Learn OneNote | Beginners Guide

Learn about Microsoft OneNote. OneNote is readily available to anyone.  This application comes with Microsoft 365 and Windows 10 or you can also download it free from Microsoft’s website.

Replace your paper notebook and never have to write again.  Sync all notebooks with all your technology; your computer, your smart phone and your tablets!  This means you always have your notebooks with you!

OneNote is organized so that you have the ability to divide your information into different notebooks as well as sections and pages.  Plus there are a number of other features that learn with this organization within your notebooks, sections or pages, such as Tags and Links.

Quickly get started with Microsoft OneNote by understanding these 3 main components! 

Create as many OneNote Notebooks as you want for different areas of your life or work

Click on Add Notebook at the Top of the notebooks area or Right Click there to Add a Notebook.

My example OneNote Notebooks include:


Create Sections or Tabs within a Notebook

OneNote gives you Sections so that you can easily divide up your Notebook. Each Section can have as many pages as you wish.

This is the Marketing Notebook example with various Sections (Tabs):

The OneNote version that comes with Office 2019 and Microsoft 365 has sections that go Horizontally above the pages of the notebooks. If you are using OneNote for Windows 10 the sections are Vertical, beside the Notebooks and Pages.

Create a Notebook Section (Tab) by clicking on the Tab with plus sign (+)


 Add Pages to that Section of your Notebook

There are no limit to the amount of pages you can have within any section of your notebook. And the pages are not limited to a particular size, you can be as wide or long as you want to be on a page.

These are the Pages in the Newsletter Section of the Marketing Notebook.

Add Pages by clicking on + Add Page at the top of the Pages area (right side of the screen)


Add Content to your Page

Content can be virtually anything you would save to your computer!

This is what makes Microsoft OneNote so powerful, you notebook can contain anything your computer contains. The big benefit here is you are keeping information together, in one place, one notebook.

Here is an example of content you can add onto any page of your OneNote Notebook.

  • Type text, add bullets, tags, link to Outlook
  • Pictures
  • Other documents (Microsoft or PDF or anything you can open with the associated program on your computer)
  • Emails
  • Tasks
  • Meetings
  • Links to websites or other files
  • Draw free hand (with drawing tools)
  • Video

There are many ways to add content.  You can drag content into the Notebook page or use the Insert menu (in OneNote) or Send to OneNote from other programs such as Microsoft Outlook.

Learn Microsoft OneNote today. OneNote is an app that can greatly increase your productivity and organization. OneNote is a great asset for anyone that needs to store lots of information at work or even personally.

Check out our YouTube video on Why use OneNote, some great tips so that you can Learn more about OneNote.