How to create a new notebook in your Microsoft OneNote app

Microsoft's OneNote creates your first notebook for you, but here's how you can create new ones following that.vgajic/Getty Images
  • To create a new notebook in OneNote, click the list of notebooks already in OneNote and then click "Add Notebook."
  • OneNote creates your first notebook for you automatically when you set up the program.
  • If you have an older version of OneNote, you can find the new notebook controls in the File menu.
  • OneNote uses the concept of "notebooks," which you can use to create note-based files and keep your information organized.

OneNote stores all kinds of notes, written, linked, audio, or video, in notebooks. By creating multiple notebooks, you can keep personal and business information separated or organize all your various projects independently.

OneNote creates your first notebook automatically when you set up the program, but you can add new notebooks easily at any time, whenever you need new ones.

If you have an older version of OneNote with a File menu, creating a new notebook is a little different. Advertisement

Here's how to do it on the latest and older versions of OneNote.

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How to create a new notebook in OneNote

1. Click the currently selected notebook and choose the notebook you want from the drop-down menu.

2. At the bottom of the screen, click "Add notebook."
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When you open the notebooks list, it reveals a link to add a new notebook.Dave Johnson/Business Insider

3. Type a name for the notebook. 4. Click "Create Notebook." Advertisement

How to create a new notebook in OneNote in an older version of OneNote

1. Click "File."

2. Select "New."

3. Choose where to save the new notebook – you'll probably want to click "OneDrive" since this lets you keep your notebook in sync across all your devices and shared it with other people if you want to. Advertisement

Older versions of OneNote locate the notebook controls in the File menu.Dave Johnson/Business Insider

4. Type a name for the notebook and then click "Create Notebook."

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