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Search all my notebooks on OneNote Online

Onedrive online search: this is desperately missing on the online function. I have so many folders and the lack of search feature is crippling on the online version. Please add (I usually sign into onedrive which strangely can search my onenote and then locate the file that way)

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      • Christian commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Since january 2015 there has been 100 comments (complaining that global search is missing) and still no answer from Microsoft?

      • Chamingoo commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please create or enable this option. It is very important to have it without opening each time the computer version.

      • Pierre Trudel commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I can see that Microsoft does not consider OneNote as one product. There is a uservoice section for every version of OneNote. Functionnality greatly differ for different OS. In an era of cloud computing it is surprising and very far from Nadella "Cloud first" approach.

        And for the Online version of OneNote on Uservoice, I don't see any comment from Microsoft. This is the second most requested feature and no idea if somebody is working on it.

        From the perspective where Microsoft is pushing it's Teams product everywhere and making OneNote integrated with Teams (one notebook or more per Teams) the lack of this feature cripple the product.

      • J commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This seems to be planned by Microsoft to encourage users to stay with their Office plan. I would prefer using OneNote online instead of Evernote. Evernote has this feature, but they are continually limited their service and starting to charge for features that used to be standard.

        In "OneNote Online Help," accessed from the "tell me what you want to do" button in OneNote, on the page "Differences between using a notebook in the browser and in OneNote", it claims: "Search is limited to the current section in OneNote Online." My assumption is that Microsoft already knows users will be upset by this but they want to keep it that way. It's like Apple not including swappable hard drives with their phones. They are making so much revenue from users having to upgrade instead of having flexibility.

      • Robert Bernstein commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please add the ability to search across all of my OneNote notebooks, sections, and pages from a single search box the same way that OneNote for Windows does.

      • Allan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        make search more interactive. at first I don't know what todo after typing &how it will search.an icon button will help & spinner indicator

      • Ayaka Sheehan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Same boat as you, Craig. I wanted to switch from Evernote, but note being able to search through all my notebooks online, AND not being able to search inside closed notebooks makes this horrendous from an organizational standpoint.
        I just don't understand how anyone even uses OneNote without being able to confidently and quickly search for a note that they want to reference or add to.

      • Bruce commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Admin please consolidate the below other ideas into this one, and give this idea it's extra fifty votes.

        And also please comment here officially why OneNote online has notebooks, sections and pages if you can't search across them. It's pretty useless as a knowledge base right now.

        https://onenote.uservoice.com/forums/327183-onenote-online/suggestions/17815321-search-for-entire-notebook

        https://onenote.uservoice.com/forums/327183-onenote-online/suggestions/15512790-search

      • Craig Bray commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Same as mentioned by some other users. I started converting from Evernote but after coming across this restriction I'm afraid that the utility of OneNote Online is too much a step backwards. The whole point of these note taking apps is to never lose anything. Evernote let's me confidently know that if I can't find it in search then it doesn't exist in my Notes, organization of Notes and Notebooks be damned.

      • Lyndon Vincent commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Yep - this is a feature that URGENTLY needs fixing. We use OneNote extensively and have many staff access it online - while only having search for the current section then OneNote is really not ready as an online platform

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      • Karyn commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Absolutely! I have a public notebook that I share and people can only open it in the online version. I tell them to send me a message to request that I add them individually so they can open it in OneNote 2016 with search ability.

      • Rob B commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Dear Application Designers - Shouldn't this be a no-brainer?

        For me, with hundreds of notes, under numerous tabs, the online version is absolutely useless without the ability to search across all tabs/notes.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I use OneNote on variety of computers. At work desktop I have the option to search notebooks. That option, or any other search does not appear on iPhone,
        iPad, personal laptop or personal desktop. The search needs to be the same on all applications, making it more user friendly and efficient.

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