How to Remove OneNote from Startup and System Tray

Microsoft’s digital notebook, OneNote, is a free note-taking app with a focus on collaboration and productivity. Included in newer versions of Microsoft’s Office products, you might find OneNote stealthy hidden in your System Tray.

While OneNote is full of useful features for students and office workers, you might not want it running on your home PC. Thankfully, you can remove OneNote from the Startup and the System Tray quite easily – here’s how.

How to Remove OneNote from System Tray

  1. Right click the OneNote icon in your System Tray and select Open OneNote. You might, first, need to click the Up arrow at the bottom right of your computer to reveal all icons.
    OneNote in System Tray with Open OneNote Option in Right Click Menu
  2. Now with OneNote open, click the File tab and then select Options at the bottom of the menu on the left.
    OneNote File Tab
    OneNote Options in File Menu
  3. In OneNote Options, click Display in the left menu and then uncheck Place OneNote icon in the notification area of the taskbar in the right panel.
    OneNote Place Icon in System Tray Checkbox in Display Options

How to Disable OneNote on Startup in Windows 10

  1. Right click anywhere on the Taskbar and select Task Manager. You can also hit Ctrl + Alt + Del and select Task Manager.
    Task Manager in Taskbar Right Click Menu
  2. If Task Manager is in simple view, click More details in the lower left corner.
    More Details in Windows 10 Task Manager
  3. Click the Startup tab.
  4. Click Send to OneNote Tool, so that it’s selected, and then click the Disable button.
    Send to OneNote Tool Selected with Disable Button in Windows 10 Task Manager

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