Touch gestures and keyboard shortcuts in OneNote

OneNote supports several touch gestures and keyboard shortcuts to help you navigate its interface and commands more easily.
 

Touch gestures

 Radial menus

  • To expand a radial menu, activate its commands, and view its available sub-menus, tap its icon when it appears on the screen.

  • To show additional commands that relate to a particular command on the radial menu, tap the arrow next to that command or swipe from the center to the edge in the direction of the arrow.

  • To quickly activate any of the top-level commands of a radial menu, swipe around its icon on the screen without first expanding it. As you swipe around the icon, a tooltip confirms the command that will be applied when you take your finger off of the screen.

See Use radial menus to display OneNote commands for more information.
 

Navigation

  • To show the navigation interface, place your finger on the canvas and swipe to the right.

  • To display OneNote options, go to any page in your notebook, swipe from the right edge of the screen to the left, and then tap Settings.

  • To reorder or move pages and sections in your notebook, drag the page or section horizontally until it comes loose, and then drop it to where you want.

  • To select or change notebooks, sections, or pages, tap the notebook tab, section tab, or page tab you want.

  • To quickly select a notebook, section, or page, and display the app bar, swipe horizontally across the notebook tab, section tab, or page tab you want.
     

Page canvas

  • To quickly pan across the page, tap and hold in a blank part of the page, and then swipe in the direction you want to pan.

  • To select a word, tap the text, and then drag on the circular handle that appears to make a selection.
     

Search and settings

  • To display the Windows charms bar, swipe from the right edge of the screen to the left.
     

App bar

  • To display the OneNote app bar, swipe upwards from the bottom of the screen
     

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Keyboard shortcuts

If you’re using a physical keyboard with OneNote, you can save time by using the following supported keyboard shortcuts for popular commands and tasks.
 

Typing, editing, and navigating notes 

To do this

Press

Cut

CTRL+X

Copy

CTRL+C —or— CTRL+INSERT

Paste

CTRL+V —or— SHIFT+INSERT

Undo

CTRL+Z —or— ALT+BACKSPACE

Redo

CTRL+Y —or— SHIFT+ALT+BACKSPACE

Cancel current level of an interface control

ESC

Select all text and objects on a page

CTRL+A

Create a new page

CTRL+N

Create a new page after the current page

CTRL+ALT+N

Create a new subpage

CTRL+SHIFT+ALT+N

Promote a subpage to a page

CTRL+ALT+{ (OPEN BRACE)

Demote a page to a subpage

CTRL+ALT+} (CLOSE BRACE)

Create a new section

CTRL+T

Mark a page as read or unread

CTRL+Q

Navigate to the previous page in the list

CTRL+PAGE UP

Navigate to the next page in the list

CTRL+PAGE DOWN

Navigate to the first page in the current section

ALT+HOME

Navigate to the last page in the current section

ALT+END

Navigate to the previously viewed page

ALT+LEFT ARROW

Navigate to the next previously viewed page

ALT+RIGHT ARROW

Toggle the notebook list on or off

ALT+F1

Navigate to the title of the current page

CTRL+SHIFT+T

Navigate to the destination of a link

CTRL+ENTER (while cursor is on link text)

Cycle through user interface elements
(navigation, radial menu, canvas, app bar, etc.)

F6 (press one or more times)

Zoom in on the current page

CTRL+PLUS SIGN (Numpad only)

Zoom out on the current page

CTRL+MINUS SIGN (Numpad only)

Insert the current date

ALT+SHIFT+D

Insert the current time

ALT+SHIFT+T

Insert the current date and time

ALT+SHIFT+F

Formatting text 

To do this

Press

Make selected text bold

CTRL+B

Make selected text italic

CTRL+I

Underline selected text

CTRL+U

Superscript selected text

CTRL+SHIFT+= (EQUAL SIGN)

Highlight selected text

CTRL+SHIFT+H

Toggle text highlighting on or off

CTRL+ALT+H

Copy text formatting

CTRL+SHIFT+C

Paste text formatting

CTRL+SHIFT+V

Apply the “To Do” tag to the current line of text

CTRL+1

Apply the “Important” tag to the current line of text

CTRL+2

Apply the “Question” tag to the current line of text

CTRL+3

Remove note tags from the current line of text

CTRL+0

Increase Font Size by 1 point

CTRL+SHIFT+. (PERIOD)

Decrease Font Size by 1 point

CTRL+SHIFT+, (COMMA)

Align the current paragraph to the left

SHIFT+ALT+LEFT ARROW

Align the current paragraph to the right

SHIFT+ALT+RIGHT ARROW

Start or end a bulleted list item

CTRL+. (PERIOD) —or— CTRL+SHIFT+L

Start or end a numbered list item

CTRL+? —or— CTRL+SHIFT+O

Searching, sharing, and syncing notes 

To do this

Press

Search notes

CTRL+E

Share current page

WINDOWS KEY+H

Manually sync the current notebook

SHIFT+F9

Manually sync all notebooks

F9

Working with tables 

To do this

Press

Insert a new row below

CTRL+ENTER

Insert a new column to the right

CTRL+ALT+R

Insert a new column to the left

CTRL+ALT+E

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