their sticky notes but for those who are dependent on it, it matters a lot. Keeping sticky notes safe and intact is very important for few people as they are habituated of using them and secure their important digits or events in it.

Deletion of these notes may be devastating and may have an adverse effect on their work. To prevent you from the mess, we guess this would work.

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