If you are a Stick Notes user and you save some important data on it, it is most likely that you’ll encounter notes loss. What will you do then? In this article on MiniTool Website, we’ll show you how to backup Sticky Notes Windows 10 and you can have a try. Without further ado, let’s dive into the topic now!

Microsoft Sticky Notes Windows 10  

Microsoft Sticky Notes is famous for its convenience. Like real sticky notes you use in life, it allows you to type down your instant thoughts. Recently, Microsoft added some utilities such as text formatting, picture adding, etc.

At the same time, it also has some demerits, for example, you’ll find your Sticky Notes gone after updating your system. What will you do then? Fortunately, you’ve come to the right place and we’ll show you the thorough steps on how to recover and backup your sticky notes.

Tip: What if there are some problems crop up in Sticky Notes Windows 10/8/7 and it stops working? You can seek help from this guide – What Is Sticky Notes Windows 10? How To Fix Problems With It.

How to Restore Missing/Deleted Sticky Notes?

Way 1: Restore Sticky Notes from Outlook

If your sticky notes are missing unexpectedly and you cannot see them on the desktop, there’s one way to get them back. You can restore all your notes from your Microsoft Outlook account because Microsoft Sticky Notes syncs all its data to the cloud. Here’s how to restore Sticky Notes Windows 10:

Step 1. Log in to your Outlook with your Microsoft account.

Step 2. Scroll down the left pane to locate Deleted Items and click on it.

click Deleted Items

Step 3. Look through the list to find the items that you want to restore, tap on them and hit Restore.

Step 4. Next, the selected item will disappear from the folder and your sticky notes come back to the desktop. If there’s nothing changed and your notes don’t come back, don’t worry. You just need to add the restored items onto the desktop manually.

Open your Sticky Notes list and click the gear icon to open its settings. Scroll down to select Sync now, return to the notes list, and all the restored items will appear.

It is noted that this method can only restore the notes within 30 days because Microsoft saves your notes for 30 days. Therefore, how to restore the missing notes over 30 days ago?

Way 2: Recover Your Sticky Notes Data with a Trusted Data Recovery Software

To recover deleted data like Sticky Notes, one of the best options is using a reliable data recovery software, MiniTool Power Data Recovery. With its trusted recovery system, it will be easy for you to restore Sticky Notes and other files from the hidden folders, recycle bin, etc. This is also a professional solution that ensures your data safety both for now and in the future.

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In case you need to restore your sticky notes a long time ago, you are supposed to develop a habit of backing up. With a backup in hand, you can restore any data at any time. In the following content, we’ll show you how to backup Sticky Notes Windows 10 with several different tools.

How to Backup Sticky Notes Windows 10/8/7?

#How to Find Sticky Notes Location on PC?

Where are Sticky Notes stored Windows 10/8/7? In order to back up Sticky Notes, you must know its location on your PC. For Windows 10/7/8, we provide you with the corresponding method to find Sticky Notes Location.

Step 1. Sticky Notes are saved in a hidden folder in the User Directory, so you need to show hidden files first.

Open Windows File Explorer > click View > Check Hidden items.

Tip: There are more ways to open hidden files on PC, look for more information in this guide – How to Show Hidden Files Windows 10 (CMD + 4 Ways).

Step 2. The location of Sticky Notes varies from system to system hence the corresponding path you need to follow is also different.

For Windows 7/8 or Windows 10 1067 lower:

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

For Windows 10 1607 or later:


find the sticky notes location

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Tip: One easy way to find the location of Sticky Notes in all Windows OS versions: Launch Sticky Notes > Right-click the taskbar and click Task Manager > Scroll down to find Sticky Notes in Processes and right-click it > select Open file location.

choose to open the file location of Sticky Notes

After finding Sticky Notes’ location, we will introduce to you how to backup Sticky Notes Windows 10 in the following content.

Way 1: Backup Sticky Notes Windows 10 Manually 

The next steps will show you how to copy Sticky Notes Windows 10 manually.

Step 1. Press Win + R to open the Run dialog.

Step 2. According to different Windows Operating Systems, copy & paste the corresponding path in the navigation bar and hit Enter.

Step 3. Right-click the StickyNotes.snt or plum.sqlite file and copy it to a safe place such as a USB, an external hard drive and so on.

Tip: For Windows 10, the Sticky Notes file extension is plum.sqlite. For Windows 8/8.1/7, the file extension is StickyNotes.snt.

Way 2: Sync Your Sticky Notes to the Cloud

If you run a Windows version later than Windows 10 October 2018 Update, it will be easy for you to sync Sticky Notes on different devices.

# Sync Microsoft Sticky Notes on Different Devices

Step 1. Launch Sticky Notes, log in to your Microsoft account and open its Settings.

Step 2. Scroll down to find Sync now and click it. Now, you can log in to the same account on other devices.

click on Sync now

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How to Migrate Sticky Notes from Windows 7 to Windows 10/11?

