With the Windows 10 Anniversary Update v1607 classic desktop version of Sticky Notes is discontinued and is transformed into a modern or UWP app with cortana integration and other features. The Sticky Notes content is now saved to a database file named plum.sqlite.
If you want to recover your Sticky Notes data from a broken Windows 10 installation in order to transfer it to another computer, here is how to do that.
- Backup Sticky Notes Data File in Windows 10 [New format]
- Backup Legacy Sticky Notes Data File in Windows 10 [StickyNotes.snt]
- Convert Sticky Notes data (.snt file) to the new format [plum.sqlite]
Close Sticky Notes if it’s running.
Open the following folder. Easiest way is to copy the following path, paste in Explorer Address bar and press ENTER.
Copy plum.sqlite to a backup location of your choice. You can then transfer/copy this file to the above folder location after logging into a new user profile, or another Windows 10 computer running v1607 or higher.
The classic desktop Sticky Notes program present in Windows 10 v1511 and earlier, and in previous Operating Systems, stores the information in a file named StickyNotes.snt in the following folder:
There is a hidden feature in Windows 10 Anniversary Update which allows transfer or conversion of legacy or classic Sticky Notes .snt file to the new format. The Sticky Notes modern app (UWP) stores the data in a database file named plum.sqlite.
To convert the legacy .snt file to the new format, use these steps:
Close all instances of the modern Sticky Notes, and then open this folder:
Create a new folder named Legacy
Under the Legacy folder, copy your existing StickyNotes.snt, and rename it to ThresholdNotes.snt
Start the Sticky Notes app. It reads the legacy .snt file and transfers the content to the database file automatically.
Thanks to Donovon Lange, Engineering Manager – Sticky Notes [Microsoft] for this neat trick!
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