How to Recover Sticky Notes in Windows 10/8/7

Jean updated on Feb 22, 2020 to File Recovery | How-to Articles


It is possible to recover accidentally deleted sticky notes on Windows 10, Windows 8 or Windows 7. You can recover deleted Sticky Notes from .snt files. If you can't find the .snt files that have been deleted, do not worry, use EaseUS files recovery software to get back the .snt file and then recover Sticky Notes.

How to Recover Deleted Sticky Notes

"Does anyone have any idea on how to recover accidentally deleted Sticky Notes contents? I am a big fan of sticky notes program and get used to writing down everything by creating sticky notes on Windows desktop. That's it, 1, 2, 3...then more and more sticky notes there. However, today, a total of 12 pieces of notes were accidentally deleted, and they didn't go to the recycle bin! How to perform sticky notes recovery?"  

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If you have accidentally deleted Sticky Notes, now you get two ways to restore Sticky Notes and regain the contents written on them. One way is to look for the Sticky Notes .snt files directly by your search, and the other way is to leave the mess to professional data recovery software.

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Method 1. Recover from .snt Files Navigate to the storage location > Select StickyNotes.snt > Select Restore Previous Versions...Full steps
Method 2. Use Data Recovery Software Run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard > Click the Scan > Click Recover...Full steps

How to Recover Sticky Notes from .snt Files

If you close the Sticky Note by right-clicking it on the taskbar, it closes the Sticky Note application. Next time you open Sticky Notes, your data will return. The same also applies if you leave the Sticky Note up when rebooting your computer. If you delete the sticky notes by hitting "Delete Note" accidentally, your best chance to recover deleted sticky notes is as shown below.

1. Navigate to where the sticky notes stored: C:\Users\<UserName>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Sticky Notes director.

2. Right-click on StickyNotes.snt, and select "Restore Previous Versions". This will pull the file from your latest restore point, if available. 

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How to Retrieve Sticky Notes with Data Recovery Software

When using the Sticky Notes program to create notes on the desktop, you can't save the notes locally. You can minimize the notes, but if you delete notes accidentally or intentionally, you lose all data. The only way to recover sticky notes is by using the way demonstrated above.

If you delete the .snt file mistakenly or if the .snt file is lost due to hard drive formatting, partition loss, or RAW partition, is that the end of the recovery attempt? Not exactly, if you can't find the .snt file to recover Sticky Notes, you can turn to EaseUS hard drive recovery software for help, which enables you to easily recover the file and restore sticky notes easily in Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista.

In fact, besides restoring sticky notes .snt files, the program can recover many other types of files, including Word, Excel, PPT document, photos, audios, videos, and more. It offers an easy solution to recover deleted files, even recover files from emptied recycle bin files. Now, learn how to recover accidentally deleted sticky notes on Windows with EaseUS data recovery software.

Step 1. If you need to recover deleted files from an external storage device like SD card, USB or external hard drive, connect it to your computer at first. Then, run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard on your PC. Select the location and click the "Scan" button to let the program start scanning the target device.

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Step 2. When the scan finishes, all deleted files will be listed in different folders. You can find the target data easily by a quick search.

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Step 3. You can double-click to preview the found files. Then, select the files and click "Recover" to restore them to a secure location on your PC or external storage device. Click "OK" to complete the process.

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After the .snt file has been recovered, you can use the above method and restore sticky notes from previous versions. 

How to Create a Backup of Sticky Notes to Avoid Data Loss

You can only recover deleted sticky notes from .snt file in the event that you have enabled the File History or system backup feature in Windows computer. Except for automatic backup, you also can back up your sticky notes manually. To backup your Sticky Notes on Windows 10, do the following:

1. Navigate to the path:


2. Right-click the plum.sqlite file, and select Copy. You can store your Sticky Notes to anywhere you like. Once you complete these steps, next time, you can restore your notes when the loss happens.

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If you want to restore the backup of your sticky notes, you need to put the plum.sqlite file in the same place where it saves. Then, open Sticky Notes and all your notes should now appear on your desktop exactly in the same location where you left them.

Important: You can replace an existing plum.sqlite, but if you do, you'll delete any previous notes already stored on the device.


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2. Why cannot I recover 2GB data for free?

It is recommended to check the version installed is Free or Trial because they are different versions.

Trial has data preview function but cannot save any files, while the Free version enables to recover 2 GB files. The default free space is 500 MB and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB.

3. Why cannot the recovered files be opened?

A file is saved as 2 parts on the storage device: directory info (which is comprised by file name, time stamp and size info, etc.) and data content.

If the files with original file names and folder structures cannot be opened, one possible reason is the corrupted directory info. There is still a chance to recover the data content with the RAW Recovery method in our software.

4. Why isn't it suggested to recover the files back to the original drive?

The storage structure of the lost files would be altered or damaged by any changes on the drive. If you save the recovered files back to the same drive, the original data structures and data content would be corrupted or overwritten, which causes permanent data loss. So you should prepare another disk to save the files.

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The Free version helps you save 2GB files to better verify the recovery quality of our product before purchase.

6. How long does it take to scan the drive?

It strongly depends on the capacity of your hard drive and the performance of your computer. As reference,most drive recoveries can be completed in around 10 to 12 hours for a 1-TB healthy hard drive in general conditions.

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