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How to Back up and Restore Sticky Notes in Windows 10

If you use sticky notes to write down important things, it's imperative to create a backup copy of Sticky Notes' contexts. This is able to help recover accidentally deleted sticky notes. When your computer experience a sudden restart, crash or power failure, it would cause sticky notes loss.

This article will show you how to back up and restore sticky notes in Windows 10.

2 Ways to Back up Sticky Notes in Windows 10

A backup is a second copy of all your important files. Use these way below to back up Sticky Notes.

Way 1: Back up Sticky Notes contexts

1. The easiest way to make a copy of something is to take a snapshot of your screen via Snipping tool.

Make a copy of Sticky Notes

2. Copy the contents of Notes to a Notepad, then save this Notepad to a secure place, like OneDrive.

Copy Sticky Notes content

Way 2: Back up Sticky Notes files

In Windows 7 and the old version of Windows 10, Sticky Notes are stored in the StickyNotes.snt database file. Starting in Windows 10 Anniversary Update and later, your Sticky Notes are now stored in the plum.sqlite database file. To back up Sticky Notes content, here's how:

Step 1: Open Run by press Win+R.

Step 2: Copy and paste the following location into Run, and hit Enter key.

For Windows 10 Anniversary Update and later:

  • %LocalAppData%\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftStickyNotes_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalState

For Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10 and earlier:

  •  %AppData%\Microsoft\Sticky Notes

Open Sticky Notes folder

Step 3: Copy the StickyNotes.snt or plum.sqlite file to where you like as a backup of your Sticky Notes.

Back up Sticky Notes

Folder location of Sticky Notes

How to Restore Sticky Notes in Windows 10

Before you restore Sticky Notes for your account in Windows 10, you have to close all instances of Sticky Notes (Microsoft.StickyNotes.exe) in Task Manager. Here's how:

Step 1: Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to open Task Manager.

Step 2: In Task Manager, click Detail tab. Then select Microsoft.StickyNotes.exe, click End Task button.

Close Sticky Notes app by End Task

Step 3: Open Run by press Win+R.

Step 4: Copy and paste the following location into Run, and hit Enter key.

For Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10 version 1511 and earlier

  • %AppData%\Microsoft\Sticky Notes

For Windows 10 Anniversary Update version 1607 and later

  • %LocalAppData%\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftStickyNotes_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalState

Restore Sticky Notes file

Step 5: Copy and paste the backed up plum.sqlite or StickyNotes.snt file into the LocalState folder.

Copy to LocalState folder

Step 6: Click on Replace the file in the destination. Then open Sticky Notes app, you will see your restored Sticky Notes appearing.

Replace Sticky Notes file