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Using OneNote 2016 and OneDrive in Windows 10....Surface 3 Tablet

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I have a Microsoft Surface 3 Tablet that I just purchased to use for my college courses. I have some concerns about using One Note 2016 and it syncing with One Drive. Now, I have been using it just fine and it syncs flawlessly whenever I close my One Note program.

However, I believe one time after scanning a sheet of paper, One Note crashed and it wasn't saved. Is there anyway I can continuously save my One Note progress to One Drive, kind of like how Google Drive syncs every few seconds? Or can I manually save it like I'm working on a Photoshop or Word Document...I just need to be sure I don't lose all my notes from class that day if One Note decides to crash on me. Understand?
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by:Qlemo
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OneNote saves changes automatically when idle, you switch pages or files. You can force saving by pressing ctrl-s - at least when using the full app.
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John Hurst earned 250 total points
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I have a client doing exactly that and somehow they lost all their One Notes. A colleague of mine successful retrieved a backup from a different laptop.

If you are going to do this, make certain (really certain) you have a local backup. Do not depend on One Drive. My client was beside himself with anguish and now keeps local backups.

I use One Note 2016 all the time. I have complete local backups daily.

Understand?    <--- YES!
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by:Jackie Man
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If you are going to do this, make certain (really certain) you have a local backup.

There are two versions of OneNote.

One comes with Office 2016 which you can have local backup and the other is the one which is a free metro app comes with Win 10 which cannot do local backup.
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by:John Hurst
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The first post says One Note 2016, so I assumed Office 2016.
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by:Jackie Man
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I have another question which the author says is One Note 2016 but it turns out to know later that he means OneNote app comes with Win 10.

https://www.experts-exchange.com/questions/28961140/onenote-2016-sync.html?anchor=a41764316#a41764316
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by:Justin Smith
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Yes, I will be using One Note 2016 that came with Office 365. I was just reading about local backups when I came back to see what you guys thought. I found a setting inside One Note 2016 that allows it to create local backups from 1 minute to 24 hours or something. I think I will set that to 5 minutes. Would this create huge files on my drive (64gb), or should I do like every 15 minutes (which I think will be good enough).
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by:John Hurst
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No, my One Note files are not that big. You should not have an issue. Every 15 minutes should be certainly good enough
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by:Justin Smith
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Great information guys. Just confirming what I found recently but small responses helped me clarify what I need to do. Thanks again.
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Thanks and I was happy to help.
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