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Import OneNote 2007 Notebooks Into Evernote

Would you like to import your notes from OneNote 2007 into Evernote?  Here’s how you can do it without losing any of your existing data in OneNote.

Evernote is an increasingly popular note taking application that helps you keep all of your notes, pictures, and even files together on all of your devices.  You can use Evernote on your Windows or Mac computer, with the Evernote Web app, or on a wide variety of mobile devices.  All notes are automatically synchronized between all of the devices, so it’s very easy to keep up with your information. 

OneNote is another great note taking application that contains many more editing and formatting options than Evernote, but sadly is not available on as many devices.  Additionally, syncing data between OneNote and the cloud is difficult, and only works with the latest 2010 version.  If you’ve used OneNote 2007 for years but are now considering switching to Evernote, here’s how you can make the switch easy and take your notes and memories with you!

Import OneNote 2007 Notebooks

It’s fairly easy to import your OneNote 2007 notes into Evernote.  Open Evernote, click Import in the file menu, and the select Microsoft OneNote 2007.


If you’re using a different version of OneNote, you won’t be able to import your files into Evernote.  However, there are workaround ways to import files from most programs into Evernote, so check back soon for an upcoming article on importing OneNote 2010 files into Evernote.


If OneNote 2007 is installed, you should see a window as below.  Click Next to get started.


The Import Wizard will show a list of your available OneNote notebooks from the top menu.  Select the notebook you wish to import, and then select the sections from the notebook you want to import below.  Unfortunately, there is not an option to import all of your notebooks at once; you have to select the notebooks and sections individually.  Once you’ve made your selections, click Next.

Note: If you want to import all of your OneNote 2007 notebooks, simply repeat these steps when you’re done to import the other notebooks.


Evernote will show you how many sections you’ve selected; click Finish to start the import process.


Evernote may take a few minutes to import your notes, depending on how many notes you’ve imported.


Once it’s finished, you’ll see a confirmation letting you know the data was imported.  Note that by default, imported notebooks will be saved only on your local computer.  If you’d like your imported OneNote notebooks to be synced with Evernote Web and other computers or devices you own, click Yes to convert the notebook to a synced notebook.  You will likely want to do this, as synchronization is one of Evernote’s best features.


Evernote only lets you upload 40MB of data per month for free, or 500Mb per month if you’re on a pro account.  If you’re close to the limit on your monthly usage or want to import a large amount of data from OneNote, you may want to leave the notebook offline and sync next month.


Now, you’ll see your imported notebooks under their notebook name in the list on the left side.  Select it to view all of your imported notes.


Each page in your notes will have been imported as an individual Evernote note, but it will be tagged with the section’s name.  Most items in your notes will be imported correctly, including images, outlines, and text notes.


Usually your text notes will be kept separate from your image notes; however, if your OneNote note had images inline with your text, Evernote will import the entire note as an image.  You will still be able to search for text in the note using Evernote’s OCR capabilities, but you will not be able to edit or copy text from the note.  If you still need access to the original text and images, you may want to copy them manually from OneNote.



No matter what application your prefer, you should always be able to take your notes and data wherever you want.  Now, even if you have years of notes stored in OneNote 2007, you can easily transfer them to Evernote.  Even if you prefer OneNote’s features and interface, this could be a way you could take your notes on your mobile device, as Evernote supports far more devices than OneNote.

If you’d like more ways to use Evernote to organize your life and help you remember everything, check out our article on Remembering Everything You See Online With Evernote for Chrome.  Or, if you’re just getting started with Evernote, check out our article on How to Manage and Organize Notes With Evernote.


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  • Published 07/26/10

Comments (15)

  1. John Horne

    MS OneNote rules. Why would anyone want to switch?

  2. theamazingpete

    I scrolled all the way to the bottom to post a comment and found Mr Horne had beat me to it. I agree – why switch?

  3. Lisa

    Agreed with previous two posters. OneNote’s editing capabilities leave Evernote in the dust. There will be no switching.

