It depends on your usage and just how involved you are in the Windows ecosystem, but for power users, OneNote is a really powerful tool. If you’re like me and you mainly write in plain text and don’t need all the organization features, you might be set with Evernote.
But hey, OneNote is free and you can use all those GBs of free OneDrive cloud storage to store your notes. If you’re using the desktop version OneNote (not the Modern Windows app version that comes installed in Windows 10), you should know of one big pro feature. OneNote’s ability to password-protect individual sections.
Of course, this is really helpful for keeping private things, well, private. But OneNote also offers keyboard shortcuts and other settings that help you quickly lock the already password protected content. This is something you can’t do with Evernote. Well, at least not with the free plan (and only on mobile devices).
Let’s see take a look at how the feature works.
How to Password Protect OneNote Sections
OneNote’s hierarchical structure goes like this. Instead of notebooks and notes, you have Sections. Each section has pages. You can add as many pages as you like.
OneNote lets you password protect individual sections separately. Unfortunately, there’s no way to password-protect the entire app. You’ll have to log out of the app for that.
Step 1: To password-protect a section, select it and then click the Review button. Then select Password.
Step 2: You’ll now see a section on the side.
Step 3: Because the section doesn’t yet have a password, click the Set Password button.
Step 4: A little pop-up will ask you to type in the password.
Step 5: Even after you’ve done that, you’ll see that the section is currently accessible.
Step 6: Click the Lock All button or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Alt+L.
Now you can go to another section and do the same process. To make things interesting, you can give different passwords to different sections.