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 (in OneNote 2013 and 2016) or Insert > Pictures (in OneNote for Windows 10).

  2. In OneNote 2013 and OneNote 2016, right-click on the printout and select Set Picture as Background. In OneNote for Windows 10,  right-click on the printout, select Picture, then scroll down to 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

Handwritten notes and other tasks in OneNote for Windows 10

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