Backup and Restore Sticky Notes in Windows 10

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.

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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 in Windows 10

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.


backup sticky notes sqlite

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.

Backup Sticky Notes (Older version) Data File

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:

%AppData%\Microsoft\Sticky Notes

Convert Sticky Notes data file StickyNotes.snt to the new format

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

convert sticky notes data to new format

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.

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Thanks to Donovon Lange, Engineering Manager – Sticky Notes [Microsoft] for this neat trick!

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About the author

Ramesh Srinivasan founded back in 2005. He is passionate about Microsoft technologies and has a vast experience in the ITeS industry — delivering support for Microsoft's consumer products. He has been a Microsoft MVP [2003 to 2012] who contributes to various Windows support forums.

28 thoughts on “Backup and Restore Sticky Notes in Windows 10”

  1. Thank you so much. This is the first time I am writing a comment as this is the first time someone has written the correct way to solve the issue.

  2. OMG, I could kiss all of you! This has been driving me crazy for MONTHS! Worked beautifully! I LOVE smart people! Thanks! 🙂

  3. For me, it only worked when I copied the StickyNotes.snt unmarking the option ‘Hidden’ in it’s properties, before that, it would’nt work.
    Thanks for the help.

  4. When I do this and I open the new sticky notes it immediately deletes the Legacy folder and the sticky notes remain blank.

  5. Can you run both Versions, the latest App Type which got switched with the latest windows upgrade push and lost the .SNT files and the directory for it, along with the Old .exe version?

    I had a saved .SNT file I can copy if I can run both types. The old style was so much easier.

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