How to delete a notebook in Evernote

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Evernote is an established and popular cloud-based note-taking solution. Ideal for home and work management, it provides access to your notes anytime, anywhere. Although Evernote's storage allowance is pretty decent, it's easy to accumulate lots of bulky notebooks.

If you need to create more space in your account or just get rid of notebooks you no longer use, you've come to the right place. This article will show you how to delete your notebooks using various devices and what to do if the option is greyed out.



How to remove Evernote notebook from PC

You can access your Evernote account through the desktop app or Evernote Web using your PC or Mac. Follow these steps to delete your notebook using either option:

Desktop application

  1. Sign into your account.
  2. Select "Notebooks" from the options on the left pane.
  3. Right-click the notebook you want to delete.
  4. Choose "Delete Notepad" from the options. The notes will automatically move to the "Trash".

Web Evernote

  1. Go to Web Evernote and log in to your account.
  2. In the options on the left pane, click on “Notebooks”.
  3. Open the notebook you want to delete.
  4. In the notebook header at the top of the notes list, click the three-dot "More actions" icon.
  5. Choose "Delete Notepad". The notes will be moved to "Trash".

For the older version of Evernote Web:


  1. Log in and select the “Notebooks” option.
  2. Find and then open the notebook you want to delete.
  3. Select the "Note Info" icon (i) in the notepad header.
  4. Click "Delete Notepad". Your notes will be sent to the “Trash”.

How to Delete Evernote Notebook from iPhone

Removing a notebook from the mobile app is as easy as using a PC. Here's how to delete an Evernote notebook using your iPhone:


  1. Open the “Evernote” app.
  2. Tap the hamburger menu icon in the top left corner.
  3. Tap on “Notebooks”.
  4. Tap the notebook you want to delete.
  5. Notepad information is displayed. Tap the three-dot menu icon in the upper right corner.
  6. Tap "Delete Notepad".
  7. Tap "Delete" to confirm. The notes will immediately go to the “Trash”.

For the old version of Evernote:

  1. Tap the hamburger icon in the top left, then select "Notebooks."
  2. Tap the notebook you want to delete to open it.
  3. Tap the three-dot menu icon, then "Notepad settings."
  4. Choose "Delete Notepad". The notes will automatically go to the "Trash".

How to remove an Evernote notebook from an Android device

Follow these steps to remove a notebook from your Evernote account using your Android device:

  1. Access your Evernote account using the app.
  2. In the lower left corner, tap the hamburger menu icon.
  3. Select "Notebooks" from the menu.
  4. Select the notebook you want to delete.
  5. The notebook details will open. Tap the three-dot menu icon located at the top right.
  6. Choose "Delete Notepad".
  7. Type “Delete” to confirm, then “OK”. The notes will be sent to the "Trash".

For the old version of Evernote:



  1. In the top left corner, tap the hamburger icon, then select "Notebooks."
  2. Tap the notebook you want to delete.
  3. On the notebook details page, tap the three-dot menu icon, then tap "Notepad settings."
  4. Choose "Delete Notepad". Notepad notes will immediately go to the “Trash”.

How to Delete Evernote Notebook from iPad

To remove a notebook from your Evernote account using your iPad, follow these steps:


  1. Launch the “Evernote” application.
  2. Tap the hamburger menu icon located in the upper left corner.
  3. Tap "Notebooks".
  4. Select the notebook you want to delete.
  5. The notebook details appear. In the top right corner, tap the three-dot menu icon.
  6. Tap "Delete Notepad".
  7. To confirm, type “Delete”, then press “OK”. The notes will be moved to "Trash".

For the old version of Evernote:


  1. Tap the hamburger icon in the top left, then tap "Notebooks."
  2. Select the notebook you want to delete to open it.
  3. Tap the three-dot menu icon, then "Laptop Settings."
  4. Tap "Delete Notepad". Your notes will immediately go to the “Trash”.

Additional FAQ

Why is Delete Notebook greyed out?

One of your notebooks is set as default and the delete option for that notebook will not be available. To work around this issue, set a different default notebook:

1. Choose another notebook and then select the "Set as default" option.

2. Now go back to the notebook you wanted to delete and the “Delete” option should be available.

Can I restore a deleted notebook?

You cannot restore a notebook once it has been deleted, as the notes are moved to the "Trash" and the empty notebook is permanently deleted from your account.

However, you can restore individual notes from “Trash” by:

1. Open the note you want to restore from “Trash”.

2. Click the three dots icon for "More Actions".

3. Choose “Restore Note”.

Once the notes are restored, you can create a new notebook to contain them.

Why won't Evernote allow me to delete a notebook?

If the notebook you want to delete is set as default, the delete option will be grayed out. Set another default notebook then delete option will be available.

Caring for your Evernotes

Evernote is a reliable note-taking app for organizing, managing, and archiving notes. Your notes can be organized in notebooks and accessible from any device. Evernote lets you delete your notebooks to help keep your account clutter-free and to create storage space if needed.

Each time you delete a notebook, its notes are moved to the "Trash" and remain there until you empty it. If you decide to recover the notes, simply restore them and create a new notebook for them.

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