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.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
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!
David Petree commented
I agree with all of this, but not 1 comment, You can save the notebook offline
The screen clipping option is completely missing from OneNote for Windows 10
Use "Snip & Sketch". It is Microsoft's replacement for "snipping Tool" Take the screen clipping then share the results with OneNote for Windows 10
What happened to INSERT AS PRINTOUT...? If you use OneNote for stylus markup of documents, this is the one most basic feature you need.
Oier Baños Payo commented
And you can't save notebooks offline...
John M. Haynes commented
I agree. I miss templates.
I agree with all the above, and add that the "simplified" ribbon comes across as the "cheap" ribbon- MANY missing features. Can't do hardly anything with Tags, e.g. search tags. No popup font/text options on right-click. Really dumbed down- disappointed that you think we are so simple.
Jason Li commented
One more improvement need to make is the prevention of distortion when printing out stuff.
The relative position of different textboxes change when I want to print the page out, and it is ridiculous. 2016 is much better.
Jason Li commented
Also!!!! Set page size function!!!
I feel it painful to print my notes in Win10 version!!! Totally a trash!!
tony rose commented
re Point 1 in your note, another example where OneNote for Windows 10 fails in this area is the following OneNote 2016 workflow: send email to OneNote from outlook, select the recipient notebook/section, open the newly create Page, right click on an attachment to print it below the email.
The ability to easily send emails to OneNote and subsequently print attachments in order to 1) view them easily and 2) make notes on the attachment, is an essential feature for me.
I agree. The new App is useless!