Search notes and navigate results

One of the main advantages of OneNote over paper notebooks is how quickly you can search through all of your notes to find what you’re looking for.
 

Search for text on the current page

You can scope your search to a single page.

  1. Press Ctrl+F.

  2. In the Find on page search box that opens in the upper-right corner, type a keyword or phrase.

    Use Ctrl+F to find words on a specific page

    As you type, OneNote begins highlighting any matches on the page.

  3. To cycle through multiple search results, use the small, blue up and down arrows next to the search box.

  4. When you’re finished your search, press Esc.

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Search for text across multiple notebooks

To search for a keyword or phrase in all of your notebooks, do the following:

  1. Press Ctrl+E.

  2. In the search box that opens in the upper-right corner, type a keyword or phrase.

    Use Search to look for notes anywhere in OneNote.

    As you type, OneNote begins highlighting any matches.

  3. Click any of the search results to retrieve the matching note.

Notes: 

  • If you want to narrow the search scope, click the (Change) link next to the All Notebooks text at the top of the search window and then click the search scope you want (for example, the current notebook only). The results will be refreshed with the new scope applied.

  • To cycle through a large number of search results more easily and use the available sorting functions, with your cursor in the search results window, press Atl+O. The Search Results pane will open so you can adjust the search scope and or specify a search results sorting option.

  • When you’re finished searching, press Esc.

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Search for spoken words in audio and video clips

OneNote can recognize spoken words in audio and video recordings if Audio Search is turned on. This option is turned off by default because it slows down searching.

Important:  This feature isn’t available in Office on a Windows RT PC. Want to see what version of Office you're using?

To turn on Audio Search:

  1. Click File > Options > Audio & Video.

  2. Under Audio Search, select the Enable searching audio and video recordings for words check box and click OK.

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