Rearrange section tabs and page tabs in OneNote for Windows

OneNote doesn't automatically organize or alphabetize section or page tabs. You can keep your notebooks organized by arranging your section tabs and page tabs in a way that is meaningful to you.

Rearrange section tabs

Section tabs run across the top of your notebook and are a great way to organize your content by topic or subject area. You can change the order of sections anytime.

  • In the row of sections near the top of the page, drag a tab left or right until it's in the position where you want it.

    A small arrow will appear in the spaces between other sections as you move the mouse, so you’ll know where the tab will end up when you release the mouse button.

Tip:  If you make a mistake, press Ctrl+Z to undo your changes and try again.

You can add new sections and create section groups to help you stay organized. Section groups let you combine sections into a group of their own, so it's easier to navigate through section tabs in large notebooks.

Rearrange page tabs

Page tabs run down the side of your notebook and are a helpful way to organize content in a section.

  • In the page tabs column along the side, drag a page tab up or down until it's in the position where you want it.

    A horizontal bar will appear in the spaces between other pages as you move the mouse so you’ll know where the tab will end up when you release the mouse button.

To further organize your notebooks, you can create more pages and establish a hierarchy by creating subpages.

Note:  To rename a page tab or section tab, right-click the tab, and choose Rename.

In Microsoft Office OneNote 2007, you can organize and rearrange the tabs that represent your pages, sections, and notebooks, in any order you want. This is useful if you want to maintain well-organized notes.

Drag notebook, section, and page tabs where you want them

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Rearrange page tabs in a section

Rearrange section tabs in a notebook

Rearrange open notebooks on the Navigation Bar

Rearrange page tabs in a section

Rearrange page tabs when you want to move related notes on different pages closer together or you want to arrange information into a specific sequence, such as chronological order.

  1. In the list of page tabs, click the tab that you want to move to a different position.

  2. Drag the page tab up or down in the list until a small, black triangle appears.

    Drag a page tab to a new position

  3. Continue dragging until the triangle points to the position where you want to move the page tab to, and then release the mouse button.

Tip: If you begin dragging a page tab and change your mind about changing its position, press ESC to cancel. If you finish dragging a page tab to a new position and then change your mind, press CTRL+Z to undo the change.

Rearrange section tabs in a notebook

Rearrange section tabs when you want to arrange the subjects in your notebook into a specific sequence, such as alphabetical order.

  1. In the list of section tabs, click the tab that you want to move to a different position.

  2. Drag the section tab left or right until a small, black triangle appears.

    Drag a section tab to a new position

  3. Continue dragging until the triangle points to the position where you want to move the page tab to, and then release the mouse button.

Tip: If you begin dragging a section tab and change your mind about changing its position, press ESC to cancel. If you finish dragging a section tab to a new position and then change your mind, press CTRL+Z to undo the change.

Rearrange open notebooks on the Navigation Bar

Rearrange notebooks in the Navigation Bar for faster access to the notebooks you use most frequently.

  1. In the Navigation Bar, click the notebook that you want to move to a different position.

  2. Drag the notebook icon up or down until a horizontal insertion point appears.

    Drag a notebook tab to a new position

  3. Continue dragging until the insertion point is at the position where you want to move the page tab to, and then release the mouse button.

Tip: If you begin dragging a notebook and change your mind about changing its position, press ESC to cancel. If you finish dragging a notebook to a new position on the Navigation Bar and then change your mind, press CTRL+Z to undo the change.

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