How to Backup and Restore Sticky Notes in Windows 10 [2021 Updated]

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Jean updated on Mar 26, 2021 to Computer Instruction | How-to Articles

Quick Guide: Backup Sticky Notes in Windows 10/8/7:

Backup Sticky Notes in Windows 10

  1. Step 1. Open the Run dialog using Windows + R keys. 
  2. Step 2. Type the path below and click "OK" to open Sticky Notes file location:
  3. C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftStickyNotes_8wekyb3d8bbwe\
  4. C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Sticky Notes\
  5. Step 3. Right-click to copy the StickyNotes.snt or plum.sqlite file to an external hard drive or USB.

On this page, you'll learn some basic information about Microsoft Sticky Notes, where are Sticky Notes stored on Windows 10, and how to backup Sticky Notes in Windows 10/8/7 on your own. When you lost it, you can immediately restore the Sticky Notes from its backup.

You can even follow the recovery tutorial to transfer Sticky Notes to another computer. Check out how to backup and restore Microsoft Sticky Notes on your own:

Overview of Microsoft Sticky Notes

Sticky Notes, also called Microsoft Sticky Notes, is a desktop notes application created by Microsoft Corporation to help users create notes and quickly save something or later in Windows 10/8/7. With Microsoft Sticky Notes, you can create notes, type, ink, or add a picture, add text formatting, stick them to your computer desktop and even sync them across devices, apps, etc. 

Sticky Notes

Sticky notes application in Windows 10, 8.1, 8, and 7 plays an important role in our daily work on a computer. Once you write a note, Sticky Notes will automatically save it for you even if you forgot to save the changes. 

Sometimes, you may delete Sticky Notes carelessly or even lose it due to OS crash, computer restarts, etc., you'll have to find ways to recover accidentally deleted Sticky Notes. However, if you have a backup of the lost Sticky Notes, you can immediately bring the lost notes back within a minute.

On the following, we'll discuss this issue and show you how to efficiently backup Sticky Notes on Windows 10/8/7.

Part 1. How to Backup Sticky Notes in Windows 10/8/7

Applies to: Find the Sticky Notes location in Windows 10/8/7, and offer efficient ways to help you quickly backup Sticky Notes for free.

Can you backup Windows Sticky Notes? Yes, as long as you know where are Sticky Notes stored on Windows 10 or Windows 8/7, you can easily back up the notes. 

  1. #1. Find Sticky Notes Location
  2. #2. Backup Sticky Notes

If you're a sticky notes fan and use sticky notes to write down everything you think important, it's imperative to backup sticky notes by following the solutions provided behind. To do so, we suggest you follow the tutorials below one by one:

#1. Find Sticky Notes Location in Windows 

It's vital for you to locate the storage location of Sticky Notes on your Windows computer. 

Step 1. Show hidden files

As Sticky Notes saves notes in a hidden folder in the User directory, therefore, to locate the notes, you need to show hidden files first.

Open File Explorer > Go to View > Show/hide > Check "Hidden items".

Show hidden files

Step 2. Find Sticky Notes location in Windows 10/8/7

Due to the difference in OS versions, the location of Sticky Notes may also differ. You may follow the different path to see if you can locate the Sticky Notes folder on your computer:

  • On Windows 10 1607 or later: C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftStickyNotes_8wekyb3d8bbwe\

Sticky notes location in Windows 10

  • On Windows 8/7 or Widows 10 1067 lower: C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Sticky Notes\

Sticky Notes location in Windows 8/7

#2. Backup Sticky Notes in Windows 10/8/7 [2 Methods]

Next, you got two sticky notes backup and recovery solutions here:

①. Copy StickyNotes.snt file from the Windows 10 Sticky Notes location; ②. Use third-party backup software to backup Sticky Notes

Method 1. Manually Backup Sticky Notes in Windows 10/8.1/8/7

Step 1. Open the Run dialog using Windows + R keys. 

Step 2. Type the path below and click "OK" to open Sticky Notes file location:

  • Windows 10: C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftStickyNotes_8wekyb3d8bbwe\
  • Windows 8.1/8/7: C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Sticky Notes\

Step 3. Right-click to copy the StickyNotes.snt or plum.sqlite file to another secure location, like an external hard drive or USB.

