I am using OneNote 2013, and have a few network notebooks (not OneDrive) open. However, at some point the network guys moved the server, and now I have an orphaned notebook that will not sync, move, or close. It causes OneNote to take a long time to open. Google keeps telling me to sign into OneDrive, but I do not have OneDrive, nor was this notebook ever attached to a OneDrive account.

So far I have tried

  • Closing the notebook
  • Moving the notebook
  • Removing the notebook from the recent list

The first two items end up trying to sync the notebook, which of course fails, and then it just sits there. Please help.

  • Ask your IT department to fix their error.
    – DavidPostill
    Feb 17, 2017 at 23:55

1 Answer 1


Finally got it (thanks to the Microsoft Answers forums).

  1. Run (Start Run)
  2. onenote.exe /safeboot
  3. Delete notebook cache

That closed all open notebooks, and then I could re-add the ones I needed.

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