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  1. Windows: Mindmap functionality

    I like to organise my ideas in a Mindmap then add some meat to the bones in OneNote. Adding mindmap functionality would make it a one stop shop for me. Todo lists, project plans etc can all be drafted up in one place.

    1,765 votes
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    • Send to OneNote Tool Function

      In Office 2013, the "Send to OneNote Tool" had a simple function to insert PowerPoint into OneNote. I could open a PowerPoint or Word document, click on the tool, and OneNote would insert the printout into the section of my choosing. This function is gone in the new 2016 version. Please bring it back,. I used it DAILY as a graduate student.

      1,294 votes
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      • Windows: Enhance To-Do functionality with reminders, geofencing, a summary view of all To-Dos, and multi-user completion notifications

        Allow individual list items to have associated reminders, to include geofenced, time/date, and programmed event based. Allow these reminders to be synchronized with outlook.com calendars and to do lists, and to provide notifications to users via the OneNote app. Shared notebooks could provide these notifications to multiple users on different platforms. Add a notification for when the list item is complete : ie, let my spouse know when I've picked up the milk. Consider "Bob is working on list X," and "Susie has completed list X" for longer lists, rather than spam notifications. Allow users to determine the type of…

        1,175 votes
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          110 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          Thanks for voting for this suggestion! We can’t make any promises at this time, but we are definitely considering this feature and would love to hear more about how you would use it and why it’s important to you. If you haven’t done so already, please feel free to add a comment with this information.

        • Ability to password protect an entire notebook (instead of just individual sections)

          We need the convenience of being able to easily protect an entire Windows desktop notebook with a password, and then, when opened, have the ability to search the entire notebook. Section by section password protection is a major pain when working with large notebooks with many sections, all of which need to be protected separately. Having the same protection available on all platforms would be the icing on the cake!

          1,107 votes
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          • Group objects and anchor ink to text and images

            Select objects (Handwritings, pictures or text) and group them using right mouse click menu to move objects easily! This also prevents unexpected shifting and enables working with multiple layers.

            1,010 votes
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            • Finally fix the spell check

              Vote for this if you want the spellcheck fixed.
              Onenote always uses the default language. Even if I set another language on a section. Creating a new paragraph causes the default language to be applied again.
              Also: the language selector for spell check is terrible. No keyboard navigation is possible (Type e.g. "english").
              Working in two languages is really hard in OneNote.

              908 votes
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              • Embed webpages and other live content in OneNote

                Please make it possible to embed an iframe. It would be so powerful for creating interactive textbooks (for example in math with GeoGebraTube)!
                This is the most wished Feature for me, cause OneNote could become the Standard for new interactive textbooks as it is free on EVERY Plattform!!!

                888 votes
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                • Windows Store app: Page breaks and page sizes for printing

                  Vote for this suggestion if you want to have more page size-related options for printing in OneNote's Windows Store app. This includes setting the page size, showing page breaks, and other similar functionality.

                  610 votes
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                  • Bring back the radial fly out menu in the W10 Store version of OneNote

                    On Win 8.1, Windows Store OneNote featured a radial menu allowing easy access to line colors but also thickness. This menu was removed and subsequently the ability to change line thicknesses was removed _completely_ which is a huge regression un OneNote functionality. Thicker lines allow for a nicer writing experience on the screen of Surface 3...

                    517 votes
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                    • More Formatting Features (table styles, all lowercase text, default font, increase/decrease font size buttons, etc.)

                      - Table Styles
                      - Case Controls (e.g. all upper, all lower, etc.)
                      - Different Styles (Default heading color and font)
                      - Increase/Decrease Text Size buttons

                      506 votes
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                        53 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        Thanks for the feedback! We are considering this request, but don’t have anything to announce at this time. Please stay tuned.

                      • "Night mode" - white text, black background

                        It would be great if it was possible to change the appearance of OneNote to have white or green text on a black background. I find this much easier to read on both desktop and mobile. The current selection of templates and page colours are too limiting and rarely, if ever, used by me.

                        500 votes
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                        • Ability to merge cells in a table

                          I like to categorize and formulate lists in a specific format. The inability to merge cells and make a header row for my categorization makes it difficult. I realize that other tools like Word and Excel can provide more robust table formatting tools, however, basic formatting like merge cells would be nice.

                          485 votes
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                          • Border around text blocks

                            It would be nice to be able to turn ON a border around a text or image block. Just like you can see the faint outline when hovering over it, it would be useful to help separate areas of a page into distinct thoughts.

                            Stretch Goal - Color choice for a border.

                            454 votes
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                            • Sync custom tags across all devices.

                              Sync tags like Evernote- across all devices.

                              429 votes
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                              • Sorting options for Onenote, Notebooks, Sectiongroups and sections

                                Provide options that allow sorting of the various items in any of the above. This could be the normal Alphabetical or Date searches, but could also be more dynamic i.e. Contains Tag ??, Contains ?? in Subject etc. This would potentially allow things like a notebook that has sections ordered in Priority etc.

                                402 votes
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                                • Windows Phone: Draw or write with a stylus (digital ink or handwriting input)

                                  Vote for this if you want to be able to use a stylus to write in OneNote for Windows Phone by hand.

                                  347 votes
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                                    45 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                    Thanks for the feedback! We are considering this request, but don’t have anything to announce at this time. Please stay tuned.

                                  • add a flexible hashtag like tagging mechanism which is integrated with search (search refinement using tags as filters)

                                    With hashtag like tagging users can create set of tags on a page level on the fly. The these tags a should be integrated with search in a way that they can be used as additional filters on search results (this is called facetted search). The built-in tags are way to labor intensive, the do not sync among multiple users of a notebook and they are not integrated with search.

                                    341 votes
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                                    • Add SmartArt functionality to OneNote

                                      I use SmartArt all the time but have to do it in PowerPoint or Word and then put a screenshot in OneNote. Would much prefer SmartArt being directly integrated.

                                      338 votes
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                                      • Allow collapsing of multiple levels of sub-pages

                                        Would be great if we could have the ability to collapse pages like this:

                                        Suppose we have a section for a course, say MATH.

                                        MATH (collapsible)
                                        Module 1 (Collapsible)
                                        1.14
                                        1.15
                                        1.18
                                        Module 2 (Collapsible)
                                        2.1
                                        2.2
                                        (etc etc)

                                        Right now, only the first level (MATH) is collapsible.

                                        Thanks!

                                        337 votes
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                                        • Markdown Writing Mode

                                          Have a special mode for entering Markdown text instead of RTF, that understands Markdown constructs including its own bold/italics, links, code entry, etc. with no interruption from the usual RTF formatting tools

                                          317 votes
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