How to Delete Notebooks in OneNote

It's easy on OneNote to delete a notebook

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When you no longer need a OneNote notebook, delete it. However, you can’t delete files from the OneNote desktop app. OneNote stores notebook files directly to OneDrive. Here’s how to find your OneNote notebooks and use two different ways to delete a notebook. After the file is deleted, remove it from the OneNote list of open notebooks.

Instructions in this article apply to OneNote for Windows 10, Office 365, and Office 2019.

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 Office.com.

  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.

  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. Backup 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 Office.com.

  2. Go to the apps list and select OneNote.

  3. Select Manage and Delete.

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

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

  6. Select Delete.

    A selected OneNote notebook that will be deleted
  7. If you accidentally deleted a notebook, select Undo.

    OneDrive with a notification that a OneNote notebook has been deleted and can be undone
  8. Another way to restore an accidentally deleted notebook is to go to the Recycle bin, select the notebook, then select Restore.

How to Delete a Notebook Stored on OneDrive

You can also go directly to OneDrive to delete a OneNote notebook.

To delete a notebook on OneDrive:

  1. Sign in at OneDrive with the Microsoft, work, or school account associated with the OneNote notebook you want to delete.

  2. Open the Documents folder.

    OneDrive with folders where OneNote notebooks are stored
  3. Place the pointer over the notebook you want to delete and select the check box.

  4. Select any other notebooks to delete.

  5. Select Delete.

    A selected OneNote notebook in OneDrive that will be deleted

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.

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 OneDrive.com 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.

  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.