Sticky Notes in Windows 10: Tips to use, save, format, backup, restore

If you are a regular Windows 10/8/7 Sticky Notes user, you might find these tips & tricks to use, save, format, backup and restore handy. It also tells you how to turn the Sticky Note delete confirmation box, back on, in case you have turned it off earlier.

Sticky Notes has become a Trusted Windows Store app, so some of these tips may not work for this version. Before you begin, you may want read our post on how to import Sticky Notes from Windows 7 to Windows 10.

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Sticky Notes in Windows 10

  • To open a new Sticky Note, type sticky in start search and hit Enter.
  • To change its size, drag it from its bottom right corner.
  • To change its color, right-click the note and then click the color you want. In Windows 10 v1607 and later, you have to click the 3 dots appearing at the top.
  • To create a new sticky note, click on the ‘+‘ sign in its top left corner.
  • To close a sticky note, right click on its taskbar icon and select ‘Close window’. If you reopen Sticky Notes now, you will see the earlier Notes. The Notes will appear exactly where you left them, even if you restart your Windows computer.
  • To delete a sticky note click on the ‘x‘ mark in its top right corner. In Windows 10 v1607 and later, you have to click you have to click on the ‘trash can’ icon.
  • You can use Windows 10 Sticky Notes to create Cortana Reminders.

Once it’s running and you start making notes, you can use the following keyboard shortcut keys to format its text:

Select the text where required, and then press the desired keys:

  1. Bold: Ctrl+B
  2. Italics: Ctrl+I
  3. Underline: Ctrl+U
  4. Strikethrough: Ctrl+T
  5. Bullet list: Ctrl+Shift+L
  6. Increase size of text: Ctrl+Shift+>
  7. Decrease size of text: Ctrl+Shift+<
  8. See the options when you press Ctrl+Shift+L each time (1 to 5 times).eg. To get Roman numerals: Press 5 times, Ctrl+Shift+L.
  9. Capitalize (or otherwise) highlighted letters: Ctrl+Shift+A
  10. Right Align: Ctrl+R
  11. Center align: Ctrl+E
  12. Left Align: Ctrl+L
  13. Single line space: Ctrl+1
  14. Double line space: Ctrl+2
  15. 1.5 line space: Ctrl+5

Ctrl+A, Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V, etc. of course, work as usual. Know any more? Do share below in the comments!

Read: How to attach Sticky Note to an Outlook email.

Backup, Save, Restore Sticky Notes

Starting with Windows 10 Anniversary Update version 1607, Sticky Notes has become a Trusted Windows Store app, so this procedure may not work. To backup Sticky Notes in Windows 10 1607 and later, do the following:

Copy all the files and folder from the following location to another place:

%UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftStickyNotes_8wekyb3d8bbwe

Specifically speaking your Notes are stored in a file named plum.sqlite, which is an an SQLite file, located in the following folder:

%UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftStickyNotes_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalState

You may copy this plum.sqlite  elsewhere as a backup and use it as well to restore on the same or different Windows 10 computer.

Those using earlier versions, you can backup the Windows Sticky Notes by backing up this file to another location:

C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Sticky Notes\StickyNotes.snt

You may have to show hidden/system files via the Folder Options.

To restore it, delete the sticky notes from your desktop and copy-paste the backed up one into this folder:

C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Sticky Notes folder

How To Retrieve Back The Lost Notes, After Closing Windows Vista’s Sidebar Notes Gadget may interest some Windows Vista users.

Sticky Notes will not start up on boot

If your Sticky Note is open on your desktop during Windows shutdown, it will re-open automatically on startup. If for some strange reason you find that this does not happen, then you may create a desktop shortcut of Sticky Notes and place it in your Windows Startup folder. Use %windir%\system32\StikyNot.exe for the location field.

Read: Sticky Notes crashes frequently.

Turn the Sticky Note delete warning back on

If you have at any point, on selecting delete,  opted to NOT have the confirmation box shows up again, by selecting Don’t Display this message again, and would now like to get this delete confirmation box, here is the way to do it.

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Open Registry Editor and navigate to the following key :

stickyreg

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Applets\StickyNotes

Now delete the value called PROMPT_ON_DELETE or set its value to 1.

If you do not want to touch the Windows registry, you could simply download our freeware FixWin to fix the issue, quickly.

Read: How to use Sticky Notes in Windows 10 to send Email.

Change Sticky Notes Font

Windows uses the Segoe Print font. Changing the default is not supported in Sticky Notes. What you can do is type your text in the desired font in a text editor like Word, and copy-paste it here. The Sticky Note should display the text in that font. Let us know if this works for you.

Sticky Notes v3.0 in Windows 10 v1809

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Sticky Notes v3.0 lets you Sync Notes, Export Notes to Outlook and more!

Read next: Windows 10 Sticky Notes location.

See this post if you see Check your account, Sticky Notes is currently not available to you message.

How to minimize Windows Sticky Notes to your notification area. You can also password protect Notes in Windows using some of these free Sticky Notes software. If you have any questions, please address them to TWC Forum thread on Sticky Notes.

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