OneNote for Windows

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  1. Ability to share individual sections or pages (instead of entire notebooks)

    Vote for this if you want to be able to share an individual section or page with other users, instead of only being able to share an entire notebook.

    5,809 votes
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    Shared Links to Single Pages of Notes is being removed

    We recently removed the ability to share single pages of notes. The previous single-page sharing implementation from personal OneDrive notebooks was our initial attempt to begin building out the larger feature set. However, this first step didn’t satisfy the needs of our customers and, compared to full notebook sharing, usage of the limited page sharing feature was very low. The technical path we need to take to build out the full OneNote page sharing experience requires us to deprecate the previous functionality until comprehensive work on these feature improvements can be completed.

    What happens to page links that I’ve already shared with other people?

    Previously shared links to single pages of notes will automatically expire as of June 15, 2018. After this date, recipients of shared page links will no longer be able to view these pages, unless a recipient…

  2. Include OneNote for Desktop in Office 2019

    I really like the desktop lay-out with notebooks on the left, sections on top and pages on the right. I tried the UWP version, and while perfectly suited for use on a tablet (with a reduced number of - bigger - buttons), I feel it misses too many features to replace the desktop version.

    So please include OneNote in the new Office 2019 suite!

    2,785 votes
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  3. 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.

    1,770 votes
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  4. 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!

    1,570 votes
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  5. 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…

    1,548 votes
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    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.

  6. 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.

    1,507 votes
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  7. "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.

    1,351 votes
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  8. Local vs Cloud Storage

    Having OneDrive integrated with OneNote is definitely a plus, but it would be nice to also have it saved locally for when an Internet connection is unavailable.

    1,334 votes
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  9. 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.

    1,303 votes
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  10. 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.

    1,130 votes
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  11. 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!!!

    1,111 votes
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  12. 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.

    1,063 votes
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  13. Templates in UWP

    If you're going to remove OneNote from Office 2019 and recommend people use the less full featured OneNote UWP app...you need to add pageTemplates from OneNote 2016/365 to the UWP app.

    All functionality for Page Templates,
    Creating a template
    Saving a template
    Using a Template as default for a note section

    1,060 votes
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  14. Either make the Windows 10 version feature rich, or abandon it in favor of continuing OneNote 2016

    There seems to be indecision and lack of direction when it comes to OneNote. Are there two different teams developing it? Has development stalled?

    There are several features in OneNote 2016 that are not available in the Windows 10 UWA version. The most major one being the ability to searching image text converted by OCR. Please decide which product you want to succeed.

    I personally have tried using the Windows 10 version for several months and had to abandon it in favor of the 2016 version.

    932 votes
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  15. 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.

    914 votes
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  16. Keep Outlook Integration In OneNote for Windows (Like 2016)

    One of the most powerful feature is the ability to tag things as Outlook Tasks. Also the ability to create a OneNote page from a meeting. These features are the heart and soul of OneNote.

    874 votes
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  17. 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!

    808 votes
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  18. Sorting options for Onenote, Notebooks, Sectiongroups, Sections and Pages

    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.

    790 votes
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    Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey. Here are some of the results of the survey –
    • Sorting is needed for pages, sections, and notebooks
    • Sorting should persist while navigating, after close of notebook, across all devices, and be seen by people they share the notebook with
    • Current OneNote users want the following sorts – alphabetical, date created, and date modified
    • We heard from a lot of users who wanted to set section lists and page lists in a sort that they wouldn’t change often, but there was also a set of users who mentioned that they would want to live in a certain sort order, but switch to another sort order as an aid to locate specific items within their list

    Thank you again for your responses. This information helps us understand the experience we need to build to match your needs.

  19. 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

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

  20. OneNote needs crop tool

    I LOVE OneNote - I'm an instructor and work for a couple Microsoft Training Partners. PLEASE add the ability in OneNote to crop an image.

    749 votes
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