How to Create Links in OneNote

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If you create a project in a note which requires linking different OneNote notebooks to each other, this article can help you. Here we will explain the method to create links to different OneNote notebooks, sections, pages and paragraphs. After creating a link, you can paste it anywhere in a notepad. When you click this link, OneNote opens that particular notebook.

Creating links in OneNote notebooks has several advantages.

  • Using this feature, you can link difficult and important terms to each other. Therefore, you can save your time and that of your readers.
  • You can link the table of contents to different topics and chapters in your notebook.
  • You can also embed a web link in your notebook.

How to Create Links in OneNote

Here, we’ll describe how to link to:

  1. Notebooks
  2. Divisions
  3. pages
  4. Paragraphs

The procedure we will describe here to create links to notebooks, sections, pages and paragraphs applies to the OneNote app for Windows 10, OneNote and other versions.

1]How to link to notebooks in OneNote

The following steps will help you create links to notebooks in OneNote.

  1. Open OneNote.
  2. Open the notebook you want to link to.
  3. Right-click on Notepad, then select Copy link to notepad. This will create a link to this notebook and automatically copy it to the clipboard.
  4. Now you can paste the copied link anywhere in OneNote.
  5. Open the notebook you want to link to the one you linked to and paste the link there.

When you click the link, OneNote automatically opens the linked notebook. You can also add this link to custom text. To do this, select the text and press CTRL+K keys, then paste the link in the Address section. When you’re done, click OK.

copy link to notepad custom text

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2]How to link to sections in OneNote

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In OneNote, you can link a section to other section and pages by creating links. For this, you need to follow the steps below:

  1. Open your notebook in OneNote.
  2. Open the section of your notebook for which you want to generate a link.
  3. Right click on the section and select the Copy link to section option. This will copy the link of the targeted section to the clipboard.
  4. You can paste this link anywhere in OneNote.

3]How to link to pages in OneNote

copy link to onenote page

We’ve listed the steps to link to pages in OneNote below:

  1. Open your notebook in OneNote.
  2. Right-click on the page you want to link to another page. In OneNote 2016, pages are available on the right side. This may differ in different versions of OneNote.
  3. Now paste this link anywhere in OneNote. When you click on this link, it will open the targeted page.

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4]How to link to paragraphs in OneNote

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The following steps will guide you on how to link to paragraphs in OneNote:

  1. Open your notebook in OneNote 2016.
  2. Select the paragraph you want to link.
  3. Right click on it and select it Copy link to paragraph option.
  4. Now select the word or phrase you want to link to the targeted paragraph.
  5. press the CTRL+K keys and paste the link in the Address section. When you’re done, click OK.

By using the Link to Paragraph option, you can also link the table of contents in your notebook.

How to Embed a Web Link in a OneNote Notebook

You can embed a web link in your notebook by following the steps below:

  1. Open the page in your web browser that you want to link to your notes in OneNote.
  2. Copy the link from the address bar.
  3. Select the text in your notebook and press the key Ctrl+k keys.
  4. Paste the copied link into the Address section and click OK.

When you click the hyperlink text, OneNote opens the link in your default web browser.

How do I link a file in OneNote?

Above, we described the process for linking OneNote notebooks and their elements, such as pages, paragraphs, etc., to each other. But did you know that you can also link a file to any custom text in OneNote? This file can be a Word file, an Excel file, a PDF file or a simple text file. After you link a file to custom text in OneNote, when you click that text, OneNote opens that file on your computer.

Here we will explain how to link a file in:

  1. OneNote 2016.
  2. OneNote app for Windows 10.

1]How to link a file in OneNote 2016

how to link a file in onenote

The steps we will list here are also applicable to other versions of OneNote, like OneNote 2013, 2010, etc. Here we have explained the steps to link a Word document to OneNote 2016. By following the same process, you can link a file with any extension to OneNote.

  1. Launch OneNote and open your notebook in it.
  2. Select custom text that you want to link to a file on your hard drive.
  3. Now you need to create a hyperlink with the selected text. To do this, go to “Insert > link” or simply press the CTRL+K keys on your keyboard. After that, a new window will open.
  4. Click the Browse button and select the file you want to link. After selecting the file on your computer, click OK, then click OK again to save the link to OneNote.
  5. The custom text has been linked to the file you selected. Now you can open the file directly from OneNote with just one click.

When you place your mouse cursor over the hyperlink text, OneNote displays the full path of the linked file.

Note that if you move the linked file to another location on your computer, you will receive an error when clicking the hyperlink text in OneNote. In this case, you need to update the link in OneNote.

2]How to link a file in OneNote app for Windows 10

If you link a file in the OneNote for Windows 10 app following the same process explained above, it won’t work. Whenever you click on the hyperlink text, the OneNote for Windows 10 app displays the following error message:

Sorry, we were unable to open this link. its destination may have been moved or you may no longer have access to it.

Therefore, if you want to link a file to the OneNote for Windows 10 app, you need to upload it to OneDrive.

OneNote Windows 10 app link file

The following steps will help you:

  1. Open OneDrive in your web browser and sign in to your account.
  2. Now upload the file to OneDrive. To do this, go to “Download > Files” and select the file on your computer.
  3. After uploading the file to OneDrive, copy the link from your web browser’s address bar.
  4. Launch the OneNote for Windows 10 app.
  5. Select the text you want to link to the file you uploaded to OneDrive.
  6. press the CTRL+K keys and paste the copied link in the Address section.
  7. When you’re done, click Insert.

When you click the link, the file opens in OneDrive in your default browser. But for this you need to have an active internet connection.

How do I link a folder in OneNote?

You can also link a folder to custom text in OneNote. Here we will explain how to link a folder in:

  1. OneNote 2016 and other versions.
  2. OneNote app for Windows 10.

1]How to link a folder in OneNote 2016

The following steps apply to OneNote 2016 and other versions, including OneNote 2013, 2010, etc.

  1. Open the folder on your computer.
  2. Click on the File Explorer address bar and copy the full folder path.
  3. Now launch OneNote and select the text to link to this folder.
  4. press the CTRL+K keys and paste the copied path into the Address section.
  5. When you’re done, click OK.

Now clicking on the hyperlink text will open the targeted folder.

2]How to link a folder in OneNote app for Windows 10

To link a folder in the OneNote for Windows 10 app, you must first upload it to OneDrive. After that, copy the link and paste it into the targeted text. Read the steps below to know the process in detail:

  1. Open OneDrive in your web browser and sign in to your account.
  2. Go to “Download > Folder” and select the folder on your computer.
  3. Once the file is downloaded, copy the link from the address bar of your web browser.
  4. Launch the OneNote for Windows 10 app.
  5. Select the text to which you want to link the folder.
  6. press the CTRL+K keys and paste the copied link there.
  7. When you’re done, click Insert.

Now when you click on the hyperlink text in the OneNote app, the folder opens in your default web browser. You must be connected to the internet to access your folder in OneDrive.

That’s it.

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