How to Delete a OneNote Notebook (Android, iPhone, Windows 11/10, Mac)

OneNote has many simple features letting you manage your notes, including a way to remove a notebook. Here’s how to delete a OneNote notebook easily.

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One of OneNote’s features allows you to delete a notebook from OneNote, which is something some people find difficult to do especially when they’re new to OneNote.

OneNote has two branches to manage your notes. Page is your note’s page, the section is where you gather all your pages, and the notebook gathers all your sections. In this tutorial, you’re going to learn how to delete a OneNote notebook easily, in Android, iPhone, Windows 11/10, and Mac.

Deleting a OneNote notebook is important. Sometimes you just want to get rid of all your old notes that are just unnecessary and irrelevant. You can delete a notebook from OneNote easily using these methods.

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Before Removing OneNote Notebook, You May Want to Backup Them First

OneNote has a backup feature that lets you save your OneNote so you won’t lose your notes even if you accidentally remove its notebook. Backing up is important especially when you want to delete the OneNote notebook, because you may want to read your notes again.

In this section, we’re going to use OneNote 2016 as an example. If you want to know how to backup OneNote Windows 11/10 and Android, read the article below.

To do this, just open OneNote. Click the File tab to open the Options dialog box.

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Now, you’ll just need to click Options, where all your settings can be changed, including a way for you to backup before removing the OneNote notebook.

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Now, you’ll just need to either backup manually or automatically. If you want it to be automatic, just set the time interval and folder destination. If you want to do it manually, just click Back Up All Notebooks Now.

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Now, you can remove the notebook from OneNote without having to worry about whether or not you’ll need the notebook again.

How to Delete OneNote Notebook in OneNote 2016

As we know, OneNote has actually a different version across platforms. But one version that you may know it is has been discontinued, is OneNote 2016. It is a desktop version of OneNote that has been replaced by OneNote in Windows 11/10 that you can find for free, too, in the Microsoft Store. It has a simple way for you to delete a notebook from OneNote, that will make it easy for you to use OneNote effectively.

In this section, you’re going to learn how to delete the OneNote notebook in OneNote 2016.

Removing the notebook in OneNote requires you to actually remove the notebook folder in your OneDrive account. If you use OneNote for a long time with your Microsoft account, you automatically have a OneDrive account, which is a cloud storage service made by Microsoft to save all your files across Windows 11/10, Android, iPhone, and even Mac.

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One of those files is actually OneNote notebooks. OneNote itself doesn’t provide any delete button for the notebook except to close the notebook, which means removing the notebook from the list. But closing the notebook doesn’t necessarily delete the notebook. To actually delete a notebook, you have to do it by removing its folder in OneDrive.

To do this, just open File Explorer on your PC, and then click OneDrive. Open your Documents folder > OneNote Notebooks. You’ll see a bunch of your notebooks here. To delete the notebook, just click Delete with the keyboard or press Shift+Delete to permanently delete the notebook.

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Now, you’ve to remove the notebook name from the OneNote notebook list. To do this, just open OneNote 2016. Click the current notebook.

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It will then show you more notebooks that you’ve created in the past in OneNote.

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To delete the desired notebook, just click Close This Notebook, and then that notebook will eventually disappear.

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How to Delete Notebook from OneNote Windows 11/10

OneNote has Windows 11/10 version, too. This is a lot simpler than OneNote 2016, but that doesn’t mean you can’t delete your notebook in OneNote Windows 11/10. Just like before, you’ll need to remove the desired notebook in OneDrive to actually remove the notebook.

Now, to delete the notebook name from the OneNote notebook list, just open OneNote and then click the current notebook name.

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Now, you’ll then need to right-click the desired notebook you would like to delete, and then click Close This Notebook.

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How to Delete Notebook in OneNote Android/iPhone

OneNote also has Android and iPhone versions, too. OneNote in Android is a lot simpler than in Windows 11/10 and lacks some features that most users on PC would use. But that doesn’t mean you can’t delete the OneNote notebook on Android or iPhone.

To do this, you’ll have to actually remove the notebook folder you would like to remove in OneDrive. You can use a PC, or download the OneDrive app from the Play Store to log in and remove the notebook folder.

After removing the folder, now open the OneNote app. Tap Notebook at the bottom.

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Now, you’ll just need to long-tap desired OneNote notebook you would like to delete. Then tap the Close This Notebook button which is located at the top. It will disappear, meaning the notebook has been completely deleted.

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How to Delete OneNote Notebook in OneDrive Online

OneNote also has an online version of the app. You can visit it at onenote.com. The web app works similarly to the Windows 11/10 version of OneNote. But it doesn’t provide you a direct button to close a notebook, just like another version of the app has.

But, you can visit OneDrive.com and log in with your Microsoft account, and then click on your Documents folder > OneNote Notebooks. You’ll have to choose the OneNote notebook you would like to delete, and then right-click at it, click Delete.


OneNote has many different methods that you can use to delete a notebook. Regardless of your reason to delete the OneNote notebook, it is important to backup them up first.

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