How to Backup and Restore Sticky Notes in Windows 10

1641649304 How to Backup and Restore Sticky Notes in Windows 10

Windows 10 Sticky Notes lets you store brief notes and reminders that can be mentioned over and over again. Backing up these notes can be simple or complex.

The latest version of Microsoft Windows 10 includes a note-taking application called Sticky Notes. Just like the paper pads it inspired, Sticky Notes allows users to store short notes and reminders that are mentioned over and over again. The beauty of this digital version of the system is that your sticky notes can be synchronized across all your devices.

However, Microsoft has chosen to hide the internal Sticky Notes system from users, which caused some frustration for the system reader, who asked for help with backing up his notes. In general, there are two ways to support Sticky Notes and restore - one easy and one much more complex.

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This tutorial on how to explain where Windows 10 Sticky Notes is stored and shows you how to backup and restore your notes and memories.

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    How to Backup and Restore Sticky Notes in Windows 10 - The Easy Way

    The easiest and most effective way to back up your Sticky Notes is with the built-in sync of the app itself. The first step in this process is to sign in to Windows 10 with a set of active Microsoft account credentials. Then, with Sticky Notes open, click the gear icon in the top right corner to open the Settings screen, as shown in Figure A.

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    Figure A

    Scroll down to the Sync button now and click on it. All your Sticky Notes will now be available for any login device using that same Microsoft account. Simple but useful use of cloud technology. Click on the arrow to retrieve the Sticky Notes app.

    SEE: How to sync Sticky Notes across Windows 10 devices (Technology Republic)

    How to Backup and Restore Sticky Notes in Windows 10 - The Complex Method

    In Windows 10, Sticky Notes are stored in a single file that is deep in the user's folders. You can manually copy that SQLite database file to safe storage, folder, or any other cloud storage service that you have access to.

    Log in to Windows 10 using your Microsoft account credentials, then open File Explorer. Navigate to this file directory:

    C: Users Username AppData Local Packages Microsoft.MicrosoftStickyNotes_8wekyb3d8bbwe LocalState

    In that folder (Figure B), you will get a file named: plum.sqlite. That is the SQLite database file we are looking for. Copy that file to another location to back up your Sticky Notes.

    Figure B

    b-backup-restore-sticky-notes.jpg

    When it comes time to restore your Sticky Notes, log in to Windows 10 using your Microsoft account credentials and then open Task Manager. Find Sticky Notes in the list of running applications (Figure C), click on it and then press the End task button to close it. That will output the custom plum.sqlite file.

    Figure C

    c-backup-restore-sticky-notes.jpg

    Close Task Manager and open File Explorer. Navigate to the same and previous folders and upload your plum.sqlite backup file. When prompted, say "yes" to replace the default file in the destination folder with that name.

    Close File Explorer and restart Sticky Notes. Your refreshed notes and memories should not be displayed.

    SEE: How to use Microsoft Sticky Notes in Windows 10, on the web, and on your mobile device (Technology Republic)

    Choose easy or complex for Sticky Notes

    Of course, the complicated process of backing up and updating Sticky Notes is not their preferred method. Choosing to let Microsoft Windows 10 do the heavy lifting and syncing your Sticky Notes to all your devices in the most efficient way. Under normal conditions, you will not even see the synchronization process as it happens.

    However, while the complex method may be used as a last resort in real situations, there is one important caveat: Updating the saved plum.sqlite file will delete it completely. the sticky notes stored in the default file, so proceed with caution. .

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