Draw graphs from math equations in OneNote for Windows 10

Draw graphs from math equations in OneNote for Windows 10

Besides converting and solving math equations, OneNote for Windows 10 can graph handwritten equations and even let you manipulate variables to see the visual effect of changes, making OneNote an even more powerful math coach to help you learn in context.

Note: This feature is only available if you have an Office 365 subscription. If you are an Office 365 subscriber, make sure you have the latest version of Office.

To graph an equation, do the following:

  1. On any page, click or tap the Draw tab.

  2. Select a pen and a pen color, and then write a math equation on the page.

    For example: y=x+3 or y=sin(x)+cos(2x).

  3. On the Draw tab, select the Lasso Select tool.

    The Lasso Select button on the Draw tab

  4. With your finger or pen, press down on the screen and drag a selection around your equation. When you let go, all ink strokes in your equation should appear selected.

  5. On the Draw tab, click or tap the Math button.

  6. In the Math pane that opens, confirm that OneNote correctly recognized your equation.

    Note: If necessary, click or tap Fix It in the Math pane to make any corrections to individual ink strokes. While in Fix It mode, you can use the Lasso Select tool to select any incorrectly recognized symbol or a specific part of the equation and OneNote will offer alternatives for you to choose from.

  7. From the Select an action drop-down menu in the Math pane, select Graph in 2D.

    Graph in 2D option in the Math pane

  8. To adjust the graph that OneNote generates, do any of the following (where available):

    Graph options in the Math pane

    • Click (or tap and hold) and then drag the graph in any direction to move its position.

    • Click or tap the + and magnifying glass buttons as often as needed to change the values of the parameters in your equation by zooming in or out.

      Note: If you’re using OneNote on a touchscreen device, you can also adjust the graph with your fingers. Use a single finger to move the position of the graph, or pinch-zoom with two fingers to change the magnification level.

    • Click or tap the double-arrow Reset icon to reset the graph to its original state.

  9. Click or tap Key graph features to show more advanced calculations for the graph — such as min, max, zeros, or domain. You can also show these on the graph by clicking or tapping the corresponding checkboxes.

  10. When the graph looks the way you want, click or tap Insert on Page to place it as a screenshot on your current page.

See Also

Convert and solve math equations in OneNote for Windows 10

Change handwritten ink to text or math in OneNote for Windows 10

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