OneNote search is not working / indexing

Microsoft OneNote is one of my favorite apps in Microsoft Office 2016 package. Microsoft OneNote is personal assistant where you can store notes, drawings, screen clippings and audio commentaries. You can also share your notes with other people on your network.

Due to an often Windows fresh installations I keep my OneNote office files on a network drive that is regularly backed up. When Microsoft OneNote is reinstalled, I just have to open the workbook from my Home network drive and all of my notes are back.

What I have noticed is that only new notes are now indexed, notes that have been added after I have re-installed the office package. My old notes/date are not indexed and do not appear in OneNote search results. If you have experienced the same issue here’s what you have to do:

Type “Indexing Options” in the Start menu and once opened click on the Advanced button.
Click on the File Types tab, scroll down to OneNote file types and make sure that one, onePkg, oneToc, and oneToc2 are selected.

onenote search

Now click back on the Index Tab and hit the Rebuild button. Wait for 10-15 minutes and OneNote search should now work for all of your files.

That’s it! Please share your comments below.

Edit:
One of our readers called ED shared his fix regarding the cloud version of OneNote application.

My fix was to delete the OneNote cache.
Close OneNote
Delete everything in C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\OneNote\version#\cache except the “tmp” folder.
Restart OneNote.

It will redownload all content, so may take a while, but it will rebuild the index during the process.

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6 Responses

  1. ed says:

    Tried this. Still not getting search results. My fix was to delete the OneNote cashe.
    Close OneNote
    Delete everything in C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\OneNote\version#\cache except the “tmp” folder.
    Restart OneNote.

    It will redownload all content, so may take a while, but rebuilds the index when it does.

    • Nik says:

      Hey Ed,
      thanks for your solution. I will update my article.
      It probably didn’t work for you because you are using cloud OneNote. My solution was for the local version of OneNote.
      Cheers!
      Nik

    • dwd says:

      Thanks, this worked for me.

      I use a local solution win10 and don’t know why Nik solution didn’t work as imo that’s the correct way.

      Anyway I just deleted everything under the version# folder waited for OneNote to reindex I now get correct search results.

      MS does what MS does I guess.

    • Jay says:

      This worked for me too thanks

  2. kushal says:

    WOW!! it worked! thanks so much mate !

  3. Kevin says:

    Deleting the cache did the trick. Thanks a bunch!

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