The Sticky Notes file extension may differ on different OS: StickyNotes.snt is most for Windows 8.1/8/7; plum.sqlite is mainly for Windows 10.

Copy to backup Sticky Notes

Method 2. Backup Sticky Notes with Backup Software

EaseUS file backup software - Todo Backup enables you to back up specific files or folders in Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP. You can directly use the software to backup sticky notes from your Windows computer.

  Free Download

Support Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP

You can easily use this software to browse and locate the Sticky Notes file, then select to backup it with the following steps:


  • Connect your external hard drive to your computer.
  • Download EaseUS Todo Backup

Step 1. Launch EaseUS backup software and choose the File option on the main window.

click file bakup to back up files to external hard drive

Step 2. Select the files or folders you want to backup. Then click "Destination" to select the external hard drive as the backup storage location.

You can also enter "Plan name" and "Description" for specifying your file backup.

set the destination to save your backup


Click "File Type" if you want to specify certain types of files to backup. Here, multiple types of files including Documents Files, E-mail, Financial Files, Music Files, Picture Files, and Video Files, etc can be selected. 

select the file type

You can also click Add to add a new file type, in Add New Type window, you input Type Name and corresponding file type.

Step 3. Click the "Schedule" option to open the Backup Scheme window, here you can create a scheduled backup plan to backup files later, daily, weekly, monthly or upon event.

automatically back up files

The schedule is to create an automatic backup plan. It is not a prerequisite for backup. 

Step 4. Click "Proceed" to back up folders or files to the external hard drive.

Besides backing up Sticky Notes, you can also use this software to create disk partition backup, system backup, etc., on your own. It's all free within this software. 

Part 2. Recover Sticky Notes from Backup

Applies to: Recover lost Sticky Notes from backup, also work to transfer Sticky Notes to another computer in Windows 10/8.

If you are having the same issue as listed here, take the guides and steps in this part for help:

  1. 1. How can I get my sticky notes back?
  2. 2. How do I transfer Sticky Notes to another computer in Windows 10?

You can follow the respective tutorial guide below to restore Sticky Notes from the backup based on the way you chose to backup it:

  1. #1. Restore from Sticky Notes Copy
  2. #2. Restore from Sticky Notes Backup Image

#1. Restore Sticky Notes from Its Backup Copy

If you manually copy the Sticky Notes file to another location or device as a backup, follow steps here to restore it. You can also copy and paste the file to another computer for transferring:

Step 1. If you saved the Sticky Notes copy to an external device, connect it to your target PC.

Step 2.  Open the Sticky Notes location on your computer (the path as shown in Part 1)

Step 3. Copy the StickyNotes.snt or plum.sqlite file from your backup folder and paste it into the Sticky Notes folder.

Restore Sticky Notes from Backup Copy

After this, you can open the Sticky Notes application, you should be able to view and check your notes again. 

#2. Restore Sticky Notes with EaseUS Todo Backup

If you backed up Sticky Notes with EaseUS Todo Backup, you can also easily recover it back or transfer it to another computer via its Image Recovery feature.

  Free Download

Support Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP

To restore the Sticky Notes backup image, you need to remember the default storage location - Sticky Notes folder on your computer. Here are the steps that you can follow:

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Todo Backup, click "Browse to Recover".

EaseUS Todo Backup File Recovery

Step 2. Select an image file to recover and click "Browse" to select a target location to restore the file. Click "OK" to continue.

EaseUS Todo Backup Select Image

Step 3. Click "Proceed" to start the recovery. 

After this, you can restart PC and re-open Sticky Notes. There, your lost or transferred notes should be visible in Sticky Notes now.


On this page, we introduced what is Sticky Notes for you and also presented two free ways to help you backup Sticky Notes in Windows 10/8/7. When you lost Sticky Notes, you can either select to restore from its backup image or manual copy. 

Besides backing up Sticky Notes, we would also suggest that you all create a regular backup of any essential files on your computer in case of sudden accidents happening. For reliable and powerful backup software, you can always count on EaseUS Todo Backup.

  Free Download

Support Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP

It offers File Backup, Disk Partition Backup, OS Backup, Email Backup, Disk Clone, and even OS Clone features, etc. to help you fully protect anything on your PC with ease.

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