Open a notebook in OneNote for Windows 10

When you first start using OneNote for Windows 10, it opens the default notebook for the account that you’ve signed in with. You can begin using this notebook, you can create new notebooks, or you can open additional notebooks from any of your Microsoft accounts (for example, Hotmail, Live.com, or Outlook.com) — or from your work or school accounts.

To open an existing notebook, do the following:

  1. On any page, click the Show Notebooks button Show Notebooks button .

  2. In the Notebooks list, click or tap the name of any currently open notebook that you want to switch to. If the notebook you want isn’t already shown in this list, click or tap More Notebooks.

  3. In the Open More Notebooks window, do either of the following:

    • To open any additional notebook from the account you’re currently signed in with, select its name in the list, and then click or tap Open Notebook.

    • To open a notebook from a different account, click or tap Add Account, sign in with that account when prompted, and then click or tap the name of the notebook you want to open.

Note: OneNote for Windows 10 only supports cloud-based notebooks. If you prefer to store your notes on your computer’s hard drive, you’ll need to use OneNote 2016 for Windows. The OneNote for Windows 10 app won’t be able to read your disk-based OneNote 2016 notebooks unless you move these notebooks to your free OneDrive account and then open them from that location.

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