Taking notes in OneNote


Try it!

With OneNote, take notes the way you want. You can type notes, write notes, convert handwritten notes to text, and even record audio notes.

Type a note

  • Click or tap anywhere on the page and start typing.

    All of your work is saved automatically.

Move a note

  • Drag the top of the content box to where you want it on the page.

Resize a note

  • Drag the side of the content box to resize it.

Handwrite notes

You can handwrite notes with a mouse, stylus, or your finger.

  • Select Draw, select a pen, and start writing.

Convert handwriting to text

  1. Choose Select Objects or Type Text or Lasso Select.

  2. Draw a circle around the text and select Ink to Text.

    Now you can edit the text the same way you edit your typed text.

Use OneNote to record audio notes

  1. Click or tap the page, and then select Insert > Audio.

    OneNote immediately starts recording.

  2. To end the recording, select Stop.

  3. To listen to the recording, press the Play button, or double-click the audio recording.


Type notes

  1. Click anywhere on a page and then start typing. 

    As you type, a note container appears around the text, which lets you resize or move the note on the page. 

  2. Keep typing within the same note container, or click elsewhere on the page to create a new note. 

Screenshot of a note container on a page in OneNote



Add a page

In OneNote, you can add new pages to your notebook whenever you want. Each page can be given a title to make searching for information in your notebook easier. 

  1. At the bottom of the page list, click the + Pagebutton. 


    Note: If you don’t see the page list, click the Show Notebooks button  Show Notebooks button . 


  2. When the blinking cursor appears on the page header, type a title or description for the new page, and then press Enter to start taking notes on it. 

Screenshot of the Add Page button in OneNote



Rename a page

As you edit and change notes over time, the titles of some of your pages might no longer be accurate since you first created them. You can easily rename pages to better summarize their contents. 

  1. In the page list, right-click the page title you want to change, and then click Rename Page.


    Note: If you don’t see the page list, click the Show Notebooks button  Show Notebooks button . 


  2. Type the new page title you want, and then press Enter. 

Screenshot of a page being renamed in OneNote



Add a section

In OneNote, you can add new sections to your notebook whenever you want. Sections can be named to better identify the pages they contain and how they relate to a particular subject. 

  1. At the bottom of the section list, click the + Section button. 


    Note: If you don’t see the section list, click the Show Notebooks button  Show Notebooks button . 


  2. When the New Section placeholder name is highlighted, type a name or description for the new section, and then press Enter. 

    Each new section you create will automatically contain a blank, untitled page for you to start taking notes on. 

Screenshot of the Add Section button in OneNote



Rename a section

As you add and remove pages from your notebook over time, the names of some of your sections might no longer be accurate since you first created them. You can easily rename sections to better summarize the pages they contain. 

  1. In the section list, right-click the section name you want to change, and then click Rename Section.


    Note: If you don’t see the section list, click the Show Notebooks button  Show Notebooks button . 


  2. Type the new section name you want, and then press Enter. 

Screenshot of a section being renamed in OneNote