Move or delete misplaced sections in shared notebooks

Misplaced sections may appear when Microsoft Office OneNote 2007 attempts to synchronize changes that were made to a notebook section whose section file cannot be found. In such cases, a Misplaced Sections icon appears near the bottom of the Navigation Bar, above the All Notebooks icon:

The Misplaced Sections button on the OneNote Navigation Bar

1. Notebook icon

2. Unfiled Notes icon

3. Misplaced Sections icon

4. All Notebooks icon

Misplaced sections may also appear in the following situations:

  • You made changes to a section that was deleted in the shared location by another user.

  • You made changes to a section that was moved to a different location by another user. If the section was moved to another shared notebook that is open on your computer, OneNote can rediscover the section file and properly synchronize your changes to it at the new location. In this case, the Misplaced Sections icon disappears after the changes are synchronized.

Misplaced sections remain in the shared notebook until OneNote discovers the new location of the section, or until you or another user moves or deletes the misplaced section.

What do you want to do?

Move a misplaced section to another notebook

Delete a misplaced section from your notebook

Move a misplaced section to another notebook

If a section in a shared notebook can no longer be synchronized but you want to keep the information that it contains, you can move the unsynchronized section to another notebook. This removes it from the shared notebook while preserving its contents.

  1. Right-click the tab of the misplaced section that you want to move, and then click Move on the shortcut menu.

  2. In the Move Section To dialog box, do one of the following:

    • To move the current section in front of another section tab, click the target section tab in the list, and then click Move Before.

    • To move the current section behind another section tab, click the target section tab in the list, and then click Move After.

    • To move the current section into a section group or into a notebook without any existing sections, click the target section group or notebook in the list, and then click Move Into.

      Tip: To create a new section group, select a location in the list, and then click Create New Section Group before you move the current section.

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Delete a misplaced section from your notebook

If a section in a shared notebook was intentionally deleted and you no longer need to synchronize or save your changes, do the following:

  1. At the bottom of the Navigation Bar, click Misplaced Sections Button image .

  2. In the list of misplaced sections, right-click the name of the section that you want to delete, and then click Delete.

    Important: When you delete a misplaced section, the information it contains is permanently discarded. If you are not sure whether to permanently discard a misplaced section, you can move it to another part of your notebook instead of deleting it.

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