The Right Way to Rename Notebooks in OneNote

Ben Stegner 17-02-2017

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One of the things that’s a bit difficulty in OneNote is changing a notebook’s name. You wouldn’t think that it would be so hard, as you can just right-click on a notebook in the OneNote app and visit Properties. You’ll see a Display name field here, but that comes with a disclaimer that it doesn’t affect the actual notebook folder name.

With a bit of work, you can really change a folder’s name. Visit OneNote Online and sign in with your Microsoft account. On the My Notebooks page, click the link at the top-right that says Manage and Delete. This brings you to your OneDrive page where your notebooks are stored in the cloud.

Next, you’ll need to find where your notebooks are stored. Check the Documents folder; mine were found in OneDrive Documents. Right-click on a notebook, and choose Rename to give it a new name. This actually renames the notebook itself, instead of just changing the display name if you edit in the app.

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Were you looking to change a OneNote notebook’s name? Let us know if you’ve ever renamed a book and share your best OneNote tips in the comments!


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  1. jessie-anne
    May 12, 2020 at 10:02 pm

    I followed the instructions, right down to the "right click on the notebook and rename..."
    All I see is "open in browser/ open in desktop app/ share/ copy link/ add to pinned/ remove from list" Any suggestions from here?

  2. Joey
    April 15, 2018 at 1:10 am

    Thanks for the instructions. Only place on the internet I found with sensible information and clear instructions.