Backing Up OneNote Notebooks on a PC

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All of the Microsoft OneNote notebooks that you use on your computer are stored within your C:Users:[StarID]:[specific folder] section on your computer, by default. This documentation covers the process for reconnecting your OneNote notebooks on your new laptop. If you stored or synchronized your OneNote content to another storage space (e.g. OneDrive) you will need to reconnect these notebooks.

Computer Steps

  1. Begin by making sure that you have made a backup copy (i.e. from D:Data) of your OneNote Notebooks folder.
  2. Once you have the OneNote Notebooks folder on your new laptop you need to connect OneNote to the Notebook folder by clicking on the File menu, click Open Backup.
  3. In the Open Backup dialog box, in the Backup folder, double-click the notebook folder that contains the file or files that you want to restore.
  4. Select one or more backup files to restore, and then click Open.

Online Steps

If you have setup your Microsoft Live Services then you will be able to save online and restore your notebooks from/to any computer. The location your OneNote notebooks will be saved to will be in your Microsoft OneDrive application. Your OneDrive application is located under the More option on the top right of your email screen.


  1. Open OneNote. Under New select on the Web option.
    1. If you already have Notebooks saved on your computer but want them to also be saved in OneDrive you will select the Share option.
    2. Then select a notebook (if you have multiple you are going to have to share each one individually).
    3. You will select on the Web option to share on.
    4. Sign in to you Live account if you have not yet already.
    5. Click on Share Notebook
  2. Name your Notebook.
  3. Sign in to you Live account if you have not yet already.
  4. Select on Create Notebook.
  5. Done. All changes will automatically be sent to your OneDrive in your email. You must remember to signed in to your Live account for these changes to sync.


If you have not designated a folder in your OneDrive for your Notebooks then they should be saved automatically in your Documents folder.

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