Opening and Closing Notebooks
You can open and close notebooks as needed. Notebooks stay open until you close them. As you add and work with more notebooks, they tend to clutter the list or sidebar, especially if you’re using the OneNote app on a smartphone or tablet. Closing notebooks might also help if you need to switch between two or three notebooks without having to deal with all the other open notebooks. On the other hand, you might prefer to have two or three important notebooks open at all times.
You can use the Notebook Information window in Backstage View to close notebooks. The window lists all the open notebooks and options for working with each one, including closing them. When you close a notebook, it’s no longer shown in the Notebooks list in the program window.
Click or tap File.
- From the Info tab, click or tap the Settings button for the first notebook you want to close.
Click or tap Close. OneNote closes the notebook file.
Close Notebooks with the Shortcut Menu
You can quickly close a notebook using the shortcut menu without having to display the Notebook Information window in Backstage View. The context menu offers commands related specifically to notebooks, such as syncing and sharing.
- Click or tap the Notebooks list.
- Right-click (or press and hold if you’re using your finger or stylus on a touchscreen) over the notebook you want to close.
Click or tap Close this Notebook.
Open a Notebook
You can open a notebook using the Open Notebook window. Depending on the notebook’s location, you may need to navigate to the particular notebook you want to use.
Click or tap File.
- Click or tap Open.
- To open a notebook from OneDrive, click or tap the notebook name from this list.
- OneNote keeps a list of recently used notebooks handy here; click or tap a notebook from the list.
To open a notebook from another location, click or tap the location and navigate to the file.