Open a notebook in OneNote for Windows 10

Applies to: OneNote for Windows 10.

The first time you begin using OneNote for Windows 10, it launches the preset notebook for the account that you’ve signed in with. You can start using this notebook, you can create new notebooks, or you can access further notebooks from any of your Microsoft accounts (for example, Hotmail,, or — or from your work or school accounts.

To enter an existing notebook, do the following:

  1. On any page, select the Show Notebooks button Show Notebooks button .
  1. In the Notebooks list, choose or press the name of any presently open notebook that you want to change to. Pick or tap More Notebooks to find a notebook that isn’t already shown in that list.
  1. In the Open More Notebooks window, do either of the following:
  • To access any extra notebook from the account you’re currently signed in with, pick its name in the list, and then choose or tap Open Notebook.
  • To launch a notebook from another account, pick or tap Add Account, sign in with that account when asked, and then press or tap the name of your desired notebook to open.

Note: OneNote for Windows 10 only supports cloud-based notebooks. If you prefer to store your notes on your computer’s hard drive, you’ll need to use OneNote 2016 for Windows. The OneNote for Windows 10 app won’t be able to read your disk-based OneNote 2016 notebooks unless you move these notebooks to your free OneDrive account and then open them from that location.

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