Long-time users of Microsoft Sticky Notes will notice that it’s had some upgrades over the past few years, and one major addition is the ability to backup Sticky Notes and restore them to the same or a different PC.
Though it may not be a major deal for some, this ability can be incredibly useful for those changing account (as cloud sync only works if you log in) or people who need the extra data security.
Today we’re going to show you how to backup Sticky Notes, and then how to restore Sticky Notes should you need to. All you’ll need to follow this tutorial is Sticky Motes installed and the Windows 10 Anniversary Update or higher. If you’re on an earlier version of Windows 10, below 1511, or Windows 7, 8, or 8.1, you should instead look for the StickyNotes.snt file in the Sticky Notes AppData folder. Let’s get started:
How to Backup Sticky Notes via File Explorer
Backing up Stick Notes is as simple as copying a single file from its AppData folder.
How to Recover Sticky Notes in Windows 10
These days it’s a bit more fiddly to restore Sticky Notes, and you should know that doing so will replace any current notes you have on the PC. If you’re okay with that, here’s how to do it:
- Open Task Manager
- End the Sticky Notes process
- Click “End process”
- Open settings
- Click “Apps”
- Open Sticky Notes advanced options
- Choose “Reset”
- Confirm the reset
Windows 10 will surface another dialog to make sure you want to reset Sticky Notes. Click “Reset” again to continue.
- Go to your Sticky Notes folder location
- Recover Sticky Notes in Windows 10
Drag your Sticky Notes backup into the Sticky Notes location and click “Replace the file in the destination” to perform the Sticky Notes recovery. When you next start the app, your backed up notes should appear.