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How to Recover Deleted OneNote Files

This page introduces you how to recover deleted OneNote files via Notebook Recycle Bin or third-party recovery tool when Notebook Recycle Bin is unavailable.

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Is There Any Way to Recover Deleted OneNote Files?

"I had been working on an exam study guide in OneNote 2007 for several hours of work in the past few days. Last night, I accidentally deleted the file by pressing the Delete button. It's a nightmare! I have to get it back. Is there any way to recover deleted OneNote files?"

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Method 1. Recover OneNote from Backup Open the notebook > Click File, then tab Info > Open Backups...Full steps
Method 2. Use EaseUS Data Recovery Software Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard > Choose the OneNote file location > Click the Scan button...Full steps

If you've lost or delete some recent notes you were working on, you may still have a chance to restore them. There are two possible ways to recover deleted OneNote files in this article; you can selectively choose to restore OneNote from backup or using hard drive recovery software.   

Method 1. Recover OneNote from Backup on the Computer

OneNote provides the automatic backup feature to keep the notes according to the time you set. If you have backed up OneNote, you can manually restore OneNote from backup.

If your OneNote files were stored on your computer, do the following.

  • Open the notebook where you lost recent notes.
  • Click "File" > "Info" > open "Backups".
  • In the Open Backup dialog box, note the folder names that appear. Each folder represents a OneNote notebook that's stored on your computer.
  • Double click the notebook folder you want to open.
  • Select the notebook section backup file you want to open, and then click "Open".
  • If your deleted notes are included in the backup sections or pages, right-click the section tab or individual page tab you want to restore, and then use the Move or Copy command to put the notes back in their original location.

Method 2. Recover Deleted OneNote files with Data Recovery Software

By default, OneNote saves your notebooks to OneDrive or you can choose to create a local notebook on your Windows Documents folder. And you can change the default location via going to "File" > "Options" > "Save & Backup" > "Modify…" and select a location. 

If you have deleted OneNote files on your computer, you can also use professional hard drive recovery software to recover lost OneNote without any data loss. And EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is such a versatile tool that enables you to restore lost documents with ease. For instance, recover lost Word documents, restore removed Excel, PTT, PDF, HTML, etc.

Except for the deleted files recovery, this program is also good at format recovery, lost partition recovery, OS crash recovery, virus attack recovery, RAW recovery, and so on.

Now, download and install the EaseUS data recovery tool for free. Then recover lost OneNote files with the step-by-step guide.

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Step 1. Run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. Choose the drive where you lost files and start scanning. This software allows you to recover lost data from all devices, including HDD, SSD, USB drive, SD card, pen drive, camera, etc.

select a location to scan

Step 2. Browse the full scan results. You can choose the file type you need by clicking on the file type filter. EaseUS data recovery software supports 1000+ file types like photos, videos, documents, emails, audio files, and many more. 

Choose files to recover

Step 3. Select the files you want to preview. Click "Recover" and set a storage location to save the recovered data. 

Recover lost data

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Cedric Grantham is one of the senior editors of EaseUS who lives and works in Chengdu, China. He mainly writes articles about data recovery tutorials on PC and Mac and how-to tips for partition management. He always keeps an eye on new releases and likes various electronic products.

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