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  1. We need dark theme for notes.

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

    721 votes
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  2. 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

  3. 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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  4. 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.

    10 votes
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  5. 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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  6. 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!

    102 votes
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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

  7. 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!

    125 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, 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

    50 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, 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.

  10. Recent Notes

    Have a "Recent Notes" option like on the mobile versions.

    118 votes
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  11. Mac: Page Templates

    Vote for this suggestion if you'd like to have page templates for your notes in OneNote for Mac, similar to the templates feature that is available in OneNote for Windows.

    2,663 votes
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    Thank you for the feedback. Everyone should have this capability with the newest update.

    You can now make any page within a section the default template for it, simply right click on any page, and select “Set as Default Template”.

    If you’d like to remove the template for any section that has one, right click on the section, and select “Remove Default Template”.

    Note the remove template option only shows if a default has been set, else the option won’t be available.

  12. Add lined paper styles in the Mac version of OneNote.

    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.

    83 votes
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  13. Mac: Custom tags

    As a law student, the tags that are included in this version are completely useless without being able to search for them. Please allow us the ability to use custom tags or at the very least be able to compile like-tags in one place

    2,549 votes
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  14. Mac: Drawing (Annotating, Highlighting and Handwriting)

    Functions such as the pen, can be really important when trying to get a certain idea, which can't be expressed so well through pure words, in OneNote.
    Brining this to the Mac would be very useful for a plethora of people for a variety of tasks and it is for many a vital feature.
    UPDATE We edited this item to remove shapes as we just released that for Mac in 15.18. We left the voting total in place. See more details here http://bit.ly/1m1CTUA


    Original Title - Mac: Drawing (shapes and freehand)

    Original description:
    Functions such as the pen and shapes…

    2,421 votes
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    Today, we’re launching ink in OneNote for Mac. Now you can write, draw and highlight with tools on the new Draw tab using your mouse or trackpad. You can also use your third-party drawing tablet or display that uses a pen or stylus to write, draw and erase –just like pen and paper. And we’ve added lined pages and grids as a background option to help keep your new handwriting and drawings neat and tidy. to view more information about this, go to https://blogs.office.com/2016/07/21/onenote-july-roundup/?Ocid=1.%20Owned%20NA%20(Reactive)_Social_TWITTER_Office_20160721_523421406

  15. Mac: Allow multiple OneNote windows to be open simultaneously

    The Windows version allows multiple OneNote windows to be open with the use of ctrl + M. However the Mac version doesn't have this function at all, which is a great shame as having, simultaneously, two windows open can greatly enhance productivity.

    1,741 votes
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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.

  16. Mac: Insert screen clippings (screenshots)

    Vote for this if you want to be able to capture screenshots in OneNote for Mac and insert them into your notes.

    1,802 votes
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  17. Mac: Specify a Default Font & Font Size

    In OneNote > Preferences... please add a place to specify a default font and font size. Currently, whenever I add text to a new page or a new container, I have to change the Font Size from the miniscule default Calibri 11 to a more readable 14.

    877 votes
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    Thank you for your suggestion and votes. We added the ability to set your default font and size on Mac. In preferences, there’s a “Edit & View” menu that can be used to set the default. Changes to the default font won’t affect existing notes, but will be applied to all future notes.

  18. Disable auto-capitalization

    I use OneNote for all of my notes that I take in class. In various classes, I use special symbols (Greek letters in my math course) or names (class or method names in programming) that have entirely different meanings when capitalized versus lowercase.
    OneNote does not recognize this, and I frequently find myself going back to retype (rather painstakingly, in the case of the Greek letters) various characters. I'd like the ability to disable this auto-capitalization; whether it is at the section, notebook, or app level, I do not care.

    130 votes
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  19. spell check

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

    3 votes
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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.

  20. 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.

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