What’s new in OneNote for Windows 10

Applies to 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 which is also available as a free download from the Microsoft Store. For more information, see What’s the difference between OneNote and OneNote 2016?

Recent updates to OneNote for Windows 10

To check what features we’ve recently added, read through the highlights below.

Math button option in OneNote for Windows 10

Turn the Maths Assistant on or off

Teachers can now select to momentarily switch off Maths features in OneNote Class Notebooks (e.g., during practice tests or student assessments).

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

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Dark Mode in OneNote for Windows 10

Go easy on your eyes with Dark Mode

This new selective mode converts OneNote’s interface elements from light to dark — mutually exclusive as a colour preference or as an practical benefit.

Dark Mode can enhance legibility of your notes in low light environments, boost the visibility of the user interface, offer greater contrast, and minimise eye strain.

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File printout option in OneNote for Windows 10

Improved printouts of Office files

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

Select Insert > File, pick an Office file to add, and then press Insert as printout. You can move, resize, delete, and annotate any of the printout images that display.

Navigation interface in OneNote for Windows 10

Easily navigate and organise your notebooks

The OneNote for Windows 10 app window currently features further note-taking capacity by offering a simpler way to manage the navigation interface.

You can select to present the notebook, section, and page navigation panes merely when you require them, while constantly maintaining quick 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, press ”OneNote” as your standard printer and then print files from any app or browser on your PC.

Rather than printing out the information on an actual printer, the printout is transferred to OneNote, allowing you to decide where to insert the page — in any section of your open notebook, or in any other notebook that you pick.

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 inform you if we capture any notebooks that are still stored on your computer’s hard drive, and we’ll guide you with moving them to the cloud, where you can access and share them from unlimited locations — and from any computer or device.

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Sample math graph in OneNote for Windows 10

Get coordinates from maths equation graphs

Obtain the X and Y coordinates of any graphs formed from maths equations by hovering the cursor over the graph line. A tooltip will emerge, presenting the coordinates.

(To use Maths features in OneNote, you must 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 convenient way to visually name and group vital notes for follow-up (for example, to track action items after a meeting).

To make your own custom tags, press the Tags menu drop-down on the Home tab (next to the text alignment buttons), and then select 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 shows matching tags in a different search results pane, further simplifying searching and following up on significant notes.

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Searching for a text phrase in OneNote for Windows 10

Search for text phrases, not just keywords

As well as searching your notes for certain keywords, you can now embody any search phrase in quotation marks to yield those precise words anywhere in your notes.

Select the Search button, type 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

Once you pick to add a file into your notes, OneNote now provides the new “Upload to OneDrive and insert link” option.

Keeping your file attachments in the cloud rather than your notebooks ensures better management of your notebook and smoother collaboration with others.

Embedded files on a page in OneNote for Windows 10

Edit and save embedded file attachments

After adding 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.

Begin by pressing the File button on the Home tab. Next, click 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 maths solution steps aloud

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

(To use Maths 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

To always gain the first access to the latest OneNote features, become an Office Insider.

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

What version of OneNote do I have?

In OneNote for Windows 10, pick the Settings and More button Settings and More button in OneNote , choose Settings, and then press About.

The full version number is presented 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. For more information, see What’s the difference between OneNote and OneNote 2016?

New and updated features in OneNote for Windows 10 could be released on a gradual roll-out basis, meaning that they may not have automatically updated on your computer or device immediately after being announced.

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

  1. In Windows 10, select the Start menu.
  1. On your keyboard, begin typing microsoft store and then press the Microsoft Store app once it displays in the search results window.
  1. In the Microsoft Store app that launches, press the See more button Settings and More button in OneNote in the upper right corner, select Downloads and updates, and then click the Get updates button in the upper right.

The OneNote app will emerge below 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, choose the Settings and More button Settings and More button in OneNote in the upper right corner of the app window.
  1. Press Settings, and then choose Feedback.
  1. In the Feedback Hub app that opens, follow the on-screen prompts to type and then submit your comments and suggestions.

Thank you for using OneNote!

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