Monday, October 12, 2009

How to back up or copy Windows 7 sticky notes file

I like the little Sticky Notes feature in Windows 7. There were third party programs you could install to get the same thing in previous operating systems but they were often flaky. The Windows 7 Sticky Notes feature is built-in, simple and just works. However, my immediate question was "how can I back up my notes?" That involved finding the file where the sticky notes data is actually saved. Here's how you do it:
Navigate to Users\ \ AppData \ Roaming \ Microsoft \ Sticky Notes \ Stickynotes.snt
If you don't find it there, or just want to go to the file the easier way, click Start and type stickynotes.snt in the Search box.

Copy the file to another location to back it up, or set up a program like SecondCopy to automatically copy it on a set schedule.

If you have a second Windows 7 computer and want to transfer your notes to it, you can copy this file to a USB stick and then copy it into the same location on the second computer.