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  1. Dark mode / background: Toggle on a note-basis under the View pane, or app-basis disregard system settings

    Just like how some other apps, e.g. Sketch https://www.sketch.com/ approaches dark mode, users should be able to choose to toggle to a dark background on the canvas (in this case note background), the app UI (in this case the whole OneNote app including note background) disregard system settings, if they wish so.

    This way, users can have a light mode / background by default for various reasons like better visibility of some elements, (for example, https://onenote.uservoice.com/forums/327165-onenote-for-mac/suggestions/38473528-dark-mode-checkboxes), and enable dark mode only when required (on a plane with dim lights), without modifying system preferences.

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    Thank you for the feedback. Everyone should have this capability with our latest updates, specifically:

    1) When in dark mode on macOS → view menu → select “Switch Background” → notes are now on a light canvas

    This applies to pages only.

    2) When in dark mode on macOS → preferences → General → Turn off dark mode → whole app is now light mode, regardless of the OS settings.

    3) on iOS → on any page → top right “3 dots” menu select “Switch Background” → notes are now on a light canvas

    For more details, please see our help article:

    https://support.office.com/en-gb/article/turn-dark-mode-on-or-off-in-onenote-bb81fb88-968d-4c1a-818d-eec590deadef#ID0EAABAAA=macOS

  2. New apple pencil double tap option

    Apple came out with the new apple pencil and the double tap feature to change to and from the eraser does not work on OneNote. Other apps have updated already to make this compatible. I love taking notes on OneNote but if this update is not made i may change apps.

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  3. We need dark theme for notes.

    Dark theme is supported in most of the apps. It would be better if you support the same.

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  4. spell check

    Mac Spell checker is breaking version 16.9 of OneNote, please release a new version

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    We have fixed this issue in build 16.10. We are sorry for the inconvenience it has caused you. To get the update, go to the Mac App Store or if you installed it as part of Office, use these directions, Check for updates in OneNote for Mac. Let us know if you are still having issues.

  5. force quit

    I just started using OneNote and I have a couple questions. First, my OneNote works okay but always freezes when I go to quit the application and causes me to force quit - every time.

    Also, is there a way to search for tags on mac? I can't find the find-->tags command from the 'home' screen that tutorials talk about.

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    You are correct. You cannot search for tags on a Mac at this point in time. The best place to get answers on these types of questions is at Answers.microsoft.com as we have experts there ready to help. They will also be able to help you with your force quit question.

    I’ve included a forum link about tags—https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/msoffice/forum/msoffice_onenote-mso_mac-mso_archive/onenote-tag-search-missing-on-mac-when-will-the/8cc76d48-87b0-4099-a444-c93e446a23a6
    that may help you out.

  6. Fix how OneNote constantly freezes

    Every time I try to click on a suggested spelling, OneNote freezes and I have to force quit. I really regret downloading the latest update. I used to love OneNote but now I can barely use it!!

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    Hello-
    Thank you for telling us about this bug.

    The best place to alert the team is to go to the OneNote area of the Answers Forum https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/msoffice/forum/msoffice_onenote. For this particular issue you should follow this thread in the Answers Forum— https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/msoffice/forum/msoffice_onenote-mso_mac-mso_mac2016/onenote-for-mac-crashes-every-time-i-use-spell/dafcd792-8b83-4549-8db3-9fd477194827?auth=1

    UserVoice is only for product suggestions.

  7. Adding tags would increase OneNote functionality tremendously. Thanks.

    As noted by several other users, adding tags would increase OneNote for Mac functionality to a significant degree. Thanks!

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    We have added tags in OneNote for Mac. There are a number of tags to choose from, such as To Do, Question, Critical, Call Back, etc. There are a number of other UserVoice threads that discuss specifically what more should be added, for example, searching and custom tags. Please go to those posts to add your voice. Thanks

  8. Include "Rule lines" and "Draw" in Mac Desktop version and "Rule lines" in Online version


    1. Just like in OneNote for Windows and, apparently now iPad too, it would be great if we could have the option for ruled, paper style backgrounds. It would really increase the flexibility with which we can use OneNote, and make our work a lot neater.


    2. Draw option should be included for ease of students and teachers for Mac


    3. As we don't find these options on desktop version, at least these options should be available on Online version like "Ruled lines"


    4 votes
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  9. Mac: search for tags

    Need equivalent search system to Windows version. Being unable to search on tags makes the Mac version half as usable. What good are notes if you can't find the information when you need it?

