What's new in OneNote for Windows 10

What's new in OneNote for Windows 10

The OneNote for Windows 10 app and the OneNote 2016 desktop app are very similar, but there are a few key differences. Most notably, OneNote for Windows 10 is regularly updated with new features. Take a look below to see what's available to you today.

Latest updates for OneNote for Windows 10

There aren't any new features in the September 2018 feature update (Version 16001.10827.20178). Check back again soon!

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Here's what's new in the October 2018 feature update (Version 16.11001.20046).

Search for tagged notes

Tags in your notebook and pages now appear in your search results.

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To make a suggestion or report issues in Office Insider builds, open OneNote, click the Settings and More button Settings And More Button in the upper right corner, click Settings, and then click Feedback.

Graph with x and y coordinates spelled out

To see X and Y, just hover

Get the X and Y coordinates of any math equation graph by hovering over the graph line.

See what's new in the June 2018 feature update (Version 16.10228.20003).

Pick how you want to paste

Text only? Merge formatting? You decide, and set it as the default. OneNote will remember to paste your way every time.

A list of paste options

See what's new and improved in the May 2018 feature update (Version 16.9330).

Graph of multiple functions

When you want to visualize math, OneNote can show multiple functions on the same graph. Just ink multiple functions on separate lines and click the Math button.

Equation and corresponding graph

See what's new and improved in the April 2018 feature update (Version 16.9226).

Complex numbers? No problem.

If you're working with Math, you can choose to solve for real or complex numbers.

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Handwritten equation and steps needed to solve it

Access your notebooks from anywhere

Move notebooks stored on your hard drive to OneDrive and get the full benefits of OneNote such as accessing your notebooks from any device, collaborating with other people, and using intelligent services.

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See what's new and improved in the March 2018 feature update (Version 16.9126).

Open recent notebooks We'll suggest notebooks that you've recently used on one device that you might want to open on another.

Notifications pane showing two notebooks that had been open on another device.

See what's changed

Receive notifications when someone makes a change in a shared notebook stored in OneDrive.

Shows Notifications pane with two entries for recent edits.

Take your pens with you

Choose a personal set of pens and highlighters for inking. Your customized set is available on all your Windows PCs and iOS devices across OneNote, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

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Pen gallery in OneNote showing custom pens

See what's new and improved in the December 2017 feature update (Version 16.8827.2055).

Set things straight

On touch screens, use the virtual ruler on the Draw tab to draw straight lines and measure distance. Rotate to a specific angle with the help of the angle indicator.

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Ruler shown on OneNote page with three parallel lines drawn.

Speedy search

Search just got faster! Your search results now appear instantaneously, making it easier to get back to your notes.

Shows search pane and search results

See what's new and improved in the November 2017 feature update (Version 16.8730.2074).

Tilt to shade

Use your new Surface Pen and the pencil tool to write or sketch ideas. Tilt the stylus to do shading, just like a real pencil.

Scribble showing pencil output with tilt shading

But wait! There's more...

We're always making improvements to OneNote. Here are a few of our recent favorites:

  • PDF printouts now look crisp and clear in OneNote for Windows 10, even those that were previously inserted with other versions of OneNote.

  • Working with pages and sections is even easier. New icons have been added on the right-click menu to help you find just what you need to do.

  • The new merge formatting option for paste lets you keep the same font style and size without losing important formatting like bold, italics, and links.

Print sections or entire notebooks

Need an offline copy? No problem. Print a page, a complete section, or an entire notebook for safekeeping.

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Printer dialog with single page selected

But wait! There's more...

We're always making improvements to OneNote. Here are a few of our recent favorites:

  • If you have high-DPI or multiple monitors, you’ll find OneNote looks and acts better than ever.

  • Take advantage of a new setting. You can decide if you want to automatically capitalize the first word of a sentence.

Convert handwriting to text

Take quick handwritten notes, and later convert them to text to align with the rest of your content. It'll even preserve the size and color of your ink, as well as highlights and effects! On the Draw tab, click the Lasso Select button. Drag a circle around the text you want to convert, then click Ink to Text.

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Shows written words, the Ink to Text button, and the converted text words.

More dazzling ink effects

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.

Grab a pen on the Drawing tab and try out lava, ocean, bronze, and rose gold. Make your notes sparkle!

Shows four ink swatches, lava, ocean, bronze, and rose gold.

More graph features

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.

In addition to graphing your function, OneNote can now calculate its key features — such as minima, maxima, or axes intercepts.

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Shows graph intercept properties

Revisit recent pages

Use the new Forward and Back arrows above the Home tab to navigate through the note pages you've already visited.

Shows visited pages arrows above the Home tab.

Link to a specific paragraph

Create a link to a specific paragraph and jump to that content. It's a great way to make a quick table of contents at the top of a long page of notes, or copy the link and paste it in an email to help others find the specific content you want them to see.

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Shows note with Table of Contents and a contextual menu showing a link being copied.

Copy a hyperlink

Right-click a hyperlink in your notes and copy the link to use in other places.

Shows a hyperlink selected and being copied to a new location

Text to Math

Use your keyboard to type an equation as text in OneNote, and use Math to solve it or draw a graph. Simply type your equation, and on the Draw tab, click the Lasso Select button. Drag a circle around the text you want to convert, then click Math.

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.

Shows typed equation, the math button, and the converted equation

Smart Lookup

Get definitions, wiki articles, and top related searches from the web without leaving OneNote. Right-click a word or phrase and choose Smart Lookup.

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Shows sentence with highlighted phrase and contextual menu with Smart Lookup highlighted

Insert online pictures

Use Bing's Image Search to safely insert photos and images without ever having to leave OneNote. On the Insert tab, choose Pictures > From Online. In the Online Pictures pane, use a keyword to search for the perfect picture for your notes.

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Insert tab showing the Pictures drop down with Online highlighted.

Tables of all shapes and sizes

One cell or many? Choose the number of rows and columns you need to organize your content. Once you've got a table, you can add or delete rows or columns, add table shading, or sort your content.

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Insert table command showing selection grid

More highlight colors

Yellow isn't the only color in the rainbow. Now you can highlight with blue, green, red, and more.

Highlight button with dropdown showing dark purple selected

Zoom in, zoom out

Use the new Page Width option on the View tab to zoom out to see all the notes on your page, or zoom in to focus on just what you need.

Shows zoom options with the Page Width option selected

Customize your pens

Choose a personal set of pens, highlighters, and pencils for inking. On the Draw menu, choose the plus sign (+) beside the pens, and choose the type of pen, width, and ink color. Your new custom pen will be added to your drawing toolbar ready for your next masterpiece.

Draw menu showing dropdown menu for adding a custom pen

Improve reading with the Immersive Reader

The Immersive Reader boosts reading skills by adjusting text spacing, presenting a narrow column for reading, and highlighting each word as the document is read aloud. It has been designed to help you improve your reading skills by boosting your ability to pronounce words correctly, to read quickly and accurately, and to understand what you read. On the View menu, choose Immersive Reader, and choose your Text options, Parts of speech, Voice options, or have the text read aloud.

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Learning Tools in the Immersive Reader

Multitasking made easy

On the View tab, choose New Window, or use Ctrl+M, to open a new instance of OneNote. Now you can see a bunch of notes at the same time. Multitasking has never been easier!

Two instances of OneNote running with different notes showing

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