OneNote Search Notebooks Stopped Working

Did search All Notebooks in Microsoft OneNote stop working? Or you’re getting partial results, such as only new pages are searched? Then try the steps in this post to fix the issue.

Note: This post applies to the desktop version of OneNote 2016, running on Windows 10.

Set the Scope of the Search

First, make sure the scope of your search is set to “All Notebooks”

  • Click on the drop-down arrow to the right of the magnifying glass in the search box.
  • Make sure “All Notebooks” is selected.
OneNote Search Scope Settings
OneNote Search Scope

Resetting the OneNote Cache

If search does not work when the search scope is set to “All Notebooks”, then try recreating the cache, using the following steps:

  1. Open OneNote 2016
  2. Click the File menu, then select Options
  3. In the OneNote Option window, click Save & Backup
  4. In the “Cache file location” section, copy or make a note of “Path”
  5. Click Cancel, to close the OneNote Option window
  6. Exit from OneNote
  7. Ope1n File Explorer
  8. Go to the directory specified for “Cache file location”
  9. Rename the “cache” directory to “cache.old”
  10. Start OneNote

The time to recreate/rebuild the cache, depends on the size of your notebooks, and the number of notebooks you have open.

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