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How to Delete a Microsoft OneNote Notebook

Updated on June 4, 2017

Introduction

The Microsoft OneNote desktop application that comes preloaded on all Windows 10 and later devices requires a connected Microsoft OneDrive account to sync your notebooks to. As a result, to truly delete a notebook from the OneNote application you have to both close the notebook in OneNote, and then delete the file associated with that notebook from OneDrive.

Steps to Delete a OneNote Notebook in Desktop App

  1. Click the "Show Navigation" icon in the upper left corner of the OneNote desktop application. The Show Navigation icon features three horizontal lines. A menu will fly in the from the left side of the screen. The list of available notebooks appears in the Notebooks section.
  2. Right-click the notebook you want to delete to display a context menu.
  3. Click "Close This Notebook." The notebook disappears from the Notebooks section in the menu.
  4. Open Microsoft OneDrive and navigate to the Microsoft OneDrive account associated with the OneNote application.
  5. Navigate to the folder on OneDrive where the OneNote notebook you want to delete is located. By default, each OneNote notebook is backed up to the Documents folder on OneDrive.
  6. Right-click the file associated with the OneNote notebook you want to delete to display a context menu, and then click "Delete." You've now successfully removed the notebook from OneNote, and also deleted it from where it's backed up on OneDrive.

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Click "Show Navigation" in the upper left corner of the desktop app to display a menu.Right-click the notebook you want to delete, and then click "Close this Notebook."The notebook will be removed from OneNote, but you still need to delete it from your Microsoft OneDrive cloud storage.Launch Microsoft OneDrive and log in to your OneDrive account. Navigate to where your OneNote notebooks are backed up. By default, they are backed up to the Documents folder.Right-click the OneNote notebook you want to delete, and then click "Delete." The file will be deleted.
Click "Show Navigation" in the upper left corner of the desktop app to display a menu.
Click "Show Navigation" in the upper left corner of the desktop app to display a menu. | Source
Right-click the notebook you want to delete, and then click "Close this Notebook."
Right-click the notebook you want to delete, and then click "Close this Notebook." | Source
The notebook will be removed from OneNote, but you still need to delete it from your Microsoft OneDrive cloud storage.
The notebook will be removed from OneNote, but you still need to delete it from your Microsoft OneDrive cloud storage. | Source
Launch Microsoft OneDrive and log in to your OneDrive account. Navigate to where your OneNote notebooks are backed up. By default, they are backed up to the Documents folder.
Launch Microsoft OneDrive and log in to your OneDrive account. Navigate to where your OneNote notebooks are backed up. By default, they are backed up to the Documents folder. | Source
Right-click the OneNote notebook you want to delete, and then click "Delete." The file will be deleted.
Right-click the OneNote notebook you want to delete, and then click "Delete." The file will be deleted. | Source

How to Delete OneNote Notebook

Steps to Delete a Notebook in OneNote Mobile App

  1. Navigate to the home screen in the OneNote mobile app. The home screen will display a gear icon in the upper left corner, and will display a list of notebooks you can access through the OneNote mobile app.
  2. Tap "Edit" to the right of Notebooks. Red circles with white horizontal lines in the center of them will appear to the left of each notebook in the Notebooks section.
  3. Tap the red circle with the white horizontal line to the left of the notebook you want to delete. A red Close button appears to the right of that notebook.
  4. Tap the red "Close" button. The notebook disappears from the list in the OneNote app.
  5. Open Microsoft OneDrive and navigate to the Microsoft OneDrive account associated with the OneNote application.
  6. Navigate to the folder on OneDrive where the OneNote notebook you want to delete is located. By default, each OneNote notebook is backed up to the Documents folder on OneDrive.
  7. Right-click the file associated with the OneNote notebook you want to delete to display a context menu, and then click "Delete." You've now successfully removed the notebook from OneNote, and also deleted it from where it's backed up on OneDrive.

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Launch the OneNote mobile app on your smart device.Tap "Edit" to the right of the Notebooks section. A red circle with a white horizontal line appears to the left of each notebook name.Tap the red circle. A Delete button appears to the right of each notebook. Tap the "Delete" button.The notebook disappears from within the OneNote mobile app, but you now have to delete the notebook from where it's synced in OneDrive.Launch Microsoft OneDrive and then navigate to the located where your OneNote notebooks are synced. By default, this is the Documents folder.Right-click the notebook and then click "Delete" to permanently remove the OneNote notebook.
Launch the OneNote mobile app on your smart device.
Launch the OneNote mobile app on your smart device. | Source
Tap "Edit" to the right of the Notebooks section. A red circle with a white horizontal line appears to the left of each notebook name.
Tap "Edit" to the right of the Notebooks section. A red circle with a white horizontal line appears to the left of each notebook name. | Source
Tap the red circle. A Delete button appears to the right of each notebook. Tap the "Delete" button.
Tap the red circle. A Delete button appears to the right of each notebook. Tap the "Delete" button. | Source
The notebook disappears from within the OneNote mobile app, but you now have to delete the notebook from where it's synced in OneDrive.
The notebook disappears from within the OneNote mobile app, but you now have to delete the notebook from where it's synced in OneDrive. | Source
Launch Microsoft OneDrive and then navigate to the located where your OneNote notebooks are synced. By default, this is the Documents folder.
Launch Microsoft OneDrive and then navigate to the located where your OneNote notebooks are synced. By default, this is the Documents folder. | Source
Right-click the notebook and then click "Delete" to permanently remove the OneNote notebook.
Right-click the notebook and then click "Delete" to permanently remove the OneNote notebook. | Source

OneNote 2016

Please keep in mind that this article covers the version of OneNote that is bundled by default with the Windows operating system and the OneNote mobile app for smart devices. This article does not cover how to delete a OneNote notebook from OneNote 2013 or OneNote 2016.

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