I installed the OneNote app available for Microsoft Surface Windows 8.1 on my Surface Pro through the store.

OneNote works fine and I am able to create notebooks, but they all get synched to Skydrive and I can't seem to change that. I'd like to have a local notebook for pictures and items I do not want to share with the world.

All of the technical tips I've read say I should be able to right-click on the notebook and choose its save location. But any of the notebooks I've created, all I have the OneNote panel and when I right-click the notebook the only option I have is to sync that notebook or all of them.

Is there any way I can create a new notebook, or change an existing notebook, to save to my local PC only?

(comment - I've seen some pushback in discussions about WHY someone would want to do this - I would prefer to just find out if it's possible, and how.)


No, you can't.

Free version of OneNote stores all notebooks exclusively on OneDrive.

Paid version is adding capabilities to record audio/video and to work standalone, without OneDrive storage.

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  • I think this might not be the case totally now with OneDrive 2013, but it is the case for the onedrive on my surface so thanks for the answer. – lonstar Feb 1 '15 at 13:04

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