How to recover Sticky Notes on Windows 10/8/7

As you all know, Sticky Notes is a handy application for Windows 10. Users can paste notifiers on the desktop with that application. However, deleted notifications do not go to the Recycle Bin. Therefore, users apparently cannot restore deleted notes if they need to.

Contents index

  •  Steps to recover deleted sticky notes
  • Open the StickyNotes.snt file in Windows 10, 8 and 7
  • Recover deleted sticky notes with Outlook
  • Make a backup of your sticky notes

Steps to recover deleted sticky notes

  1. Open the StickyNotes.snt file in Windows 10, 8 and 7

However, users can retrieve Sticky Note desktop notifications from a StickyNotes.snt file in Windows 10 versions before version 1607 (the Anniversary Update). This is a file that stores note content for the Sticky Notes application in Windows 8 and 7 and earlier versions of Win 10.

Users can find deleted note content within that file. This is how users can open StickyNotes.snt file in Windows 10.

  • Click the File Explorer button on the taskbar.
  • Then click the View tab.
  • Select the Hidden Items option if it is not already selected.
  • Then enter% APPDATA% MicrosoftSticky Notes in the File Explorer path bar and press the Return key.
  • Right-click on the StickyNotes.snt file and select Open With > Choose another app to open the window shown directly below.
  • Select this option to open the StickyNotes.snt file with MS Word if you can. Alternatively, open the StickyNotes.snt file with Notepad or another word processor.

The StickyNotes.snt file will then open in the selected application, as shown directly below. The file includes a large amount of mixed text. However, Sticky Note users can also find the actual text of the deleted notes within that file.

Copy the text of the current note with the hotkey Ctrl + C so that you can paste it again with the hotkey Ctrl + V.

Users can also recover recently deleted sticky notes in more updated versions of Windows 10 by opening the plum.sqlite file at: Packages Microsoft.MicrosoftStickyNotes_8wekyb3d8bbwe LocalState.

Open that file in MS Word, or alternative word processor, as shown directly below. Then you might find the text of some deleted notes near the bottom of the document.

  1. Recover deleted sticky notes with Outlook

Sticky Notes now syncs notes with Microsoft accounts. Consequently, users can now recover deleted notes with Outlook 2016 and Windows 10 Mail app as long as they have a synced MS account.

Click on Deleted Items in Outlook 2016 and hit the Restore button . Users can then select to move the deleted notes back to the Notes folder. Thereafter, the notes will reappear in Sticky Notes.

  1. Make a backup of your sticky notes

Sticky Notes users can also back up their notes. They can then recover the deleted notes with the backup. This is how users can back up their note storage in Windows.

  • Open File Explorer in Windows.
  • Find this folder path:% LocalAppData% Packages Microsoft.MicrosoftStickyNotes_8wekyb3d8bbwe LocalState.
  • In Windows 8 and 7 (and earlier versions of Win 10), users need to enter% AppData% MicrosoftSticky Notes in Run and click OK .
  • Then select the plum.sqlite file on Win 10 or StickyNotes.snt file on older Windows platforms.
  • Click the Copy To button to select a folder to copy the file to.
  • Users can drag the backup file plum.sqlite or StickyNotes.snt to the LocalState or Sticky Notes folders when they need to restore the deleted notes. The window shown directly below will then open.
  • Select the Replace the file on destination option to restore the deleted notes.

Thus, users can restore deleted notes by opening the StickyNotes.snt or plum.sqlite files, saving backup copies of the notes, or moving the deleted notes from the Deleted Items folder in Outlook. Also, users can automatically backup Sticky Note archive file with File History.

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