Password-protecting OneNote sections

OneNote is a great tool for taking notes, storing information, and a million other things. A team OneNote notebook can do wonders for keeping everyone on the same page. However, there are times when some of the content in your OneNote notebook needs to be locked down for security and privacy purposes. This is where password-protecting a section in your OneNote notebook comes into play.

To password-protect a section, go to that section and then select Review > Password:


That option brings up the Password Protection options. Click on the Set Password button:


Enter a password for the section, and then type it again to make sure you didn’t make a typo:


Now when you open your OneNote notebook and go to that section, you’ll see the following message:


To open the section, click anywhere in that grey area or press ENTER. That opens the following dialog box:


You can now see and update the contents of that section in OneNote.

A common use for this feature is to have a OneNote notebook with a section for each team member. These sections can be used to store information about one-on-ones with the manager. Each team member’s section has a password known only to the manager and that team member.

Of course, using password-protected sections do have some drawbacks. OneNote points the following three out specifically:


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