OneNote for Mac

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  1. Make Tabs-on-Top an option per Notebook, because the best UI is dependent on the user's data.

    Tabs on top works best with a small number of categories (6-7 max). For example, a student may have one notebook per semester, with one tab per course. Because a student won't be enrolled in more than 6 or 7 courses, tabs are the best option because they allow quick switching between courses during the day.

    A vertical list is probably better for projects with a large number of categories (more than 6-7), or where categories are often added. For example, a business notebook organized around clients and projects. If the business is acquiring new clients, then the number of…

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    • audio source

      A long term issue w audio recordings. When recording computer based audio, either via webinars, or lecture playbacks, anything going through the computer audio system output...
      Need to allow this system output to be input into OneNote.

      This will allow listening & taking notes and not having the keyboard clicking and other ambient sounds captured by the mic and thus OneNote.
      It makes the resultant audio file essentially useless.

      In short, allow a selection of the audio inputs, one of which should be system audio output.

      ps. Mac based. If that is important.

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      • Open, use, save to local *.one files on Mac

        The ability to open existing *.one files
        The ability to use existing *.one files
        The ability to create *.one files
        The ability to save to *.one files

        ALL LOCAL on the MAC

        97 votes
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        • 2 votes
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          • symbol shortcut onenote

            Make Symbol Shortcuts from Normal.dotm work on OneNote like it does on word. So math stuff can be reasonably written in OneNote

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            • return to old format

              You all have destroyed the functionality of One Note by removing the top tabs and making the navigation all but impossible. CAN YOU RESTORE A LINK SO THE USERS CAN DOWNLOAD THE OLDER VERSION AND RETURN ITS PRIOR FUNCTIONALITY? Thanks so much. Drew

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              • Handwriting to text conversion would make this extremely powerful

                I use this to make notes on my iPad at university all the time and annotating diagrams, however the ability to convert these to text or have a keyboard with handwriting recognition like in windows wold be amazing.

                4 votes
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                • Crash and data loss on dragging note

                  Pretty simple. I try to drag a note from one place to another and OneNote crashes, completely losing the dragged note and all of its contents. I say "losing" because the note isn't recoverable from the trash bin; it's just gone. This happened to me once recently when dragging notes from one notebook to another, then happened to me twice today (once from one section to another, then again just trying to reorder notes). This is terrible. I really don't want to keep losing my files trying to use an essential feature of the program. Please fix this ASAP.

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                  • Pressure Sensitive Trackpad Drawing

                    New MacBook trackpads and the Magic Trackpad 2 have Force Touch technology, allowing pressure sensitivity recognition.

                    It would be great if this was implemented into trackpad drawing within OneNote, where the harder you press, the thicker the line — similar to Apple Pencil on iPad.

                    1 vote
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                    • A4 PAGE SIZE OPTION PLEASE

                      PC OneNote has this option but Mac does not. This is necessary for users to have proper borders when printing or creating notes. Completely unfair that Pc has it and Mac does not.

                      13 votes
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                      • 342 votes
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                        • Add support for local OneNote notebooks

                          Without local notebooks Onenote is useless. I will not use cloud storage, it is my data! If no local storage, i will not use Onenote. That simple.
                          Who is the customer MS or the people buying it?

                          84 votes
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                          • multi-select search results

                            I would like to search for some topics, and then select all those results and move them in one go to another section

                            but I cannot multi-select on the search results window

                            5 votes
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                            • desktop lay-out with notebooks on the left, sections on top and pages on the right

                              Please come back to the functionality/design of desktop lay-out with notebooks on the left, sections on top and pages on the right as well as the function indent a page. All function on the left hand side take to many space, handling time and you lose the overview. maybe an option is to design it flexible as each user want it.

                              2 votes
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                              • Please, please, please allow us to collapse subpages like you can in the Windows version

                                As above. You wouldn't believe how much better this single feature would make the Mac version of the product.

                                210 votes
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                                • OneNote integration with tasks and calendar

                                  Making lists with no way to assign tasks, prioritize, set reminders, and track completion on a task manager seems pointless. Would like to see integration with iCal and Tasks, as well as Mail and contacts, so I can have my communications and Tasks and calendars on the same page.

                                  30 votes
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                                  • Default view settings - iOS

                                    On the iPad version, the settings should allow for a default view on opening a new note - e.g., last used line spacing and paper colour should open by default. At present, on opening a new note, paper colour and line spacing have to be set every time. Competitor products allow a default to be set.

                                    10 votes
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                                    • Make an option to prevent the "What's New" pop-up

                                      Every time I focus on another application and come back the "What's New" window pops up. I have tried working with support to resolve this problem but there currently is no fix for this.

                                      Please add an option that prevents this pop up. I guarantee you that there is nothing new in the 45 seconds it took me to change windows and come back.

                                      4 votes
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                                      • markdown

                                        I wish you can support markdow

                                        8 votes
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                                        • Revert back to the tabs version - tabs at top - I HATE NEW VERSION. This is highly unprod uctive and time consuming. PLEASE CHANGE ASAP -

                                          Revert back to the tabs version - tabs at top - I HATE NEW VERSION. This is highly unprod uctive and time consuming. PLEASE CHANGE ASAP - OR AT LEAST GIVE PEOPLE OPTION.

                                          WHY HAVE YOU FORCED IT UPON USERS TO AN INFERIOR INTERFACE.

                                          BRING BACK THE OLD ONENOTE

                                          61 votes
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