Graph math equations with Ink math assistant in OneNote for Windows 10

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Last summer we introduced Ink math assistant in OneNote—a digital tutor that gives you step-by-step instructions on how to solve your handwritten math problems. Today, we are excited to announce that Ink math assistant can draw graphs of your equations, all within OneNote for Windows 10.

Now, when you write your math equations, the Ink math assistant quickly plots an interactive graph to help you visualize those difficult math concepts. You can zoom in and move the graph to observe intersection points or change values of parameters in your equations to better understand how each of them reflects on the graph. Finally, you can save a screenshot of the graph directly to your page to revisit it later.

Five steps to graph an equation in OneNote

  1. Begin by writing your equation. For example: y=x+3 or y=sin(x)+cos(2x).
  2. Next, use Lasso tool to select the equation and then, on the Draw tab, click the Math button.
  3. From the drop-down menu in Math pane, select the option to Graph in 2D. You can play with the interactive graph of your equation—use a single finger to move the graph position or two fingers to change the zoom level.
  4. Use + and buttons to change the values of the parameters in your equation.
  5. Finally, click the Insert on Page button to add a screenshot of the graph to your page.

Availability: Ink math assistant is available in OneNote for Windows 10, for Office 365 subscribers.

As always, we would love to hear your feedback, so please make comments below or suggest and vote on future ideas on OneNote UserVoice page.

For more information, check out our support page.

—Mina Spasic, program manager for the Math team

  1. OneNote for windows 10 for office 365 subscribers? That’s confusing the two-OneNote situation even more!

  2. This is a really super feature! Great stuff.
    I’m a bit perplexed though at the decision to have this only on the Win10 app. Our users will be almost exclusively online or 2013/2016 desktop. Particularly for users on the 2016 client, many will have chosen that thinking they have the fullest feature set. The multi-speed approach is very confusing – for example, the ‘our support page’ link above tells you that you need an O365 subscription and has a link to help you make sure you have the latest version of Office which suggests you upgrade to Office 2016! What are the plans to bring this to 2016/Online? Should we be advising users to opt for the Win10 app? Is the longer term plan to persist both desktop versions?

  3. why onenote desktop doesn’s have this feature ?

  4. This is super cool! My AP Calculus lectures are about to become more interesting.

    Will I be able to graph more than one function on a graph?

  5. I am using this feature on the OneNote app in Windows 10 on a Surface Pro 4.

    I am able to write an equation with the pen, lasso it and convert it to math using Ink to Math.

    I can then select this converted equation and get a graph. Works great.

    However, this doesn’t work with typing an equation as suggested above. I can’t “convert” a typed equation into math, and there does not appear to be an option to enter an equation as mathematics.

    I am able to go to the OneNote2016 app, type an equation, convert it to math, then copy/paste it into the native OneNote app, and then graph it.

    Great feature, but could you integrate these?

  6. How do I get access to this ink math assistant…? I tried my desktop version (2016) and my windows 10 version to no avail. I can’t locate this feature. Any help? This would help my classnotes a lot!

  7. OneNote just keeps getting better. Keep up the awesome work. Love this. Daren

  8. I agree with Victor. Moreover, the lack of ribbon continuity with other MS Office products makes this a confusing program. Overall, I find One Note confusing and quite unintuitive.

  9. Please please PLEASE add this to the desktop version of onenote! it’s so confusing having the “maths” option on the windows app that lets you graph it, but having the actual equation button on the desktop version to type it out! this would be the best ever if it was also on the desktop version, please do it!

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