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Can I save OneNote to Dropbox?

“Just as the question says, can I have my OneNote notebooks sync through Dropbox? Instead of using OneDrive. I haven't really used OneNote before, but I was exploring it as a possibility for my notes since I use Dropbox for just about everything else. So can someone tell me the correct way to backup OneNote to Dropbox?”

Backup OneNote to Dropbox

Reasons for backing up OneNote to Dropbox

Microsoft OneNote is an application dedicated to research, notes, and information storage. It can store text and images in free-form documents, which you can keep as private files or collaborate with multiple users.

OneNote

OneNote information is usually stored in the computer's hard drive, which means that these important data may be lost or unavailable due to system crashes or hardware failures. You'd better back up the files to the cloud. Therefore, for many Dropbox users, it is necessary to backup OneNote to Dropbox for the following reasons:

Migrate data: As more and more users choose Dropbox as their data storage location, some users who are using OneNote at the same time may want to migrate their data to Dropbox, so that they can access OneNote data anytime, anywhere through the application.

Make a copy: OneNote data saved locally is vulnerable to virus attacks. Therefore, backing up files to Dropbox can protect your important OneNote data. If your computer is damaged causing data loss, you can easily recover critical data from Dropbox at any time.

How to backup OneNote to Dropbox?

There are two simple and free ways to backup OneNote files to Dropbox. We will introduce you to the specific steps of these methods. The first method allows you to manually select files and upload them from Microsoft OneNote to Dropbox, which can be done on the browser. The second method can help you sync OneNote to Dropbox automatically.

Way 1. Backup OneNote to Dropbox manually

One useful feature that Microsoft provides for OneNote users is to create a backup for OneNote. You can use this feature to back up OneNote data to your computer and then upload it to the Dropbox Cloud.

Step 1. Open OneNote on your Windows PC, select File > Option in turn and click Save & Backup in the OneNote Options dialog box.

Step 2. Then in the menu bar on the right, click Backup Folder > Modify, and then select to back up the OneNote file to your computer (it can also be an external hard drive connected to the computer).

Backup OneNote Modify

Step 3. Click Back Up All Notebooks Now under the Backup tab. If you receive a notification that the backup is complete, just click OK.

Backup All Notebooks Now

Step 4. Then you can upload the OneNote file saved locally to Dropbox, there are two methods:

#1. Go to dropbox.com and log in to your Dropbox account, then create a task on the Home page, click Upload files or Upload folder, and upload the OneNote file from the saved location to your Dropbox.

Upload Files to Dropbox

#2. Go to the Dropbox download page, download and install the Dropbox app. After installation, a window containing the Dropbox icon will pop up on the screen. You need to log in to your account and click Open My Dropbox.

Open My Dropbox

Then a Dropbox folder will appear in your local area, and you can drag and drop OneNote files to it for backup. The Dropbox folder automatically syncs data to the Dropbox cloud.

Dropbox Folder

Way 2. Backup OneNote to Dropbox automatically

How to backup OneNote files to Dropbox automatically? Actually, using third-party tools can make it easier to automatically backup OneNote to a cloud storage service. Here, we will use a free third-party backup tool - AOMEI Backupper Standard as an example to show you how to perform automatic backups.

Step 1. You can use Way 1 to backup OneNote files to your computer first. If you only need to back up a single OneNote file, you can choose to export the OneNote notebook:

Open the OneNote notebook you want to export, click File > Export at the top of the page, and select the content and format you want to export.

Export Notebook

Step 2. Make sure the Dropbox app is installed on the computer, then download and install the AOMEI Backupper Standard.

Step 3. Launch it, then click Sync in the taskbar and select Basic Sync on the right.

Basic Sync

Step 4. Click Add Folder, and then select the folder to save the OneNote data.

Add Folder

Step 5. Click the down arrow icon and choose to Select a cloud drive. In the pop-up window, select Dropbox. Finally, click Start Sync, and you can set up a schedule backup, and then the app will help you automatically back up data to Dropbox daily/weekly/monthly.

Sync Select A Cloud Drive

Get More Dropbox Backup Space for Free

More and more data will accumulate in OneNote, and the free 2GB storage space provided by Dropbox may quickly run out, especially if OneNote is used by multiple people. In addition to subscribing to the expansion plan, there is a way to help you get more Dropbox backup space for free - use the CBackupper web app.

CBackupper Main Page

CBackupper web app is a professional multi-cloud manager. It supports you to add and merge unlimited cloud storage accounts (Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, etc.) in one interface, or even different accounts of the same cloud storage service. You can combine the available space of multiple Dropbox accounts to form a large space to back up OneNote data.

Step 1. Click Sign up to create a CBackupper account for free and login.

Sign Up

Step 2. Click the Cloud tab, and click Add Clouds in the lower-left corner, select Dropbox to add your account, and click OK.

Add Dropbox

Step 3. You can add as many Dropbox accounts as possible, and all your added Dropbox accounts will be listed under the My Cloud list. You can view the total space combined by all accounts here.

Combine Cloud Storage

Bonus tip: Use the pro tool to backup your computer

Besides, if you need to back up your Windows computer data for a long time, you may need to use the more economical PC cloud backup tool, like the CBackupper desktop app. It is loved by many users for its extremely high-cost performance: 1000GB of backup space only costs $6/month and $60/year. As a cloud backup software, CBackupper has a more professional backup method and provides automatic data recovery functions.

The CBackupper desktop app provides a 15-day free trial for each account. At the end of the trial period, CBackupper will keep your data for 7 days, and you can recover the data you need within 7 days. Let’s download and experience it now!

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Final words

If you want to know how to backup OneNote to Dropbox, the above 2 free methods can help you achieve it. Besides, don't forget to use CBackupper to combine multiple cloud storage accounts to get more backup space for free. The CBackupper desktop application is specially designed for Windows PCs to help you back up local data online to a larger space in a more professional method.