SOLVED! How To Add Checkbox In OneNote

Once it comes to note-taking programs for Windows 10 computers, Microsoft OneNote is always a safe choice. OneNote features various functions such as note gathering (handwritten as well as typed), image insertion, audio recordings and even note sharing through the Internet. Still, for first-timers, some of the features of OneNote may be hard to use. Read to the end if you like to know how to add checkbox in OneNote.

Adding Checkbox In OneNote: Breakdown

Once you have opened OneNote, you can easily add, check or remove checkbox by going through the steps down below:

  • Step 1. Click the line where you would like to add your checkbox.
  • Step 2. From the Home tab, select Tags > To Do OR press Ctrl + 1. A checkbox will then appear next to the line.
  • Step 3. Click the box to add or remove the checkmark.
  • Step 4. Press Enter to automatically create a new line with a checkbox. If you don’t want the checkbox on the next line, press Enter again.
  • Step 5. If you want to remove a checkbox, right-click on the box and select Remove Tag.

That is all you need to know about how to add checkbox in OneNote. By taking advantage of the checkbox, you could keep an eye on a wide range of things with relative ease.

A Comprehensive Guide To OneNote

Longtime users of OneNote should have no trouble getting most of the functions to work in their favor. However, it’s worth pointing out that as time passes, many aspects of the user interface have changed. For those who are fond of the original OneNote as well as new users, here is an in-depth guide on how to make use of OneNote.

Getting Started

OneNote is part of the stock edition of Windows 10 (Home, Pro, and Enterprise). That means as long as you have the latest version of Windows, you should see the OneNote app icon in the Start Menu. To launch OneNote, open Start Menu and click the OneNote app icon.

Like many other Microsoft Office 365 programs, upon opening OneNote, you will see a screen that claims you’ll be locked to the ‘Read-Only’ mode. You will remain locked until you either sign up for a free trial or purchase a monthly subscription for $6.99 every 30 days. On a side note, the monthly rate for OneNote on Home is $9.99 and it lets you store up to four users on the same account at a time.

If you have a genuine Microsoft account, ignore the message and you’ll find that OneNote is ready to go without any sign-up for subscriptions. All you have to do is to click “Start using OneNote” and ignore the “read-only” part of it. Following account verification, you’ll be taken back into OneNote and at that point, you could start making notes.

Creating And Editing A Note

In OneNote, you should see your first “Notebook” to the left which will be named automatically according to the account you use to launch the program. A Notebook can contain an infinite number of “Sections” and each of the “Sections” can hold “Pages”. Hence, the length of each Notebook as a whole is more or less limitless. To create a new Note, you could click either the plus sign next to “Recent Notes” or “Tap or click here to create a new page”. Afterward, your first Section is going to appear.

Managing Pages

Before you start managing pages, it’s wise to imagine each of the pages as a whiteboard with additions and features that can be tailored for your needs. In OneNote, a Notebook is made up of the total sum of your Sections and inside each section is where you can create pages. Also, in the lists of pages, you can assign “Subpages” that link lower-level pages to others as part of the same section.

While everything may sound overwhelming,  all would start coming together as you learn your way around OneNote. That is why people regard OneNote as a comprehensive note-taking app with a ton of features packed into it as humanly possible.


Once you’re comfortable with how your pages are set up, it’s time to move on to editing. In terms of editing, OneNote has all the features under the sun.

Want to overlay images on top of text? OneNote can do it. Need to scribble a few additions on top of someone’s grocery list? OneNote is compatible with your tablet, stylus, or even your mouse should the artistic mood strikes you. To edit a page, you’ll need to do so from one of the four tabs at the top of every Notebook.


The Home bar is where you’ll find standard editing tools such as creating bulleted lists, changing the font style (bold, italic, underlined), or creating a new indent. To the right of the tool is the “Label” menu. Labels can be applied to all sorts of content in OneNote (words, images, drawings, etc). The labels include “To do”, “Important”, “Question”, “Critical”,  “Contact”, etc. All of which can be freely used to suit individual preferences. That makes it easy for people who are sharing notes to know for certain the category of the content in their view at a glance.


As mentioned above, OneNote allows you to add anything you want to your notes including pictures, tables, files and even Internet links. That is where the “Insert” tab comes in. Once a picture is inserted, you have the option to cut, copy, paste, delete or swap it out for another picture.


The Draw tab contains all the basic functions of Microsoft Paint, allowing you to doodle to your heart’s content. Interestingly, you could use the Draw tab to highlight text if there are particular keyword segments that you need to focus on.


Lastly, we have the view tab. Here we can zoom in or out, change the level of magnification, or add ruled lines to your notes.


Similar to Share of Windows Explorer, Share in OneNote will permit you to send your notes to the web through whatever applications you like. Thus, it’s possible to share notes via Facebook, Windows Mail or even Gmail. You can also send the notes as direct links if you’ve already given permissions to those who click it. To do so, locate the content you want to share, right-click it and hit Copy Link to Page.

What Are Tags In OneNote?

Tags help you categorize and prioritize notes in OneNote. Via tags, you can quickly return to important items, remind yourself about action items, or filter on notes you’d like to share with others. You can tag anything from a single line of text to an entire paragraph.

How Big Can One OneNote Attachment File Be?

Most OneNote clients limit file uploads to 50 MB. To download large attachments, use Attach as a cloud file. That is the best way to make sure that others can access the attachments regardless of the restrictions.

Does Closing A Notebook In OneNote Delete It?

When you close a notebook, you only remove it from the list of notebooks displayed, not delete it. Of course, when a need arises, you can permanently delete a notebook.

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