How to restore a notebook closed in Outline

If you have accidentally closed the notebook in Outline, most of the times it is pretty easy to open it again.

Please note: if you close the local notebook in iPad Outline, it will be lost, make sure you have the backups enabled when working with local notebooks on iPad.


  1. How to restore local notebooks closed in Outline
(Local notebook is the notebook initially created in Outline with " + " button > Create notebook .
You can also have the cloud synced notebooks. Such notebooks are located on the cloud storage and Outline opens their local copies. Cloud synced notebooks can always be opened from the cloud, even from another device.)
A local notebook is created on your device and stored in your Mac folders or your iPad Outline. You can check the location of your notebook double-tapping the notebook's cover > Properties > Location on iPad:

Or right-clicking on the notebook's cover > Properties > Location on Mac:

Please note that apart from your Mac, iPad doesn't keep the copies of local notebooks in its system. Your local notebook will be lost once deleted from your Outline for iPad.
    a) How to restore your local notebook on Mac:
    - Search for the notebook location.

    Default option for newly created local notebook is Documents folder (Finder > Documents). 
    In case the notebook was saved in another folder, please use the Search function to locate it on your Mac.
    - Open notebook in Outline:

    After finding the location of the notebook, click the "+" button > Open from Local, Dropbox
    or Box
> open the notebook folder from the location where you have found it.

    b) How to restore your local notebook on iPad:
As iPad doesn't have its own space for storing the documents, the local notebook deleted from Outline will be lost unless backed up. Please see the Restore from backup.
To prevent the loss of information in local notebooks on iPad, please make sure your notebooks get backed up regularly. To set the backup go to Settings > Backups > Enable backup. You can also set the frequency of backup and back up manually with "Backup now" option.


  1. How to restore a cloud storage notebook closed in Outline
Syncing notebook to a cloud storage means that the notebook's original copy is located in the cloud (iCloud, OneDrive, Box, Dropbox, SharePoint, or WebDAV). Upon opening such notebooks in Outline the local copies of the notebooks are created in the app. In this case closing the notebook means that the local copy of the notebook is no longer present in Outline but the original copy is still in the cloud. When you are going to close a cloud-located notebook make sure all the changes are saved, i.e. the notebook's finished syncing.

    - Opening the cloud located notebook in Outline:
    1. Tap / click the "+" button at the top of the notebooks list;

    2. Open from: iCloud / OneDrive / Box / Dropbox / SharePoint / WebDAV


    You can move local notebooks to cloud storage to prevent the loss of information:
    a) iPad:
    1. Double-tap the notebook cover;

    2. Properties > Location > choose the cloud storage (iCloud, OneDrive, Box, Dropbox, Sharepoint).

    Or you can make the copy of the notebook by exporting it to iTunes:
    Tap the cover of the notebook > Export > iTunes.
    Export and Import Notebooks via iTunes.

    b) Mac:
    1. Right click the notebook's cover > Show in Finder (for local notebooks);

    2. Move the notebook folder to your cloud storage folder (iCloud, OneDrive, Box, Dropbox, Sharepoint).
How to move local notebook to the cloud storage.

Please note: local notebook cannot be uploaded to OneDrive on Mac directly. To move your local Mac Outline notebook to OneDrive:

    1. Create new OneDrive located notebook in OneNote;

    2. Open this notebook in Outline ("+" button > Open from OneDrive);

    3. Move all the sections of your Outline notebook to OneDrive located notebook. 

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