Use a screen reader to open and search different notebooks, pages, and sections in OneNote for iOS

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Use OneNote for iOS with VoiceOver, the built-in iOS screen reader, to navigate through notebooks, sections, and pages more easily and effectively.

Notes: 

  • New Office 365 features are released gradually to Office 365 subscribers, so your app might not have these features yet. To learn how you could get new features faster, visit When do I get the newest features in Office 2016 for Office 365?.

  • This topic assumes that you are using the built-in iOS screen reader, VoiceOver. To learn more about using VoiceOver, visit Apple accessibility.

  • This topic assumes that you are using an iPhone. Some navigation and gestures might be different for an iPad.

  • To learn about the VoiceOver rotor, refer to Commands and Gestures.

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Open a notebook in OneNote

In the Notebooks list, swipe left or right until you hear the notebook you'd like to open. Then double-tap the screen.

For instructions on how to open OneNote, refer to Use a screen reader to do basic tasks in OneNote.

Tip: To create a new notebook, in the Notebooks list, swipe right until you hear: "New notebook button." Then double-tap the screen. Type the name of the new notebook, and then swipe right until you hear "Done" and double-tap the screen.

Tip: If you want to open your notebook in OneNote client from the OneNote Online in your browser, swipe left or right until you hear: "Edit in OneNote button." Then double-tap the screen and follow the on-screen instructions.

Switch between notebooks, pages, and sections

Navigate easily in your notebook.

Move to the Notebooks list

  1. In the Sections or Pages list, or in a page canvas, swipe left until you hear: "Back to <previous list view>, back button." Then double-tap the screen.

  2. Repeat until you hear: "Notebook, settings button." The focus is now on the Settings button of the Notebooks list view.

Move to the Sections list

  1. To move to the Sections list from the Notebooks list, swipe right until you hear the notebook you'd like to open, and then double-tap the screen.

  2. To move to the Sections list from the Pages list or a page canvas, swipe left until you hear: "Back to <previous list view>, back button." Then double-tap the screen. Repeat until you hear: "<Notebook name>, back to notebook list, back button."

    The focus is now on the Back button in Sections list view.

Move to the Pages list

  1. To move to the Pages list from the Sections list, swipe right until you hear the section you'd like to open.

  2. To move to the Pages list from the page canvas, swipe left until you hear "Back to page list for <section name>, back button." Then double-tap the screen.

    The focus is now on the Back button in the Pages list view.

To read more about basic navigation in OneNote for iOS, refer to Learn how to navigate OneNote using accessible features.

Work with Recent Notes

No need to waste time looking for your latest notes. Use the Recent Notes list to quickly continue working on your most recent pages.

To go to your Recent Notes, on the Notebooks list, swipe left or right until you hear "Recent notes button," and then double-tap the screen. Swipe right until you hear the name of the page you'd like to open, and then double-tap the screen.

Turn on Recent Notes in the Notification Center Widget

If VoiceOver doesn't announce Recent Notes, you need to turn the feature on in the Notification Center Widget.

  1. In the Notebooks list, swipe left until you hear "Settings button," and then double-tap the screen. You hear: "Settings, close button."

  2. Swipe right until you hear "Quick notes button," and then double-tap the screen.

  3. Swipe right until you hear: "Show Recent Notes switch button, off."

  4. Double-tap the screen. You hear: "On."

  5. To exit the settings, swipe left until you hear "Back button," and then double-tap the screen. You hear "Settings, close button."

  6. Double-tap the screen. You hear: "Settings button." The focus is on the Settings button in the Notebooks list view.

Use search

You can use the search to quickly locate a piece of info in your notebooks, section, or pages. You can find the search field or function on the Notebooks, Sections, and Pages list views.

  1. On one of the list views, swipe left or right until you hear either "Search button" or "Search text field." Then double-tap the screen.

  2. Type your search words. The search starts automatically. You hear: "Search completed with <number of results> results."

  3. To browse the results, swipe right until you hear the search result you'd like to select. Then double-tap the screen. The item with the search word opens.

  4. To find the search word, for example, in a content block, turn the VoiceOver rotor to Words or Lines. Swipe up or down to listen to the content word by word or line by line.

See also

Use a screen reader to read pages in OneNote

Use a screen reader to do basic tasks in OneNote

Set up your device to work with accessibility in Office 365

Learn how to navigate OneNote using accessible features

Technical support for customers with disabilities

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