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How to Export OneNote to PDF? (Step by Step)

OneNote is such a boon when sitting in a Zoom or in-person meeting and taking notes and at the same time keeping track of the daily timetable and to-do list. However, it can be a bit challenging to share a whole OneNote file with someone without other unnecessary or personal details. One way around it is to make a PDF of a page/pages or a section of the file and send it off. Here we will discuss different ways to export OneNote to PDF.

Part 1. How to Export OneNote to PDF with Exporting

If you have OneNote 2013 or 2016, you can export the OneNote file to PDF. It is possible to export the file as a whole or you can export pages or sections. Here are the steps to convert OneNote to PDF:

Option-1. Export Specific Pages to PDF

Let’s say you want to export a specific page in your OneNote file to PDF. Go to that page and then click on the "File" menu. Select the "Export" option. You will also see options to select "Export current page" and the file format where you will select PDF.

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Once you click on "Export", a pop-up window will open which will allow you to browse the folder where you want to save the exported PDF file.

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Option-2. Export Specific Sections to PDF

If you want to export the whole section to a PDF, then you can right-click on the section you want to convert to PDF and pick the "Export" option.

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Alternatively, you can reach the same export option through the "File" menu as mentioned above. If you follow this path, you will see the option to pick the "section" and the file format PDF.

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Either way, you will reach the browser window to select the folder to export the PDF. Click "Save" and your exported PDF will be saved.

Option-3. Export the Whole Notebook to PDF

At times, you may want to export the whole notebook to a PDF, especially if all the pages and sections are related to a specific topic or day. In this case, go to the "File" menu then pick the "Export" option. You will also see the option to choose the "Notebook", which means the whole document and the export format.

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Clicking on the "Export" button will lead you to a browser window, where you can select the folder to save the file.

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Part 2.  How to Save Onenote As PDF Via Printing?

The export method stated above is the easiest way to convert OneNote to PDF. However, the above method may not work on OneNote for Windows 10. But, you can still download OneNote as a PDF using the "Print" option.

Step-1. Open Printer

Towards the right top corner, click on the three dots and it will show you the option to print.

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Step-2. Select the page or section or the whole Notebook

Once you see the Printer window, you can choose the printer, where you will pick "Microsoft Print to PDF"; change the orientation of the pages; and choose to convert the current page or section or Notebook. Depending on your requirements, you can pick and choose the options and once you hit "Print", you will be asked to select the folder and save the file as a PDF.   

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Part 3. How to Convert OneNote to PDF Online With Aspose

If you think that the above methods are beyond your technical expertise, do not worry, you can also convert OneNote to PDF online with Aspose. It is quick and easy, though the flexibility of choosing pages, or a whole notebook is not available. Here are the quick steps:

Step-1. Open Aspose online

Open the Aspose website by clicking here

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Step-2. Select and convert the OneNote file

You can choose to drag and drop your file. However, if you don’t know how to do it, you can browse your file from your computer or upload it from Dropbox or OneDrive. Once you select and upload the file, hit the "Convert" button, and within a few seconds, your PDF will be generated.

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You will be automatically redirected to the download note and you will be able to save the converted file by clicking on the "save" option.

Part 4. Bonus Tip: How to Edit PDF Converted from OneNote

Once you have successfully exported the PDF, you may want to edit the PDF, however, you may not have the PDF editor. UPDF is a very useful PDF reader/editor. It has a collection of amazing editing and annotating tools just like Adobe Acrobat. However, two striking features that make it shine are the 10 times lower price (UD$ 25.88 annual subscription) and AI integrated feature which allows the user to comprehend the PDF content without any effort. You can download UPDF from the below button to check all features it has.

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Other Key Features of UPDF include:

  • PDF editing tools
  • Form creation
  • PDF annotation and markup
  • Password protection and signatures
  • PDF conversion to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc
  • OCR PDF
  • PDF Split and Merge
  • Batch processing
  • Embedding video and audio files
  • Full-screen view and annotation, etc.

You can download UPDF by clicking the link below. Also to know more about UPDF, you can read this review from Tech Advisor.

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And after downloading UPDF, you can follow this guide to edit PDF converted from OneNote.

Open PDF on UPDF, then, click "Edit PDF" at the left side panel, click on the text that you want to edit and to add the texts, images, and link by clicking the menus in the top.

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Part 5. FAQS About Exporting OneNote to PDF

Q1. How to Export OneNote to PDF on Windows 10?

Direct Export option is not available on Windows 10 OneNote. You can export OneNote to PDF using the Print Option explained in Part 2 above.

Q2. How to Export OneNote to PDF Without Cutting Off?

The simplest way to export OneNote to PDF without cutting off is to use the "Export" option in the "File" menu, as mentioned in Part-1 above.

Simple Steps: Briefly, you can go to File>Export, then select page or section or Notebook, select the PDF format, and then click export.

Q3. How to Export PDF from OneNote on iPad?

Go to the page you want to export and tap the share icon in the upper right corner. From the menu, select "Copy to PDF".  

Q4. Can you export an entire OneNote notebook to PDF?

Yes, it is possible to export the entire OneNote notebook to PDF. When exporting to PDF, there is an option to pick "Notebook" (other than page and section) which will export the whole document.

Q5. Why is there no export option in OneNote?

If you do not see an export option in OneNote, that is most probably because you have OneNote for Windows 10. You can still export the notebook to PDF using Print option as mentioned in Part-2 above.

Conclusion

So, you have at your disposal three ways to export OneNote to PDF. If you have an exported PDF document but you want to edit or annotate it like any other PDF document, you can download UPDF. UPDF has a very easy user interface, so using any of those tools will be nothing more than a fun ride.

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