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How to Restore Lost Notes in OneNote 2016 on Windows PC?

Updated on Oct 16, 2018 by Tracy King to File Recovery

Summary

This tutorial article offers you free methods to help you simply restore all lost notes in OneNote 2016. Don’t worry about losing important OneNote files anymore. Just follow this article and you’ll know how to find lost notes in OneNote 2016 then.

"Do you know where can I find the lost OneNote 2016 notes? I think that I might have deleted some notes from my PC in OneNote 2016. Do I still have a chance to restore the deleted note files?"

Usually, when you cannot find OneNote 2016 notes in your PC, it doesn't mean that all these notes are gone. Here we'll have some effective methods to support you effortless find or restore lost notes in OneNote 2016 on your Windows PC. All you need is to select the exact method that you need to find and restore lost OneNote notes by following the below tips.

Method 1. Restore lost notes in OneNote 2016 with file recovery software in 3 steps;
Method 2. Use Search to search notes;
Method 3. Restore lost notes from OneDrive folder;
Method 4. Check Notebook Recycle Bin to find lost OneNote 2016 notes.

So now you may follow the offered 4 methods to get your important notes files back.

Method 1. Free restore lost notes in OneNote 2016 with file recovery software in 3 steps

If you cannot find any tracks of lost notes in OneNote 2016 on your PC with no backup, the best way to recover the lost notes is turn to professional file recovery software for help. 

Here we'd like to recommend you try a powerful free file recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition which supports you to simply restore all lost files within 3 steps under complex situations. 

  • Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition and select disk partition or storage location where you lost OneNote notes and click "Scan".

Restore OneNote 2016 notes.

  • EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard will start a quick scan to find deleted OneNote notes;
    After the quick scan, a deep scan will automatically start to find more OneNote files and data;

Scan and find lost notes in OneNote 2016 on PC.

  • Preview and restore lost OneNote notes;
    You can preview found data by file types, select found OneNote notes and click "Recover" to save them to another safe spot in PC/storage device.

Get lost notes restored.

Method 2. Use Search to search notes

This method is the quickest way to find notes in OneNote. OneNote can find words in text, handwriting, pictures, even audio and video recordings. If you cannot find target notes, you may try the below steps:

  • In the search box, at the upper-right corner, select the arrow to the right of the magnifying glass icon > choose All notebooks in the appeared list;
  • Type a keyword or phrase of the note that you want to search in the search box;
  • OneNotes will present the search result that match your search word or phrase > choose a search result to retrieve;
  • Press Esc to exit when you finish searching.

Method 3. Restore lost notes from OneDrive folder

If you have sync OneNote 2016 notes into OneDrive, you may try to restore lost notes from OneDrive by following next steps:

  • Sign in to OneDrive from the OneDrive hone page or using OneDrive app for Windows 10;
  • Browse through your document folders and open notes, documents and other files > search for the information you are looking for > Check other documents and file in case your notes are there instead of OneNote;
  • When you find wanted notes, reload to your PC.

Method 4. Check Notebook Recycle Bin to find lost OneNote 2016 notes

  • Open the shared notebook where you expected to find lost notes;
  • Select History > Notebook Recycle Bin > Notebook Recycle Bin;

If you find lost or deleted notes here, recover them by following the below steps:

  • Right-click the tab of any page that you want to recover > choose Move or Copy
  • In the Move or Copy page, choose the notebook section where you want to move the page > choose Move;

If you want to move the page to another notebook, first click + icon next to that notebook in the list and then select a section within it.