What is OneNote?

OneNote is a personal or shared (see Class Notebook below) digital notebook program that is available on Mac, iPad, and Windows to all D-E student and employees for no additional charge. There is also a version that requires only a web browser, but the installed clients tend to work better.

While you can type on any OneNote platform, writing (called inking in OneNote) works particularly well with on an iPad when using an active stylus such as the Logitech Crayon or Apple Pencil. It also works on Windows Tablet PCs and may work on a Mac if using something like a Wacom digitizer tablet.

Install OneNote

(Click here to show information about installing and signing in to OneNote.)

Installing OneNote is pretty easy but if you try to use the information below and find you need assistance, please ask via the Computer Services Help Desk either in-person at the Taub Center or by emailing

OneNote is available for Mac, iPad/iPhone, Windows, and Android. It requires a Microsoft 365 account to activate it. All D-E employees and students can activate OneNote for no additional cost by signing in to it using a email address and My DE password (This is the same as the Azure password).


You can install OneNote using either the Apple App Store (via this link) on any Mac or the Self Service program on a D-E issued Mac.


For Windows, you may have an older version of OneNote (OneNote 2016) installed as part of MS Office 2019. Everyone new to OneNote should install and use OneNote for Windows 10 moving forward. You can install that from the Microsoft app store (via this link).

Note that with a future Office release, Microsoft plans to stop supporting the older version of Windows OneNote that came with Office 2019 and support only OneNote for Windows 10 in the future.

iPad or iPhone:

OneNote is available via Self Service on iPads issued to D-E to staff and middle-school students. You can install it on an iPhone or iPad not affiliated with D-E via the Apple App Store.

Android Phone:

OneNote for Android is available via the Google Play Store.

How to Open a OneNote Notebook

After a device replacement or reinstallation of OneNote, you may not automatically see your notebooks or notebooks shared with you (such as a Class Notebook). This does not mean they are gone. To access them you need to open them again. See these directions from Microsoft for more details:

OneNote Class Notebook

Class Notebook is a feature of OneNote designed to help teachers send and receive digital work to and from students. Features include

  • Student Notebooks — private notebooks that are shared between each teacher and their individual students. Teachers can access these notebooks at any time, but students cannot see other students’ notebooks.

  • Content Library — a notebook for teachers to share course materials with students. Teachers can add and edit its materials, but for students, the notebook is read-only.

  • Collaboration Space — a notebook for all students and the teacher in the class to share, organize, and collaborate.

Below are some resources to help you learn more. More detail will be added here as teachers and students use Class Notebook more and questions come up.

Tutorials for teachers

If you have questions about OneNote, please email or teachers can post in the document embedded below.

The following document (embeded below) is for teachers:

OneNote ideas shareout space for teachers