Apply a OneNote template to a page - OneNote A OneNote template is a page design that you can apply to new pages in your notebook to give them an appealing background, a more uniform appearance, or a consistent layout. Note: If you're interested in simply changing the color of one of your pages in OneNote, see change the background color of a page . Create or customize page templates - OneNote OneNote comes with several built-in templates, including decorative page backgrounds and to-do lists. You can create your own template or customize an existing one. You can use OneNote templates as they are, change them as you like, or create your own.