Office Lens updates: improved document clean up and OneNote location picker

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Yu Ukai is a Program Manager on the Office Lens team in Japan.

Office Lens for Windows Phone is like having a scanner in your pocket. Like magic, it digitalizes notes on whiteboards or blackboards. Always find important documents or business cards. Sketch your ideas and snap a picture for later. Don’t lose receipts or stray sticky notes again!

You spoke and we listened. Today, we’re happy to announce that Office Lens is updated with the two most popular pieces of feedback we’ve received: improved document clean up and OneNote location picker.

Document pictures are cleaned up—like a real scanner.

Capturing quality images of documents is important. That’s why we worked hard to give you a better experience. The difference is literally clear! In document mode, you’ll notice better image color. Now you can use Office Lens as you would a real document scanner.
OneNote One Lens

Select your OneNote location. Put pictures anywhere you want.

Office Lens now lets you decide where to save your images, rather than just going automatically to your default notebook. Select a location (notebook and section) in OneNote and keep your notebooks organized!

OneNote One Lens


If you haven’t installed Office Lens on your Windows Phone, visit Windows Phone apps to install Office Lens. To learn more about what Office Lens can do for you, check out Office Lens: A OneNote scanner for your pocket.

We hope you enjoy Office Lens for Windows Phone. Please let us know in the comments if you have any feedback. We really love to hear from you and improve it month after month!

-Yu Ukai

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  1. Hi!

    As these are nice improvements (and I definitely love Office Lense!) I wondered from the first version on why you do saving so compicated (via OneNote). I would really like to have the choice to save the images to OneDrive and to mail the image (each “scan” separately _or_ together).

    Because, what I don’t like about how it is done now that all scans that I have done since last save is that _all_ these new scans are put into _one_ OneNote section. But sometimes these scans don’t belong to each other and I want to have them in different locations.

    tl;dr: However, it would be very helpful if you give us the choice to save it as file directly to OneDrive and to mail the directly.

    Thanks for your work!


  2. Any plans for an Office Lens for Android ?

  3. OneNote location picker is a great and much needed feature.
    But it doesn’t seem to be working properly yet in this first release:
    • some notebooks are displayed several times
    • some section groups and sections are missing

    • Hi Alex. Thank you for your report.
      Could you tell us whether it consistently happens or not? I meant that same notebooks are displayed every time you try to show the list of notebooks and same sections are missing every time?


      -Yu from Office Lens team

  4. I do not understand how it is possible that the version of OneNote for Android is more complete than the version for WindowsPhone.
    For this reason, now I’m forced to use EverNote on my WindowsPhone.
    OneNote for Android is currently more complete than the version for WindowsPhone … I think this should not be.

  5. I love this app. I use it to archive several kind of documents like warrenty reciepts from products I buy. A “Save to PDF” option to a specific OneDrive folder would be something I’m looking forward to.

  6. This update has broken the link between Office Lens and One Note on my phone, and I am not the only one according to the Windows Phone Store.
    PLEASE FIX. My role as the productive person in the office is under threat!

  7. Unfortunately, this update has broken the app for some of us. We get a plaintive “Something went wrong during sign-in. Please try again.” when we try and upload to OneNote. I understand that you are aware of the issue and are working on a resolution.

  8. Why is Office Lens NOT part of One Note for Windows Phone 8.1?

    One Note for iOS (iPad) has integrated office lens.

  9. Hello!

    Really useful app.

    But when abroad (roaming charges) I would prefer having the possibility to postpone uploading to OneNote, saving the processes picture locally to photos folder would be just fine. And afterwards when having good connectivity things could synchronize/upload to OneNote.

    Keep working.

  10. Please introduce OCR (text recognition) for OneNote app on iPhone and Mac. I use both MS and Apple devices, and like to snap photos of business cards with my iPhone. However, there is no way to copy or search text in those business cards. They are in English, with simple printed type and the photos are good quality – so this shouldn’t be hard to do.

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