    Not looking for OS level tagging or fancy tag structures as in the other requests posted here, just want useable, equivalent features.

    1,076 votes
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  10. Multiple windows

    Multiple windows is not working on the new version (15.36). Could you please fix it?

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    We have shipped multi window support for Mac OneNote. Here are the various ways to create a new window -
    • View Tab → New Window
    • Application ‘Window’ Menu → New Window
    • Right click on Dock icon → New Window
    • Right click on a Notebook/Section Group/Section/Page → Open in New Window
    • Shortcut Key: CTRL + m (matching Windows)

    Let us know if there are any issues with the design.

  11. Add Touch Bar Support for OneNote for Mac

    Like you did with Word, Excel, and Outlook, please add formatting tools in the Touch Bar in support of the 2016 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.

    545 votes
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  12. For the love of God.......please place the newest note at top (or add sort feature)

    Good grief Microsoft! If you can't give us a sort feature at least put the NEWEST NOTE AT THE TOP OF THE LIST. Making us scroll through hundreds of notes to see the newest is beyond stupid.

    112 votes
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    Thanks for using OneNote and sharing your feedback! I’m happy to report that the latest version of OneNote for Mac, which was released yesterday, offers an option to create new pages at the top of the page list. After installing the update, open the OneNote menu and choose Preferences, then click on Navigation. You should see a setting to choose the position in the page list where new pages are created. Enjoy!

  13. Please allow the ability to hide the sidebar (its even more intrusive in the new update)

    Please allow Mac users the ability to hide the sidebar! It's huge, takes up 1/3rd of my screen (which is already a small 13" to begin with). Everything else is great! But I am seriously considering another solution since my MacBook Air screen real estate is already very low... Thank you!

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    Thanks for using OneNote and sharing your feedback! I’m happy to report that the latest version of OneNote for Mac, which was released yesterday, includes the option to resize or hide the navigation panes. Simply use your mouse to drag from the outer edge of any navigation pane to make it bigger or smaller. Or, if you’d like to hide the panes altogether, open the View menu, click on Navigation Panes, and choose the panes you’d like to show or hide.

  14. Make the sidebar as small as possible.

    The new sidebar for onenote is stupid. I don't want to have to scroll sideways to read my notes (i insert PDF and write to the right of them). The space should be for notes not for watching the sidebar. It is to big and takes up to much space inwards from the side. It was taking to much space before the last update but now it is totaly insane. This has ruined OneNote for me.

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    Thanks for using OneNote and sharing your feedback! I’m happy to report that the latest version of OneNote for Mac, which was released yesterday, includes the option to resize or hide the navigation panes. Simply use your mouse to drag from the outer edge of any navigation pane to make it bigger or smaller. Or, if you’d like to hide the panes altogether, open the View menu, click on Navigation Panes, and choose the panes you’d like to show or hide.

  15. Give the option to resize sidebars in the experimental features

    It would be great if we could resize the sidebars in the experimental UI. It'd also be great if the users could choose to have the sidebar appear as a bar along the top of the screen in a manner similar to the old UI but with the new look.

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    Thanks for using OneNote and sharing your feedback! I’m happy to report that the latest version of OneNote for Mac, which was released yesterday, includes the option to resize or hide the navigation panes. Simply use your mouse to drag from the outer edge of any navigation pane to make it bigger or smaller. Or, if you’d like to hide the panes altogether, open the View menu, click on Navigation Panes, and choose the panes you’d like to show or hide.

  16. You could make the Mac version of the Evernote import tool actually work on a Mac.....

    You could make the Mac version of the Evernote import tool actually work on a Mac.....
    Currently the Mac Download link says it only works with Windows 7 or higer.
    Something of a fail on the special Mac version

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  17. crashes uploading pictures

    crashes uploading pictures when internet connection is slow. file transfers should be improved to avoid making system useless when they don't work. I love the system and it helps me do work faster when it works but not when I have to spend an hour and a half on the phone with tech support after trying for days to open it again

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    Hi –
    The best place to get support for this is the OneNote area of Answers.microsoft.com – specifically the Office OneNote area
    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/search/search?SearchTerm=onenote&IsSuggestedTerm=false&tab=&CurrentScope.ForumName=Office&CurrentScope.Filter=onenote&ContentTypeScope=QnA%2CDiscussion%2CWiki#/Office/office_onenote/QnA,Discussion/1
    We’ve got folks over there who can help with questions like this, and we’re trying to keep the UserVoice site for new product ideas.

