Update to the OneNote Windows Store app now available

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Today, we’re releasing an update to the OneNote app in the Windows Store. It introduces a couple of brand new features and offers a few fixes.

To download this update, simply tap on the Store tile in Windows 8, and then tap or click Updates at the top right. If you haven’t installed the OneNote app from the Windows Store, you can download it here. Here’s what’s waiting for you:

Pen and ink improvements

We’ve spent the last few months talking with our customers, reading reviews and gathering feedback. Many of you wanted better pen customization while drawing and handwriting, as well as the ability to quickly flip between customized pens. We’re happy to share that you can now do both in the updated app.

To help you get started, we’ve picked four default pens. As you bring your stylus closer to the screen, the radial menu indicator will pop up. Tap it to open the radial menu to see the available pens. You can customize them by navigating to the second level of radial menu and then selecting the color and thickness that suits your needs.

Once you have customized your pen, the OneNote app will remember it in a pen slot you choose. This way, you can easily flip back to your favorite pen when you need it.

Note that this feature is available only on devices that include a stylus, such as the Microsoft Surface Pro.

Support for Office 365 notebooks

The OneNote app already makes it easy to access your notebooks on SkyDrive. With today’s update, we’re making it just as easy to access your notebooks on Office 365. This makes the OneNote app a great way to keep track of your personal and work notes in one convenient place.

When you sign in to the OneNote app with your Office 365 ID, the OneNote app will show you a list of your most recent notebooks. You can open any of them with a tap or click.

To get started, just sign in with your Office 365 account. The easiest way to sign in is to copy a link to an existing Office 365 notebook and then paste it into one of your open SkyDrive notebooks. When you open the link in the OneNote app, you’ll be prompted to sign in to Office 365.

Once you’re signed in, the OneNote app will use your credentials to make it easy to access your other notebooks.

If you tap or click More Notebooks you’ll see list of recent notebooks for each login you’ve used. To open any of these, tap or click. You’ll see the notebook move to the top of the list of open notebooks.

Keep the feedback coming!

We hope you’ll enjoy the improvements in this update to the OneNote app. We’ve received lots of great feedback from you about what you like about the app andwhat you still think needs some work, and we even found and fixed a few bugs along the way.

Our sincere thanks to all of you for helping us make the app better and better. Please keep sending your feedback and let us know how you’re using the app.

Download the new version today, and don’t forget to tell your friends all about OneNote!


  1. Bradikadis

    I would love if others could add comments without being able to edit the document. I use OneNote for my school notes which I share with my fellow students via a link on my webpage so anyone can get to it. If they could add comments instead of emailing me anytime they notice something’s wrong or if they have questions or info they want added that’d be great!

  2. Suggestion: We use OneNote often for copying just parts of web pages together. For example a collection of possible products to buy with image, short summary and link, Hotels to book, again image short summary and link.

    While OneNote can paste web pages, it’s not very handy. It’s difficult to exactly mark the parts of the page you want to copy, and often you got hidden “Like”-Buttons etc. pasted.

    So it would be great to see a “smart paste”, where the user could hit a kind of SUMMARIZE button after pasting. That would just keep the large pictures and the text in large fonts, throwing away all the trash around which is typically smaller in fonts and images.
    With that feature OneNote could be a kind of personal Pintrest, making it much more useful.

  3. nerdondrums

    The radial menu does not appear for me. I’ve tried reinstalling the app but it still does not work on my surface pro. Also the virtual keyboard has started popping up frequently after I use the eraser.

    Any suggestions?

    • Vince Anido

      It’s a silly suggestion, but are you sure you have updated? I had to force the Store app to check for updates to get the new version. Even after going to the App page, it didn’t say an update was available. In the Store app, I had to pull the right charms menu out, "Settings"->"App Updates"->"Check for updates".

      • nerdondrums

        Good Suggestion, it was close. I wasn’t able to update it, it said it was already updated, but I uninstalled and reinstalled again and it seems to work now.

  4. It looks like I still can’t select a Notebook/Section in the Share charm UI. The only 2 options are current page and a new page in current section. Or am I missing something?

  5. Vince Anido

    I must say this is a very welcome update, but I’m still disappointed because it doesn’t go far enough. Still no highlighter, or ability to zoom the pages. Still missing a lot of cool features like audio recording, and note syncing.

