local storage on Mac
How about giving Mac users the option to locally store their notebooks just like PC users get? If not why do you charge the same for a less feature rich product?
Please do this. In the current (2019) version for Mac, you cannot even export an entire notebook as a PDF, so if you don't regularly export *each* page in the notebook as a single-page PDF, you are screwed if your internet access is limited. And lots of people live in areas with sketchy internet. If I can't access my notebooks offline, the program is pretty much useless.
SO much this!!
Please add local storage functionality
Lost all my data last month due to an email domain change at my company. Brutally painful. I can't bring myself to trust MS or OneNote again.
My company blocks OneNote from being used because OneNote Mac saves to only cloud. :( If there were a local option, they will allow it.
Changed to a Mac since PC laptop stopped working. Had saved all my files to a SD regularly and copied them to my new laptop. All works nice. Until I tried to open my .one files. No way?
I'm now locked. Can't use OneNote files. Lost.
How to open locally store?
Robert Beaty commented
I can download .one files locally, but that's not a widely compatible, safe backup option. It should be PDF or .txt, anything other than .one which can only be opened with Microsoft OneNote. They're holding our notes hostage, this is wrong.
If this doesn't change, I'm going to begin migrating to another note app that does actually allow local, accessible backups.
Anyone know of note app we can switch to that has a local backup feature?
While I have to use this on occasion at work because some idiot felt the need to use One Note, not being able to access the files remotely only saves me from having to work on them at home!
I never create a new One Note file.
Sameh Samir atalla commented
OneNote Offline and save locally without email account such OneNote on Windows.
It is very sad to see over a thousand people pleading for this most basic of features since half a decade with NO response from Microsoft. Likely nobody's even reading this stuff.
They've made it clear how much they value the "user's voice" and should just close down this entire feedback platform.
Comment enregistrer un bloc note ou quelques pages directement sur mon mac ?
La fonctionnalité est tellement paraique sur PC !
I think people should NOTE (hah) that this post is from 2016 and all MICROSOFT did was remove the feature from Windows.. Since OneNote and Office 2016 they have done nothing but remove features like this to push OneDrive.. and you have NO control over that as unlike GOOGLE, you can't copy those files and use them locally to re-sync later.
There are a few very clunky and inefficient ways to 'back up' a copy of a OneNote from 365 but once you do, that copy is severed and not updated / synced.. and as a few have mentioned, you can only access those notebooks with Office 2016 / OneNote 2016.. So once that gets killed off, you're SCREWED
This whole situation is ridiculous as it is basically forcing people to buy subs to 365 as even just onenote will take a PDF of 8mb and make it 50mb when imported (insanity). This is made worse because people who need to work offline even if temporarily (govt, on a plane, at sea.. maybe you just dont have internet in a rural worksite?!) the whole mandatory internet thing is slap in the face.
We just want to keep local, update-able / sync-able copies of our own information so we CAN use it in events where the servers go down and we can keep extra copies when sync features cause a LOSS of data.. WE'D PAY FOR THE RIGHT TO OUR OWN DATA.. so give it back as it was there in the past.
Ethan Menzel commented
I totally agree with you. You should check out my comment
One Note is not the same as it used to be.
The backup feature is something I foolishly presumed already existed. I somehow lost the content of a very important Note, and presumed I could find yesterday's copy on my TimeMachine backup or Online in OneDrive. But, sadly (with big consequences) it doesn't seem to be recoverable.
This has shaken my trust int his otherwise extremely useful app. I'n looking for an alternative now, but it would be good if Microsoft could help out with a backup-restore function for Mac users.
There is a (slightly insane) workaround for local backups. It's actually quite easy to *save* your onenote info to your mac. Just impossible (trust me, impossible) to do anything with those saved files *on* a mac. You can't open them with the same onenote app for mac that created them. You can't open them with onenote online. You can't send them to onenote for ios.
The one thing you can do is open them in Onenote 2016 for windows--on a virtual machine, a friend's PC or whatever. As a last-ditch backup, it's better than nothing, and the only reason i continue to use OneNote. Here's how to save to your mac:
OneNote – how to back up for a mac
1. sync everything
2. open MS Onedrive (via web browser) and log in
3. open “My Files” folder on onedrive.
4. Select Documents folder. Don’t select any files inside it. Just open it.
5. Click “Download” tab that appears at TOP of browser window
6. Choose to open the zip file with the Unarchiver or whatever else opens it.
7. Save the resulting documents folder on your mac
8. Repeat 1-7 frequently.
Inside this documents folder are .one files that OneNote 2016 for windows can read and restore.
So let me get this straight; this has been on the books since 2016, and people have asked for it since 2016, it's a feature on OneNote for Win, OneNote is being brought back in its original form, and they still haven't gotten to it?
Yup, sounds like Microsoft to me. Make life hard for Mac users for no good reason other than spite.
give me the ability to save one note files locally to my mac?
Hard to believe you can't understand the risks of putting information into the cloud
Any update on using local storage for Onenote on MAC - it's a great product and would love to continue to use it, but without a local backup then it's too risky.
I would like to use OneNote to store research ideas, personal journal and recipes, etc. for decades to come -- but I want to be sure I can back my files up. Local storage would be very appreciated!