  4. Prashant

    I do agree with Horne, One possible reason to switch will be, Evernote available on all major mobile OSes and allows you sync the notes

  5. SquareWheel

    Holy moly, HowToGeek doesn’t look like a terrible blog any more. The redesign is fantastic.

    But yes, OneNote is the best software for information organization, I see no reason to switch.

  6. Gyffes

    Have you tried exporting OneNote items to Zoho’s Notebook? How well does that process work?

  7. Gyffes

    Switch because OneNote is a MS product and MS is the Hotel California of software vendors. If you can get your data out now, get it out.

    Not that Evernote is necessarily the most opensource of all products, but it ain’ MS!

    (I concur, however: OneNote seems to be the first MS product that truly rocks… did they develop it inhouse or purchase someone else (cf. MSEssentials, Live Sync/Foldershare)?)

  8. Cisco

    My Desktop computer fails to start up normally, whenever , it starts up, and when it reaches some where, it states that ” IDE CHANNEL 0
    Master Disk HDD S.M.A.R.T capability……. Disabled.
    Down it states that I think this is the cause of it not to start up.
    what can i do to fix this, it can’t even allow me to enter into its BIOS, maybe i would be able to enable its capability, but all Function keys fails to respond at system start up. what can i do please help!

  9. Kwipke

    Gyffes, I think your thinking is very old school. Its no longer the case. MS is now very open, how else do you think Evernote managed to import data?
    Anyway, all that aside, OneNote is one of the BEST pieces of software I’ve encountered, and mind you, I use vim as my primary editor for coding, and am a professional coder.

  10. Jim

    Apparently this may be a way to get your OneNote data onto a Mac. Install EverNote on both your Mac and your Windows box. Then, import your .one file into EverNote on your Windows box and sync. Then Sync on your Mac with EverNote. Now you have your OneNote stuff on your Mac.

    I haven’t actually used OneNote, but it’s not available on Mac. My daughter uses it in school. I’m trying to find a way for her to read her OneNote data on her Mac at home. Seems like save to Pdf is the best option for now.

  11. Dustin

    Just downloaded evernote to try and take get onenote files onto an ipad. The file menu doesn’t exist in evernote (anymore?) and according to evernote they will only import from google notebook.

  12. Dustin

    Never mind the last comment. I am so new to evernote that I thought it was entirely web based. I just downloaded the windows app.


  13. Volker

    The import function in EverNote (Windows application) seems to fail importing the notes which belong to grouped sections (kind of sub directories) in OneNote. This is a pity because I’d organized my OneNote pages by grouping the into sections and furthermore grouping these as well. The pages belonging to these section groups can not be imported because the sections (or according the section group) are not shown in the ‘choose sections’ dialog.
    If I don’t find a workaround for this I’ll have stick to OneNote.:-|

  14. Darren

    Hey guys. As an avid OneNote user, I too believe that ON is the best MS product I’ve ever used. It quite literally organises my daily life, projects, personal journal as well as CRM and many other features. I’ve been using it for 3 years now and regularly search for anything better, always coming up blank. (I also believe MS Publisher is under-rated so much as I have also used it for so many things (more than Word), but feel I’m alone on that one!)

    For Christmas I got an iPhone 4. Whilst still coming to terms with the fact I can’t share anything unless it’s with another iDevice, the apps and choices are amazing. Evernote for iPhone is really starting to ‘seal the deal’ for my conversion.

    I only just started using OneNote with the Windows Cloud (online sync, etc.) in October last year. I still maintain all of my OneNote files in my Dropbox folder so enjoy constant backup anyway. But evernote now having mobile, local and online sync makes things so much easier.

    I was so excited to hear that OneNote was MS’s first venture into the iApp world. But major disappointment when I found it could not be downloaded or used in Australia.

    I’m afraid, like Volker, if I don’t find a way around the lack of import for ‘sections’ in OneNote, I may have to stick with it though as I too organise that way by year, school term, etc.

  15. timmykar

    how come my mac evernote does not have the option of importing from One Note? It only says import from Archive?

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