When inspiration strikes, the best approach is to write down your ideas quickly. If you’re in front of your computer screen, you can quickly launch OneNote and type in your ideas before you forget them. That’s why you need OneNote to work as smoothly as possible at all times.
You really don’t want any delays when you’re jotting down your ideas. Unfortunately, the tool may not always live up to your expectations. Well, if OneNote is painfully slow and laggy when taking notes, pursue the troubleshooting solutions below.
How Do I Fix Input Lag on OneNote?
⇒ Quick Fix: Unlike the OneNote desktop app, the web client is not affected by any lag issues. Use OneNote in your browser if you don’t have the time to troubleshoot the desktop app.
Update OneNote and Create a New Notebook
OneNote lagging for a few seconds might be the result of a corrupted notebook. Copy the content of the problematic notebook and paste it into a new notebook. Save your notes. Then launch your Microsoft Store app, search for OneNote and click on the menu (three dots). Hit the Update option to check if there’s a newer app version available.
If you’re on Mac, click on the Help menu and select Check for Updates. Select the Automatically Download and Install option and let your Mac take care of the rest. Restart the app and check if the issue persists.
By the way, check if there’s a newer Windows 10 or macOS version available and update your system as well. Make sure you’re running the latest OneNote app and OS versions on your machine and check the results.
Clear the Cache
If the cache files got corrupted, you need to remove them and restart the app.
If you’re on Windows 10, exit OneNote and navigate to C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Local\Microsoft\OneNote\16.0. Then locate and delete the cache folder.
If you’re on Mac, navigate to ~/Library/Containers/com.microsoft.onenote.mac and remove the corrupt caches of the app.
On the other hand, other users solved this issue by removing only the Container.plist file. Open Finder, click on the Go menu, press the Option key, and select Library. Then open the Containers folder, double-click on the com.microsoft.onenote.mac folder, and delete Container.plist.
Restart the app, open a new notebook and check if OneNote is working as intended. By the way, you can also boot up your Mac in Safe Mode to check if this issue is caused by third-party programs installed on your computer.
Disable Automatic Syncing
Disabling automatic syncing worked for many users. Apparently, OneNote prioritizes the syncing process instead of the input it gets from users. Check if this workaround does the trick for you. The catch is to remember to frequently press the Sync button so that the app saves your work to the cloud.
Repair OneNote and Office
If the issue persists, try repairing and resetting OneNote for Windows 10.
- Navigate to Settings, select Apps, and scroll down to OneNote.
- Then select the app and click on Advanced options.
- Use the Repair option first and check the results.
- If the app is still laggy, hit the Reset button as well.
If the problem persists, try repairing your Office package as well. Go to Control Panel, select Programs, and click on Programs and features. Select your Office package, click on the Change option and select Quick Repair. If the first option did not work, use the Online Repair option.
If nothing worked, uninstall OneNote and restart your computer. Then install a fresh copy of the app. Reinstalling the app should fix the problem. If other programs are running in the background that you don’t need, close them and check if you notice any improvements.
If writing in OneNote has become impossible due to major lag issues, update the app and open a new notebook. Then clear the app cache and disable automatic syncing. Reinstall the app if the issue persists. Did you find other ways to fix this problem? Share your ideas in the comments below.