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OneNote August roundup

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Here on the OneNote team, we’re wrapping up summer and getting ready to head back to school. So, let’s dive right in this month to share updates to inking, OneNote Class and Staff Notebooks, OneNote Web Clipper and more.

Think with ink in OneNote for Windows 10

New key updates take inking to the next level, providing more dynamic experiences and greater control of the ink. See ink in action on our new OneNote ink website and learn how it can help you in school or in day-to-day life.

  • Ink math assistant—Handwrite any problem—from basic math to quadratic equations—and get the help of a digital tutor. OneNote already recognizes your handwriting and solves any formula for you, but we didn’t stop there. You can now do one better than calculators by learning with our step-by step instructions. Get the answer to your equation and learn to do it on your own for next time. Office 365 subscribers can get started today.

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  • Ink replay—Save time, get focused and see the process behind the ink. Now you can rewind and replay ink strokes in OneNote as an Office 365 subscriber. For instance, label a map by hand and then reveal the content at your own pace to help students identify states or to give them hints along the way. Or use OneNote in a team meeting to whiteboard ideas and then later use replay to see how your team got to the end point.

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  • Pencil—Bring more of the capabilities of pencil and paper to the digital page. Sketch out ideas with new shading abilities that add detail and depth to your drawing. You can also write out a quick note or first draft in pencil for the natural “work in progress” feeling of pencil on paper. To use OneNote’s new pencil feature, you’ll need the Windows 10 Anniversary Update.

OneNote Web Clipper

It only gets better and better. We updated the OneNote Web Clipper to put you in even more control of what you clip from the web. New features this month include:

  • Bookmarks—As a result of a top user request, you can now save a simple link and description of the page.
  • Text and image selection—Right-click any image or selection or text on a web page and clip the content. For the selected content, you will be able to highlight and change font type and size in the preview window.
  • New Edge extension—With the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, the OneNote Web Clipper extension is now available for the Edge browser. Check it out! Be sure to restart Edge after installing the extension.
  • What’s new—Whenever we make major changes, we’ll provide a “change log” of what we updated—so you can stay up-to-date with what’s new with the OneNote Web Clipper.

All of these features are available on all browsers including Chrome, Edge, Safari, Firefox and Internet Explorer. Update to the latest version of your extension or download the extension at www.onenote.com/clipper.

Back to school with OneNote

Teachers and students alike have been using OneNote in the classroom for years to give real-time feedback with a combination of type, ink, audio recording and more. Heading into this school year, we’re excited to share with you our first wave of new experiences to help students, teachers and school administrators.

Learning Tools for OneNote supports more languages and themes and is now generally available

Learning Tools for OneNote are now out of preview and generally available for the OneNote 2013 and 2016 desktop apps and in many new languages (over 35 for the toolbar and four for dictation) and with new features like new color themes. The tools help everyone improve their reading and writing skills, including gifted learners, students with learning differences and students with combinations of unique abilities. Read and learn more in the recent blog post.

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New color themes include green, yellow, blue and pink.  

OneNote Class Notebook updates and general availability for the add-in

Building on the great momentum we’ve seen with the OneNote Class Notebook, we have now rolled out new teacher-inspired features and improvements across 44 languages and 63 markets. These enhancements for the 2016/2017 school year will help teachers save valuable time in the classroom and enable even better organization in class notebooks. Find out more in our recent blog post.

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Both OneNote Class and Staff Notebooks are available in over 150 countries. Read this blog post for the full list.

Use shared iPads more effectively in the class room

Shared iPad is a new iOS 9 feature to benefit schools that share devices among students and still want to provide a personalized experience for each of them. Before class begins, teachers can assign any student any shared iPad. When students sign in to the shared iPad, new OneNote features help them use their personalized OneNote across multiple shared iPads by doing the following:

  • Office 365 sign-in credentials roam with students when they sign in to OneNote.
  • Notebook Picker helps open the right recent notebook at the beginning of class.
  • New syncing indicator makes it easier to manage content saving to the cloud, including attachments, so students never lose work when they leave their shared iPad.

Insert PDFs and Word documents in OneNote Online

Now you can insert PDFs and Word documents straight into the pages of your notebooks, similar to the desktop experience. Work easily with documents in your classroom without leaving OneNote and keep students focused and lessons organized.

That sure was a lot to cover! As you can see, the team has been busy this summer working on new features and feature enhancements to make your work, home and school lives easier.

One last thing: We’re excited to announce that a OneNote Reddit AMA is taking place on September 1, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. PDT. Recent OneNote converts and longtime users alike, join us for the AMA to ask questions, provide feedback and have fun.

We always want to hear your feedback, so make comments below or follow these links.

—Scott Shapiro, product marketing manager for the OneNote team

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8 comments
  1. I use OneNote on my Mac in Safari and Chrome. The Chrome version of the OneNote Clipper has been updated as above to version 3.2.4 with the new functionality, but Safari is still on version 3.0 and does not have new functionality from either the August or July updates, both of which say Safari is included.

  2. OneNote is great and so is OneNote Clipper.
    I do have a suggestion I would like to see added to the clipper –
    When I click the icon and get the pop-up box with the various options
    For the LOCATION, in addition to the browse option to drill down and find a folder to select it would be nice if there were a type in box that would allow me to type a few letters of a folder name and have it quickly search and find matching folders.
    Thanks for your support.
    Regards,
    Allen Miller

  3. I’ve got 50+ notebooks located across my OneDrive. And oneNote Clipper displays all of them in drop down box. To clip a page, or fragment or whatever is 5 seconds task. To find my target notebook in the long-long notebooks list is 5 minutes task. Not so convinient, to say least. What if to show “last five locations” or similar? Please, help.

    Thank you, Sergei.

  4. Will Pencil Ink be available for OneNote for iPad? If yes, will it support Apple Pencil side tip and pressure?

    • Was going to ask the same question. This is great for my kids on their Surface Pro 2’s but my wife and I are on iPad Pro’s with Apple Pencils. Keep up the killer work OneNote team you are still the greatest application from Microsoft ever! 🙂 we love you!

  5. Two biggest advantages of Onenote over Evernote – collapsible outlining (which is great for keeping complex project notes in a single page) and linking to Outlook tasks – are both missing on mobile apps.

    It seems that it shouldn’t be that hard to set up an icon to automatically select a line of text after a checkbox tag and share it to Reminders or Android todo app. Even without keeping them linked.

    And the collapsible outline format is already supported by many other apps – why not Onenote for Mobile ?

  6. Two biggest advantages of Onenote over Evernote – collapsible outlining (which is great for keeping complex project notes in a single page) and linking to Outlook tasks – are both missing in mobile apps.

    It seems that it shouldn’t be that hard to set up an icon to automatically select a line of text after a checkbox tag and share it to Reminders or Android todo app. Even without keeping them linked.

    And the collapsible outline format is already supported by many other apps – why not Onenote for Mobile ?

  7. I would like to see all of these features cross platform. After returning 6 Surface Devices, the stability was intolerable. It crashed several times in meeting and in one very important faculty presentation, which happened to be on how the Surface line would change education.

    Honestly, it would be nice if the Office Mac and Office Windows teams would work together on cross platform consistency.

    Additionally, the clipper tool sucks in comparison to that of Evernote. First, when it decides to work, the clipping are just plain ugly. Secondly, it does not grab the first line of the text when it does clip. Evernote is exceptional and formatting definitely bests Onenote.

    I love the potential of Onenote, but it is high time to get these issues fixed.

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