Microsoft Onenote 2010: Hide Author Tags and Highlighting of New Changes

   Posted March 7, 2011 by Jimmy Selix in Microsoft Office

Onenote 2010 is a great note taking and clipping application. It now supports shared notebooks across multiple computers.  By default, Onenote will tag changes with the author’s initials and highlight any new content when opened on a different computer. This tutorial describes how to turn that off.

1. Open Onenote and the shared Notebook.  If you made changes to it on a different computer, you will probably see a view like this.

Notice the initials to the right, this indicates who made the last changes that are also highlighted.  Let’s remove the highlighting and author tags.

2. Go to the Ribbon area and click on Share > Mark as Read and uncheck the Show Unread Changes in This Notebook option.

This will turn off highlighting in the current shared notebook.  You can turn the track changes type feature back on by repeating the above and just checking the option.  This setting is applied per Notebook and not application wide.  So you will want to do this for each of your shared notebooks.

3. To turn off the the Author tags that appear, you can go to the Ribbon area and click on ShareHide Authors.  This will remove the initials that appear next to new notes / content.

We now should have both the author tags and highlighting of new changes turned off.


Once you view or click in a highlighted area, Onenote considers the note read and removes the highlighting when the feature is on. It also turns the Section title with new changes/content bold.


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  • V-ximenv

    We have three people with permission to make changes to a OneNote Sharepoint file. We all have the hide author button activated, but people are still getting the authors highlithed when they first open the notebook. Any ideas how to make the hide author a default view?

  • Thomas

    HOw can you permanently delete a name from the authors section? Pls help!

  • Peter

    Thank you for this post!! All the green highlights were driving me crazy, this helped a lot, thanks again.

  • Ryan

    Much appreciated. I was going crazy!

  • Lisa

    Yes, thank you, the green highlighting was so annoying!

  • Jason

    Thank you, very helpful!

  • eyesark

    Thanks for the note; I love OneNote but in syncing between computers have been having that problem; now i can have the content minus the highlighting.

  • Jason

    thank you!