How to Fix OneNote ‘Invalid Notebook Name’ Error on Windows 10?

Are you facing the OneNote ‘Invalid notebook name’ Error on Windows 10?

If you like to take quick notes on your device to avoid missing important details, OneNote is probably one of your favorite apps.

We’ve found OneNote’s digital note-taking features to be some of the best we’ve seen. You can use it to keep track of everything from your thoughts to work-related data but let’s keep that discussion for another day. 

Recently, several users reported that their OneNote app has been displaying a name error whenever they try to create a new blank notebook. We had a look into this matter and found that this error can occur due to several reasons, including an outdated OneNote version and corrupt OneNote installation.

If you are facing a similar issue, you are in the right place because this guide is going to walk you through the methods of fixing this issue in detail. 

Let’s get started. 

1. Update OneNote.

If OneNote is outdated on your device, then it is possible that it is causing the error at hand. The latest updates have more features and bug fixes, so installing them may help you fix the ‘Invalid notebook name’ error on your PC. 

Here is how you can update OneNote on Windows 10:

  1. Open the OneNote app and click on File from the ribbon menu. 
  2. In the left panel, choose Account and in the next window, click on the dropdown menu against Office Updates.
  3. Click on Update Now and wait for the application to scan for updates. If it displays any pending updates, install them. 
How to Fix OneNote ‘Invalid Notebook Name’ Error on Windows 10
  1. Once all the updates are installed, restart your PC and check if the issue is resolved. 

If outdated OneNote app was causing the issue, updating it will resolve it in no time. If the error persists, proceed to the next method below.

2. Try Using CleanMyPC.

You might want to consider deep cleaning your PC and removing unused system files if you haven’t done so recently. There is a chance that these files may be contributing to the issue at hand. 

Junk files are often hard to identify and delete and can consume a great deal of your time and energy. It is easiest to do this using an effective PC cleaning application, and if you are looking for a recommendation, we would recommend CleanMyPC

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With CleanMyPC, your PC is scanned, the problems are identified, and the issues are fixed with little to no user involvement. Personally, we have found it incredibly helpful in cleaning out our PC and improving the space on the hard drive. We have also seen a significant increase in performance and speed.

There are numerous system-maintenance tools in CleanMyPC that can address everything from slow PC speeds to privacy concerns. It only takes a few minutes to install the tool and run a scan. Everything else will be taken care of!

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3. Repair OneNote Installation. 

Another common reason behind the error under consideration is a corrupt OneNote installation on your PC. 

If the methods mentioned above did not work for you, then we suggest repairing the OneNote installation on your PC. Repairing the application will replace the corrupt operating system files while preserving your personal data. 

There is a difference in the procedure for repairing both the desktop and UWP versions of OneNote, and we have listed both below. To fix the problem at hand, proceed with the most appropriate one.

Repair OneNote Desktop Version. 

Here is how you can repair the OneNote desktop version on Windows 10:

  1. Open a Run dialogue box by pressing Windows + R keys simultaneously. 
  2. Type ‘appwiz.cpl‘ in the text field of the dialogue box and hit Enter. This will open the Programs and Features window. 
  1. Inside the newly launched window, locate the Office installation and right-click on it.
  2. Click on Change and select Quick Repair.
How to Fix OneNote ‘Invalid Notebook Name’ Error on Windows 10
  1. Click on Repair and wait for the process to complete.
  2. Once done, restart your PC and check if the error is resolved. 

Hopefully, repairing the installation will fix the issue causing the ‘Invalid Notebook Name’ error your PC.

Repair OneNote UWP Version. 

To repair OneNote UWP version on your PC, follow the steps mentioned below:

  1. Open a Run dialogue box by pressing Windows + R keys simultaneously. 
  2. Type ‘ms-settings:appsfeatures‘ in the text field of the dialogue box and hit Enter.
How to Fix OneNote ‘Invalid Notebook Name’ Error on Windows 10
  1. Now scroll down the window and locate OneNote.
  2. Click on it and then click on the Advanced options hyperlink.
How to Fix OneNote ‘Invalid Notebook Name’ Error on Windows 10
  1. In the new window, locate Reset and click on the Repair button under it. 
  2. Now, wait for the process to complete and then check if the issue is resolved. 

This should fix the issue once and for all.

This brings us to the end of our guide on fixing the OneNote ‘Invalid Notebook Name’ error on Windows 10. We tried walking you through all the steps in detail and hope that one of the methods mentioned above did the trick for you. In case you still have any confusion about the methods, please let us know in the comment section below!

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  • Zainab Falak

    Zainab Falak is a staff writer for Saint and an expert in Microsoft Windows, having authored more than 200 posts. She has a Bachelors in Actuarial Sciences and her passion for computers extends to exploring various aspects, from UI customization to the Windows registry and exploring error codes. Twitter LinkedIn

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