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I had a factory reset on my windows 7 64 bit and now I can not find my sticky notes that I had previously. I did a back up but I do not know where they are located on the external hard drive. Please help, also I have carbonite back up. I need to know the location please and how to restore them to my new reformatted computer. Thanks
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IF you have a backup of your old hard drive, then you should be able to find a copy of the sticky notes in : <drive>\users\appdata\roaming\microsoft\stickynotes\StickyNotes.snt

Simply copy that file to : %APPDATA%\Microsoft\StickyNotes on your new computer.
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I did that but it has adobe file as the program to open with how can I open it and view my old sticky notes, I believe previously it had a "shell common" to open with but I don't know how to restore that file to open with it, please help
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by:George Khairallah
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Actually,  you don't need to open the file,  just place it in the location I stated above,  then open the sticky notes app,  and your notes should show up there.  

The .snt file is the sticky notes database file,  I don't believe you will be able to read its contents with notepad.
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by:Basem Khawaja
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I did copy to folder on the sticky notes in my Toshiba HD to the same location on my C drive and it called it sticky notes 2 since there was a note there already. and I tried opening sticky notes from start menu and it still only opened that 1 note that I entered after restoration. I think it is not working because I tried to open it in the Toshiba HD with adobe reader and now the adobe reader icon is on the folder image I am not sure if that has anything to do with it .the newest sticky note has the same adobe icon on the folder and it opened. Once again I think if you can show me how to re instate file association of sticky notes when you open properties it said open with ?? shell commons something like that , it may work.I do not how to retrieve that . Thanks
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by:George Khairallah
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Ok . I'm going to give you a solution for both your problems, though, the issue with the wrong file association for opening the snt file is not the issue here. Here's how to change that however.  
Keep in mind, that the .snt file is not supposed to be opened by anything by the sticky notes app anyway, so, the association in this case doesn't really matter anyway.

To change that, go to your start menu, and in the search field type: Defaults
Then click on "Associate a file type or protocol with a specific program. Then find .snt, and click on Change program, and associate it with whatever you like.

As for your Sticky Notes database. The Sticky notes database will only open the StickyNotes.snt, not the StickyNotes2.snt
So take your backup file, and just name it stickynotes.snt (remove the 2)... then open the Sticky Notes, and that should bring your notes back. I tested it on my machine, and it worked.
Let me know how that goes.

Thanks,
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GKhairallah you are a true genius my brother. It worked, But I want to ask you can I save them into a word document or flash drive in order to print them , Is that possible ? Shookrun
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George Khairallah earned 500 total points
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No problem Basem.  
Regarding the export of the sticky notes.
This utility is actually meant for short term notes, so there isn't anything native that will allow you to export stuff.

Technically, you can create a word document, and copy / paste the contents into a word document and save it.

Another solution could be this utility:
http://helpingthings.com/index.php/list-windows-7-sticky-notes 

Check it out, and see if it meets your needs.

Cheers,
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