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By accident, I closed my sticky notes in Windows. Is there any way to recover them?

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how to open sticky notes 'StickyNotes.snt' file: Thanks @Moab – yzorg Jan 16 '13 at 16:17
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There will still be something of a ghost remaining in the file where Sticky Notes save the notes to. This can be found in

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

I was able to recover a deleted note from there simply by searching for a part of its contents and the plain text is usually pretty good copyable from there, unless you have some heavy formatting in the middle of it—then you have to deal with RTF. :-)

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cool.. i was ablt to get almost 80% ... :) – Shoban Sep 20 '09 at 9:04
The joys of file formats that contain deleted junk :-) – Joey Sep 20 '09 at 9:05
This worked perfectly...I just had to take the text and replace "tab" with " " and so forth. – levininja May 8 '15 at 14:00

It is much too easy to delete the sticky notes. Here are two ways to recover:
1) There may be old information left in the file in the App Data directory:

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

2) If your Windows 7 version supports it, right click on the folder and select "Restore Previous Versions" This is useful for getting back a note from yesterday, last week, etc.

Since clicking the [X] on the note actually deletes it, rather than just closing the note, it can be useful to turn on the Sticky Note delete warning.

Open the Registry Editor and navigate to the following key :


Either delete the value PROMPT_ON_DELETE or set its value to 1.

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kickass! exactly what I needed. – Chris Trombley Jan 26 '12 at 17:22

you can restore it to the previous version available open the the file %AppData%\Microsoft\Sticky Notes\StickyNotes.snt

right click on the file stickyNotes.snt and restore it to the previous version available

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