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?
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!
I would not mind paying for the storage but my company does not allow to use storage outside our premises and most certainly not located or accessed via networks, outside the country (Germany). I migrated from windows to Mac and like the MSOffice suite. I have used and collected content in OneNote for 15 years but with the Mac this is no longer organisationally possible. Sad. Pity.
Yes, please make this a thing!
Viola W commented
It is bizarre that this is not possible on a Mac, of all places, since not many Mac users should be expected to have a OneDrive account. Either way, every software that allows cloud storage should enable the option of local storage.
Thierry Fecteau commented
There are bunch of security concerns from companies uploading notes to MS serves. I would rather have it saved on Mac.
My concern as a Mac user - if I delete something by accident, there is no way to go back to a previously saved version of my Notebook. If I was able to periodically save a copy of the Notebook to my hard drive that I could reboot from - this would be most helpful.
Beside all the benefits the tool will also be GDPR compliant where a free choice of storage is mandatory.