What's new in OneNote for Windows 10

What's new in OneNote for Windows 10

Note: This article applies to the OneNote for Windows 10 app, which is pre-installed on all editions of Windows 10 and also available as a free download from the Microsoft Store. If you’re still using an older version of OneNote for Windows, such as OneNote 2016 or 2013, please be aware that these are no longer being updated with new features. See What’s the difference between OneNote and OneNote 2016?

Recent updates to OneNote for Windows 10

We’ve been working hard to improve OneNote for Windows 10 based on feedback from customers like you. To see what features we’ve recently added, browse through the highlights below. To leave your own feedback with suggestions for the OneNote product team, scroll to the end of this article for more information.


Dark Mode in OneNote for Windows 10

Go easy on your eyes with Dark Mode

This new optional mode switches OneNote’s interface elements from light to dark — either as a color preference or as a functional benefit.

Dark Mode can improve readability of your notes in low light environments, increase the legibility of the user interface, provide better contrast, and reduce eye strain.

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File printout option in OneNote for Windows 10

Improved printouts of Office files

Insert Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, or PowerPoint presentations as a virtual printout to include their pages as images in your notes.

Click Insert > File, choose an Office file to insert, and then click Insert as printout. You can move, resize, delete, and annotate any of the printout images that appear.


Navigation interface in OneNote for Windows 10

Easily navigate and organize your notebooks

The OneNote for Windows 10 app window now offers more note-taking space by providing an easier way to control the navigation interface.

You can choose to display the notebook, section, and page navigation panes only when you need them, while always keeping immediate access to the Search and Recent Notes buttons.

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Notebook location selection menu in OneNote for Windows 10

Improved Print to OneNote

In Windows 10 Settings, select ”OneNote” as your default printer and then print files from any app or browser on your PC.

Instead of printing out the information on a real printer, the printout is sent to OneNote, which lets you choose where to add the page — in any section of your open notebook, or in any other notebook that you choose.


Uploading notebooks to a cloud account

Upload your local notebooks to the cloud

Upgrading to OneNote for Windows 10 from an older version? We’ll notify you if we detect any notebooks that are still stored on your computer’s hard drive, and we’ll help you move them to the cloud, where you can access and share them from anywhere — and from any computer or device.

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Sample math graph in OneNote for Windows 10

Get coordinates from math equation graphs

Get the X and Y coordinates of any graphs created from math equations by hovering the mouse pointer over the graph line. A tooltip will appear, displaying the coordinates.

(To use Math features in OneNote, you’ll need to be signed in with an Office 365 subscription.)

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Custom tag creation in OneNote for Windows 10

Mark your notes with custom tags

Using tags in your notes is a great way to visually call out and categorize important notes for follow-up (for example, to track action items after a meeting).

To create your own custom tags, click the Tags menu dropdown on the Home tab (next to the text alignment buttons), and then click Create New Tag.


Tag search results in OneNote for Windows 10

Search for tagged notes

Searching for tags in your notes (for example, “Important” or “Question”) now displays matching tags in a separate search results pane, making it even easier to find and follow up on important notes.

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Searching for a text phrase in OneNote for Windows 10

Search for text phrases, not just keywords

In addition to searching your notes for specific keywords, you can now enclose any search phrase in quotation marks to find those exact words anywhere in your notes.

Click the Search button, enter your phrase into the Search box, and then press Enter.

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File insertion options in OneNote for Windows 10

Upload and insert cloud files with ease

When you choose to insert a file into your notes, OneNote now offers the new “Upload to OneDrive and insert link" option.

Storing your file attachments in the cloud instead of your notebook keeps your notes more manageable and lets you collaborate with others more easily.


Embedded files on a page in OneNote for Windows 10

Edit and save embedded file attachments

After inserting a file attachment into OneNote, you can double-click it to open and edit the file. Any changes you make will be saved to the original attachment without having to re-insert the file.

Start by clicking the File button on the Home tab. Next, select the file you want to embed, and then choose to insert the file as an attachment.


Immersive Reader icon in the Math pane in OneNote for Windows 10

Read math solution steps aloud

After creating a math equation in OneNote, select an action to solve the equation, and then click to show the solution steps. To have the Immersive Reader read aloud the solution steps, click the speaker icon that appears.

(To use Math features in OneNote, you’ll need to be signed in with an Office 365 subscription.)

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Office Insider Program.

Help shape the future of OneNote and Office

If you always want the earliest access to the newest OneNote features, become an Office Insider.

To do this in OneNote, click the Settings and More button Settings and More button in OneNote in the upper right corner, click Settings, and then click Office Insider.


What version of OneNote do I have?

In OneNote for Windows 10, click the Settings and More button Settings and More button in OneNote , click Settings, and then click About.

The full version number is displayed immediately under the product name.


I’m not seeing some of the updates mentioned here

This article applies to the OneNote for Windows 10 app, which is pre-installed on all editions of Windows 10 and is also available as a free download from the Microsoft Store. If you’re still using an older version of OneNote for Windows, such as OneNote 2016 or 2013, please be aware that these are no longer being updated with new features. For more information, see What’s the difference between OneNote and OneNote 2016?

New and updated features in OneNote for Windows 10 may be released on a gradual roll-out basis, which means that they may not have made their way to your computer or device right away after being announced.

To see the latest that your version has to offer, keep OneNote for Windows 10 up to date by following these steps:

  1. In Windows 10, click the Start menu.

  2. On your keyboard, start typing microsoft store and then click the Microsoft Store app when it appears in the search results window.

  3. In the Microsoft Store app that opens, click the See more button Settings and More button in OneNote in the upper right corner, click Downloads and updates, and then click the Get updates button in the upper right.

The OneNote app will appear under Recent activity after it has been updated to the most current version available.

Tip: If you don’t want to manually update the OneNote for Windows 10 app each month, you can do so automatically. In the Microsoft Store app on your computer, click the See more button Settings and More button in OneNote in the upper right corner, click Settings, and then make sure that the Update apps automatically option is turned on.


Where can I submit feedback about OneNote?

Many of the feature additions and improvements listed above were the direct result of feedback we’ve received from OneNote users like you. Please take a moment to tell us what you like about your OneNote experience, and what suggestions you have for making it even better. Your feedback is sent directly to the product team and can help shape the future of OneNote.

  1. In OneNote, click the Settings and More button Settings and More button in OneNote in the upper right corner of the app window.

  2. Click Settings, and then click Feedback.

  3. In the Feedback Hub app that opens, follow the on-screen prompts to enter and then submit your comments and suggestions.

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