One Note for Windows 10 lacks many of the basic features available on OneNote 2016
I'm not quite sure how Microsoft describes OneNote for Windows 10 as the "best version" when it lacks many of the basic features available on OneNote 2016. I'm sure there are several other features missing from this supposedly new and improved version, but I'll list a few problems I ran into that are of absolutely no issue on OneNote 2016.
In OneNote for Windows 10 you can only insert a printout of a PDF. In order to insert a PowerPoint or Word document, etc. you’ve got to first convert the file to a PDF on your own (outside of the OneNote app) before it will even appear as an option in your list of files to insert. In OneNote 2016, the option to “insert file printout” refers to files of any kind and is not exclusive to PDFs only. With this option, you simply select ANY file you want to insert and the conversion to a printout is done automatically with no extra effort on your part.
The screen clipping option is completely missing from OneNote for Windows 10. This was amongst one of the best and most convenient features from OneNote 2016. Note: Any online forum explaining how to access this feature is referencing OneNote 2016, not One Note for Windows 10.
You’re able to insert a table into both versions of OneNote; however, you’re only able to edit the table and insert/delete extra boxes once the table has been created with One Note 2016. This is done by right clicking on the table, and this basic option is missing from One Note for Windows 10.
When writing and switching the color of the text in OneNote 2016, a simple highlight and right click will show all the options you need. In One Note for Windows 10, you only have the option to use the task bar to make these simple adjustments.
Hopefully Microsoft does continue to improve this version as promised. But for now, I’ve decided to just switch back to One Note 2016 to avoid the inconvenience. OneNote for Windows 10 may look sleeker at first glance, but there’s no debating that OneNote 2016 is the best and less primitive version in terms of functionality.
it's completely ridiculous that OneNote for Windows 10 is lauded by Microsoft (Of course) as the best note-taking app/ version of OneNote. Could anyone suggest open-source alternatives or another service/program that doesnt sell your soul/ data without your consent?
Agree with most comments, there is an unforgivable lack of functions and makes the program obsolete for me.
Where's the screen grab? Where are all the other printout options? Where is all the cusotmization for layout and etc. gone? DID I MENTION WHERE IS THE SCREEN CAPTURE OPTION?
Paying for less features is very inconvenient to say the least....
If I had paid for Office, I would really be ******. Also forwarded a request to my uni's IT service to consider reswitching to licences of 2016 instead. For my part, definitely switching to good old 2016 and actively looking for alternatives.
FUCK ONE NOTE commented
The devs are incomprehensibly stupid. Why on earth would you take away basic functionality that has existed in every other version.
Wang Ter commented
I want the OCR function!!!
Onenote win10 can't make pictures searchable!!
Jay Garland commented
I often insert an Excel spreadsheet into OneNote and with the 2016 version, it would display a graphic representation of the Excel spreadsheet contents. If I then double-clicked on the Excel icon and edited the spreadsheet, the graphic would update to reflect the current spreadsheet contents. With the new version of OneNote, the graphic is static so even though I'm updating the Excel spreadsheet daily, I can't see the contents of my spreadsheet just by looking at the dynamic graphic, I need to open the Excel file. This has wasted a lot of time, to the point where I've switched back to 2016 so I can have access to this much-used function.
Agree with all comments
Thomas Dent commented
Apparently in the Windows 10 version you can't sort pages in a section by date whereas you could in previous versions. The user community at my company is not pleased with this "upgrade". Please bring back many of the features that customers utilized.
It is also missing the 'tags summary' feature. This was a great tool that is sorely needed on the web and iOS versions. Please add the functionality from OneNote 2016 to the UWA version.
OneNote for Windows 10 is missing the "copy text from image" functionality that was available on previous versions. Come on guys!
Can't even change the proofing language for the app, you have to change it line by line...
So when i type in Norwegian i have to change the proofing every time i add something to a document, because the standard proofing language is English, and can't be changed without changing OS language.
There's even a post about it, with a dev response saying it's fixed way back in 2017, but it is not fixed yet for some reason.
S Winter commented
Carey Vandenberg commented
I completely agree... tried OneNote (the new version) for about 10 minutes and then I switched back to OneNote 2016 and use it on my desktop and Surface. Microsoft is so backwards it's scary.
Chad Carroll commented
OneNote summary page is missing on Windows 10! HELP.
All equation editing tools seem to be missing from the menu too. And the Insert Symbol menu is missing 95% of the symbols! At least give us one of these features, jeez. I can hardly input mathematical notation unless I want to write it (with a pen) myself.
Does One Note for Windows 10 work offline, that is, for example if you are on an airplane and lack internet access? If not, it seems like a catastrophic omission.
Another feature that appears to be missing in OneNote for Windows 10 is the ability to save notebooks on our own internal network (vs. the cloud). We work for confidential material that is often prohibited from saving on cloud servers that might reside in other countries.
Will this essential feature (which is in OneNote 2016) be available in OneNote for Windoes 10?
CHANGE DEFAULT TEXT COLOUR
Jay Garland commented
The tags functionality in the new OneNote is very limited compared to OneNote 2016. I really valued the richness of tagging and then searching for tags in OneNote 2016 as this helped with my research. Really struggling with the limited tag functionality in the new OneNote.
Andrew Strafaci commented
what happened to export to word???
I just started using OneNote for Windows 10 for all my notes (the main reason for this is that I use Office programs for my work). I really like other Office programs like Excel and Word, mainly because you have a lot of features and you can customize it to your own preferences. I also found out that OneNote for Windows 10 lacks a lot of basic features which programs like Word have. This idea from Ashley is now almost a year old, can anyone tell me if the app has made some progress during this time? I really want to help to improve the app by giving feedback, but does anyone feel like Microsoft is actually doing something with the feedback?
Juanita Lewis commented
Microsoft hire me and Ill sum up every users feedback for you cause whoever changed it totally missed the mark in this "new" subpar version!