How to Fix Sticky Notes Not Working on Windows

Stickyapp Not Working Fi Windows

Sticky Notes is a built-in Windows app that helps users jot down quick bits of information, such as text or links, and also supports adding images. Notes can be synced across devices, including phones and other Windows PCs. If you have encountered issues with the app not opening or functioning correctly, this tutorial offers troubleshooting tips to help resolve the problem.

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Basic Troubleshooting

Before diving into the specifics, let's look at a few basic troubleshooting steps that may resolve the Sticky Notes issue without additional steps involved:

  • Check your Internet connection: while you can write a Sticky Note even if you're offline, you need a network connection to save and load the notes. As a result, you should first verify your Internet connection is working as intended. If your Wi-Fi is not working for some reason, check out our post that includes solutions. Alternatively, if your Ethernet connection is acting up, take a look at our dedicated post.
  • Restart your computer: rebooting your PC can be an easy fix for a number of issues. Doing so will terminate any problematic background processes or software that may be running and allow for a fresh start.
  • Close other note-taking apps: if you use additional third-party note-taking apps, make sure you terminate them from Task Manager, then check whether you can open Sticky Notes.

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1. Disable Insights Feature

The Sticky Notes app features an Insights feature that allows Cortana and Bing to read note information and perform actions, such as converting phone numbers to clickable call links. However, this feature may interfere with the app's functionality, so it is better to disable it.

Click the three-dot icon at the top right in the Sticky Notes app.

Clicking the three dots button in Sticky Notes app.

Click "Notes list."

Selecting "Notes list" in in Sticky Notes app.

Press the gear icon at the top right.

Pressing gear icon in Sticky Notes app.

Under the "General" section, toggle the "Enable insights" field to off.

Toggling "Enable insights" option in in Sticky Notes app.

2. Repair/Reset Sticky Notes

Windows provides a built-in option to repair or reset the Sticky Notes app. Though the app's data won't be affected during repair, it will get deleted if you use the reset option. Therefore, backing up your notes before trying this fix is better.

Press Win + R to launch the Run dialog, type the following path in the box, and click "OK."

Typing command in Run window.

In the File Explorer dialog that opens, select the file titled "plum.sqlite," and click the "Copy" icon in the top bar.

Selecting plum.sqlite in File Explorer.

Next, paste the file into a different folder or an external hard drive/USB drive.

Pasting folder from File Explorer to new location.

Repair or reset the Sticky Notes app without concern.

Type "Sticky Notes" in Windows Search, and click "App settings" in the right pane of the results.

Clicking on "App settings" button for Sticky Notes in Windows Search.

First, let's try to repair the app. Scroll down and click the "Repair" button.

Clicking the "Repair" button for Sticky Notes.

If you don't see any improvements in the Sticky Notes app, click the "Reset" button below the repair option.

Clicking "Reset" button for Sticky Notes.

Finally, click "Reset" in the confirmation that pops up.

Clicking "Reset" again in confirmation pop-up.

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3. Reinstall Sticky Notes

Are you still facing issues with Sticky Notes, even after repairing and/or resetting the app? This option requires you to uninstall the app, then reinstall it from the Microsoft Store.

Go to the "App settings" of the Sticky Notes app, as explained in the previous section.

Click the "Uninstall" button in the "Uninstall" section.

Clicking "Uninstall" button in Sticky Notes app settings.

Click "Uninstall" in the small pop-up to remove the Sticky Notes app.

Clicking "Uninstall" button in confirmation pop-up.

Next up, click the Start menu on the taskbar, and launch the Microsoft Store.

Selecting Microsoft Store from Start menu.

Use the search bar to find the Sticky Notes app.

Searching for Sticky Notes app in Microsoft Store.

Click the "Get" button to download and install the Sticky Notes app.

Clicking the "Get" button next to Sticky Notes listing in Microsoft Store.

Once the installation has been completed, launch the Sticky Notes app to see whether it works properly. Reinstalling the app won't affect the notes you created earlier; you can access them as before.

4. Troubleshooting Microsoft Store Apps

If the Sticky Notes problem is ongoing, try troubleshooting your Microsoft Apps.

In Windows 11, there is an option to update the Microsoft Store. Click the Start menu, launch the Microsoft Store app, then click "Library" at the bottom.

Clicking "Library" button in Microsoft Store app.

Click "Get Updates" at the top. If there is an update, it will be installed automatically.

Clicking on "Get updates"" button in Microsoft Store app.

Verify that you've installed the latest Windows updates so that you can ensure that your Microsoft apps are working as intended.

In Windows 10, Microsoft has a dedicated troubleshooter tool to fix issues with Microsoft Store apps. Access it by going to "Settings -> Update & security -> Troubleshoot -> Windows Store Apps." Click the "Run the troubleshooter" button to launch the utility.

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5. Reregister the App

Sometimes, reregistering Sticky Notes will help you resolve unknown issues. Use Microsoft PowerShell to reregister the app.

Press Win + X on your keyboard, and click "Terminal (Admin)" to launch PowerShell. Click "Yes" if any pop-up appears to allow the app in admin mode.

Clicking on Terminal (Admin) from WinX menu.

Close the Sticky Notes app and all other opened notes, type the following command In PowerShell, and press the Enter key.

Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftStickyNotes | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml" -Verbose}
Typing command to re-register app in PowerShell.

Once the command is successfully executed, check whether the issue has been resolved by opening the Sticky Notes app.

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Bring Back Note-Taking

If you're having trouble with Sticky Notes, consider using physical notes or third-party note-taking apps like Obsidian on your Windows computer. Of course, you can also take notes on your mobile device as well. iOS users can use the default Notes app, which is pretty handy. If you're using Android, check out the best note-taking app options.

Image credit: Pixabay. All screenshots by Meenatchi Nagasubramanian.

Meenatchi Nagasubramanian
Meenatchi Nagasubramanian

Meenatchi is always passionate about learning new technological advancements and would love to try out new gadgets, software, and apps. After quitting her career as an Embedded Software Developer in 2009, she took up a career in content writing.

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