Resolve misplaced sections in OneNote 2016 for Windows

Misplaced sections appear in a notebook when OneNote 2016 tries to sync changes to a notebook section, but can't find the section file. When that happens, a Misplaced Sections icon appears in your Notebook list.

Misplaced sections will stay in the shared notebook until OneNote finds the new location of the section, or until you or someone else moves or deletes the misplaced section.

Note: Moving and deleting misplaced sections is different than rearranging a section or deleting a section that you don't want.

Move a misplaced section to another notebook

If a section in a shared notebook can’t be synced, but you want to keep the information it contains, move the unsynced section to another notebook.

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

  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 choose Move Before.

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

Delete a misplaced section from your notebook

If you intentionally delete a section and no longer need to sync or save changes to it, you can delete the misplaced section.

  1. Click Misplaced Sections in the Notebooks list.

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

Important:  When you follow the previous steps, you delete a section permanently. If you aren’t sure you want to do that, move the section to another part of your notebook instead.

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