Software & Apps Windows How to Delete Notebooks in OneNote Keep your OneNote application tidy and organized by Coletta Teske Writer Coletta Teske is a Lifewire writer focusing on consumer electronics. She has 30 years' experience writing for Adobe, Boeing, Microsoft, and many others. our editorial process Twitter LinkedIn Coletta Teske Updated on July 02, 2020 Windows The Ultimate Laptop Buying Guide Tweet Share Email Microsoft OneNote is a great tool for organizing both personal and professional information, kind of like a digital version of a multi-subject binder. 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, you have 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 created 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: Open a web browser. Go to Office.com. Select Sign in. Sign in with your Microsoft, work, or school account username and password. Go to the apps list and select OneNote. Look for the notebook in the My Notebooks list. If you see the notebook you want to delete, delete the notebook in either OneNote Online or OneDrive. If you don't see the notebook, sign out, and 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: Open a web browser and sign in at Office.com. Go to the apps list and select OneNote. On the right side of the page, select Manage and Delete. Select the Documents folder. Hover over the notebook that you want to delete and select the check box. Select Delete. If you accidentally deleted a notebook, select Undo. Another way to restore a notebook you've accidentally deleted is to go to the Recycle bin, select the notebook, and then select Restore. How to Delete a Notebook You've Synced to Your Computer When you sync OneDrive to your computer, you’ll find shortcuts to your notebooks in Windows File Explorer. To view these shortcuts, open File Explorer, go to the OneDrive folder, and then open the Documents folder. Alternatively, select the OneDrive icon in your System Tray and select Open Folder. Double-click a shortcut to open the notebook in OneNote Online. You can't delete these OneNote shortcuts. To remove 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 item. If you don't close the notebook, a syncing error will occur. Closing a notebook removes it from the list in OneNote. Open the OneNote desktop app. Select Show Notebook List. Right-click the notebook you want to remove from the list. Select Close This Notebook. You can also remove existing notebooks from the list. Closing a notebook does not delete it. If you don’t see the notebook in the list, select More Notebooks.