How to switch from OneNote 2016 to OneNote for Windows 10

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Microsoft will only support OneNote 2016 until October 2025 so enthusiasts should start considering leaving it. OneNote 2016 will still get new features on the way. On the other hand, users who prefer OneNote 2016 and don’t want to switch to OneNote UWP app should become aware that OneNote for Windows 10 will replace OneNote desktop in Office 2019.

If you still want to hang on to the legacy app, you can continue to do so and enjoy some of its features such as the one that provides the ability to store notebooks on the local hard drive instead of the cloud.

Transitioning from OneNote 2016 to OneNote for Windows 10 is not that easy

If you’re using local notebooks and want to transition from OneNote 2016 to OneNote for Windows 10, it’s best to learn a thing or two about the whole process because it’s not the easiest one. OneNote for Windows 10 only supports notebooks stored on OneDrive, SharePoint or OneDrive for Business. You can’t use it to open local notebooks. But, what you can do instead is another thing as OneNote for Windows 10 will be able to move local notebooks to OneDrive on your behalf.

How to move OneNote from your computer to OneDrive

You can move a locally stored OneNote notebook straight in OneDrive from the OneNote for Windows 10 app. You will find the necessary steps to do this on Microsoft’s support page, and you’ll also find out more about the benefits of keeping your notebooks on OneDrive.

After you’re done, your local OneNote notebooks will be uploaded to your OneDrive account, and the transition process will be complete.

Microsoft is also working on increasing the sync engine’s speed and its reliability as well on OneNote for Windows 10.

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