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  • What to do with legacy OneNote notebooks?

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    Home Forums AskWoody support Microsoft Office by version Office 2019 for PC What to do with legacy OneNote notebooks?

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    • #2088723 Reply

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      I just migrated from Office 2010 (Windows 7) to Office 2019 Pro Plus (Windows 10). The latter no longer has the desktop version of OneNote, which has been replaced with OneNote for Windows 10, which is incompatible and works only with OneDrive.

      Can I install just OneNote from the old Office 2010 DVD without installing the entire Office 2010 alongside Office 2019?  Would that solve my problem?

      Would Evernote Basic (free) be a suitable solution?  Does it use local files instead of, or in addition to, cloud storage? The Windows version supposedly can import OneNote workbooks.

      Any other solutions?

      I’d greatly appreciate any input.


    • #2088744 Reply


      You can install the desktop versions of OneNote free

      64-bit OneNote 2016
      32-bit OneNote 2016

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    • #2088746 Reply

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      Follow-up: According to this Office Support article, you can download the OneNote 2016 desktop version for free.

      It also contains this note:

       Note: Starting in March 2020, when you install Office 365 or Office 2019, the OneNote desktop app will be installed alongside the Word, PowerPoint, and Excel desktop apps.

      Well, the installation worked. So, I guess that solves my problem.

      • #2088751 Reply


        Yes, if you install the Office 365 it will remove OneNote 2016 but you can always re-install and it works. Save the download file for future use 🙂

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