OneNote is your digital notebook for capturing and organizing everything across your devices. Jot down your ideas, keep track of classroom and meeting notes, clip from the web, or make a to-do list, as well as draw and sketch your ideas.
Write anywhere on the page and unleash your imagination. Use your device’s pen or your finger to write and draw with multiple types of pens and highlighters. Take notes on a white background, or add a grid or ruled lines for easier drawing and writing.
What’s new ???
OneNote has a new look — thanks to an improved and consistent interface across the newest versions of OneNote. This article contains tips to help you get going quickly.
It’s easier than ever to organize your notes with an improved layout. All of your notebooks, sections, and pages can be found in columns on the side of the app, efficiently navigable with screen readers, keyboards and more.
If you’ve previously used OneNote, it will open the last notebook you worked in.
The pages and sections in your current notebook are displayed in easy-to-view navigation panes. To switch to any other page or section, click its name. You can also right-click (PC) or Control-click (Mac) the name of any page or section and then choose from more options.
If you want to open a different notebook, click the Show Notebooks button. In the list of notebooks that opens, click the name of the notebook you want to switch to. If no other notebooks are shown, click More Notebooks.
Resolve page conflicts
Page conflicts sometimes happen in shared notebooks. We’ve made it easier to find and resolve the differences. Pages with conflicts will be marked with a triangle icon. After opening the Page Conflicts pane you’ll see the versions of the page, who edited it, and when. Choose which version you want to keep, or copy specific content from an earlier page version to the current page.
Your pages, your way
Page previews provide a glimpse of what’s in your notes by showing the first few words of text on the page, and a thumbnail of any pictures. Turn it on by checking Show Page Previews in the View > Navigation Panes drop down. If you like a more compact view of your page list, you can always clear the box and go back to seeing just the page title.
Create more room in your page list by collapsing your subpages. Select one or more pages, and from the right-click menu, choose Make Subpage. This will indent the pages beneath the page above and allow them to be collapsed by clicking the chevron beside that page. Use Ctrl+Shift+* to expand or collapse the tabs of a page group.
Find text on a page
Use Ctrl+F to quickly search for a specific word or phrase on the current page. OneNote will find it in text, images, and your handwritten notes. If you don’t find it, you can still expand your search scope to include the current section, current notebook, or all notebooks.
You’re the expert with Tell Me
Click the light bulb in the upper right corner of the app window, and simply type what you want to do in OneNote using your own words. Tell Me will guide you through the process as well as offer additional resources such as Help or Smart Lookup. Use the keyboard shortcut Alt+Q to quickly go to Tell Me.
Your outline just got easier
Researcher helps you find relevant quotes, sources, and images to start your outline in OneNote. On the Insert tab, choose Researcher. Type a keyword for the topic you’re researching and Bing will create a list of results. Add the source to your notes, and the source will be added automatically.
See what’s changed
When someone else changes content in your shared notebook, we’ll make the page or section name bold so you know.
Nickname your notebook
Add a nickname to your notebook to make it more personal and easier to find. This won’t change the original filename of the notebook or break any links you have to the notebook, it only changes the name that’s displayed in OneNote. Great for students with class notebooks.
Change the notebook color
Red for work, blue for personal? Change the color of your notebooks to keep things organized. Right-click the name of your notebook, choose Notebook Color, and select a color from the palette.
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!