How to Delete Notebooks in OneNote

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Microsoft OneNote is a great tool for organizing both personal and professional information, kind of like a digital version of a multi-subject notebook. But what happens when you no longer need a OneNote notebook? While you can’t delete files from the OneNote desktop app, because OneNote stores notebook files directly to OneDrive, there are two ways to delete a notebook.

Instructions in this article apply to OneNote 2016, and OneNote for Windows 10 and Microsoft 365.

Find Your Microsoft, Work, or School Account

Because you can use the OneNote desktop app with multiple accounts, you’ll need to know which account was used to create which notebook. If you’re unsure which account you use with OneNote, sign in at OneNote Online with each account until you see the notebook you want to delete.

To find the notebook you want to delete:

  1. Open a web browser.

  2. Go to

  3. Select Sign in.

    The Microsoft Office sign in page to log in to OneNote
  4. Sign in with your Microsoft, work, or school account username and password.

    Microsoft Office login website.
  5. Go to the apps list and select OneNote.

    The Microsoft Office home page where OneNote Online is found
  6. Look for the notebook in the My Notebooks list.

    The list of available OneNote notebooks
  7. If the notebook is listed, use this account to delete the notebook in either OneNote Online or OneDrive.

  8. If the notebook is not listed, sign out, then sign in with one of your other accounts.

How to Delete Notebooks in OneNote Online

If you’re familiar with OneNote Online, use the web app to delete the notebook file.

Deleted notebooks are moved to the Recycle bin and may be recovered. Back up notebooks and other files before removing them from your online storage service.

To use OneNote Online to delete a notebook:

  1. Open a web browser and sign in at

    Microsoft Office website sign in.
  2. Go to the apps list and select OneNote.

    A list of Microsoft apps available online.
  3. On the right side of the page, select Manage and Delete.

    The list of available OneNote Notebooks
  4. Select the Documents folder.

    The Documents folder in OneDrive where OneNote notebooks are stored
  5. Hover over the notebook that you want to delete and select the check box.

    Preparing to select a notebook.
  6. Select Delete.

    Selecting to delete a notebook.
  7. If you accidentally deleted a notebook, select Undo.

    Choosing to undo a deleted notebook.
  8. Another way to restore an accidentally deleted notebook is to go to the Recycle bin, select the notebook, then select Restore.

    Restoring a deleted notebook.

How to Delete a Notebook Synced to Your Computer

When OneDrive is synced to your computer, you’ll find shortcuts to your OneNote notebooks in Windows File Explorer. To view these shortcuts, open File Explorer, go to the OneDrive folder, and open the Documents folder. Alternatively, select the OneDrive icon in your System Tray, then select Open Folder.

Opening OneDrive from the System Tray.

Double-click on a notebook shortcut to open the notebook in OneNote Online.

These OneNote shortcuts cannot be deleted. To delete OneNote notebooks, go to and delete the notebooks from your cloud storage space.

How to Remove a Notebook From the OneNote List

To prevent the OneNote desktop app from syncing a deleted notebook, close the notebook. If the notebook is not closed, you’ll get a syncing error. Also, closing a notebook removes it from the list of notebooks.

  1. Open the OneNote desktop app.

  2. Select Show Notebook List.

    The list of open notebook in the OneNote desktop app
  3. Right-click the notebook you want to remove from the list.

    Right-clicking on a notebook.
  4. Select Close This Notebook.

    The OneNote desktop app showing a deleted notebook being closed and removed from the list of notebooks

    You can also remove existing notebooks from the list. Closing a notebook does not delete it.

  5. If you don’t see the notebook in the list, select More Notebooks.