Make OneNote keyboard and touchpad friendly for Chromebooks
On a Chromebook, the OneNote App does not respond normally to the touchpad when trying to select text, or to many standard keyboard shortcuts. The online version does.
Double tap (using touchpad) does not highlight the word.
Long press with a finger (on screen) highlights a word with both selection cursors showing. When using the touchpad or a mouse, the word is not highlighted and only a single selection cursor appears.
Holding down left corner of touchpad and using another finger on touchpad to highlight text does not work.
Keyboard shortcuts work better, but not fully, and out of sync with how they work in other apps. Why can't I use a keyboard shortcut for bold, italic, underline, etc like I can in the online version? At least ctrl-z/x/c/v work.
When I compare what is going on in OneNote to other apps It looks like OneNote is trying - but only partially succeeding - to treat the touchpad the same as finger input, for highlighting and selecting text while other apps treat it differently.
This functionality works as expected in all other apps on my Chromebook, and in the online version of OneNote, *and on my Android phone*. I'd like to see this work on ChromeOS for times when I need to work offline.
There are several million Chromebooks being sold every year now, and they are the predominant computing platform in schools. Chromebooks are not a small user base.
There are *plenty* of other gaps between the Android and Windows version of the app, but not being able to easily select and edit text makes the app version unusable almost to the degree of pointless :-( I am an Office365 subscriber , and would really like to be able to use OneNote across all my devices.
Just bought a Chromebook... These problems are so annoying! I'm considering finding another program where the basic commands work.
Using an HP G5 Chromebook for my daughter's school. Love her to start using OneNote, but its nearly impossible to get her to convert to OneNote when the standard items don't work.
OneNote just isn't a very good experience on a Chromebook with respect to selecting text etc, but .... that is what the schools are using.
Mark Randall commented
A related issue is OneNote mouse input on Chromebooks simply being broken. It doesn't register clicks properly and so a paragraph cannot be expanded or collapsed by clicking on the "+" icon next to it.
I second this suggestion. Having a Pixel Slate, the difference in how Outlook for Android handles mouse input versus Onenote is night and day. While Outlook has implemented proper right click menu support (with fluent design elements no less) I can't interact with any typed text in Onenote besides moving the cursor. Please help us out with this Onenote team.
Martin M commented
Agree on this, OneNote and Outlook are the main reason I have been subscribed to Office 365.