What is OneNote?

OneNote is a digital notebook that can be used to capture, organize and share information. It is cross platform (Web, Windows, Mac, iOS and Android) and can be used on multiple devices. Your notebooks are automatically saved and synchronized to the cloud so, for example, you can start taking meeting notes on your iPhone and then work on them on your PC back in your office. Whether you use the stand alone apps or the web version OneNote enables you to gather text, images, web links, audio etc in one place and will even let you annotate your work using a stylus if you are using an iPad. OneNote is available to all Bowdoin faculty, staff and students as part of the suite of Office365 applications.

Microsoft - What is OneNote?

How do I create a OneNote notebook?

OneNote is available in several different formats; as a web app, as a desktop app, as an iOS app and as an Android app. To get started using OneNote the initial setup is slightly different depending on the OneNote format you are using.

Web app for OneNote:

Microsoft - OneNote Web app Help

  • From a web browser Go to and log on with your Bowdoin username and password.

  • From the app picker select OneDrive (not OneNote!).

  • A new browser tab will open. From the “New” menu option choose “OneNote notebook”.
  • Enter a name for the notebook. It will open in the same browser tab.

  • You can now start using the newly created notebook.

Windows 10 app for OneNote:

Windows app download

Microsoft - OneNote for Windows 10 Help


  • On your Windows 10 machine search for OneNote in your Start Window. If you are on a college owned machine you may see two versions; “OneNote” and “OneNote 2016”.​​
  • Open the “OneNote” app.

  • You will be prompted to select either a “Personal Microsoft Account” or “A Work or School account” - make sure you select the latter

  • Enter your Bowdoin email address.

  • The Bowdoin logon screen will then prompt you for your password.

  • You will be asked if you want to “Add this account to Windows”. Select the “Yes” option.​​​​​​​

  • Select “Done” on the all set page and your new notebook will open up ready for use.


Mac app for OneNote:

Mac app download

Microsoft - OneNote for Mac Help

  • Download OneNote from the Mac App Store.​​​​​​​
  • Upon opening the app for the first time you will be prompted to login. You may see a screen that asks you if this is a Personal or a Business account - make sure you select the Business account option.​​​​​​​

  • Once you enter your Bowdoin email address OneNote will recognize that this is a Bowdoin account.​​​​​​​

  • You will then see the familiar Bowdoin login screen where you can enter your password.

  • You’ll then be ready to start using OneNote. The main OneNote screen gives you access to all your notebooks and is where you can add sections, pages and content.​​​​​​​

iOS app for OneNote:

iOS app download

Microsoft - OneNote for iPhone Help

Microsoft - OneNote for iPad Help

  • Download the app from the iOS App Store. Select the “Sign In” option.

  • Use your Bowdoin email address to start the login process.

  • The app should recognize that you are from Bowdoin and show you the Bowdoin single sign on page. Enter your Bowdoin password here.​​​​​​​

  • The OneNote app will then create your first notebook.​​​​​​​

  • And ask you if you want push notifications turned on.

  • You’re now ready to start using OneNote​​​​​​​


Android app for OneNote

Android app download

Microsoft - OneNote for Android Help


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