    Thanks for participating

  18. OneNote for Mac crashes EVERY TIME on startup

    The new update has rendered OneNote for Mac unusable. It crashes on Startup every time.

    This is not just a serious bug. This is a complete showstopper!

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    Hi –

    The best place to get support for this is the OneNote area of Answers.microsoft.com – specifically the Office OneNote area

    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/search/search?SearchTerm=onenote&IsSuggestedTerm=false&tab=&CurrentScope.ForumName=Office&CurrentScope.Filter=onenote&ContentTypeScope=QnA%2CDiscussion%2CWiki#/Office/office_onenote/QnA,Discussion/1

    For this particular topic, there is a thread in the Community Forum on this topic —
    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/office/forum/office_insider-onenote/onenote-for-mac-1521-160405-crashes/f77c6e89-54cd-4dae-9fd2-4662d27f4b5b

    We’ve got folks over there who can help with questions like this, and we’re trying to keep the UserVoice site for new product ideas.
    Thanks for participating

  19. My onenote keeps crashing

    Microsoft Error Reporting log version: 2.0

    Error Signature:
    Exception: EXC_CRASH (SIGABRT)
    Exception Code: 0x00000001 (0x00000000a3c41a10)
    Date/Time: 2016-04-08 06:29:24 +0000
    Application Name: Microsoft OneNote
    Application Bundle ID: com.microsoft.onenote.mac
    Application Signature: ONMC
    Application TimeStamp: 0x5703fa87
    Application Version: 15.21.0.160402
    Crashed Module Name: merp
    Crashed Module Version: 15.21.0.160402
    Crashed Module Offset: 0x00003328
    Blame Module Name: MicrosoftProofing
    Blame Module Version: 15.21.0.160402
    Blame Module TimeStamp: 0x5703f89b
    Blame Module Offset: 0x000000000006adce
    StackHash: ffffd521
    Application LCID: 1030
    Extra app info: Reg=en Loc=0x0406
    Crashed thread: 12

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    Hi –

    The best place to get support for this is the OneNote area of Answers.microsoft.com – specifically the Office OneNote area

    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/search/search?SearchTerm=onenote&IsSuggestedTerm=false&tab=&CurrentScope.ForumName=Office&CurrentScope.Filter=onenote&ContentTypeScope=QnA%2CDiscussion%2CWiki#/Office/office_onenote/QnA,Discussion/1

    For this particular topic, there is a thread in the Community Forum on this topic —
    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/office/forum/office_insider-onenote/onenote-for-mac-1521-160405-crashes/f77c6e89-54cd-4dae-9fd2-4662d27f4b5b

    We’ve got folks over there who can help with questions like this, and we’re trying to keep the UserVoice site for new product ideas.
    Thanks for participating

  20. one note 15.21 crashes

    Microsoft Error Reporting log version: 2.0

    Error Signature:
    Exception: EXC_CRASH (SIGABRT)
    Exception Code: 0x00000001 (0x00000000a4496a10)
    Date/Time: 2016-04-06 13:59:23 +0000
    Application Name: Microsoft OneNote
    Application Bundle ID: com.microsoft.onenote.mac
    Application Signature: ONMC
    Application TimeStamp: 0x5703fa87
    Application Version: 15.21.0.160402
    Crashed Module Name: merp
    Crashed Module Version: 15.21.0.160402
    Crashed Module Offset: 0x00003328
    Blame Module Name: MicrosoftProofing
    Blame Module Version: 15.21.0.160402
    Blame Module TimeStamp: 0x5703f89b
    Blame Module Offset: 0x000000000006adce
    StackHash: ffffd521
    Application LCID: 1033
    Extra app info: Reg=en Loc=0x0409

    39 votes
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    Hi –

    The best place to get support for this is the OneNote area of Answers.microsoft.com – specifically the Office OneNote area

    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/search/search?SearchTerm=onenote&IsSuggestedTerm=false&tab=&CurrentScope.ForumName=Office&CurrentScope.Filter=onenote&ContentTypeScope=QnA%2CDiscussion%2CWiki#/Office/office_onenote/QnA,Discussion/1

    For this particular topic, there is a thread in the Community Forum on this topic —
    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/office/forum/office_insider-onenote/onenote-for-mac-1521-160405-crashes/f77c6e89-54cd-4dae-9fd2-4662d27f4b5b

    We’ve got folks over there who can help with questions like this, and we’re trying to keep the UserVoice site for new product ideas.
    Thanks for participating

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