Create and save in OneNote

Create a notebook

The first time you start OneNote, it creates a notebook for you. You can create additional notebooks for whatever you want.

  1. Open OneNote.

  2. Select File > New.

  3. Select a cloud storage location such as OneDrive or SharePoint.

  4. Type a name for the notebook in the Notebook Name box.

  5. Select Create Notebook.

Screenshot of how to create a new OneNote notebook.

Open a notebook

  1. Select File > Open.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Select the notebook in the Open from OneDrive pane.

    • Select the notebook in the Recent list.

    • Select the notebook storage location in the Open from other locations list, and then navigate to and select the notebook.

Screenshot of the Open From OneDrive area of the Open page of the Backstage view.

Create a section

  • Select Create a New Section Create a New Section button to the right of the existing section tabs.

  • Right-click an existing section tab and select New Section.

Rename a section

  • Double-click the section tab, type the new name, and then press Enter.

  • Right-click the section tab, select Rename, type the new name, and then press Enter.

Change the section color

  • Right-click the section tab, select Section Color, and then select the color you want.

Add a new section in OneNote.

Add a page

  • Select Plus sign in circle Add Page at the top of the right pane.

  • Point to the left margin of the pages in the right pane and select the location where you want to insert a new page.

Add more pages to your notebooks.

Create a page from a template

  1. Select Insert > Page Templates.

    (Select the button, not the arrow.)

  2. Expand the categories in the Templates task pane.

  3. Select a template name from the list to create a page. Press Ctrl+Z if you don’t want the page you created. Repeat until you find one you prefer.

Tip: You can't apply a template to an existing note page. Instead, add a template page and then copy your notes to it.

Screenshot of a notebook page created from a meeting template. The Templates pane is open.

Rename a page

  • Select the page title at the top of the page and replace it with the page title you want.

  • Right-click the page title in the right pane and select Rename. Then replace the page title.

Right-click a page tab to give your page a new name.
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