How to Password-Protect Sections in OneNote 2013

If you use OneNote 2013 to take notes that you want to keep private, securing individual notes is as simple as password-protecting sections. Oddly, you cannot password-protect entire notebooks, but securing individual sections — and thus the pages within — amounts to the same thing, except that someone could at least see the names of the sections.

How to add a password to a OneNote section

Adding a password to a section is a quick process. Here’s how:

  1. Select the Review tab in OneNote and click or tap the Password button.

    The Password Protection pane appears at the right side of the window.

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  2. Select the Set Password button.

    The Password Protection window appears.

  3. Enter a password in the two fields on the Password Protection window and click or tap OK.

    A pop-up window appears asking if you want to keep or delete existing backups of the section that do not have the password. If you choose to delete the existing backups, future backups will be password-protected just like the original.

    Make sure you keep your password written down or somewhere else; if you lose it, you will also lose your data.

How to remove a password from a OneNote section

You can remove a password from a section easily as long as you have the section’s password. To remove the password protection from a section, follow these steps:

  1. Select the Review tab in OneNote and click or tap the Password button.

    The Password Protection pane appears at the right side of the window.

  2. Select the Remove Password button.

    The Remove Password window appears with a single field.

  3. Enter the correct password in the field and click or tap OK.

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