How to Sync OneNote 2016 Notebooks to Your OneDrive Account and Access them Anywhere

Last Updated: Feb 13, 2024 by

OneNote 2016 is a powerful note-taking tool that allows you to organize your thoughts and ideas in a digital format. However, if you use multiple devices or want to access your notes from anywhere, it’s important to sync your OneNote notebooks to your OneDrive account. In this article, we’ll discuss how to sync OneNote 2016 notebooks to your OneDrive account and troubleshoot any potential sync issues.

Syncing OneNote 2016 Notebooks to OneDrive

Syncing your OneNote 2016 notebooks to your OneDrive account is a simple process that can be done in a few easy steps. First, open OneNote 2016 and click on the “File” tab in the top left corner. Then, click on “Info” and select “View Sync Status.” This will open a new window where you can see the status of your notebook sync.

Next, click on the “Sync Now” button to manually sync your notebooks to your OneDrive account. You can also set up automatic syncing by clicking on “Sync Automatically” in the same window. This will ensure that any changes you make to your notebooks are automatically saved and synced to your OneDrive account.

Troubleshooting OneNote Sync Issues

While syncing your OneNote 2016 notebooks to your OneDrive account is usually a smooth process, there may be times when you encounter sync issues. Here are some common issues and how to troubleshoot them:

OneNote Not Syncing

If your OneNote notebooks are not syncing to your OneDrive account, the first thing to check is your internet connection. Make sure you are connected to the internet and try syncing again. If the issue persists, try restarting your device and then syncing again.

OneNote Sync Errors

If you receive an error message while trying to sync your OneNote notebooks, it could be due to a conflict between your local copy and the version on OneDrive. To resolve this, try manually syncing your notebooks and then resolving any conflicts that may arise. You can also try clearing your OneNote cache by going to “File” > “Options” > “Save & Backup” and clicking on “Clear Cache.”

OneNote Syncing to the Wrong Account

If you have multiple OneDrive accounts, you may accidentally sync your OneNote notebooks to the wrong account. To fix this, go to “File” > “Info” > “View Sync Status” and click on “Stop Syncing” next to the incorrect account. Then, click on “Sync Now” and select the correct account to sync your notebooks to.


Syncing your OneNote 2016 notebooks to your OneDrive account is essential for accessing your notes from anywhere and ensuring they are always backed up. By following these simple steps and troubleshooting any potential issues, you can easily sync your notebooks and have peace of mind knowing your notes are safe and accessible.

Have you encountered any issues while syncing your OneNote notebooks? Let us know in the comments.

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