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lisagenix-4908 asked emilyhua-msft commented

OneNote Default Save Location GPO - Not working

I've set the default Save location for OneNote and I can see the value reflected in the registry which should just be %userprofile%\onedrive - Company.

However the settings that show up in OneNote are c:\users\username\onedrive\documents\%userprofile%\OneDrive - Compnay\MyNotebook.

It's just appending my settings to the default location rather than replacing it, can I get some assistance as to why this isn't working?

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emilyhua-msft answered emilyhua-msft commented

Hi @lisagenix-4908

I can reproduce your issue on my environment, it seems that OneNote does not support environment variable "%userprofile%" when setting default locations. Even I add the registry key "notebook root" directly as following image, it still does not work.
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This issue does not occur with Word,
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It's recommended to raise this issue to related Microsoft team.
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To make this vocie louder, I have submited this issue in OneNote app.

Thanks for your understanding.


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CraigOwings-7793 answered

You have to use a REG_EXPAND_SZ type, not a REG_SZ for your notebook root. Just set it using group policy preferences.

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GeorgMatviak-7378 answered

Hi lisagenix-4908,

Thank you for your question and reaching out. My name is Jainth and I’d be more than happy to help you with your query.

However, to protect your important notes from a serious problem, such as a hard disk failure, consider changing the default location of your OneNote Backup folder.

Suitable backup locations for your important notes include a folder on a secondary or external hard disk drive, a removable storage device such as a USB drive, or a private folder on your network.

Change the default location for backup files
Click File > Options > Save & Backup.

Under Save, in the Paths list, click Backup Folder, and then click Modify.

In the Select Folder dialog box, navigate to the location of the folder where you want OneNote to store backup files, and then click Select.

Also, Do check out the below link for better understanding.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/change-the-default-storage-location-for-backup-files-2a35f601-cbc2-46cf-928a-1f30316fb009



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