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Managing Pages in OneNote

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After adding Sections to your Notebook, the next step is to create some Pages for your Sections. Pages are where you will be adding links, tables, maps, photos, etc., and are managed easily in OneNote.


First, let’s create a little more space on our screen for our Pages. You can collapse the Notebook Navigation Menu by clicking on the small Pin at the top right of the Menu. One other thing you can do is click on the small Arrow at the bottom right on the Home Navigation ribbon. This hides the ribbon and gives you more room on your screen to view your Pages. To view the ribbon again, just click on the Home tab. If you want to leave it showing, click on the Pin at the bottom right of the ribbon. (The pin shows up when you have chosen to hide the ribbon.) Most of my screen clips from here on will be without the Notebook Navigation Menu and the Home Navigation ribbon.



When you create a Section, it is automatically created with an untitled Page. Whatever you type into the box at the top left of the Page will be the Page Name shown in the Page Navigation Menu. Pages can be oriented on the right of your Notebook


…or the left of your Notebook. I like my Pages listed on the left. To change the orientation of where the Pages are displayed in your Notebook, Click on File > Options > then choose Display. Check or uncheck the box: Page tabs appear on the left.



The easiest way to create new Pages is to Click > Add Page at the top of the Page Navigation Menu. An new untitled Page will appear at the bottom of your Page Navigation Menu. You can add new Pages by Right Clicking on the Page Navigation Menu and choosing New Page from the menu displayed. You can also use the shortcut: Ctrl+N.


Pages can be Moved by Clicking and Dragging them where you want them to appear in your Page Navigation Menu.

Subpages—shown as an indented Page name—can be easily created by Clicking and Dragging the Page tab to the right or by choosing > Make Subpage from the menu display that appears when you Right Click in the Page Navigation area. You can create as many Pages and Subpages as you need.


You can Move and Copy Pages to other Sections and other Notebooks if you find you need to reorganize your Sections and Notebooks. I have all my blank Page Templates saved in a Section at the front of my Surname Notebooks. I can easily copy those Pages to any of my Sections by Right Clicking on the Page Name and choosing Move or Copy


…a second window opens with a list of your Notebooks. Use the + to navigate to the Sections inside a Notebook. Choose the Section where you would like the Page to go. Be careful when you Click Move or Copy. I cannot tell you how many times I have chosen Move when I meant Copy! 

If you are just moving a Page within Sections of the same Notebook, you can Drag and Drop it where you want it to go.



The same instructions apply when you are Moving or Copying full Sections as well. Right Click on the Section tab to see the menu that displays Move or Copy.


This page was updated on 14 April 2015 with new OneNote2013 screenshots and reworded to explain how to perform the tasks in ON2013. I deleted a portion on saving Pages as Templates in OneNote as I no longer save mine there.


Cite This Page:

Erin Williamson Klein, “Managing Pages in OneNote.” My Family History Files, 7 April 2014 ( [access date]).

Please do not copy without attribution and link back to this page.


3 thoughts on “Managing Pages in OneNote

  1. Thank you so much for helping me understand the new OneNote 2013. I love your blog and look forward to following you. You inspire me to work on this new adventure and I hope to learn more from this.

    1. Aww, thank you, Trish and you’re welcome. That’s totally why I am sharing my process–to inspire others.

  2. I have just discovered your pages. Am looking forward to learning how to manage my files better using Onenote. Thanks heaps :)

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