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How to Recover Deleted OneNote Files on the Computer or iPad

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Apr 02, 2024 • Filed to: Recover Files • Proven solutions

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So you were working on your OneNote files and out of exhaustion from working for long hours, you accidentally delete some or all of the files. Now you are wondering how to get them back. Not to worry, you are still in the luck of getting them back. You see, OneNote automatically saves some files as backups by default, limited as they may be.

The methods provided in this article apply to different scenarios or rather, depending on where you saved the OneNote files and for how long.

How to Recover Deleted OneNote Files on the Computer

The following methods can be used to recover deleted OneNote Files on your computer:

Method 1: Recover OneNote by Using the Undo Shortcut

Undoing the last action on Windows and Mac applications, including OneNote, is possible using a simple shortcut. You can undo your accidental deletion by using the shortcut:

However, this shortcut only works if you haven't closed the OneNote application yet.

Method 2: Recover OneNote from Backup on the Computer

You can manually recover your deleted OneNote files from the backup on your computer. This is possible if you have set your OneNote to use the automatic backup feature built in the tool. Simply follow the steps below:

  1. Go to the notebook with the recently deleted or lost notes; open it
  2. Select the "File" tab
  3. Choose to "Open Backups" option beside the "Info" button

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  1. Take note of the names of the folders that appear in the "Backup" dialog box that you have opened. These folders you see represent the various OneNote notebooks that are saved in your PC

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  1. Go to the folder you wish to open and double-click on it. Choose the notebook's backup file and select "Open"

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  1. If you find your deleted notes among the files that have been backed up in your notebook, thank your stars. Next, right-click the page or section you wish to recover and then using the "Copy" or the "Move" command, return the notes to their initial location before the deleting occurred.

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Method 3: Restore the Previous Version of the OneNote File

The web version of OneNote offers a recovery feature that allows you to restore an older version of any page. This feature can be particularly useful if your current content is corrupted by malware or accidentally erased.

To restore an older version of a page in OneNote online, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to your OneNote account on the web.
  2. Navigate to the page you wish to restore.
  3. Click on the View option in the top banner and select Page Versions.
  4. Choose the version you want to restore and click on the Restore option.

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Method 4: Recover Deleted OneNote Files Using Local Backup Tool

If you need to recover deleted OneNote files using backup software, both Windows and Mac computers offer built-in tools for this purpose. On Windows, you can utilize the File History feature, while Mac users can rely on Time Machine. To begin the recovery process, locate the OneNote backup folder on your computer.

After that, launch File History or Time Machine to recover the backup file that you need.

Method 5: Recover OneNote Backups on a Notebook in OneDrive

If your OneNote files or data were stored in OneDrive instead of the computer, you should follow the steps below to retrieve them:

  1. Go to the notebook that used to contain, among other files, the notes that you recently lost
  2. Click on "View" > "Deleted Notes"
  3. Search through the list of deleted files and right-click the tab of the page or section you need. Choose to "Restore" to the correct notebook.

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It is important to note that as long as the notes were deleted in the last 60 days and as long as you haven't emptied your Notebook "Recycle Bin" during this time, you should be able to find your lost notes using these methods.

But what if it's been more than 60 days or you have emptied the Recycle Bin, what do you do? The answer is simple: use the third method discussed below.

Method 6: Recover Deleted OneNote Files with Recoverit Data Recovery Software

If you previously saved your OneNote files on your computer before deleting them, you can be rest assured that with a recovery tool like Recoverit Data Recovery, such files will be retrieved in one piece. Recoverit retrieves files and data that have been lost to deletion, system format, or even crash; virus infestation, internal drive corruption, SD card damage, among many other unfortunate circumstances that lead to data loss. Note that Recoverit can retrieve files lost in different formats such as documents, images, audio, zip, video, etc.

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Because the tool is easy-to-use, you can apply the three steps below to retrieve your deleted OneNote files (after you have downloaded and installed the app of course):

Step 1: Specify a Location

Choose the location where you deleted the OneNote files on your computer and select the "Start" button to get things going

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Step 2: Scan the Location

Recoverit will perform its role of scanning through the chosen location to gather all the files that have been kept there, even deleted ones

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Step 3: Preview and Save

Now go through all the files that the tool has recovered for you using the Preview feature. Now, tap on "Recover" and relax while Recoverit saves all your OneNote files.

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How to Recover Deleted OneNote Files on iPad

If you have deleted a section of your OneNote file or you deleted some OneNote files on your iPad, you can recover them in a simple procedure. You should know that because OneNote has a recycle bin, you can recover your deleted files from the Recycle Bin, as long as they haven't exceeded sixty days in the bin.

Follow these steps recover the deleted OneNote files on your iPad:

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The Bottom Line

In conclusion from the above, the three top ways you can recover any file you may have deleted from OneNote on your computer include the use of backup on the computer, use of backups on a Notebook in OneDrive, and with the use of Recoverit Data Recovery Software. Of the three methods, the most reliable method recommended for you is the use of the professional Recoverit Data Recovery tool.

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