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Mac: Add support for offline (local) OneNote notebooks

In some cases you do not want or are not allowed to upload your notes to a cloud, therefore you should add offline notebooks to OneNote for Mac.

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Thanks for expressing your support for local notebooks on Mac. We have no plans to support local notebooks in our other clients, since storing your notebooks in the cloud enables experiences that are not otherwise possible. OneDrive gives you 5GB of storage for free, but if you need more space we recommend subscribing to Office 365 which includes an additional 1TB each for up to five users.


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  • Arman Mirzaei commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Maybe the best way is to efficiently ask the APPLE Incorporation to design a noting software similar to MS OneNote , and add it to its own office.

  • Haywood Jablomi commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Ditto for the comments below. I have one drive but not able to use it on my work computer there has got to be a way to do this. Windows is awful but I am forced to use it. I use my Mac for all my work on the road and just want my notes.

  • Michael Potter commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This answer from the "OneNote Team" is a joke; they completely ignored the premise of the question. Question: "I have a requirement that I can't store information in the cloud". Answer: "cloud is better". I would have more respect for MS if they would give an honest answer: "We want to force you to use the cloud so you are dependent on us. Someday we want to stick it to you; We don't know how, but eventually we will figure out a way."

  • [Deleted User] commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    As OneNote team does not plan to add this essential feature, while today privacy is a strong requirement for a lot of customers, we should simply boycott their software.

    There are multiple software that do the same thing as OneNote, and some of them are free. Just look to alternatives. Doing so will let us to make our voice count and maybe, eventually, Microsoft will consider to implement such a basic feature that we shouldn't even have to ask for.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I do not want this "experience". I don't want to be forced pay this subscription forever. I want to archive older notebooks on my NAS. And I want to be sure, that I can open them in 10 years.

  • Klaus commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Dear OneNote Team,
    I guess MS's best approach towards storing OneNote data is implemented in Office 2013, which I am using for my job. I. e. when creating a new notebook your are offered the choice of storing it in OneDrive, the local drive or another location (usually a server in a corporate network). This choice allows users to store data that needs to be available anytime on different devices in the cloud. But, if users are - according to corporate policies or customer requirements - not allowed to store in the cloud, other choices under local control are available.
    To resume, I would encourage you the reinstall this feature from Office 2013 in all Office packages. This will not harm your strategy to push cloud services forward, because freedom for choice will be another argument for using OneNote. If you force users into the cloud, you will push many users to alternative notebook products. I would like to continue using OneNote, but only when having the choice of different storing locations.
    It's MS's choice, but don't forget that freedom is a buying argument.
    Best regards

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please implement this feature. The notes of your customers are their data not yours, even Adobe's cloud service allows access to your files. Adobe does this!!!

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    To parrot what has already been said ... I do not wish to store my notebooks on any cloud. The application used to be an excellent way for me to manage large projects. But i would rather migrate to another application than be forced into a cloud storage option.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I work for a huge, international financial services company. We are not allowed to use OneDrive due to local and international privacy restrictions and things like SEC regulations. We have a fleet of designers on Macbooks in multiple countries, all of whom are keeping notes on paper. Onenote's drawing ability would make it amazingly useful for us to keep track of our sketches, feedback, and notes for product teams in other countries as, presumably, the typed notes are much easier to translate than the handwritten characters scribbled on the edge of a photo of a paper sketch.

    Until Sketch comes to Windows, most digital designers are going to be on a mac+wacom system and hard-pressed to find a note-taking software that supports drawing.

    Please reconsider as this decision is hampering designers--who almost exclusively use macs--from using *your* software as their tool of choice.

  • anthony commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please change your mind; We need an optional local, of line storage for OneNote files. It is only 2019, and some of us are still working off line!

  • Christoph commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I just need a note book where I can copy some notes. At first glimpse oneNote does everything i need. But when I am not always online oneNote has problems with synchornisation and hangs up.

    For me it is fine if the notes are stored on my PC, i don't need them anywhere else in the world. It seems i am not the client you are looking for - so i have to go and find a product fitting to my needs.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    "since storing your notebooks in the cloud enables experiences that are not otherwise possible." does that concince yourself microsoft. How dumb do you think everyone here is? Yes it has great advantages but don't you think it is also an advantage to have options and decide for oneself?
    Your statement is just ridiculous.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I have my notebooks for business and private inside my private cloud and I see no reason for moving them to onedrive. I am not using onedrive for anything else, so where is the sense in forcing me to use it. Before I let Microsoft force me to do something I will switch to another notes provider. It is just sad because I really like Onenote

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I like so much Onenotes but to be honest disable local disk on Mac doesn’t make sense. I have a Mac so now I will use an alternative app like Everynotes or Bear. Thanks.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I'll seriously pay $100 or more for the OneNote app if it will let me save my files locally to my mac.

  • Lawrence Durham commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Today I went through an exercise with MS support to get my missing notebooks. After finding out that I can't backup, import or use another 3rd party for sync, I asked the question why! Reading the comments I agree that the reason given is BS. With MS making their product available on everything you would think they would make it easy to backup or just move your data across platforms. I've been using Onenote for over 3 yrs on both OSX, Win, iOS and Android, but after almost losing my data, because I can't backup or move it easily has made me rethink continuing to use the product.

    MS if you are listening, you have a great product, but don't make a dumb marketing decision to prevent users from backup and restore out side of onedrive. BTW My information was not saved on onedrive, but we did find it still in the backup folder on my local system. Which even then was an awkward set of steps to get it readable again in onenote.

    Give us another way to backup not just onedrive.

  • Lukas commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Your cloud offering is great, but the data privacy and restrictions on my client, refuses me to use not approved locations like your cloud.

  • Chad Lang commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The existence of this thread is absolutely & profoundly asinine. This crippleware has forced my team to have to rewrite 50+ processes because they can no longer be accessed in the local OneNote format.


  • Ron S. commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This thread has been going on for three and one-half years. And still, Microsoft has not offered any sensible rationale for not implementing local storage for onenote files. (The rationale offered about "experiences not possible with local storage" is total b.s., when you consider that ALL of the other Office Products (Word, Excel) DO offer local storage. Amazingly enough, one can also use the other office applications with Onedrive as well as local storage.

    If MS were really concerned about the amazing experience of using OneDrive exclusively, why not also make OneNote work with other cloud providers: Box, iCloud, Google, whatever.

    Here is what I would find refreshing: Microsoft tells us the REAL reason for forcing all OneNote users to use OneDrive. Perhaps, the MS Board of Directors said so? Or maybe the Onedrive utilization numbers are bad, and they need to be improved.

    The truth, and not some b.s. about unique experiences, would truly be wonderful.

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