Create pages, sections, or notebooks in OneNote for iPad or iPhone

Notebooks in OneNote are made up of sections and pages. Pages contain your actual notes, whereas sections contain collections of related pages. Each notebook can have as many sections as you want, and any section can have as many pages as you want. Similarly, your pages will never run out of “paper” — you can keep adding more space to any page whenever you need it.

Depending on your preference, you use a single notebook and fill it with additional sections and pages over time, or you can choose to create several additional notebooks to keep the information in your life organized separately. For example, you could create separate notebooks for the things you care about at home, at work, and at school. There’s no wrong way to stay organized in OneNote — it’s up to you!

Create a new page

To create more space in your notebook, you can add as many pages as you want.

  1. Do the following:

    • iPad: At the bottom of the page list, tap + Page.

    • iPhone: At the bottom of the page list, tap + Page. If you’re currently editing a page, first tap the Show Notebooks button button in the upper corner to display the page list.

  2. When you’re ready to use one of the new pages, type a page title into its page header area. Meaningful page titles make it easier to find information whenever you search your notebooks.

Create a new section

Sections in OneNote are like the color tabs in a typical 5-subject paper notebook that hold a separate collection of pages. However, in OneNote, you can have as many sections as you want.

  1. Do the following:

    • iPad: At the bottom of the section list, tap + Section.

    • iPhone: At the bottom of the section list, tap + Section. If you’re currently editing a page, first tap the Show Notebooks button button in the upper corner until it displays the section list.

  2. Type a name for the new section, and then tap Done.

New sections always contain one blank new page. You can start taking notes on this page, create your own, or move pages from other sections into the new one.

Create a new notebook

You can create additional notebooks at any time to keep your work and your projects organized separately. Multiple notebooks also make it easier to keep personal notes private while at the same time sharing selected notebooks with others whenever you want to collaborate on a project or plan.

To create a new notebook, do the following:

  1. If necessary, sign into the account where you want to create a new OneNote notebook.

  2. Tap the Show Notebooks button Show Notebooks button .

  3. At the bottom of the notebook list, tap + Notebook.

  4. Type a descriptive name into the Name box.

  5. Tap Create.

    Tips: 

    • A new notebook is automatically opened as soon as OneNote creates it. You can find all of your open notebooks and easily switch between them by tapping the Show Notebooks button Show Notebooks button .

    • By default, new notebooks are created on the OneDrive account that you’re currently signed in with. If you skipped Step 1 and you want to create a notebook on a different account, you must first sign into the account you want before following the rest of the preceding steps.

See Also

Rename pages, sections, or notebooks

Delete pages, sections, or notebooks

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