How to Delete a OneNote Notebook: Easy Step-by-Step Guide

I’ve been there – cluttered digital notebooks that you no longer need or want. But fear not, deleting a OneNote notebook is a breeze with this easy step-by-step guide.

Whether you’re using the web app or the desktop app, I’ll walk you through the process.

And don’t worry about making a mistake – I’ll even show you how to recover a deleted notebook.

So let’s dive in and declutter your digital space together.

Key Takeaways

  • To delete a notebook in the OneNote application, open the application, navigate to the homepage, review the list of notebooks, and right-click on the notebook name or thumbnail to select ‘Delete’.
  • To access the notebook settings in the OneNote application, click on the three-dot menu icon, select ‘Notebook settings’ from the drop-down menu, and explore the different options to customize the notebook.
  • In the OneNote web app, to delete a notebook, open the web app, navigate to the home screen, find the notebook in the list, click on the three dots next to the notebook name, and select ‘Delete’ from the dropdown menu.
  • In the OneNote desktop app, to delete a notebook, open the app, locate the notebook in the list, right-click on the notebook, select ‘Close This Notebook’ from the context menu, and confirm deletion by clicking ‘Delete’.

Choosing the Notebook to Delete

Now, you’ll need to choose the notebook you want to delete. It’s important to make sure you’re selecting the correct notebook, as deleting a notebook will permanently remove all its contents.

To begin, open the OneNote application on your device and navigate to the homepage where all your notebooks are listed.

Take a moment to carefully review the list of notebooks displayed. Each notebook will have a distinct name and possibly a thumbnail preview. If you’re unsure which notebook to delete, you can click on each one to view its contents and ensure you’re selecting the right one.

Once you’ve identified the notebook you wish to delete, right-click on its name or thumbnail. A contextual menu will appear with various options. Look for the ‘Delete’ or ‘Remove’ option and click on it. You may be prompted to confirm your decision.

It’s important to note that once you delete a notebook, it cannot be recovered. Therefore, it’s recommended to double-check your selection before proceeding. If you have any doubts or concerns, it’s always a good idea to make a backup of the notebook or export its contents before deleting it.

Accessing the Notebook Settings

To access the notebook settings, you’ll need to click on the three-dot menu icon in the top right corner of your screen. Once you’ve done that, a drop-down menu will appear, and you’ll see the option to select ‘Notebook settings.’

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to access the notebook settings:

  1. Click on the three-dot menu icon: This icon is usually located in the top right corner of your screen. It looks like three horizontal dots stacked on top of each other.
  2. Select ‘Notebook settings’: After clicking on the three-dot menu icon, a drop-down menu will appear. Scroll down until you find the option for ‘Notebook settings’ and click on it.
  3. Explore the notebook settings: Once you’ve accessed the notebook settings, you’ll be able to customize various aspects of your notebook. You can change the notebook name, set a password for the notebook, adjust the default paper size, and much more. Take some time to familiarize yourself with the different options available and make any desired changes.

Deleting a Notebook From Onenote Web App

Deleting a notebook from the OneNote web app is a simple process that can be done in just a few clicks. As someone who loves organizing their digital life, I find it important to know how to delete a notebook when it’s no longer needed or simply taking up unnecessary space.

Let me guide you through the steps to delete a notebook from the OneNote web app.

First, open the OneNote web app and navigate to the home screen. Once you’re there, find the notebook you want to delete in the list of notebooks. To the right of the notebook’s name, you’ll see three dots – click on them to reveal a dropdown menu. From the menu, select ‘Delete.’

Before proceeding, it’s essential to mention that deleting a notebook is permanent. Make sure you have a backup or have exported any important data before proceeding with this step. Once you’ve confirmed that you want to delete the notebook, it will be permanently removed from your OneNote web app.

Deleting a Notebook From Onenote Desktop App

Make sure you have the OneNote desktop app open and locate the notebook you want to remove from your digital workspace. Deleting a notebook from the OneNote desktop app is a simple process that can help declutter your workspace and keep things organized. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you delete a notebook:

  1. Right-click on the notebook: Find the notebook you want to delete in the list of notebooks displayed on the left-hand side of the app. Once you’ve located it, right-click on the notebook to open the context menu.
  2. Select ‘Close This Notebook’: In the context menu, you’ll see various options. Choose ‘Close This Notebook’ to close the notebook and remove it from your current workspace.
  3. Confirm deletion: After selecting ‘Close This Notebook,’ a confirmation message will appear asking if you want to permanently delete the notebook. Read the message carefully and make sure you want to proceed. If you’re sure, click ‘Delete’ to remove the notebook completely.

It’s important to note that deleting a notebook from the OneNote desktop app will permanently remove it from your computer. However, if you have the notebook synced with your OneDrive or SharePoint, it will still be accessible on other devices or platforms.

Recovering a Deleted Notebook

Recovering a deleted notebook can be done by following a few simple steps. Losing important notes can be frustrating, but there’s no need to panic. Just follow these instructions and you’ll have your notebook back in no time.

First, open the OneNote application on your device. Then, navigate to the "File" tab and click on it. In the drop-down menu, select "Open Backup." This will open a window where you can view all the backup files available.

In the table below, I have outlined the steps you need to take to recover a deleted notebook:

Step Action
1 Open OneNote application
2 Go to “File” tab
3 Select “Open Backup”

Once you have opened the "Open Backup" window, you will see a list of backup files. Locate the file that contains the notebook you want to recover. Select the file and click on the "Open" button.

After clicking "Open," the deleted notebook will be restored and you can access it again in your OneNote application. Make sure to save any changes you make to avoid losing your data in the future.

Recovering a deleted notebook is a straightforward process that can save you from the stress of losing important information. By following these simple steps, you can easily retrieve your notebook and continue working without any disruption. Remember to regularly back up your notebooks to prevent any potential data loss.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Delete a Notebook From the Onenote Mobile App?

Yes, you can delete a notebook from the OneNote mobile app. It’s a simple process that allows you to remove unwanted notebooks and free up space on your device.

Is It Possible to Recover a Notebook That Has Been Permanently Deleted?

No, it’s not possible to recover a permanently deleted notebook. Once it’s gone, it’s gone for good. So be cautious and make sure you really want to delete it!

Will Deleting a Notebook Also Delete All Its Contents and Pages?

Deleting a notebook in OneNote will delete all its contents and pages. It’s essential to be cautious when deleting a notebook to avoid losing any important information stored within it.

Can I Delete Multiple Notebooks at Once?

Yes, you can delete multiple notebooks at once in OneNote. It’s a convenient feature that allows you to save time and easily declutter your workspace. Let me show you how to do it.

Is It Necessary to Sign in to My Microsoft Account to Delete a Notebook?

Yes, it is necessary to sign in to my Microsoft account to delete a notebook. This ensures that I have the proper permissions and control over my OneNote notebooks.


In the vast realm of digital organization, deleting a OneNote notebook may seem like a daunting task. However, fear not! With our easy step-by-step guide, you too can conquer this virtual challenge.

Whether you’re using the web or desktop app, we’ve got you covered. Remember, even if you accidentally delete a notebook, you can still recover it.

So go forth and declutter your digital world with confidence!

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