Microsoft OneNote: Getting Started

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Microsoft OneNote: Getting Started

What is OneNote?

Microsoft OneNote is a powerful note-taking program that allows you to store all of your notes and content in one location. OneNote can create, store, and organize numerous notebooks, create sections within each notebook, and create pages within each section. OneNote is applicable to multiple settings, including school, work, and home.

Installing OneNote on a University Computer

  1. Click the Windows [Start] button > Click "Control Panel." (In Windows 10, type "control panel" in "Search the web and Windows," located on the taskbar.)
  2. Click "Programs and Features." (In Windows 10, click "Programs" > "Programs and Features.")
  3. From the list, click "Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2016" one time so that it highlights this option.
  4. Click the [Change] button located in the panel near the top of the screen.
  5. In the "Administrator" field, enter the 6-digit password located on the barcode of your computer. 
  6. In the pop-up window that appears, make sure "Add or Remove Features" is selected > Click [Continue].
  7. Click the drop-down arrow next to "Microsoft OneNote" > Select "Run all from My Computer" > Click [Continue].
  8. Wait for the program to configure > Click [Close] in the window that appears. 

To access Microsoft OneNote in Windows 7 once you have installed it:

  1. Click [Start] > "All Programs."
  2. Click on "Microsoft Office 2016" > Select "OneNote 2016."

To access Microsoft OneNote in Windows 10, search for "OneNote" in "Search the web and Windows," located on the taskbar. 

How does OneNote work?

OneNote's power lies in its ability to effectively organize content. You begin by creating a notebook that holds all of your actual content. Once a notebook exists, you can further organize content by creating sections and pages. For example, you could create a notebook called "School" that holds all of your school notes. Within that notebook, you could create a section for each one of your classes, and within those sections you could create a page for each day of class.

To create a notebook:

  1. Open Microsoft OneNote.
  2. Click [File] > "New."
  3. Under "1. Store Notebook On:" choose "My Computer."
  4. Type in a name for the notebook.
  5. Choose the location for your file.
  6. Click [Create Notebook].


We highly recommend that you save your notebook to the H: drive. If you save it to the C: drive or desktop, you will not be able to edit the file from other computers via campus network drives.

To create a section:

  1. When you create a notebook, OneNote automatically creates one section and names it "New Section 1." To change the default name of this section, double click the section tab.
  2. Click the "Create a New Section" icon next to the most recent section to create a new one.
  3. Type in a name for the section. To change the name of the section later, double click the tab.

To create a page:

  1. When you create a section, a page is automatically created called "Untitled page." To name a page, type a title into the rectangular-shaped text box.
  2. Press [New Page] to create a new page.
  3. To create a sub page within a page, click the small arrow next to [New Page] > click [New Subpage].

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