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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.

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    William shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Gathering feedback  ·  AdminOneNote Team (Admin, OneNote Team) responded  · 

    Hello
    I’s sorry to hear there are difficulties in getting the new tag search to appear. We are investigating this and I’ll let you know what is found out.

    Also, I want to let you know that the tag search may be hidden from your view depending on how your navigation pane settings were set. If you hid your navigation pane, [“View > Navigation Pane > Hide All”], the search button is not visible. For it to appear, you need to set you Navigation Pane View setting to either “Hide Section List” or “Show Sections and Pages” or use “Command +F” as someone on this forum suggested.

    I hope this helps. Keep the suggestions coming as we are reading each and every one.

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      • Gerd commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Thanks, works for me. It`s the right start but to use it finally I would need some additional filtering as others already mentioned. Simply because I get too many results to work with. Three kind of filters would be helpful:
        1) For Tags with a status (checkbox etc.) a filter for each status would be needed (e.g. checked/ unchecked task box)
        2) Show results only for specific sections/ group of pages
        3) Filter by a time period (only changed in last week/month/..)
        Thanks a lot for listening for the users voice!

        Is there a chance for you to use the Help->New Functions screen like it is used in Word etc.? This would help to get notice of new functions. Without the uservoice I would not know about the tag search.
        Thanks & regard

      • Kevin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I had to uninstall app then download and reinstall from Mac AppStore before it finally worked.

        Huge improvement, thank you! However, how does it choose the list of suggested tags in the search drop down box? It would be nice if autocompleted when started typing in the name of a tag.

      • Colton Pepper commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I have the navigation pane visible which the search button but when I click on it, it doesn't give me any additional search options. It looks the same it did prior to the recent update. Unfortunately, I can't provide any feedback on the functionality of the update because I can't use it as it was intended.

        I wish I could send a screenshot of what I see. The best way to describe it is that it looks exactly how it did before 16.20. I'm currently running v.16.20.181208.

      • Chris commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Great, that this long awaited feature ist finally there. But without the user voice notification I would not have realized it. So there is still room for improvements...

      • TK commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        A start but not really useful in its current form. Needs to be filterable by "This week's notes", "Last week's notes", etc and have the ability to create a summary page from the results like on Windows. That can increase productivity. Getting the results of all my To Do's ever created in some order that I can't what it is is not useful. I got 2335 in my results.

      • KarlSc commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I'm using a German version with 16.20.0.181208. When will you deliver a update?
        At the moment there is no new version inside AutoUpdateApp.

      • KrisJ commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The feature is only exposed through the 'Cmd+F' keystroke.
        On Windows, there is a large 'Find Tags' Ribbon button next to the dedicated 'To Do' button. On Mac (v16.22 Insider build 190101) there is only the 'To Do' button.

        This useful and long overdue feature is thus very non-obvious to find.

      • David B commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Can't search for all tags / show all tags, where do I even start with old notebooks?

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Tagging is coming to Mac in the Insider builds, but it’s still not possible to distinguish between ‘unchecked’ Todos and ‘checked’ Todos.

      • vanderwood commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Non-ideal workaround: if you search for the tag name i.e. "source for article", you get everything that's tagged with that tag..

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I daily use onenote for windows with tags on my work in a Professional way. I can search for it and i can customize the tags. What the ****, i cannot in Onenote for Mac. So it is NOT USEABLE!

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I daily use onenote for windows with tags on my work in a Professional way. I can search for it and i can customize the tags. What the ****, i cannot in Onenote for Mac. So it is NOT USEABLE!

      • Tom Chmielewski commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I totally agree. What's the point of having 29 tags to choose from in the Home ribbon if you don't have the show all tags button in Mac like we did in Windows to show all the tags from all my notes in a window to the right? Very frustrating to see such a key feature missing when my company forced me to migrate from Windows to a Mac as a OneNote power user

      • Alano commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Insider update is still not showing up even with the Insider Fast on.
        Also it would be nice to have a panel for the tags so you can quickly flip between pages of different notebooks or a Page Pin feature

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