Add option to "Lock password protected sections after I have not worked in them for the following amount of time".
OneNote 2016 has the advanced option "Lock password protected sections after I have not worked in them for the following amount of time". Such an option does not seem to exist in OneNote for Windows 10. The features of OneNote for Windows 10 have improved a lot over the past year or so, but having to reenter the password after only 5 or 10 minutes of inactivity is annoying and is the one thing keeping me from switching from OneNote 2016. Please add this feature to OneNote for Windows 10.
Luboš Liška commented
Adding this feature would be trivial. So why Microsoft is ignoring the needs of users?
Peter Felso commented
OneNote is unusable for serious note taking without this feature. I have tried several times and my whole user experience is reduced to permanent password entering in order to unlock several protected sections I need to use. It would be a splendid idea to return this feature - maybe it could be in a form of payed feature (in it's present form it makes the impression that MS wants to discourage people to use password protection).
Maybe the time has come to make a "OneNote Pro" edition - with payed features like configurable password expiration time or locally stored notes. Please consider the options. There were times OneNote was very good note taking application - for some of us the most usable Office application.
Rob H commented
This feature is needed badly. Is anhyone at MS awake? If you use One Note daily like I do, it is almost impossible to be productive, the sections I unlock to use lock in minutes. USELESS without this being fixed.
Mike G commented
Five months later and still not even an acknowledgement that anyone is listening to our pleas to address this annoying omission... We need to get some more voters to this topic.
I agree this simple and easy to implement feature needs to be added. It's really annoying looking away on another window for a few minutes and looking back at your notes and having to enter a password, again, and again, and again....
Kim K commented
I agree! Sometimes I am looking something up or stepping away for just a couple of minutes, and it's annoying to have to unlock so often.
Thanks in advance for solving this problem!
Please extend the timeout period. With a 2 minute timeout you are forcing me to use a weak password as I have to keep logging in to use this page. Almost defeats the purpose. Thanks!
- please replicate what was available in previous versions the software - an ability to modify the time-out period before a page is locked.
I'd really like to be able to set the time or action that will reactivate the password protection in the Windows 10 version of OneNote
Victor Adamczyk commented
Absolutely agree with comments by others - please replicate what was available in previous versions the software - an ability to modify the time-out period before a page is locked.
Please add a customizable timeout setting to the password option. Ridiculous to not have that.
Edoardo Pili commented
I would say that OneNote should NEVER automatically lock the section if you are actively reading or editing it. The minutes should start counting down from when it goes to background or you don't touch mouse and keyboard. The way it is now is just a behavior nobody wants, a design-flaw.
Having said that, it is still a MUST to be able to set the length in minutes for auto-locking. Very weird and very annoying not being able to control this.
Please add this functionality. It should be standard!
I agree with everyone. Please add an option for lock time. I constantly switch between apps/software and it's annoying having to re-enter passwords every 10 minutes or so.
imtiaj sreejon commented
Its annoying to enter password every time as i move away for few minutes
I have the same question and here is the response.
Clark Wang MSFT Replied on May 6, 2019
Microsoft Agent | Moderator
Thanks for posting the query in forum.
The set password protection options about a section is unlocked it will automatically lock in few minutes can modify is only on OneNote 2016. Given this situation, we would like to suggest you vote this post Add option to "Lock password protected sections after I have not worked in them for the following amount of time". in OneNote for Windows 10 UserVoice and submit your feedback. This is the best method to improve our products. Microsoft welcomes your feedback on its products. Many features came directly from your feedback.
Appreciate your understanding.
Definately requires this option as it is very difficult to work with protected sections that need to be unlocked every few minutes. Usually you are working with multiple applications open so when you switch from OneNote to Word/Excel/Outlook for a few minutes you return to a locked screen and having to enter the password again. It was an option on OneNote 2016 which I am seriously thinking of returning to for this one issue.
It is indeed extremely annoying when you are forced to work with password protected sections for security reasons. This is in fact the only reason why we did not fully switch to OneNote UWP, but still stick to OneNote 2016!