Create pages, sections, or notebooks in OneNote 2016 for Mac

Much like a traditional paper notebook, the electronic notebooks in OneNote are made up of sections and pages. The colorful section tabs at the top of your notebook provide the same easy categorization as the tabs in a typical 5-subject paper notebook. However, with OneNote, you can have as many sections as you want. Similarly, your OneNote sections will never run out of “paper” — you can add more pages whenever you need more space.

If you prefer, you can keep using a single notebook and fill it with additional sections and pages over time, or you can choose to create additional notebooks to keep the information in your life organized separately. For example, you could create separate notebooks for the things you care about at home, at work, and at school. There’s no wrong way to organize your notebooks in OneNote — it adjusts to any preference.

Create a new page

Do the following:

  1. Click the tab of the section in which you want to add more pages, and then do any of the following:

    • On the menu bar, click File > New Page.

    • At the top of the page list near the right side of the OneNote app window, click (+) Add Page.

    • On your keyboard, press Command-N.

  2. Apply a page title when the new page appears. Click the line shown over the page creation date/time stamp at the top of the page, type a description of the notes the page will contain, and then press Return.

Tips: 

  • New pages are automatically added to the bottom of the page list in the current section. You can organize a page by dragging its tab up or down in the page list. Alternately, you can move or copy notes.

  • To rename a page, Control-click its page tab and then click Rename. When the page header text at the top of the page is selected, type the new name for the page.

  • If you accidentally create an extra new page, Control-click its page tab and then click Delete. Be careful — when you delete a page from a notebook section, all of the notes on that page, including any inserted files and attachments, will also be deleted.

Create a new section

Do the following:

  1. In the current notebook, right-click any section tab at the top of the current page, and choose New Section.

  2. Type a title for the new section, and then press Return.

Tips: 

  • New sections are automatically added to the end of the row of section tabs at the top of the page. You can organize a section by dragging its tab to the left or right. Alternately, you can move or copy notes.

  • To rename a section, Control-click its section tab and then click Rename. When the section tab text is selected, type the new name for the section.

  • If you accidentally create an extra new section, Control-click its section tab and then click Delete. Be careful — when you delete a section from your notebook, all of the pages contained in that section, as well as the notes on those pages, will also be deleted.

  • New sections automatically contain one blank new page that you can start to take notes on right away.

  • If you have a lot of sections in your notebook already, you can organize them more easily by using section groups.

Create a new notebook

Do the following:

  1. If necessary, sign into your Microsoft account.

  2. On the menu bar, click File > New Notebook.

  3. Click to select a notebook color.

  4. In the Name box, type a name for the new notebook, and then click Create.

    Tips: 

    • A new notebook is automatically opened as soon as OneNote creates it. You can switch between all of your open notebooks by clicking the current notebook’s name to the left of the section tabs.

    • New notebooks are created on the OneDrive account that you’re currently signed into. If you skipped Step 1 and want to create a notebook on a different account, first sign out of your current account, and then sign into the account you want before you follow the preceding steps.

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