- Internet Explorer: Enable the SharePoint OpenDocuments Class add-on (enabled – no change)
- Firefox: Enable the Microsoft Office 2010 add-on (enabled – no change)
- Internet Explorer: Set security settings (set – no change)
- If the above doesn’t work, then:
If you use a browser other than Firefox or the 32-bit version of Internet Explorer, if you don’t want to install OneNote 2010, or if you don’t want to change security settings in Internet Explorer, you can open browser-based notebooks without using the add-on.
To do this, you download the notebook’s section to your computer, open it in the OneNote desktop application, and then upload it back to the website. This process is supported on a SharePoint site only, not in Windows Live SkyDrive (see notes below for SkyDrive fix – ny).
- On the SharePoint library page, click the Open Menu arrow next to the notebook, click Send To, and then click Download a Copy.
- Save the section (.one file) on your computer in a folder that you can easily find, such as Desktop or My Documents.
- Double-click the section to open it in the OneNote desktop application. If your version of OneNote is earlier than OneNote 2007 you must install a converter to edit the section.
- Edit the section. OneNote saves your changes automatically in the folder where you downloaded the section.
- In your browser, go back to the SharePoint library page. In the ribbon, under the Library Tools section, click the Document tab, and then in the New group, click Upload a Document.
- Be sure the Add as a new version to existing files checkbox is selected, and then click Browse to locate the section that you just updated.
- Double-click the section, and then click OK.
So… I tried that. I downloaded it, unzipped it, modified it, and closed it. Instead of uploading it back to my SkyDrive, as above, like Microsoft would have me do to a SharePoint workspace, I clicked File > Share > Web > Work (folder) > Share Notebook. I clicked No, Thanks in the message box and closed the OneNote, then reopened it, made a minor change, and manually synched it. Back on my SkyDrive, there it was in all its glory.
A bit of a pain to set it up, but at least it works. I believe the instructions on Microsoft’s troubleshooting page are for a SharePoint workspace similar task.