OneNote 2013/2016 provides multiple ways to add links to to your notebook pages, so you can link to the web, other files, and even other locations in a OneNote notebook. Below, you’ll find three videos showing you three ways to add links to other content using OneNote.

If you ever get stuck, remember your secret OneNote weapon: Ctrl + K. That shortcut brings up the Link dialog box which will allow you to link in all of the ways we discuss here: to an external web address, to a local or cloud file, or to a location in OneNote itself.

Below are three video demonstrations of these link methods.

1. Link to the Web

These days we’re used to linking to webpages in all sorts of text, from emails to social media posts. Adding these kinds of links is easy in OneNote 2013/2016; if you paste content from the web, the source will automatically be added with a link, or you can link your own custom text. One method that this video doesn’t show? Simply type the URL into the text of your page and OneNote will automatically turn that into an active link.

2. Link to Files

OneNote can link to other files, which is useful when you’re referencing other documents, PowerPoint presentations, and so on. Be sure to link to a OneDrive for Business or shared network file if you’re collaborating on your notebook with other users. Linking to a file will not automatically share that file with others.

3. Link to Other Notes

Lastly, you may want to reference other OneNote sections, pages, or points on a page, and you can do that with a simple right-click action.


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5 thoughts on “3 Ways to Link in OneNote

  1. John Stewart Reply

    Why do Video Links in OneNote produce an unexpected error when Windows Media Player is the default player?
    If I change the default player to a third party (like VLC) there are no issues.

  2. Joy Thrall Reply

    If you link to an Office 365 document with a “View only” link, will viewers be able to see subsequent changes to that document? I have tried to no avail!

    • 365 Ninja Post authorReply

      Hi Joy, they should be able to. I’m thinking they may have to delete the old version (if it’s saved) and re-open with the view link in order to see the synced changes. Have you tried that?

  3. Jane Caddel Reply

    Hello, Once I have created the links to other “additional detail” Notes on a “high level summary” page, how do I get those linked “detail” parts to be included when I email the “summary” page to someone? I can export the linked page into a file, then attach it to the email of the summary page, but I wondered if there was something that would do that for me automatically.


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