How To Recover Accidentally Deleted Sticky Notes In Windows 7/8

It is amazingly easy to delete or close a Sticky Note on your Windows desktop. At the same time, Sticky Notes is a commonly used and convenient Windows utility that allows you to write down anything that comes to your mind. Therefore, losing your Sticky Notes data can be devastating, especially for those who use Sticky Notes to store important reminders, passwords, etc.

Read Also: 7 Sticky Notes Alternatives That Offer More Features

In this article, you will learn how to recover deleted Sticky Notes in 3 easy steps, as well as tips to prevent losing your Sticky Notes again.

1. Open File Explorer, copy the following address and paste it at the address bar:

%AppData%\Microsoft\Sticky Notes\StickyNotes.snt

Copy and Paste Sticky Notes Address

2. You will be prompted to select a program to open the StickyNotes.snt file. You can open the .snt file with Notepad, Microsoft Word, or Wordpad.

3. Once your Sticky Notes file is opened, you will probably find your content surrounded by some weird characters. Just copy and paste the part that you wish to recover.

Sticky Notes Content

Here’s a quick 13 seconds video that demonstrates the 3 easy steps to recover your sticky notes:

4. Try to right click on the StickyNotes.snt file and select Restore previous versions. Do note that this action will replace the current version of the file, which cannot be undone.

5. Once the previous version is restored, you can open the StickyNotes.snt file again to access the restored content, or reboot your computer to get the previous version of your Sticky Notes on your desktop (without weird characters).

How To Prevent Losing Your Sticky Notes Again

1. Get Sticky Notes Alternatives

There are plenty of third-party Sticky Notes Software. Most of them are free. They generally offer more features, such as password protection, set reminder, hide from taskbar, and most importantly, auto backup. Check out the full list of alternatives to Sticky Notes here.

If you don’t want to install third-party software…

1. Backup Regularly

You should backup your Sticky Notes at least once a month. Simply copy the StickyNotes.snt file from the %AppData%\Microsoft\Sticky Notes\ folder and paste it at anywhere you wish to keep it safely.

To restore your Sticky Notes backup, first you must delete all of the existing Sticky Notes on your desktop. Then, replace the current StickyNotes.snt file with your backup file by copying and pasting it in the %AppData%\Microsoft\Sticky Notes\ folder.

You can also apply the backup and restore steps to move or migrate your Sticky Notes data to another computer.

2. Make Sure The Delete Confimation Dialog Is Turned On

It is extremely easy to delete your Sticky Notes since it only requires a single click on its ‘X’ button to close it. You can reduce the risk of accidentally deleting your notes by turning on the delete confirmation dialog.

Delete Sticky Notes Confirmation


1. Go to Start menu or Start screen and key in regedit.

2. In Registry Editor, navigate to:


3. Right click on PROMPT_ON_DELETE and select Modify. Change its value to 1.

Turn On Delete Confirmation Dialog

Done! Hope you find this tutorial useful in getting back and securing your Sticky Notes.

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  • joseph ferrante

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    • Anonymous

      Just keep searching around the jargon, your words are mixed in with the symbols. Have to search for it :)

  • sheetal

    Nice post. But could recover only last deleted sticky note. wanted to recover multiple

    • Carl Cheo

      Do you mean multiple stick notes that are accidentally deleted at the same time? Yes it is possible, try to lookup for the text in the “StickyNotes.snt” file. It is not guaranteed though.

  • ejsorianoruiz

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank! youuuuuuu! :)

    • Carl Cheo

      You are welcome :)

  • Saikat

    Thanks a lot! Recovered the whole bunch of notes! My friend intentionally deleted all my notes today…google helped me find you and you to find .snt ! Thanks again

    • Carl Cheo

      You’re welcome Saikat. Wow you friend is bad ;).

  • Anonymous

    thak uuuuuuuuuuu

    • Carl Cheo


  • Paul Nichols

    Thanks for helping out with a sticky situation!

    • Carl Cheo

      Glad that it helps Paul!

  • vijay

    thank you…

    • Carl Cheo

      You are welcome Vijay :D.

  • Santosh


    • Carl Cheo

      Welcome Santosh!

  • t

    Thanks, your “Restore to Previous version” was the clincher!

    • Carl Cheo

      You’re welcome, glad that the alternative solution helps.

  • Navajyothi

    Wonderful post!! thank you very much, Keep up the good work.

    • Carl Cheo

      Thanks! I will :)

  • John

    Thank you so freakin much!!!!!!!! I love you!

    • Carl Cheo

      Love you too John XD

  • Anonymous

    I was so upset when I couldn’t find my note. Had some important stuff and don’t know who deleted it.
    Thank you SO SO SO SO SO much for this! Really saved me!

    • Carl Cheo

      You’re welcome :) . Haven’t visit this post for quite some time, I’m glad that it helps out a lot of people.

  • nyayang chuol

    where do i right click from ?

    • Carl Cheo

      Hi there, which one are you talking about?

  • rahulK

    thanks …its really worked but i just need to recover my deleted sticky note though i got but that .snt file has a lot of garbage text. could it possible to filter them.

  • Teja

    Thanks a lot buddy.. you made my day…

  • Andrew Loughery

    All that happens for me is, my computer says that the file cannot be found. As well as to check to make sure the path and file are correct.

    • Carl Cheo

      Seems like your Sticky Notes aren’t stored in the system. Sorry couldn’t help!

  • Amarnath

    With the restore previous version option, I am able to restore till 12 Nov 2014. But my sticky notes was created on 5 Dec 2012. Please help me to recover,

    • Carl Cheo

      Hi Amarnath, unfortunately there’s no way to recover earlier versions if your PC doesn’t capture them.

  • Tamala

    Hi. Windows 8 does not seem to have this .snt file. Is there another way to find them on Windows 8?

    • Carl Cheo

      Hi Tamala, yes it does exist on Windows 8. Unfortunately it seems like your PC doesn’t keep it when you delete your Sticky Notes.

      • ScandallB

        Try searching your computer for the StickyNotes.snt file through Windows Explorer.

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  • Richard Rosson

    I love you and want your babies! Thanks so much for this buddy :)

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