Hard disk or root level folder appears as My Notebook folder in OneNote 2003

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When you start Office OneNote 2003, your whole hard disk or a root level folder may now be displayed as your "My Notebook" folder.


This problem occurs if you change the Office OneNote 2003 Location of My Notebook folder setting to a root folder such as "Documents and Settings" to the root folder of your hard disk such as C:\. Office OneNote 2003 then adds an "Onenote table of contents.onetoc" file to that folder and every subfolder under that folder. "Onenote table of contents.onetoc" files are always hidden files, so they may not be visible depending on your folder option settings.


To resolve this problem, obtain Microsoft Office OneNote 2003 Service Pack 1. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
842774Description of OneNote 2003 Service Pack 1


To work around this problem if you have done this, reset the location of your "My Notebook" folder back to the original folder, and then delete all the .onetoc files from your hard disk except under your "My Notebook" folder:
  1. Start Office OneNote 2003.
  2. On the Tools menu, click Options.
  3. Click Open and Save.
  4. Change the Location of My Notebook folder setting. To do so, click Browse, and then click the C:\Documents and Settings\user_name\My Documents\My Notebook folder.
  5. Click OK, and then quit Office OneNote 2003.
  6. Delete .onetoc files. To do so, use the method for your operating system:

    For Microsoft Windows 2000:
    1. Click Start, point to Search, and then click For Files or Folders.
    2. In the Search for files or folders named box, type *.onetoc.
    3. In the Look in box, click My Computer, and then click Search Now.
    4. In the Search Results pane, click Select All on the Edit menu.
    5. On the File menu, click Delete, and then click Yes.
    For Microsoft Windows XP:
    1. Click Start, and then click Search.
    2. In the Search Results dialog box, click All files and folders.
    3. In the All or part of the file name box, type *.onetoc.
    4. Click More advanced options. Click to select the Search hidden files and folders check box if it is not already selected.
    5. Click Search.
    6. In the Search Results pane, click Select All on the Edit menu.
    7. On the File menu, click Delete, and then click Yes.
  7. Start Office OneNote 2003 so Office OneNote 2003 can rebuild the table of contents files for just the "My Notebook" folder and subfolders.


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
This problem was first corrected in OneNote 2003 Service Pack 1.


Article ID: 817105 - Last Review: September 12, 2011 - Revision: 7.0
  • Microsoft Office OneNote 2003
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