Ability to password protect an entire notebook (instead of just individual sections)
We need the convenience of being able to easily protect an entire Windows desktop notebook with a password, and then, when opened, have the ability to search the entire notebook. Section by section password protection is a major pain when working with large notebooks with many sections, all of which need to be protected separately. Having the same protection available on all platforms would be the icing on the cake!
Very much needed. Please!
Yes please add this feature, it's crazy it hasn't been added already.
Totally agree with previous comments. Please strongly consider this feature. Especially since local notebooks are no longer available. The lack of this feature prevents me from further adopting OneNote into my workflow.
This would be very helpful, please add it!
6 years.... someone at Microsoft must be reading this and consider it would be a great feature?
Agreed - ty microsoft!
Jay Farnsworth commented
If a password for an entire notebook isn't in the cards, please consider a simple six digit pin or biometric authentication for Android and iOS clients required to open the app. OneDrive Android client already has this and it keeps prying eyes away from your data when you lend someone your phone, even if only to make a phone call. After designated number of tries, disable the pin and force the user to enter account.live credentials in order to reset the pin count and access the data. Simple Pin or biometric to open the app would go a long way to satisfying most users' requirements for a notebook password. Side benefit is it will protect all notebooks with a single authentication.
Please add this feature. This is a must as protecting sections is too time consuming it is the only barrier for people when choosing what software to use for notes. Pretty please with sprinkles on top
It would be helpfull if I could passwort protect a whole notebook at once
Please, Please, Please, Please, Please, Please add this to OneNote. The section by section option is not practical when you have hundreds upon hundreds of sections accross multiple books.
Section by section is a pain... anyone worked out a good workaround or are there any macros/plugins to help?
[Deleted User] commented
I just realized that I can not secure the whole OneNote notebook by a password. Very disappointed. And I see, this is a long-term issue that MS is not paying attention to. So I am looking for another product.
with so many votes, how is this not yet in gathering feedback on planned status? I wonder sometimes if they actual pay attention. This is such an obvious need.
Currently as a workaround I am using an AutoHotkey script in combination with KeePass, which iterates over the sections and unlocks them one by one, but that is a pretty ugly/hacky solution.
Having the possibility to lock/unlock the complete Notebook at once would be great and also shouldn't require too much effort from OneNote developers to implement this. Considering the number of votes, I would say this is a quick win to be put at the top of the developer's backlog! :-)
BUMP! - Please lets get this done, i have a ton of sections.. its a pain to do each one then not be able to search until all are unlocked.
Agree! Please, do that!
And PEOPLE WHO WANT THAT, don't give up and move this topic as much as you can!
I completely agree, if you have created a journal or are creating case notes or things with sensitive info that you don't want anybody just having access to then the thought of having to password each section and rather than the whole notebook makes no sense and despite being told we should all create a new password how many people actually do that, so once somebody has access to one, they are more than likely to have access to all.
These comments go as far back as 2014 and the lack of response from Microsoft is not very encouraging.
I have used TreePad for years which allows me to encrypt the entire TreePad note book.
I have the added comfort that when the notebook is in the cloud or in transit it is secure.
I have read that OneNote note books are not encrypted while "at rest" on the server.
If Microsoft is not going to add encryption for the entire note book they could at least provide the reason why they don't.
Amazing. I thought it would be a recommended option by default. Currently, I have all my real notes passworded under one section.
But the real thing would be to password the whole Notebook.
bloody well agree - section by section is major pain.