Windows 10: Auto-Deleted Sticky Notes

Discus and support Auto-Deleted Sticky Notes in Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade to solve the problem; Hi, my sticky notes are being deleted one by one by the system ever since I updated to the latest Windows version. And yes, it wasn't a mistake. I... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade' started by Jordan Ooi, Aug 7, 2019.

  1. Auto-Deleted Sticky Notes

    Hi, my sticky notes are being deleted one by one by the system ever since I updated to the latest Windows version. And yes, it wasn't a mistake. I didn't accidentally close/delete the sticky notes by myself. It just randomly disappear by its own every time I turn on the laptop. What should I do? Will this affect other files such as my previously saved Microsoft Office works or other notepads and pictures/photos etc.?

    Jordan Ooi, Aug 7, 2019

  2. Can't delete unused Sticky Notes neither change their colors

    Hi Yhendra,

    Thank you for using Windows10.

    I understand your concern and would suggest that you try deleting the sticky note from the source location of the sticky notes from the specific user account.

    The AppData folder in the below step is a hidden folder, try the below step to unhide it and later try the steps mentioned.

    Steps to unhide:

    • Open File Explorer by right click on Start Icon
      and select File Explorer.
    • Click on View and check Hidden items.

    Try the below step to delete the sticky note:

    a) Open File Explorer.

    b) Navigate to the following location:
    C:\Users\<UserName>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Sticky Notes.

    c) In the Stick notes
    folder you will find a file called StickyNotes.snt

    d) You will need the file named StickyNotes.snt

    Note: If you delete StickyNotes.snt
    file this will delete all the sticky notes present on the computer event the new ones.

    Make sure that you backup any newly created sticky notes.

    Hope this helps. Let us know if you need further assistance and we'll be glad to help.
    Navneet Anand, Aug 7, 2019
  3. Xylee Del Win User
    sticky notes


    Sticky notes may have encountered a system file corruption that caused this. We suggest that you run the

    Windows app troubleshooter
    for this issue. Meanwhile, we also recommend that you reset your Sticky Notes app by following the steps below:

    • Click the Windows icon and click Settings.
    • Click System, and then click Apps & features on the left menu.
    • Click on Sticky Notes on the list found on your right menu, click
      Advanced options link, and click the Reset button.
    • Click the Reset button again when you see the confirmation dialog to reset Sticky Notes app.
    • Close the Settings window and check your Sticky Notes app.

    Let us know the results.
    Xylee Del, Aug 7, 2019
  4. Auto-Deleted Sticky Notes

    sticky notes

    Was this the WIndows 10 Upgrade from WIndows 7, 8 or 8.1?

    Check now for a C:\Windows.old folder that is created during an Upgrade. If that folder is found, you can

    Show Hidden Files and Folders in Windows 10
    and then follow the steps here:

    • To backup sticky notes in Windows 10/8.1/8/7:
    STEP 1. Type %AppData%\Microsoft\Sticky Notes in the windows.old folder Search box.

    STEP 2. Copy StickyNotes.snt to a safe location.

    • To restore sticky notes:
    STEP 1. Type %AppData%\Microsoft\Sticky Notes in start menu search box or run and press Enter.

    STEP 2. Copy the StickyNotes.snt file from your backup folder and paste it in the folder that opens. Agree to overwrite the old file, or delete it first before copying. If it balks then install and use the

    Take Ownership Shortcut
    on the folder so you can replace the .snt file.

    If you don't have Windows.old folder, do you have a backup image of your old install which we can help you mount to browse into the old files?

    If not then your notes may be lost. In the future use Notepad or Wordpad which can more easily save Files to your Documents, or back up the Sticky Notes file regularly following the above.
    Greg Carmack - Windows MVP, Aug 7, 2019

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