OneNote Resources – Getting Started

One of the first questions I am asked after speaking with someone just getting started with OneNote is:

“What are some good basic getting started OneNote 101 how to video and instruction resources that I can look at?”

I have compiled the following list so I can store all my recommended and favourite resources in one place, and easily share them with others.

(Note: Yes, there are many more resources out there. I’ve kept this list short to not overwhelm a new user.)

Let’s get started:

Microsoft Support – OneNote: OneNote Help
The official resource for “Getting Started” with OneNote 2016, the OneNote App for Windows 10, and smart phone Apps.
Owner: Created and managed by Microsoft.
Contains: Step-by-step instructions organized into topics and categories. (Also links to eBooks, Quick Start Guides, and Videos in the Office Training Centre.)
Level: Beginner
Tip: Know what version of OneNote you are using before you begin.
(Not sure which version you’re using? Read this helpful article: What’s the difference between OneNote and OneNote 2016)

Office Training Centre: OneNote Training
The official resource for “OneNote Training” with OneNote 2010, OneNote 2013, and OneNote 2016.
Owner: Created and managed by Microsoft.
Contains: Videos and Course modules in the Office Training Centre. (Also links to eBooks and Quick Start Guides.)
Level: Beginner
Tip: Make sure you have selected the version of OneNote you want to learn about using the tabs at the top.

Office Blogs – OneNote: Office Blogs
The official place to receive updates on “What’s New” in OneNote: 2016 and the App for Windows 10.
Owner: Created and managed by the Microsoft OneNote Team.
Contains: Blog posts every month on new features
Level: Everyone.
Tip: A lot of the content is focused on education so use the filters to narrow the content focus to the Audience and Type that matches you.

How to Filter:

Expand the “What products do you use?” header. Select OneNote. Click the red “Apply filters” button.

Note: You can use the RSS button to send a stream of new content to your RSS reader to always stay current and not have to keep coming back to the site to check on what’s new.

Next, Expand the “What do you want to see?” header. I recommend selecting “Updates” and “News”. Click the red “Apply filters” button.

Note: I choose to exclude the other filters to avoid the business case content, however, they can be useful to help inspire you on fresh ways to use OneNote! The podcasts and webcasts can be useful too, your choice.

Finally, expand the “Where do you use Office?” header. Select the filter that matches you. Click the red “Apply filters” button.

Note: The main goal here for business users is to remove the content related to Education as there is a lot of it (which is great content, but in my experience as a business user, I prefer to have less noise in my feed).


OneNote Community Notebook: Community Notebook
The unofficial ‘go to’ place for all things OneNote organized within a Notebook!
Owner: Created and managed by OneNote MVP Marjolein Hoekstra.
Contains: What’s New, Add-ins, Error Messages
Level: Intermediate – Advanced
Tip: Use the Search feature in the OneNote Notebook to look for topics you want to learn more about.

What is your favourite getting started with OneNote resources?

Share your favourites in the comments.

2 responses to “OneNote Resources – Getting Started

  1. Hi Kelly, so glad to find this in my quest for OneNote maintenance. I understand the sections and have several. I then have created several tabs vertically based on capturing details of various topics within each section. When I work in explorer, it has impacts to OneNote and creates folder structures although there are no sections or tabs. Do you have anything that explains the relationship between explorer and OneNote? Why it does what it does and how to make it all show what I want and how I want it?

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