Insert a file in OneNote for Windows 10

Applies to: OneNote for Windows 10.

Adding a file into OneNote for Windows 10 simplifies organising your collection of notes. You can import a file as an attachment so you can access a copy of the file in OneNote. Conversely, you can insert a Portable Document Format (PDF) file or upload a file to your account storage and link to it in your notes.

Insert a file as an attachment

  1. Pick Insert > File.
  1. Choose Insert as Attachment.
  1. In the displayed box, click the file and press Open.

Tip: If your specific file isn’t there, you can sort by name, change the location, or go up in the folder structure. Click the arrows next to the headings in the box to navigate to your file.

Remember that the attachment is a copy of the original and isn’t connected to it. Any edits you make to one will remain independent of the other.

Insert a PDF file as an image

  1. Click Insert > File.
  1. Pick Insert PDF Printout.
  1. In the box that emerges, choose the file and click Open.

Tip: If you don’t see the file you’re looking for, you can sort by name, change the location, or go up in the folder structure. Choose the arrows beside the headings in the box to find your file. If the PDF is large, it could take some time before it becomes embedded in your notes.

Remember that the attachment is a copy of the original and isn’t linked to it. Any changes you make to one won’t be applied to the other.

Send to OneNote

  1. Click Insert > File.
  1. Pick Send to OneNote.
  1. Once prompted with “Did you mean to switch apps?”, press Yes.
  1. When Send to OneNote launches in the Store app, select Get.

Tip: For more information about the Send to OneNote app for OneNote for Windows 10, see Send documents and files to OneNote for Windows 10.

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