How To Use Onenote Without Onedrive

OneNote is a widely-used app for note-taking commonly linked with Microsoft’s cloud storage solution, OneDrive. Nonetheless, if you opt out of storing your notes on the cloud, you can still utilize OneNote without the necessity of linking it to OneDrive.

Using OneNote Offline

OneNote can be used offline by opening the app and selecting “File” from the menu bar, followed by “New” and then “Notebook.” This will create a new notebook that is stored locally on your device. You can then add sections and pages to this notebook as you would with any other OneNote notebook.

Sharing Notes Without OneDrive

If you want to share your notes with others without using OneDrive, you can do so by exporting your notebook as a PDF or Word document. To do this, select “File” from the menu bar and then “New” followed by “Page.” From there, you can create a new page and add your notes. Once you have finished editing your notes, select “File” again and choose “Print” to export your notebook as a PDF or Word document.


While OneDrive is a convenient way to store and share your OneNote notebooks, it is possible to use the app without it. By using OneNote offline and exporting your notes as PDF or Word documents, you can still enjoy all of the benefits of OneNote without relying on cloud storage.