How to Delete a Notebook in Microsoft OneNote


Microsoft OneNote, as the name suggests, is a note-taking application from Microsoft that comes with the MS Office suite. You can create notes to organize your day, store ideas, save school or office notes, and more. But as you create more, you may reach a point where you want to erase it. This article will guide you how to delete a notebook in Microsoft OneNote.

Plus, OneNote offers standalone desktop and mobile apps and is a central location for all your notes. If you’re new to OneNote, you might be overwhelmed with features and options. So we are here to help you remove notebooks from Microsoft OneNote quickly. Let’s cut to the chase.

How to delete a OneNote notebook without deleting it

First of all, you cannot delete a notebook using OneNote because there is no option to do so. However, you can remove the current notebook from the notebook list to prevent it from syncing with the OneNote desktop app.

Also, you should note that to remove OneNote Notebook, you need to know its location. Follow the steps below on how to do this.

Step 1: Open the OneNote desktop app and click the drop-down menu next to the notebook name.

click on the arrow

2nd step: Go to the notebook you want to remove from the list or click More notebooks or Open other notebooks to find the one you want to remove.

Go to notepad

Step 3: Right-click on the selected notebook and choose “Close this notebook” from the drop-down menu.

Right click on the selected notebook

So. The notebook will be removed from the list; however, if the notebook is stored in the cloud (on OneDrive), follow the steps mentioned in the next method.

How to Delete OneNote Notebooks Using OneDrive

When you first open OneNote, it will ask you to sync the Notebook with OneDrive. This allows you to keep a copy of your notes in the cloud and access them anywhere. While you can save a laptop locally to a desktop computer, if you’re on a Mac, keeping files on OneDrive becomes the only option, as it doesn’t give you the option to store them locally.

So here is how to delete notebooks from OneDrive.

Step 1: Open your default web browser and sign in to Microsoft OneDrive using the link below.

Open your default web browser

2nd step: Navigate to the Documents folder and click on it.

Navigate to the Documents folder

Step 3: Right-click the particular notebook you want to delete and select Delete from the context menu.

Select the notebook you want to delete

So. Here’s how you delete a OneNote notebook from OneDrive.

How to Delete a OneNote Notebook in Windows

If you’re on Windows and want to delete a locally stored notebook, you can. Please note that this does not interfere with files stored on OneDrive. Follow.

Step 1: Press ‘Windows key + E’ to open File Explorer and navigate to the Documents folder.

Press Windows Key + E

2nd step: Double-click the OneNote Notebooks folder to open it.

open OneNote notebooks

Step 3: Right-click the folder you want to delete and select Delete from the context menu.

Right click on the folder you want to delete

In the prompt, select Yes to confirm.

So. The OneNote notebook you selected is deleted locally. To remove all deleted Notebook traces, follow the steps below.

Step 4: Press ‘Windows Key + E’, click the arrow next to the home icon and select Recycle Bin.

select Trash

Step 5: Now click “Empty Trash”.

Click Empty Trash

With this, the Notebook is completely out of your machine.

How to delete a notebook in OneNote on Mac

The steps for deleting a notebook in OneNote on Mac are similar to those in Windows. Follow the steps below.

Step 1: Open Microsoft OneNote on Mac and click the Notes drop-down menu.

click the Notes drop-down menu

2nd step: Select the notebook you want to delete.

Select the notebook you want to delete

Step 3: Right-click on it and choose “Close this notebook”.

Point: You can use ‘Shift+Command+W’ to quickly remove the Notebook.

Choose Close this notebook

That is just about everything. The notebook is missing from the list of notebooks. But if you want to completely remove Notepad, we recommend that you remove Notepad using OneDrive because Mac does not allow local storage of notes.

However, if you accidentally delete a laptop, restoring it is quite easy. Proceed to the next section to learn more.

How to Restore a Deleted OneNote Notebook

If you deleted the notebook from OneDrive, follow the steps below to restore it.

To note: You can restore deleted files from OneNote for up to 60 days. After this time, the file is permanently deleted.

Step 1: Open any browser on your computer and connect to OneDrive.

Open your default web browser

2nd step: Now go to the Recycle Bin.

go to trash

Step 3: Right-click on the notebook you want to restore and select Restore.

click on it, and restore

So. This would restore the Notebook to the Documents folder.

Well, it is important to note that closing a OneNote notebook is different from deleting a notebook. Confused? keep reading.

Difference between deleting and closing a OneNote notebook

There is a significant difference between deleting and closing a Notebook. When you delete a notebook, its pages and sections are deleted and no longer accessible.

However, when you close a notebook in OneNote, it means the notebook is removed from the list of available notebooks in OneNote. However, you can access pages, sections and global data in the Notebook when you want. Simply put, closing the laptop removes it from easy access.

If you have more doubts, skip to the FAQ section.

FAQ on deleting a OneNote notebook

1. What is the difference between OneNote and OneDrive?

OneNote is a note-taking app while OneDrive is a cloud storage where you can store photos, videos, and documents. You can save OneNote notebooks to OneDrive.

2. Does OneNote automatically save to OneDrive?

No, this is not the case. You must manually save a OneNote notebook to OneDrive. However, if you’re on a Mac, any documents you create are automatically saved to OneDrive.

Clean up unused notes

There are many note-taking apps on the market. However, no matter which notes app you use, there will come a time when you need to sort or delete notes. And if you are a OneNote user, the methods mentioned above are some of the ways you can delete a notebook in Microsoft OneNote.


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