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Markdown Support for OneNote (desktop and web)

I know there's already an Idea posted for this topic however the original poster of the idea hasn't provided feedback as to what exactly they meant. so here goes:

It's simply the ability to use Markdown in OneNote pages, Currently I use the tool to take all of my work notes, and as a Developer I need to add code blocks, code lines and other formatting into my notes,. It would be great if Markdown was added to OneNote just like in GitHub wikis or Stackoverflow for example as I would hate moving away from using it!

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  • Doslo commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I would like it to easily format the notes I take in onenote. Not necessarily to convert to html. Just for super fast and easy formatting

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    WORKAROUND: Open MS Word and insert a table with a single row. Sent the Word font to match your IDE. (I use a fixed point font e.g. Consolas). Now copy the source code FROM your IDE editor (with Syntax coloring) INTO MS Word table. Then Control+A - Control-C the MS Word table into a OneNote page.The syntax coloring is retained. You can show / hide the OneNote table border depending to your liking.

  • Viet commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is a feature that the OneNote team cannot pass on...

  • [Deleted User] commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Markdown would increase my productivity a lot, and the look and feel of every page would be great as well

  • Omid K. Rad commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Markdown is more than a nice to have feature. See and Typora for what developers need for note taking.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please. This one feature is the only reason I don't use OneNote.

    Constantly fighting with apps than are not as good as OneNote overall that support MD.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please add markdown support! As a developer it would be a huge help when making notes concerning code snippets and the like. Furthermore, just being able to type my notes using markdown syntax and see it formatted as expected would be a huge help.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please please please support markdown on all platforms! This is the biggest missing feature in OneNote!

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    OneNote needs Markdown, Outline, and Tag system. I’m changing to Typora and IA Writer.

  • Thabile Vatsha commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Really Microsoft?? OneNote easily in the top 5 best products ever to come out from Redmond and you really can't implement simple code blocks for us with Markdown. Please save us! I'm tired of having to stick in screenshots in my notes

  • AnthonyU commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    After 10 plus years of using Onenote, my only reason to stay with MSoffice. Because onenote can not adequately capture coding fragments or do some of the rich extensions. ie UML, Flowcharts that markdown can do I am looking for a better tool. Typora is finally providing me a real workable way other than Onenote, much more effective for my coding notes. I could now drop my 10years of OneNote . So come on Onenote Team get a Markdown support that can harbour codeblocks and many of the other extensions, UML etc and I will be a customer for the next 10years

  • bbeal commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please please please add this before I have to resort to text files for taking notes. I really don't understand why this is so difficult.

  • Ben Cawrse commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Even if it was initially supported as an insert-able tool like the insert table, or images, I'd be satisfied. Such as, insert Markdown section, basically a simple textarea, then whatever is typed in that textarea would be rendered when focus is lost. If the area had focus it would revert back to markdown.
    That's a clean silo'd way to start adding markdown support without worrying about wrecking the current content area behavior. If the community feedback is good, expand support, if not, at least markdown nerds have a power tool, hidden safely next to the table tool or wherever the design team hides it.

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