Sticky Notes Invisible? Off Screen? Disappeared? Solution

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by howsbentley, Oct 26, 2008.

  1. howsbentley macrumors newbie

    Aug 24, 2008
    I create a sticky note (Mac Sticky Note - not Widget sticky) and don’t see anything on the screen - no note is visible. From the Stickies Menu Bar, I can see the note was created by selecting the “Windows” menu item, but the note is nowhere to be seen on the desktop.

    I searched other forums and found this solution.

    Open Finder, in ‘Places’ select your user. Go to the Library and drag the file “StickiesDatabase” to your desktop. In the Library folder, select "Preferences" folder and find the file “”. Drag that file to the desktop. Open a Sticky note and it should be on your screen.

    I didn’t like having these files on my new. clean desktop, so I did this. I switched to another user and copied the same files and overwrote the current files in my user library and preferences folders.

    I imagine this would overwrite any saved notes in my library, but in my case that was not an issue.

    If you only have one user, my solution to get the files off my desktop would require that you set up another user?

    I don’t pretend to understand how or why the solution works. Just thought I would share what worked for me.

  2. porridge111 macrumors newbie

    Aug 11, 2008
    an easier way…

    if they are located on another monitor or something, I would think that all you would need to do was window > sort by > one of the options I have never ran into this issue, so I'm guessing, but I'm pretty sure it would work!
  3. O'CTS macrumors newbie

    Mar 30, 2011
    I had this same problem. In fact, it was a bit worse. As soon as I opened Stickies, I deleted the two default instructional notes that it presents. Any new notes I created were invisible so I had no notes at all. (I could see that they had been created by clicking on "window" in the menu bar.)

    I found "StickiesDatabase" and dragged it to the trash. The program created a new file in the original location and that gave me the program's two original instructional notes back -- but new notes were still invisible.

    Then I found this thread. I dragged both "StickiesDatabase" & "" to the desktop as suggested. THAT FIXED THE PROBLEM! Thanks!

    But then I noticed that two new replacement files had been created in their original locations. So I dragged the old files from the desktop to the trash and emptied it. Everything still works fine. The program is using the two new files it created -- not the ones on the desktop.

    The problem was likely that "" had become corrupted. Deleting it and letting the program recreate it is probably what fixed the problem. I doubt that you need to keep the old files on the desktop anywhere -- at least not in OS X 10.5.8 which is what I'm using.

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