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.
This needs to be added. Without this feature, OneNote is quickly becoming more hassle than it's worth for many, what should be super simple, note taking tasks.
Great app, great vision, poor execution on the details that would place OneNote in stellar app territory.
Found a solution for the OneNote App for Windows 10 (steps shown in the .gif):
1) select the ink, and group it by right-clicking and selecting "group";
2) While holding shift, left-click on the left side of the grouped ink. An "arrow" should pop up;
3) Now cut this group and paste it on the main text box, where you want to anchor the ink to.
With this you should be able to move the text with the ink and also edit it (e.g. erase)!
I made a .gif with the steps, see: https://imgur.com/n2UYN9B
OK....disregard previous post! I just worked out how to anchor the image down....just right click it and select image as background. I am using MS desktop version guessing 2016 version.
John Jonny commented
Seriously - Still not possible to Lock/group ink, objects ant text?? I like One Note, but this is a serious disadvantage
Very handy feature and big must-to-have in OneNot!!
Sigh, just discovered how my highlights on an image shifted and no way to group them
Roger Hubmann commented
@Jacob Levitan can you please explain how? the right-hand approach, as above, does not work
Jacob Levitan commented
This feature has already been implemented in OneNote for WIndows 10
I stopped using OneNote because this feature is not available.
I need to make technical graphs as well, but not even being able to "tag" arrows or lines, for example, make OneNote useless for me.
How on earth is this still a thing five years later?
Chey Fregon commented
I was disgruntled to find, after sifting through the web for a while, that this is not a thing, and the forums go back years requesting this feature. We love using OneNote in my department, but when I'm making a sharable book that has things like interactive to-do lists, etc. I don't want someone to accidentally delete anything (especially when they are new- who hasn't done this and felt awful?).
I have backups and templates created, but it's a lot of work to fix a deletion, and it doesn't restore the data that was deleted that may not be backed up real-time.
I work in education, and I second, third, fourth, infinity the teachers who've noted this same thing. Sure, we can snip or screenshot to manually group things, but some sort of anchor function, which is native in so many other Windows apps, seems like an essential function...yet it's never been added?
This seems ludicrous.
Dave Slug commented
How is this a thing in all other office software, but not OneNote? Bit mental....
This feature is really needed by Business. We get asked for it all the time.
Matt Taylor commented
Please add this. This is a MUST have feature. Moving items around (especially drawings) is too frustrating without it.
Billy de Lange commented
Really, nothing yet? This almost makes inking useless!
Jenny Crowhurst commented
not having this feature is ridiculous!!
Does anyone know of a good alternative to OneNote that does have this function? I can't be bother to wait any longer.
Andres Arosemena commented
I can't believe this still isn't an option in onenote
seunghwan sohn commented
I also absolutely agree!!
PLEASE add the ability to anchor texts to pdf/images. Otherewise, what is the point if text moves/disappears behind layers? This is a serious lack in feature.