How to fix a faulty Sticky Notes app in Windows 11

Although it only has a basic interface and a handful of features, the Windows Sticky Notes app is surprisingly excellent at its job. However, some Windows 11 users have encountered issues while using the app since they upgraded from an older operating system.

It has been reported that some users couldn’t find the Sticky Notes app at all, while others apparently lost their saved notes. As such, we’ll cover both scenarios and the troubleshooting methods you can use if you encounter them.

What to do if Sticky Notes app disappeared on Windows 11

Sometimes Sticky Notes app suddenly becomes unavailable on Windows 11 computers. This can be due to various factors like outdated operating system or corrupt Sticky Notes app.

If while launching the application you get an error message stating “the application is currently not available for you”, then try the fixes mentioned below to fix the problem.

1. Update Windows

If it’s been a while since you’ve updated Windows, now might be the time to do so. An outdated system is prone to issues such as non-working applications. This can be due to compatibility issues, generic inconsistencies and other corruption errors which negatively impact the system performance.

Here’s how to update Windows:

  1. press the To win + I keys together to open the Settings app.
  2. Picking out Windows Update from the left pane.
  3. You should now see a list of pending updates that need to be installed. You can also click on the Check for updates button to search for them.
  4. Click on the Download and install button for each update and wait for the process to complete.

After the updates are completely installed, restart your computer and on restart check if the issue is resolved.

2. Update the Sticky Notes app

It’s also possible that the Sticky Notes app itself is outdated. If so, you can update the app through the Microsoft Store.

Here’s how:

  1. Hurry Win + S to open Windows Search, type “Microsoft Store” and click on the result when it appears.
  2. Once the application is launched, click on the Library icon at the bottom left.
  3. Now click on the Get updates button at the top right. The available updates should start installing now.

Wait for the app to update and then check if the issue is resolved.

You can also fix these corruption issues and errors by repairing or resetting the app, as we detailed in our guide on how to repair Sticky Notes app.

We recommend trying to repair the app first. If that doesn’t work, you can reset it. Resetting will bring the app back to its default state and erase all data stored on it, but this will hopefully fix the problem in the process.

3. Re-record Sticky Notes

Another way to fix issues with the Sticky Note app is to re-register the app. This is an offline process and is performed using Windows Powershell.

Follow the steps below to re-register the app:

  1. Type Powershell in Windows Search and click Execute as administrator to launch Powershell with administrative privileges.
  2. In the next window, type the command mentioned below and press Walk in to run it.
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftStickyNotes | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)AppXManifest.xml" -Verbose}

Once the process is complete, see if you can now use the Sticky Notes app. If the problem persists, we recommend that you also reinstall the application using Powershell. Just run Powershell as administrator by following the above steps and then run the command mentioned below.

Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.MicrosoftStickyNotes | Remove-AppxPackage

How to Recover Lost or Missing Sticky Notes

The second most common issue with Sticky Notes app in Windows 11 is that the notes disappear or get lost. If this happens to you, don’t panic. There are several ways to recover your lost notes, and we’ve listed the most effective ones below.

1. Check the “Show all notes” section

If you can’t find your notes in the Sticky Notes app, the first thing you should do is check the “View All Notes” section of Sticky Notes. The app hides old notes by default to make room for new ones, and you might not be able to find what you’re looking for just because of that.

To check the “show all notes” section, launch the app and right-click its icon in the taskbar. Picking out Show all notes in the context menu and see if you can find the required missing parts.

2. Restore a previous version of Sticky Notes

You can also revert the notes app to a previous version where you can access the required notes. Application Restore works very similarly to System Restore, which lets you roll back to an older version of Windows. Check out how to use System Restore on a Windows PC to learn more about how it works.

As for your Sticky Notes app, here’s how to get it back:

  1. Open File Explorer and go to This PC.
  2. Click on the See option located at the top and choose Spectacle > Hidden files.
  3. Enable Show hidden files, folders and drives option and click Apply > OKAY to save changes.
  4. Now navigate to the following location in File Explorer, replacing [Username] with your account name:
  5. Select the plum.sqlite folder and right click on it.
  6. Choose Show more options from the context menu.
  7. Now click on Restore previous versionsand in the next dialog choose the version you want to revert to.
  8. Finally, choose Restore.

Now you can check if this restored your data.

Take notes again without more problems

The methods listed above should help you get your notes app back up and running in no time. If however, you are still unable to fix the problem, you may consider moving to a third-party alternative until Microsoft releases an official fix for the problem. You can also contact Microsoft official support team to make sure they are aware of the issue you are facing.

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