Get Started with OneNote and OneDrive

This article is a brief introduction to Microsoft’s OneDrive and OneNote. Both are free apps.
  • Works on Android, Mac, iPad, iPhone and Windows
  • Available in Mac App Store and on web.
  • OneDrive comes with 5GB free space.
  • Microsoft Office 365 subscription comes with 1TB free.


Once you setup OneDrive, you can save OneNote, Word, Excel files to OneDrive.

OneDrive is similar to Dropbox and Google drive. Your data is stored in the “cloud” on Microsoft’s servers.

You need a Microsoft account to setup. You can use your Office365 ID or any email account to set up your Microsoft ID.

When you install, select your Home folder as destination as shown in the image. Do not move this folder in the Finder. Only change location in the OneDrive app.

OneDrive video training
OneDrive for Mac: FAQs

Getting started with OneDrive

  • OneDrive and file names
    Sync errors reported by the OneDrive client are due to filenames which are illegal on the OneDrive sync space, such as ‘|’, ‘?’, ‘:’, ‘”‘ and leading spaces.
  • OneDrive dies when it encounters a file or folder name with a pipe (|), question mark (?), colon (:), quotation mark (“‘), or leading space.


OneNote is a fully featured app that will allow you to not only take notes, but to share your notes, collect recipes and much more. OneNote was chosen “Best of 2014* by Apple. Just check out the lengthy description of OneNote in the App Store.

Start with the OneNote Help Center.


  • You can password protect a section in OneNote
  • (Some features shown in the articles are only for the Windows version of OneNote)

OneNote Clipper

Clipper installs in your browser making it easy to click on a page and save to your OneNote clipping file.You can clip anything from articles to blog posts to recipes in just one click. Your clips are captured in OneNote so you have them all in one place All your clips are synced on all your devices.

OneNote Clipper Installation

Use OneDrive on iOS

Basics about using the OneDrive app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.

Download the app for iOS.

Office 2016 for Mac Quick Start Guides

Grab the quick start guides for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote for your Mac here



Move your data to a new User or a new Mavericks partition

Testing in a new User will quickly tell you if the problem is system wide or if it’s your User’s folder that contains the problem. more info

If the problem is your current User and you are unable to locate the source in your old User, you can use these steps to move to the new User.

If you continue to see the same problems in a new User, this indicates problems at the base level. See Below for instructions.

Transferring files from one account to another on the same Mac

You can move to the other User via the Shared folder.


Create a folder in shared for Desktop. I like to use folders I create not the root folders in Users. Drag items from Desktop into the “desktop” folder you created. If you drag the root folder it can give you permissions issues when you copy into the new User.


Drag items from Desktop into the “desktop” folder you created. I like to do one folder at a time.

  • Log out of the current account under the Apple in the Menu bar or use Fast User Switching.
  • Log into new User.

Add Shared folder to Toolbar in the new User for easy access. Hold Option key when dragging an icon to the Toolbar in Mavericks to add.


Drag items from Shared folder “desktop” (it actually copies) to the Desktop.

Log back into the original User.

Delete the files from Shared desktop folder you copied over to the new User. If you are low on disc space be careful since the process copies data. Move one item at a time then delete the original before starting the next copy.

Continue doing this for Documents, Music, Movies, Pictures etc.

The User’s Library folder is one you need to be very careful in what you bring over. Most likely the issue is in your User’s Library. Mail and most of the items in Application Support are safe to bring over. Bring over the Safari and Calendar folders only if you are not syncing via iCloud. Keychain can be brought over but best to start fresh. Keychain tends to keep a lot of old entries and starting fresh eliminates all the crud that has accumulated.

Remove old User after you have all data copied to the new User. Go to System Preferences > User’s & Groups. Select the account and click on the – to remove. You might want to leave the original User with the User’s Library in case there is something you really need but did not move over.

Transferring files when data is another drive or partition

This assumes you have either cloned your drive or backed up your data and have installed Mavericks on a new drive and need to move your data over to the new install. While Migration is an easy step it can bring over old files you do not want.

First make sure the User’s Library folder is made visible before switching to the new User.

Instead of using the Shared folder as described above, this time we will setup two Finder windows to transfer the data. Set one window for the new Mavericks User. Set the second window to show the User’s folder on the other drive. Drag your data from the old folders to the new Mavericks folders.

To make a Finder Window, select File > New Window


To view the other drive open Finder > Preferences > Sidebar > Devices



Check to show Your Computer and Your Hard disks.