How to Password Protect a Notebook Section in OneNote 2013

OneNote is a really convenient way to store your ideas and thoughts. It has many tools for organizing all of the notebooks, pages, emails and web clippings that you might need later, and you can even leverage your free SkyDrive storage to make your notes accessible from different computers. Accessing these notes through a Web browser will require you to know your Microsoft Account email address and password, but your notebooks can be viewed in the OneNote program on your computer by anyone that has access to it. If you are storing sensitive information in one of your notebook sections that you are worried about someone seeing, it is a good idea to add some password protection.


Add Password Protection to a Notebook Section in OneNote 2013

Note that this password protection will apply to your notebook section wherever you access it. So even when you open OneNote in a Web browser with your Microsoft Account password, you will still need the password for the protected notebook section to view the content.


Step 1: Launch OneNote 2013.


Step 2: Select your notebook from the drop-down menu at the top of the window.

select the ntoebook you want to add a password to



Step 3: Right-click the section tab to which you want to add password protection, then select the Password protect this section option.

select the password protect this section option



Step 4: Click the Set Password option at the right side of the window.

click the set password button



Step 5: Type your password into the Enter Password field, re-type it into the Confirm Password field, then click the OK button.

enter and confirm your password



OneNote will then ask you how you want it to handle your existing backups that have a copy of the notebook section without password protection, so select the option that you prefer.

choose how to handle your existing backups



If you choose to delete the existing backups, you can always manually create a backup to ensure that the data is not lost. You can also manually lock your password-protected notebook sections at any time by pressing Ctrl + Alt + L on your keyboard.


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