Create a link in OneNote 2016 for Windows

When you type a web address, also called a URL, in your notes, OneNote 2016 automatically formats it as a clickable link.

For example, if you type http://www.microsoft.com or www.microsoft.com, OneNote would format either URL style as a link you can click to open the Microsoft website.

You can also manually add links in your notes.

  1. Click Insert > Link.

    Screenshot of the Insert Link button in OneNote 2016.

  2. In the Link dialog box, type a description of the link destination into the Text to display box. If you selected text before you inserted the link, this field will be filled in for you.

    Note: You can skip this step if you’re creating a link for an image.

  3. In the Address box, type or paste the full web address, and click OK.

Link text is formatted as blue, underlined text. When you click a link on your page, OneNote switches to your default web browser to open the link destination. If the link or link text is wrong, you can always change or remove a link.

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Creating an email link

You can add an email address and make it a link on a page too.

  1. Click Insert > Link.

  2. In the Link dialog box, type a description of the link destination into the Text to display box. If you selected text before you inserted the link, this field will be filled in for you.

  3. In the Address box, type mailto: followed by the email address (without spaces), and click OK.

    When you click the email address it will open a new, blank email in Outlook, or your default mail app.

Creating a link to another page in OneNote

You can link to another page in your notes so you don't have to search for related content.

  1. Right-click the page tab that you want to link to, and Click Copy Link to Page.

  2. On the page where you want to add the link, click Insert > Link.

  3. In the Link dialog box, type a description of the link destination into the Text to display box. If you selected text before you inserted the link, this field will be filled in for you.

  4. In the Address box, paste (Ctrl+V) the page link you copied in Step 1, and click OK.

    When you click the link it will take you to the page you linked to.

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