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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.

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      • Rob Golding commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        "Lasso Select" actually performs this function. However, once the group of ink and text have been deselected, the grouping is released. This is a frustrating situation from a coding perspective because the work has already been done. Just add an "keep section grouped" option when right clicking the lasso'd selection and the problem would be solved. It is an easy fix!

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I agree this is needed greatly... should definitely be a standard feature.
        A note taking program should be able to emulate what is done when handwriting notes.

      • FrequentOneNoteSupporter!! commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I have a suggestion to right click the selected image, and allow a function to annotate on it (just like how there is a function to "select text from image". And when done, there will be a done button or something. And the highlight text on that picture, or the drawing made on that picture STAYS there!
        But of course, it can be easier if there is a grouping function just like how Microsoft word always had.

      • Grant Barrie commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please add my voice to the chorus. The "grouping" technology exists within applications like Visio, and a similar approach would be perfect.

        On top of that, it would be really useful if when something is drawn on top of another thing, a table or an image for example, that it was automatically groups with the thing it was drawing on top of. That way if you draw on top of an image, it's automatically grouped.

        But let's start with a hot-key first, and work our way up. :)

      • Matt commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Dw they added stickers in a recent update tho.
        Seriously this feature (Tbh something more along the lines of simple vectorized layering) would have to be the one thing I'd want to see most in OneNote, or any notetaking app for that matter.
        Given that handnotes are already vectorized, scalable, and non-persistently groupable, I find it very difficult to believe that this feature can be especially difficult to implement, and usually when I want something as specific as this, I'm the only one in the world who thinks its a good idea, but clesrly this is not the case here.
        There are so many possibilities this would open up, I use onenote mainly for university, both lecture markups, lecture indexing, and also math/engineering excercises

        being able to do things like, add hierachical (lockable/hidable)layers would be incredible, as it would enable people to do things like, toggle on and off their markup, step through derivations of a solution in chronological order (this could be so powerful, anyone who's looked at a circuit diagram that's been marked up with some working out alongside it, can confirm that usually it's pretty mysterious where each part of the solution was derived)
        and loads more

      • Ron commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It is inexplicable why Microsoft has still not included anchoring and grouping. But it is Microsoft and they don't have a history of listening to their customers so we shouldn't be surprised. Get a grip Microsoft!!

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I add my voice to the Chorus; "anchoring" or "grouping" like in the other Office apps would be extremely useful.

      • Emma commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It baffles me why other Microsoft products have this "feature" but OneNote - where it would be most useful - doesn't!
        Taking a clipping of a group isn't exactly a convenient workaround, because it removes the ability to edit.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Just started using OneNote after a 5 year hiatus. Now I remember why I quit using OneNote all those years ago. Makes me so sad :(

      • Mmm commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Honestly I don't know why this isn't already a thing. It's a lot harder to print through onenote with how the pages go, but when I export it to word the handwriting gets really weird.

      • Schuyler commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The lack of this feature makes OneNote annoying to use. I use it at my internship and I'm always having to go back and redraw things. I really do like OneNote, but this is such a huge and unnecessary headache.

      • Chuck commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The problem is with handwriting conversion to text, which is generally really good, sometimes sections of a handwritten journal won't convert as a single unit; some phrase will just hang out in space. Especially if you erased and correct words. Lasso select will group it and move things together, but same problem when you convert.

        Screen capture to new window looks great but does not convert well. Neither in OCR in Google or Evernote.

        Still for all my yips, ink to text is impressive. But fix it!!!

      • Bryan Munro commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        How can something so fundamental not already exist in OneNote. This is infuriating to the point of making OneNote useless for engineering notation. I hear Google documents calling...

      • Anon commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I decided to contact MS support direct in a bid to possibly get this feature moving forward - I have a response so lets see what comes of it. Fingers crossed! Here's the response;

        'My name is Luke, and I’m a Microsoft Customer Relationship Manager here at the Microsoft corporate offices in Redmond, Washington USA.
        Thank you for reaching out to us about your feature request for OneNote. I Apologize that it has been such a long time and it has not been implemented.
        I wanted to let you know that I have gone over the request thread that you shared with us and I will be reporting directly back to management and as you started this process with an email to Mr. Nadella his personal assistant is my first point of contact and has asked that I follow up with them with the details.
        I wanted to reach out to you and let you know that exactly what I am doing to get this request moving.'

      • Martin Weatherilt commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        How thick can Microsoft really be? Complete idiots - no wonder Google are winning in education. It's like the company is blind, deaf and has a death wish. I can't believe something as fundamental as this is still being put off!

      • Axel Schweiger commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The inability to link objects (i.e. annotate graphics) so that text and graphic move together is really a showstopper for me in using OneNote further

      • JC commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I would like this too please. Seems like a fairly obvious thing.

      • Tim commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This would be a very useful feature for keeping things together as one object. The screen capture works, however if a change needs to occur you are unable to ungroup, make the change, and regroup.

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