Get started using OneNote

Some of you might want to know what OneNote is. It's the ultimate digital notebook. Think of it as a giant container where you can collect and organise all sorts of information. You can use it as a scrapbook, photo album, research notebook, and more. A OneNote notebook is organised like a traditional notebook except you can add or delete as many sections and pages as you want.

Today you'll learn how to:

  • Set up a notebook
  • Add sections and pages
  • Name sections and pages

Setting up a new notebook

Here you can see how OneNote is organised. Notebooks are listed in the left column, sections are the tabs on top, and pages within each section are listed in the right column.

How OneNote is organized

To create a new notebook:

  1. Go to File, and click New.
  2. Choose My Computer. (Later tips will discuss storing your notebook on the web or on a company network site.)
  3. Give your notebook a name, then click Create Notebook.

Your new notebook opens with a section already in place,and you can add as many sections to it as you want.

To add a new section to a notebook:

  1. You'll see a tab with a star on it to the right of a Section tab.
  2. Click the starred tab to create a new section.
  3. Each time you add a new section, another starred tab opens to the right.

Create a new OneNote section

To name a section:

  1. Name your sections by right-clicking the Section tab.
  2. Choose Rename, and type a name for the section.

To add a new page:

  1. Click New Page on top of the right column.
  2. A new page is automatically added to the list.

Add new OneNote page

To name a new page:

Type the title on the page itself, and the page tab automatically populates with the name.

name a new OneNote page

Now that you're notebook is set up, you can start putting stuff into it!

Originally posted on the OneNote blog.

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