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How to Back Up, Restore, and Migrate Sticky Notes in Windows 10

Windows 10 doesn’t have a built-in way to move your Sticky Notes to another PC. But we’ll show you how to do it here.

Sticky Notes in Windows 10 are the digital equivalent of those ubiquitous Post-It notes you see stuck on monitors in cubicles across the land. In spite of being a quick and informal way to jot down information, both the paper and digital versions of sticky notes can sometimes contain surprisingly crucial data (passwords, tracking numbers, anniversary dates, etc.). This is becoming even more likely now that Sticky Notes has been expanding its feature set.  Sticky Notes has come a long way since it was first included in Windows Vista. It now includes a lot of built-in intelligence, such as the ability to recognize scheduled flights, support for digital inking and of course, you can type on them like you have in the past.

One feature that is still absent from Sticky Notes: backing up, saving, and restoring your Sticky Notes.

This makes it a little bit tricky to bring all this important data with you to another device. Microsoft doesn’t provide a convenient way to back up your Sticky Notes, but you can still do it. In this article, we show how you can back up and restore your Sticky Notes to another device.

How to Backup and Restore Sticky Notes in Windows 10 on Another Computer

The first step to saving and restoring your Sticky Notes is finding where Windows 10 keeps them. To do that, press Windows key + R, type the following in the search box then hit Enter:

%LocalAppData%\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftStickyNotes_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalState

Copy the file plum.sqlite file to a USB thumb drive or another backup source.

Connect the USB drive to the other device where you want to restore them, open the same Sticky Notes folder, then copy and paste the plum.sqlite file into the same folder. Click Replace the file in the destination when prompted.

Close the folder, restart your computer just to confirm changes then launch Sticky Notes on the other device. You should see your Sticky Notes on your new device. That’s it!

Let us know what you think. Are you a big fan of digital Sticky Notes or do you prefer the good old-fashioned Post-It notes?


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