I recently installed a new hard drive in my Macbook Pro for a fresh installation of OSX Lion.

How can I get my dashboard stickies from the old hard disk without using migration assistant?


You'll need to copy two files from the old installation of OSX:


The first tells Dashboard which Widgets to show, the second contains your notes.

Copy these to your new ~/Library/Preferences and you should be good.

You'll need to restart, logout and login, or kill the Dock, for example by opening Terminal and running killall Dock.

It worked for me - but I should warn that my home path was the same on the old install and new install.

  • While we're on the subject, have you found a way to get stickies to retain type and size information? There is a "use as default" menu item but it has no effect (for me anyway). – Richard Jul 4 '12 at 12:25
  • I don't know if I've ever been able to resize the stickies on the dashboard, sorry I'm of no help. – Chris Jul 4 '12 at 16:02
  • Chris: resizing is not the problem (it's easy), remembering a default typeface and size is my question. I find the default 10 pt Helvetica (or whatever it is) tough to read and prefer a larger typeface. I'd like all new stickies to assume that size and typeface. I thought if I just changed one to what I wanted, then chose "use as default" it would work. It has never worked for me. I'm wondering if you or anyone else has ever had this work. I should probably post this as a new question... – Richard Jul 4 '12 at 20:15

Make sure that you guys are in the users library (Users/Your username/Library) which I believe is hidden by default. This is different than the computer's Library folder (contains application support and all the other non-user dependent stuff).

I was able to find the file there when I originally thought it would be in the main library folder.

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