Microsoft OneNote

What is OneNote?

OneNote is a digital notebook that provides a single place to keep all of your notes — everything you need to remember and manage in your life at home, at work, or at school. Support your written notes with multimedia like pictures, documents, tables, audio/video, and more. Advanced search functionality and tags make it easy to find the information you need. 

Learn more about what OneNote can do: 

 For full functionality, we recommend using the desktop version (OneNote 2016) when available. For installation details, see the article Office 365: Install on a Personal Computer.


Start Using OneNote

  1. Open a web browser, such as Chrome or Firefox
  2. Sign in to with your Columbus State account, and select OneNote

  3.  Click the New notebook button

  4. Name your notebook and click Create to get started adding content
 By default, new notebooks will typically be saved to your OneDrive account. Using cloud storage in OneDrive allows you easy access to your notebooks from any device. 
  1. Click the Start icon

  2. Type or click OneNote 2016 in the alphabetical menu


  3. To create a new notebook, in the upper left corner, click File > New. Then choose where to save your notebook. Select a recent folder or click Browse to select a new location

     In this example, we saved in OneDrive. Using cloud storage in OneDrive allows you easy access to your notebooks from any device. 
  4. Name your notebook, then click Create to get started

  5. OneNote will prompt you to share your notebook with others if you choose. Click Not Now to get started adding content (you can share later if desired)

OneNote is also available on your mobile device so you can access your files from anywhere.
Click the link below to download the app from your respective app store or marketplace:


Creating Content in OneNote

Here are some resources that will help you to learn more about the features within OneNote: 

OneNote in the Browser:  

OneNote 2016: 

  • Getting Started guide- Start here! Resource page from that will walk you through creating a practice notebook
  • Training resources by Microsoft - Learn more about specific topics of interest 
  • OneNote Quick Start guides for Windows or Mac can be downloaded using the links on the right (PDF)

OneNote for mobile devices:


 If you are interested in scheduling a OneNote training session for your department or group, contact the IT Support Center
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