Convert a notebook to a different format

If you’re using an older version of OneNote, you may be prompted to upgrade to the latest version. It’s a good idea to upgrade because you’ll have access to all the latest features, including:

  • Linked Notes
  • Notebook History
  • Notebook Recycle Bin
  • Multilevel Subpages
  • Math Equations

Manually converting notebooks between file formats

Converting a file is useful if you need to share a OneNote 2013 notebook with people who still use OneNote 2007, or when you've finished sharing a OneNote 2007 notebook and you want to use all the OneNote 2013 features again.

OneNote 2013 has a conversion tool so you can change any existing notebook from one format to another. OneNote 2010 and 2013 use the same file format so you don’t need to convert files between these versions. You can use them interchangeably.

 Tip    If you’re not sure which version of OneNote you’re using, look at the title bar of your notebook. If the words [Compatibility Mode] are in the title, you’re working in an older notebook format.

  1. Click File > Info.
  2. Click Settings next to the notebook you want to convert, and then click Properties.
    You can upgrade to the latest version of OneNote right from the File menu.
  3. In the Notebook Properties dialog box, look at the Default Format to see what format the current notebook is saved in, and then do one of the following:
  • To convert a OneNote 2007 notebook to the newer 2010-2013 format, click Convert to 2010-2013.
  • To convert a OneNote 2013 notebook to the older 2007 format, click Convert to 2007.

 Note    The 2010-2013 file format can’t be used by OneNote 2007. If you already upgraded a notebook to the 2010-2013 file format and you need to revert to the older 2007 format, simply follow the previous steps to convert the notebook back again. Consider making a separate backup copy of your 2013 notebook before converting it to the older 2007 format.

If you want to convert a 2013 notebook that’s on OneDrive, you’ll get an error. First, move the notebook to your computer and then convert it to OneNote 2007

For more information, see file format changes in OneNote 2013.

Applies to:
OneNote 2013