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

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 cannot find the .snt files that have been deleted, do not worry, use EaseUS Sticky Notes recovery software to get back the .snt file and then recover Sticky Notes.

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how to restore sticky notes

Recovering Windows 7 Sticky Notes

  1. 1. Undo - If you deleted the text by accident and the Sticky Notes window is STILL open, try pressing ctrl + z to undo your most recent changes.
  2. 2. Restore - Sticky Notes are stored in the following file:
  3. C:\Users\\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Sticky Notes...

Top 4 Ways on How to Recover Deleted Sticky Notes

If you have accidentally deleted Sticky Notes, now you get four ways to recover Sticky Notes and regain the contents written on them. You can look for the Sticky Notes .snt files directly by your search, check the Outlook folder, show hidden Sticky Notes, or leave the mess to professional data recovery software.

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Fix 1. Recover from .snt Files Navigate to the storage location > Select StickyNotes.snt > Select Restore Previous Versions...Full steps
Fix 2. Checking Outlook Open Outlook with a browser and sign in with your Microsoft account...Full steps
Fix 3. Show Hidden Files Open Windows Control Panel and navigate to File Explorer Options in Windows 10...Full steps
Fix 4. Use Data Recovery Software Run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard > Click the Scan > Click Recover...Full steps

Overview of Accidentally Deleted Sticky Notes Issue

"Does anyone have any idea on how to recover accidentally deleted Sticky Notes contents? I am a big fan of the 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, 12 pieces of notes were accidentally deleted, and they didn't go to the recycling bin! How to perform sticky notes recovery?"  

lost sticky notes, how to recover

Sticky Notes doesn't have the archive feature, which means clicking on the delete button will directly delete it. Fortunately, there are four practical ways to recover Sticky Notes.

Method 1. 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 Notes 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.

Step 1. Navigate to where the Sticky Notes stored: 

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

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

recover sticky notes from .snt file

Method 2. Recover Sticky Notes by Checking Outlook

Every time you delete a note, a copy of the same is stored in the Trash folder of Outlook. All you need to do is open the web version of Outlook and follow the steps below:

Step 1. Open Outlook with a browser and sign in with your Microsoft account.

Step 2. Select "Deleted" in the left sidebar, and you will see all the notes there waiting for you to be recovered!

recover sticky notes with outlook

Method 3. Show Hidden Files to Restore Sticky Notes

Sometimes, you don't delete anything from a storage location, but files and folders have disappeared from computer hard drive, USB flash drive, or external hard disk. These files are hidden to protect them from getting deleted accidentally. Thus, you can unhide files to get back sticky notes.

Step 1. Open Windows Control Panel and navigate to File Explorer Options in Windows 10, 8.1, and 8.

Step 2. On File Explorer Options window, navigate to the "View" tab, under Hidden files and folders section, tick the option of "Show hidden files, folders and drives".

show hidden sticky notes

Also read: Show Hidden Files Not Working

Step 3. Re-open your local hard drive or device to check the hidden sticky notes.

You can't open the file the usual way. Therefore, you need to right-click the file and open it with a text editor like MS Word, WordPad, Notepad, etc. The editor (like MS Word) will ask you to decode the file. Choose the default actions and proceed. Then, use the search feature (Ctrl+F) to find the content of your deleted notes. 

decode sticky notes

Method 4. How to Recover 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.

run file recovery software

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

scan and find deleted files

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

recover deleted files.

After the .snt file has been recovered, you can decode Sticky Notes in Method 3.

Extra Tips - How to Enable Delete Confirmation

You may delete a note easily if you don't have crucial information. To avoid data loss, you can enable "delete confirmation for Sticky Notes". Then, you will get a pop-up asking your permission before erasing the note.

Step 1. Right-click or press and hold on Sticky Notes in the Start menu (All apps) or the taskbar, and click on "Settings" in its jump list.

Step 2. In Sticky Notes settings, turn On "Confirm before deleting". 

enable sticky notes delete confirmation

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:

Step 1. Navigate to the path:


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

recover sticky notes - back up sticky notes

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.


That's all about how to recover deleted sticky notes. Besides sticky notes recovery, EaseUS data recovery software can restore deleted Word documents, videos, photos, and repair corrupted MP4 or MOV files. Download this hard drive recovery software and retrieve your data. 

Sticky Notes Recovery Frequently Asked Questions

There are some Sticky Notes related questions, you can read on to get more help. 

Where are sticky notes saved?

Windows stores your sticky notes in a special AppData folder, which is probably C:\Users\logon\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Sticky Notes.

Why did my sticky notes disappear?

Your list of sticky notes might have disappeared because the app was closed while a single note remained open.

Is Sticky Notes available in Windows 10?

On Windows 10, click or tap the Start button and type "Sticky Notes". Sticky Notes will open where you left them. If you do not see Sticky Notes in your list of apps, open the Microsoft Store app and install "Microsoft Sticky Notes".

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Author Jean has been writing tech articles since she was graduated from university. She has been part of the EaseUS team for over 5 years. Her special focuses are data recovery, disk partitioning, data space optimization, data backup and Mac OS. By the way, she's an aviation fan!

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