    I know I can simply run the desktop version to regain these features, but the UI of OneNote MX is so beautiful it’s hard to go back. It _is_ great to see progress though, so a huge thanks to the team. Thank you for continuing to devote energy to this project. It really is a great progression of the OneNote application.

    • samiriskander

      You can pinch zoom the pages

  6. kingola2nd

    Finally been waiting for this feature for a long time

  7. samiriskander

    that’s a great update that I have been calling for for a long time, but you still need to add strike eraser, highlighter and more than 5 colours for pens


    Great to see the new features, especially since I use OneNote with a pen most of the time!

    Still, not all Windows 8 tablets come with stylus support so it would be great to see the option to use capacitive styli/fingers by tapping the pen button and making it stay as pen marks until it’s switched off.

    Also, please use the API from Adonit so their wonderful styli (especially the new Adonit Touch, which brings pressure sensitivity and palm rejection on capacitive screens) can be supported.

    Ideally I’d like to see the API embraced by Windows 8/RT and just included as part of the OS in the same way the Wacom drivers are so any touch screen can be written and drawn on.

    It would be a huge feature to be able to offer. Imagine marketing this to artists: Buy a 27" AIO Windows 8 machine and if you’ve got an Adonit Touch pen you’ve instantly got a massive digital drawing canvas!

    Or I can dream anyway…

    Keep up the good work with OneNote, it’s rapidly become my most used part of Office and the modern app truly is wonderful to use!

    • Jorj X McKie

      That’s an interesting idea… personally I’m hoping that Microsoft’s Perceptive Pixel tech will filter down to the larger screens negating the need for something like the Adonit. I want a big art canvas on my Win8 gadgets too. I think it’s coming, but it’s hard to tell if this is any kind of priority with Microsoft. They seemed caught totally off guard by not having the Wintab API on the Surface Pro, which was something many artists were greatly anticipating. In short term, I’d like to see Wacom pens on ALL of the Surface models, including RT and upcoming small and larger ones. Why not? The digitizers have obviously come down in price, and it’s a good way to step on iOS stuff.

    • Pretty reasonable idea to make onenote attractive to those who have Win 8 tablets with touch support only ( like me ). I hope this will be realized soon.


    Also, while I’m typing away, any chance of getting the Windows Phone 7.8 OneNote app updated so it will display handwritten notes? I still have to switch between my 7.8 phone and my WP8 phone and not being able to view my handwritten notes and other sketches/diagrams on the 7.8 device is a real pain.

  10. Jorj X McKie

    OneNote seems to behave much better with my stylus now… before it was had the typical behavior requiring the stylus tip to drop before your palm. Now it seems to default to ‘pen mode’ in a very intelligent fashion. If I use my pen, it starts inking, and the various pen presets are handy. However if I touch with a finger, it assumes text, which is what I want. I have disabled touch zoom as recommended. I’ve always dug the hell out of OneNote and now I have a machine that pairs up beautifully… awesome!

  11. Just got OneNote on my Surface Pro and I see I can clip Web pages by simply using the "Send To OneNote" tool. In the video illustrating how to do this they don’t tell the rather important part of where to find this tool. It seems to be located on their taskbar but there’s nothing like that in my taskbar. I read in forums and some people seem to say that it’s supposed to appear in a context menu on a right click but it doesn’t appear there either. Others say they’re having trouble seeing it in spite of the fact that it’s in their managed addon list but it’s not there either. Where in the world is it?

  12. TL;DR; – *Really* need to add printing support.

    I have loved OneNote since the first version. Just upgraded wife to Windows 8 and recommended she use OneNote for some things does. Showed her all the basics, she likes it and starts putting together some work with it and then later on that night she’s like "why can’t I print?". I figure she just forgot how to use the Win8 Devices charm so I slide it out and sure enough you can’t print from OneNote. Say what!? I personally never actually had the need to print because all my use is for digital sharing, but I was floored when I found this out and sat there with my mouth agape before apologizing to my wife for wasting her time. We ultimately just copy/pasted into WordPad, but just imagine my having to explain all of this to my non-techy wife. Not good. 😛

  13. nulldaemon

    Very nice update. What I still need though is a straight line tool & possibly even the xy axis, etc. At the moment I still have to use the desktop version of OneNote in lectures…

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