OneNote in MBChB

OneNote iconMicrosoft OneNote is part of the University’s suite of Microsoft applications available in Office 365. OneNote is freely available for all of your desktop and Mobile devices from or from the Microsoft Office portal (

With OneNote, you can type, hand write, draw, and clip things from the web to get down your thoughts into your electronic notebook. Use OneNote’s flexible canvas to place content anywhere you want. You can even scan hand written notes or pages straight into OneNote, then make them searchable.

Students studying Medicine may wish to review this guide (primarily for Year 1 students) on how OneNote Class Notebooks are used and accessed on the programme (UoB Login required)

Downloadable Guides

OneNote Set-Up Guide (PDF)

OneNote Web Clipper (URL)

Saving a copy of OneNote Guide (PDF)

Restoring notes from backup (PDF)

Admin Guides

Manage Class notebook Collaboration Space (PDF)

Adding students to a Class Notebook (PDF)


How do I delete a OneNote Notebook?
In the desktop version of OneNote 2016, you can right-click on one of the notebooks (open the left-hand menu by clicking on the name of the current notebook) and choose Close. However, this does not delete the notebook; to delete the notebook, you need to go to the location where it is saved – hopefully, OneDrive, select the NoteBook and click Delete.
How can I restore notes that I have lost?
If you have deleted a page or part of a page by accident or over-written something that you want to revert to, there are a couple of options hereĀ OneNote – restore from backup
How do I configure OneNote backup?
OneNote for the windows desktop will already be set to make backup files but you can customise these settings to suit your needs. Follow this link for the details OneNote – notebook backup settings
How do I fix OneNote when it will no longer sync' on my Macbook?
NB. Any changes to your notebooks that have not been synchronised will with the cloud will be lost.

Open Finder and select Go from the menu. At this stage you may not see the item Library. To display it, use the drop down menu under GO.

  1. Delete this folder: ~/library/containers/
  2. Delete this folder: ~/Library/Group Containers/UBF8T346G9.Office/ and delete just the OneNote folder
  3. Reboot your Mac and start OneNote

Links to OneNote Training Guides and Information

The University has purchased access to high quality learning resources from Linkedin Learning (formerly, for staff and research postgraduates. They have lots of training resources on OneNote and Class OneNotes and we would recommend this as the first option for staff and research postgraduates. Link to Linkedin. Log in with your University account e.g.

Microsoft OneNote help centre

Download OneNote for Windows (formerly OneNote 2016)