Import notes from Evernote into OneNote 2016 for Mac

Welcome! We’re happy to see you here and look forward to helping you make the switch from Evernote to OneNote. This article outlines the steps required to import your notes from Evernote to OneNote for Mac and offers answers to questions you might have about transferring your content.

The OneNote Importer finds any Evernote content on your Mac and sends it to OneNote. You can choose any Microsoft Account to use with OneNote, no matter if it’s a personal Hotmail, Live.com, or Outlook.com account, or a Microsoft Account given to you by your work or your school. You likely already have such an account, but you can just as easily create a new one for free.

If you only ever use Evernote on the Web, we recommend exporting your notes from Evernote for Mac or Windows to an Evernote export (.enex) file.

Before you begin

Here is what you’ll need to import your Evernote notes into OneNote 2016 for Mac:

  • Any Mac running OS X El Capitan version 10.11 or later (required).

  • Evernote for Mac (optional, but this speeds up the migration process).
    If you have Evernote for Mac installed, sign in with your Evernote account, and then make sure that your latest notes are completely synced before you begin importing to OneNote.


How to use the OneNote Importer

When you’re ready to import your notes from Evernote to OneNote, do the following:

  1. On your Mac that has Evernote installed, visit https://www.onenote.com/import-evernote-to-onenote and then click Download the Importer. Your download of the OneNote Importer should start automatically.

    Note: If you get an alert that the OneNote Importer is from an unidentified developer, navigate to your Mac’s System Preferences > Security and Privacy, and then select the option to open the Importer from there.

  2. When the OneNote Importer has finished downloading, double-click the installer file on your Mac, and then follow the prompts:

    • Accept the End User License Agreement.

    • If you have Evernote for Mac installed and you have all of your notes synced locally, then the OneNote Importer will automatically discover your Evernote notebooks. From the list that is displayed, select the Evernote notebooks that you want to import into OneNote.

      Important: The OneNote Importer won’t be able to automatically locate your notes if you originally installed Evernote from the Mac App Store. You’ll need to download and install Evernote for Mac directly from the Evernote website for the OneNote Importer to successfully find and import your notes. Alternately, you can import notes from an Evernote export (.enex) file that you can create with your current version of Evernote (see the FAQ below if you need help with creating this file). To start importing, click Import a file instead in the OneNote Importer, and then select the .enex file that contains your Evernote notes.

      Tip: To speed up the migration process, we recommend splitting up any Evernote notebook that’s bigger than 1GB into smaller notebooks before importing.

    • Select the Microsoft Account (Hotmail, Live, or Outlook.com) that you want to use with OneNote, or an account given to you by your work or your school.

  3. Click Import. As soon as the process is complete, you can view your notes in OneNote for Mac (you can download it here if you don’t already have it).

  4. When you start OneNote after importing notes, your most recent Evernote notebook will be displayed. You can manually open other notebooks to see the rest of your notes.

As soon as you finish importing notes into OneNote, you can easily access them on the Web as well as Mac, iOS, Windows, and Android. If you haven’t already done so, be sure to install OneNote on all of your devices.


Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to some common questions about the OneNote Importer. If your question isn’t listed here, please leave it in the “Was this information helpful?” feedback form at the end of this article.


  • Does Evernote need to be installed?
    No, Evernote does not need to be installed if you already have an exported Evernote file (.enex) of your notes. However, importing notes is a bit faster on a Mac that has Evernote installed because you won’t need to first export your notes to a file.


  • What happens if Evernote isn’t installed?
    You can import notes with an exported Evernote (.enex) file.


  • My Evernote notebooks weren’t detected automatically. What happened?
    Try the following:

    • Be sure that you have downloaded and installed Evernote from the Evernote website (not the Mac App Store version) for the importer to automatically detect your notes. If you previously downloaded Evernote from the Mac App Store, uninstall the Mac App Store version, and then install Evernote for Mac from the Evernote website. Sign in, sync your notes, and then try running the OneNote Importer again.

    • OneNote can’t detect Evernote notebooks if a dialog box is open in Evernote. Check to see if any dialog boxes or screen prompts are open in Evernote and then close them before running the OneNote Importer again.

    If you’re still having issues, try quitting Evernote and then running the OneNote Importer again.


  • How do I generate an exported Evernote file?
    From any Mac or Windows PC that has Evernote installed, start Evernote, select the notes you want to export, and then click File > Export to to save them to an .enex file. Transfer this file to the Mac on which you want to run the OneNote Importer.


  • Are any file types other than .enex files supported for import?
    No, not at this time.


  • Does this work for Evernote Plus and Evernote Premium?
    Yes, you can use notes from either version of Evernote.


  • Does OneNote need to be installed?
    No, we’ll do the import through cloud magic. However, you can choose to install OneNote at any time from http://www.onenote.com/download.


  • Can I import notes to OneNote and have them stored locally on my Mac?
    No, you’ll need to use a free Microsoft Account (Hotmail, Live, or Outlook.com) to import and use your notes.


  • What account types are supported for storing notes in OneNote?
    You can sign in with a free personal Microsoft Account or an account given to you by your work or your school.


  • What will my notes look like in OneNote?
    We’ll create a new OneNote notebook for each Evernote notebook. Each Evernote page will be a page in OneNote. Optionally, you can also use Evernote tags to organize your notes within your notebook. Each tag will become a section in OneNote that contains the pages that are tagged with that term.


  • What happens if I have Evernote pages with multiple tags? Will I get duplicate pages in OneNote?
    No, we’ll only look at the first tag to determine where we place that page. To make things easy to find, we’ll write every tag that you had in Evernote on the OneNote page so you can find everything easily through OneNote’s instant search.


  • Will attachments like PDF files and JPG images get imported?
    Yes, attachments like PDF files and images will be imported along with your notes.


  • Is there anything that won’t get imported?
    Some things like ink, encrypted text, background colors, and reminders will not show up in OneNote.


  • How long will the import take?
    Depending on how much content is being imported and the speed of your Internet connection, importing your notes may take just a few minutes to several hours. You’ll be shown a progress indicator during the import to give you an idea of the estimated amount of time remaining.


  • Why am I seeing a blank screen after I sign in?
    This is a known issue with low network connectivity. Please check your network connection and then try again.


  • How do I find my imported notebooks in OneNote?
    If you imported multiple notebooks , we will open one of your notebooks in OneNote. Follow these steps to open your other notebooks:

    OneNote 2016 for Mac — Click File > Open Notebook or press Command-O.

    OneNote Online — Click the Notebooks button at the top of the left pane to see all of your notebooks.


  • What platforms is the OneNote Importer supported on?
    You can run the importer on Mac OS X El Capitan 10.11 or higher, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10. Stay tuned for news about support for additional platforms.


  • Do you have a converter for other note-taking applications?
    No, not at this time. Stay tuned for news about support for additional apps.


  • Where can I learn more about OneNote?
    Head on over to http://www.onenote.com for more information about OneNote and to download any of the OneNote desktop and mobile apps.


See also

Download the OneNote Importer

Send Feedback about the OneNote Importer

Report an Issue with the OneNote Importer


Learn more about OneNote

OneNote 2016 for Mac

OneNote Online

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