OneNote and OneDrive: One happy family

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SkyDrive recently announced a name change to OneDrive. We’re excited that OneNote and OneDrive now share a similar name since we also share a similar promise. OneDrive is the one place for all your most important stuff, including photos, videos, and documents, and OneNote is the one place for all your notes. Together, OneNote and OneDrive enable you to access your notes on all your devices.

To celebrate and begin our transition to OneDrive in our products, we’re releasing a small update to the OneNote Windows Store App for Windows 8.1 users.

Note: If you’re using Windows 8, please update to Windows 8.1 to get the best Windows, OneNote and OneDrive experience.

This OneNote update includes:

  • Support for the OneDrive service.
  • Rule line heights have been increased to accommodate larger handwriting.   To enable Rule Lines, bring up the page app bar (right-click the page, or swipe from the top or bottom of the screen), then select Paper.  Now you can choose between Rule Lines or Grid Lines.

Rule lines

  • Now you can easily go to a note’s location from Recent Notes.  To do this, bring up the page preview app bar (right-click the page preview or swipe up), then select Go to Note’s Location.

Go to Note

  • We also made accessibility improvements. Now it’s easier to navigate OneNote with a keyboard and to use Narrator to read your notes.
  • A variety of bugs were fixed to improve the Share Charm experience and to make OneNote faster, more robust and use less hard drive space.

62 more languages added

OneNote Windows Store App is now available in the following 105 languages: Afrikaans, Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Assamese, Azerbaijani (Latin), Bangla (Bangladesh), Bangla (India), Basque, Belarusian, Bosnian (Latin), Bulgarian, Catalan, Central Kurdish (Arabic), Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional (Taiwan), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dari, Dutch, English (United States), Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, French, Galician, Georgian, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hausa (Latin), Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Igbo, Indonesian, Irish, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Italian, Japanese, Kannada, Kazakh, Khmer, K’iche’, Kinyarwanda, KiSwahili, Konkani, Korean, Kyrgyz, Latvian, Lithuanian, Luxembourgish, Macedonian, Malay, Malayalam, Maltese, Maori, Marathi, Mongolian (Cyrillic), Nepali, Norwegian (Bokmal), Norwegian (Nynorsk), Odia, Persian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Punjabi, Punjabi (Arabic), Quechua, Romanian, Russian, Scottish Gaelic, Serbian (Cyrillic, Bosnia and Herzegovina), Serbian (Cyrillic, Serbia), Serbian (Latin), Sesotho sa Leboa, Setswana (South Africa), Sindhi (Arabic), Sinhala, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Tajik (Cyrillic), Tamil (India), Tatar, Telugu, Thai, Tigrinya (Ethiopia), Turkish, Turkmen, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uyghur, Uzbek (Latin), Valencian, Vietnamese, Welsh, Wolof, and Yoruba.

Tell us what you think

We’re always interested in hearing from you. Please let us know what you think in the comments or directly through the app (swipe up from the bottom, then tap Feedback). Your feedback helps us to improve OneNote and determine what we deliver next.


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  1. Once you add “Web Page Clipping” feature as in Evernote OneNoe will become the real thing.

  2. The one feature that is missing from OneNote (Windows Store) version that exist on the desktop app that I need, is the ability to share from the calendar or to create a new page and then insert meeting information from the calendar!

    Today I have to pull up the desktop version, pull in the meeting information and then switch back to the Windows Store version because inking works better with my Dell Venue Pro 8 in the Windows Store version.

    Come on guys, connect the dots!

  3. No one complaining about the rule lines? Typed fonts don’t line up with them now. I type faster than I write so I use my keyboard to type notes and my pen to draw figures and stuff. This update just broke onenote for me. I have to launch up the desktop version just to make new pages with narrower rule lines.

    Syncing issues seem to be fixed but I rather have the old rule lines back rather than seeing my sloppy handwriting magnified.

  4. What I want for OneNote + OneDrive is sharing of individual pages or section instead of a whole notebook. I have a notebook for school, with sections for subjects. When I someone asks me to share something or if Im in a group project I want to share the relevant pages or the section of the subject, but not let them edit / view my whole notebook.

  5. OneNote has become my most used application in the Office suite in recent years. I noticed that the white board feature is on the on the full version of OneNote 2013 the other day though. I enjoy that feature in the OneNote app for Windows 8.1. Keep up the great work OneNote team!

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