When you need to migrate your Sticky Notes data from Windows 7 PC to Windows 10 PC, can you replace it directly? Since the Sticky Notes created on different versions of operating systems will be incompatible with each other, direct replacement is not allowed. Take it easy! Follow the next steps and everything will be very easy:

Step 1. Locate StickyNotes.snt by copying & pasting the following path in Windows 7 navigation bar.

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

Step 2. Copy the file to your USB.

Step 3. In Windows 10, close all programs related to Sticky Notes and then navigate to the following path.


Step 4. Create a folder and name it Legacy.

Step 5. Restore your StickyNotes.snt Windows 7 to this folder from your USB and then rename the file as ThresholdNotes.snt. When you launch Sticky Notes, you’ll find that the legacy content is importing automatically.

In your life, you will meet not only Sticky Notes missing but also other important data missing. Therefore, how to keep your important data safe?

How to Keep Your Important Data Safe?

There are many data saved on your PC and to protect it, it’s highly recommended to create a regular backup of your significant files on your computer in case of sudden accidents happening.

When it comes to automatic backup and sync, a professional backup software called MiniTool ShadowMaker is raised above the ruck. Compared with manually copy, this backup program enables you to back up on a regular basis.

In MiniTool ShadowMaker, there are no limits for operating system requirements and it supports backing up in all editions of Windows 11/10/8/7. Whether you want to back up files/folders, selected partitions, or even the whole disk, it can satisfy your needs. 

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To back up important files, you should:

Step 1. Download and install MiniTool ShdowMaker Trial.

Step 2. After installing it successfully, launch it, click on Keep Trial at the top-right corner and then you can use it for free within 30 days.

Step 3. Go to the Backup utility, tap on Source on the left and click Folders and Files

the backup page

Step 4. Browse Computer and choose the files or folders you want to back up. You are allowed to choose several files at a time.

Step 5. Choose the destination path for your target files and you can back up your files to multiple places including the Administrator account folder, Libraries, Computer and even Shared.

Step 6. Click on Schedule to start setting automatic backup. By default, this feature is disabled, you need to turn it on manually. There are 4 options for you: Daily, Weekly, Monthly, and On Event. If you choose them, you can set some particular time points to execute the scheduled file backup task each day/week/month or on specified events.  

Tip: If you want to set some advanced parameters for your backup task, click on Options. As for the need to manage disk space occupied by backup files, hit Scheme.

Supplement: How to Reset/Reinstall Sticky Notes Windows 10/11?

When your Sticky Note is not opening or working, what will you do? It is a good option to reset or reinstall this app. There are several ways to install or reinstall Sticky Notes, please follow the next steps:

# Way 1: Uninstall Sticky Notes from Windows Settings

Step 1. Click on the gear icon to open Windows Settings.

Step 2. Scroll down to find Apps and click on it.

Step 3. You will see a list of apps in the Apps & feature tab. Click Sticky Notes and hit Uninstall.

uninstall Sticky Notes

Step 4. Press Uninstall again to confirm this uninstallation action.

# Way 2: Uninstall Sticky Notes from Windows PowerShell

Step 1. Type windows powershell in the search bar to locate Windows PowerShell and right-click it to choose Run as administrator.

Step 2. In the PowerShell window, copy & paste the following code and hit Enter.  

Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.MicrosoftStickyNotes | Remove-AppxPackage

uninstall Sticky Notes with PowerShell command

There is another way to uninstall Sticky Notes from Windows PowerShell

Step 1. Launch Windows PowerShell and give it some administrative rights.

Step 2. Copy the following code and don’t forget to hit Enter to execute this command.

Get-AppxPackage –AllUsers

Step 3. Now, you can see all the installed apps on your PC. Look for MicrosoftStickyNotes and copy its PackageFullName.

copy the PackageFullName of Sticky Notes

Step 4. Copy & paste Remove-AppxPackage PackageFullName.

Tip: Remember to replace PackageFullName with your actual one which is copied in the last step.

Step 5: After the uninstallation progress is done, exit Windows PowerShell and then go to Microsoft Store to download & install Sticky Notes again.

# Way 3: Reset Sticky Notes in Windows 10

Resetting the Sticky Notes app might also delete all existing notes.

Step 1. Open Settings and choose Apps.

Step 2. In Apps & features, choose Sticky Notes and click on Advanced options.

Step 3. Hit Reset and click Reset again when seeing the confirmation dialog to reset Sticky Notes.

Wrapping Things up

Hope this guide is helpful to you on how to backup Sticky Notes Windows 11/10. If you want to find the files that are missing for a pretty long time, you can try the methods above step by step. At the same time, to solve more troublesome problems of Sticky Notes, we also show you 3 ways to reset/reinstall it.

Don’t forget to comment below or contact us via [email protected] if you have any puzzles or you figure out other effective workarounds. We are looking forward to receiving your feedback!

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