OneNote: Migration of notebooks via OneDrive

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Microsoft does not provide instructions for migrating OneNote notebooks that are valid for all scenarios. This article is based on these instructions and provides a generally applicable and practical guide to migrating OneNote notebooks between users or between different OneDrive storage locations.

Download the OneNote notebook

OneNote Migrate Through OneDrive Download

First navigate to the storage location of your notebook on OneDrive. Then download the corresponding OneNote notebook. Unfortunately, it is not possible to download a single OneNote notebook; Microsoft has deactivated the corresponding function. A workaround is the Download the entire OneDrive folder containing the OneNote notebook.

Unpacking the ZIP file

You will receive the downloaded OneDrive folder with the OneDrive notebook it contains in .zip format. You can download this archive unpack with Microsoft Windows on-board tools. This can be done by right-clicking with a click on Extract all; follow the wizard to complete the unpacking.

Using the import wizard

OneNote Migrate Through OneDrive Import

Uploading the downloaded files to the OneDrive of a new employee does not lead to the desired success; the files can subsequently no longer be opened or can only be opened to a limited extent. Microsoft therefore provides a Import wizard which can be used to import local OneNote notebooks.

When using it, please note that you the folder and not the individual file or files, or select must. You should also be logged in with the correct accountthat you would like to use for the OneNote notebook in the future.

The newly imported OneNote notebook is then saved in your OneDrive and ready to access.

14 responses to "OneNote: Migration of notebooks via OneDrive”

  1. Michael Avatar

    Hello, the link import wizard runs on a blank page in each of my 3 browsers.

    How do I import the notebooks?

    With kind regards


    1. Lennart Wörmer Avatar

      Hello Michael, thank you very much for your feedback. There seems to be a bug at Microsoft. I will check it out.

    2. Lennart Wörmer Avatar

      Hi Michael, I am currently in contact with Microsoft to identify the problem more precisely. I can't access it on my PC either (white page), but I can on my smartphone. Perhaps you can start the process on your smartphone first?

      1. Philipp Avatar

        The problem still seems to be ongoing. Is there another way to move your notebooks, e.g. using OneNote 2016 and changing the storage location?

        1. Lennart Wörmer Avatar

          Hello Philipp, thank you very much for your feedback. I have contacted Microsoft again and am in the process of finding a solution. I will reply to this comment or your message again as soon as I have more information.

        2. Lennart Wörmer Avatar

          Hi Philipp, the function is now working again for me. 👍

  2. Ha Avatar

    Hello Lennart

    I came across your comment while browsing because I have the same problem with OneNote. Exporting from the browser only shows a white page with no content.
    Question. Have you already received an answer from Microsoft on how to solve the problem?
    Thank you in advance for your efforts and support.
    Best regards

    1. Lennart Wörmer Avatar

      Hi Ha, thank you for your feedback. I can confirm that Microsoft is currently investigating the issue. I will get back to you as soon as I receive feedback.

      1. Ha Avatar

        Hello Lennart

        Thank you very much.

        I wish you a very nice weekend.

        Greetings Ha

        1. Lennart Wörmer Avatar

          Hello Ha, the problem should now be solved. Would you like to check it again from your side?

  3. Florian Müller-Möll Avatar
    Florian Müller-Möll

    Hi Lennart, I'm pretty sure it has something to do with the new format in version 10.3.7 in Evernote.

    I assume that Evernote wants to prevent the migration.

    1. Lennart Wörmer Avatar

      Hi Florian, thank you for your comment and for sharing your experience. However, the problem so far seems to be that you cannot reach the Microsoft import page when you are logged into your browser. Have you identified another problem?

  4. Tom Avatar

    Dear Mr. Wörmer,

    Thank you very much for your valuable contribution and the help you have provided!
    Due to technical problems (+ technical regulations) at my workplace, I could no longer synchronize my work notebook using OneNote (always led to various errors, e.g. cache back and forth, etc. > OneNote itself could not fix the errors). > OneNote itself could not fix the errors) and was therefore forced to somehow get the notebook from OneDrive outside of OneNote in order to be able to work with it again.

    Without your tip, I would have really crashed 🙂
    So thank you very much again!

    Kind regards

    1. Lennart Wörmer Avatar

      Hi Tom, I'm really glad I could help! 😎

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