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In OneNote you can set printouts in the background of a page. This locks the printout, allowing for easier drawing and annotating over diagrams, exercises, lessons, and more. 


Note: Embedding a large printout file is not recommended if many people will be viewing your content.

Set a single printout in the background of a page

  1. Insert your printout in OneNote by selecting Insert > File Printout > Insert.

  2. Once the printout is placed, right-click it and select Set Picture as Background

  1. Insert your printout in OneNote by selecting Insert > Picture. Choose whether you want to upload from a file, your camera, or an online source.

  2. Select your printout and select Open.

  3. Once your printout is placed, right-click it and select Set Picture as Background.

Automatically set all printouts in the background of a page (applies to OneNote 2013 and 2016):

  1. Select File > Options > Advanced. Scroll to the bottom of the Advanced options.

  2. Check the option to Automatically set inserted file printouts in the background.

  3. Every printout inserted in OneNote will now be automatically set in the background.

Related topics 

Provide feedback to students in Class Notebook 

Take handwritten notes in OneNote 2016

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