OneNote updates Windows Store app to support printing, inserting files and PDFs and ink highlighter

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Today the team is proud to announce updates to the OneNote Windows Store app, including printing, file insertion, and highlighting. These updates significantly improve the OneNote experience for students and help ease the transition to the upcoming school year.

Print your notes

We’ve heard from many customers—students in particular—that they need to print their notes from time to time. In fact, printing is the single biggest feature request. With this update, it’s a breeze to print your notes, and OneNote supports all of the features you’d expect including beautiful full color page previews, portrait and landscape orientations, multiple copies, duplex printing, and more.

To print your pages, swipe from the right to display the Devices charm, then select Devices and then Print.

Print using the Devices charm

Another way to print is to bring up the App Bar and select Print Page. You can bring up the App Bar three ways:

  • Swipe up from the bottom of the screen
  • Right click on the page
  • Tap on your selected page preview

Print using the App Bar

And, of course, the normal Ctrl+P works for those of you who like to use keyboard shortcuts.

Insert file attachments and print PDFs for reading and annotating

We’ve also added another top-requested feature: file attachments and PDF printouts. We see a lot of customers saving documents in their notes and, in particular, PDFs. With PDF printouts, students can read slides, assignments, and more directly in OneNote and annotate them with ink or text.

To start adding files, from the radial menu simply select Insert, then File and select the file you want to insert. Files attached to OneNote work similarly to email, so a read-only copy can be opened outside of OneNote, such as in Word or File Explorer.

Insert file

Selecting Insert and then  PDF Printout, from the radial menu, takes things a step further by printing the entire document to OneNote, allowing you to annotate the PDF. This makes editing an essay on your tablet even better than with hard copy and a red pen.

Insert PDF Printout

We also recently added this feature on Mac and iOS, so you can now insert file attachments and PDF printouts with the OneNote Windows Store app, as well as on the Windows desktop, Mac, iPad & iPhone.

Highlight your notes with ink

The highlighter tool is an important way to denote key information, and now you can highlight in OneNote using your pen or finger paint. Highlighter is now included in the radial menu next to the four pen styles, and you can customize the color and thickness to your liking. This feature is especially useful when combined with PDF printouts.

Highlight notes

There are many other improvement in this release including accessibility updates and numerous bug fixes.

Try out these updates today and tell us what you think. We appreciate your feedback as it helps us improve OneNote and deliver on your top requests. Check out our new and recently launched feedback site, where you can post your own suggestions and vote for others. We would love to hear from you. Also, remember to tell your fellow classmates how well OneNote helps you keep on top of the school year, from researching, sharing with your study group, and taking notes to keeping track of your busy life.

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  1. Would love to see support to print .ppt slideshows into the OneNote app as well. A few of my profs send those out instead of PDF’s.

    • Thanks for the feedback richjdsmith! We think that would be useful too. For now, you should be able to save the PowerPoint deck as a PDF and insert it into OneNote. Hopefully that helps!

  2. Why can’t I find this in the Windows Store? I have Windows 8.1…

  3. Well, yes, you have added printing support, but unfortunately, just like the Mail app, it is not possible to print out a range of pages. I would like to think that Microsoft developers would know how to use their own printing APIs, but apparently not. Perhaps the OneNote team should talk to their Microsoft Reader or IE11 colleagues – they figured out how to use the printing APIs a long time ago, and there it *is* possible to print out page ranges from within the Modern apps.

  4. This update is great and adds some much needed features.

    Unfortunately, now all of the pages (ink and regular text) are blurry. Menus still render sharply. Is this a known issue? Looks bad enough that I wish I hadn’t updated.

    Happy to provide a screenshot if requested.
    Thanks in advance for any reply.

  5. Great to see all these updates – thanks.

    BUT! When are you going to add the ability to open password protected pages??????!!!


  6. One of the good features of Evernote that keeps me using their product over OneNote is that I can open *and edit* file attachments in place, and it saves the edited attachment back to the note. OneNote needs this ability.

  7. Some feedback/ideas for future updates:

    1. Add at least lines, so we can draw standard lines, like in desktop version
    2. Add PDF-export (but maybe PDF-printout will solve it?) so we can export our notes as PDF
    3. Have you fixed non-instant page color changing? There were bug when you change color and it actually changes only when you switch to other note and back.
    4. Why we can’t save notes locally? Like in desktop version
    5. Why we can’t normally and actually DELETE noteboocks, and not just close them?

  8. That’s great, it would been even better if pages you highlighted got tagged and became findable by the text you hightlighted.

    For instance, in the post example, I could search to all highlights I made, and one entry would be Energy transfer, which would take me direct to the page.

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