Import / Installation Instructions for our Free & PRO Templates

If you use OneNote 2010, 2013, 2016 or 2019 for Windows you are good to go! Otherwise it’s easy just use the Online Importer – See below for instructions.

Everyone without fail should be able to install our Free & PRO templates – You can download a “Test Template” here to make sure it works for you!

All our templates and solutions are OneNote Notebooks and will work on any devices supported by OneNote.

After you’ve received the link and downloaded your zip file, import/install the template notebooks by either of the following methods:

Import using OneNote 2016  for Windows
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Steps to Import:

  1. Extract the Zip File into “Documents > OneNote Notebooks” on your hard disk.
  2. Then open the Notebook directory (eg: “KanBan Task Board (Pro)” or whatever the template/notebook you download was called).
  3. Double click on “Open Notebook” file to start the import.


Double click on each section to start the import.


  1. Create a new notebook in OneNote naming it “KanBan” or “GTD” or whatever you wish to call it. You could also use an existing notebook if you prefer.
  2. Then import the templates and sections:
      • Use “File > Open”
      • Open from other locations > This PC
      • Browse to the directory where you unzipped the files.
      • Under “File name” there is a drop down box which shows “OneNote Table of Contents” … select “OneNote Sections”.
      • Now the sections are showing – select “Get Started” first and click Open.
      • Now do this with the other sections also.

NOTE: If you want to share & sync your notebook you need to make sure that it is located on your OneDrive or Sharepoint.

To move the notebook from your local drive. In OneNote use FileShare, and then follow the instructions.

Steps to Import:

  1. Extract the Zip File into a directory on your hard disk (Windows or Mac).
  2. In any modern Web browser, go to the OneNote Notebook Importer.
    Note: Importing notebooks is not supported in Windows Internet Explorer. We recommend using Edge or Chrome for Windows and Mac.
  3. On the screen that opens, click Import.
  4. On your computer, navigate to the location of your notebook folder (see Step 1), click to select it, and then click Open to import it.

Note: Exporting and importing notebooks through OneNote for the web works only for notebooks stored on Personal OneDrive accounts. Later on you can move the notebook or sections between accounts (see here how).

Sign up for a free personal OneDrive account as shown here. Then use this account to import each notebook into your personal account using the online importer.

If the import process begins but then appears not to finish:

  • You are not signed into a Personal OneDrive account – see above.
  • or your OneDrive account might be low on available space. Manually delete any unnecessary files from your OneDrive storage (including any failed notebook uploads) and then try importing the notebook folder again.

For more information see “Export and import OneNote notebooks (Microsoft Support Page )”

Note: After importing the templates/notebooks can be used with any OneNote on any device (ie: OneNote Online, OneNote 2016, 2013 & 2010, OneNote for Windows 10, Mac, Android & iOS).

News: Microsoft announced in November 2019 that OneNote 2016 Desktop version will not be going away. In 2020 it will be included in the Office 365 Pro installations. Read news here

Will the templates work for me?

Download the Test Template/Notebook and follow the import instructions above to double-check that the templates work for you.

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OneNote Versions

A list of supported OneNote versions with links to help topics on Microsoft’s official support site. 

OneNote Versions

Other Import Tips and Resources

Note: Exporting and importing notebooks through OneNote for the web is only available for notebooks stored on personal OneDrive accounts. Below is the official Microsoft support page.

Export and import OneNote notebooks

Opening OneNote section (.ONE) files and importing them into a Notebook with OneNote app for Windows 10.

How to open OneNote sections in Windows 10 app

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