How to Install and Use Desktop Sticky Notes in Windows 10

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.

  1. Backup Sticky Notes

    In File Explorer, navigate to %LocalAppData%\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftStickyNotes_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalState. Look for the file “plum.sqlite”, and copy it to your back up device, whether it’s a cloud service like OneDrive or a USB stick.

    Windows 10 - File Explorer - Copy and Paste the Folder Location - Copy the plum.sqlite file

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:

  1. Open Task Manager

    Press “Start”, and type “Task Manager”, then click on the top result.

    Windows 10 - Open Task Manager

  2. End the Sticky Notes process

    In Task Manager, switch to the “Details” tab and press “M” until you find the service “Microsoft.Notes.exe”. With it selected, click “End task”.


  3. Click “End process”

    Windows 10 - Task Manager - Details - Microsoft.Notes.exe - End Task - End Process

  4. Open settings

    Press “Start”, then click the settings cog above the power button.

    Windows 10 - Open Settings

  5. Click “Apps”

    Windows 10 - Settings - Open Apps

  6. Open Sticky Notes advanced options

    In the left sidebar, click “Apps & features”, then find Sticky Notes in the main pane and click “Advanced options”.

    Windows 10 - Settings - Apps - Apps & Features - Sticky Notes - Open Advanced Options

  7. Choose “Reset”

    Windows 10 - Settings - Apps - Apps & Features - Sticky Notes - Open Advanced Options - Reset

  8. Confirm the reset

    Windows 10 will surface another dialog to make sure you want to reset Sticky Notes. Click “Reset” again to continue.

    Windows 10 - Settings - Apps - Apps & Features - Sticky Notes - Open Advanced Options - Reset
  9. Go to your Sticky Notes folder location

    In your File Explorer top bar, paste %LocalAppData%\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftStickyNotes_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalState to enter your app data folder.

    Windows 10 - File Explorer - Paste the Folder Location - Copy and Paste the Backed up plum.sqlite

  10. 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.

    Windows 10 - Open File Explorer - Copy the Folder Location - Copy andPaste the Backed up plum.sqlite - Replace the file

How to use File History or Backup the Windows Registry

If you found this tutorial useful, you may also want to know how to use File History and how to automatically back up the registry.