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

Updated on Oct 31, 2018 by Tracy King to File Recovery

Summary

This tutorial article offers you free four 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 some effective methods will help you effortlessly find and restore lost notes in OneNote 2016 on your Windows PC. All you need is to select a specific method 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 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 powerful free file recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition which supports to restore all lost files within 3 steps from complex situations. 

STEP 1

  • Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard on your computer.
  • Choose the OneNote file location (Drive X:)
  • Click on the Scan button.
select onenote file location

STEP 2

  • Wait for the scan process.
  • Check the "Deleted files" result if the OneNote files were lost due to deletion.
scan

STEP 3

  • Click "Filter" and choose "Documents".
  • Locate the OneNote files (.one) in the filtered results.
  • Select targeted files and click on the Recover button.
select onenote files and click recover

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 locate your notes, 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 with these 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.