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Capture your thoughts, discoveries, and ideas and simplify overwhelming planning moments in your life with your very own digital notebook. With OneNote, you can plan that big event, seize that moment of inspiration to create something new, and track that list of errands that are too important to forget. Whether you're at home, in the office, or on the go, your notes are available to you across all of your devices. -- CAPTURE ANYTHING -- Capture your thoughts, discoveries, and ideas and simplify overwhelming planning moments in your life with your very own digital notebook. With OneNote, you can plan that big event, seize that moment of inspiration to create something new, and track that list of errands that are too important to forget. Whether you're at home, in the office, or on the go, your notes are available to you across all of your devices. -- POWERFUL ORGANIZATION -- Organize your notes in a way that works best for you. Create, rename, search, sort, and copy pages, sections, and notebooks. Find your most recent notes quickly and pin the pages you use most. Secure your notes with a password and use touch ID to quickly access them. -- THINK TOGETHER -- Share your notes with your friends and colleagues, whether you're planning a party with others or a working on a school project with your classmates. You can combine forces and all work together at the same time in a shared notebook. -- ALWAYS WITH YOU -- Access your notes on your Mac, iPhone, iPad and other devices. Your notes are synced to the cloud (OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, and SharePoint) making it easy to access your recipe notes on your iPhone at the store, your homework on your Mac in class, or your itinerary on your iPad during your travels. Achieve more with OneNote. -- CHECK THESE LISTS -- Create to-dos to keep track of your daily errands, groceries shopping, or travel planning. -- WRITE & DRAW ON iPAD -- Scribble your notes at a conference, write math equations in class or sketch your ideas. With a variety of pen colors and settings, you can create beautiful handwritten notes and drawings. Draw with confidence with "Convert to Shapes" mode: OneNote will automatically convert hand drawn shapes into crisp, perfectly regular polygons and circles. OneNote is free on iPhone and many other devices. Get started today! Download OneNote and sign in with your Microsoft Account or the account assigned to you by your work or school.
Effective
by Fred54322 on 2019/02/21 09:42
One Notes 3 level system forces me to be organized with my note taking. Honestly has sent my productivity through the roof. Cant believe I used the default Notes program on my phone for so long before discovering this.
Pricy
by hizb ut tahrir 2 the bone on 2019/02/21 07:57
Please make it much cheaper ,,, yo u make a lot of green
Simple, powerful tools
by mralpacamusic on 2019/02/21 02:12
As a teacher, I use it every day all day. It’s changed the way I teach and become an absolutely essential tool in my classroom and workflow.
Never listen
by Kkknbfx on 2019/02/20 07:35
Always says “we listened and updated firmware” and tell us to write things that need to be addressed or idea that can be implemented later on, there is massive vote on certain things that needs to be added like few years back already and one-note team hasn’t even touched yet. Full of scam or they just don’t work.
Abysmal audio recording/notes
by Hjachter on 2019/02/20 01:49
Onenote overall is terrific. However, I will never give it more than 3 stars unless iOS Onenote has the ability to record audio and take notes at the same time. Also, playing an audio recording locks ALL Onenote features which makes it impossible to generate text notes from a recorded audio lecture. These two deficiencies DRAMATICALLY reduce the usability of this product — hence 3 stars. There are many complaints and suggestions about this but for some reason Microsoft refuses to fix this problem which has persisted for years on iOS platforms. Windows platforms support audio recordings just fine. Looks suspiciously intentional.
Crashing on iPhone X
by jap65 on 2019/02/20 01:35
I really like this App but it is constantly crashing on my iPhone X, to the point I can’t use/trust it. Seems to be more stable on the iPad so at least I can use it there.
Love the App!
by Mario España on 2019/02/19 22:41
Only reason this has 4 stars instead of 5 is because i would like it to have the feature of the use of double tap with the Apple Pencil 2
CANT WRITE/DRAW ON IPHONE
by ken knee 227 on 2019/02/19 22:26
Deeply disappointing that we don't have this function available on iPhone. I was considering switching over to the Microsoft eco system too. Love the app on my surface book 2, it's fantastic. But the iOS version gets a low grade from me. Hope you guys fix it soon.
Great app!
by popparopa on 2019/02/19 22:18
Easy to use, lots of cool and interesting features that is helping me with my concept map for class.
Unusable
by rlegalv me on 2019/02/19 16:59
I’m a regular OneNote user on PC. This app makes the cursor jumps to the beginning of the page all the time, so you need almost all the time need to place the cursor at the bottom of the page. I don’t think the developers are testing this app in real life.
I love it
by dolphinlover225 on 2019/02/19 13:14
No other program works as good as good as this for me , I sure wish you guys would make it compatible with the amazon kindle . I’ve searched other programs for it and nothing compares to this one .
Changed My Life
by AWJ_21 on 2019/02/19 12:28
There's my parents, college, and One Note... all three of these drastically changed my life.
Love it!
by Katdaye on 2019/02/19 12:06
Can’t live without it!!
Good syncing, but with a risk.
by momskirbyok on 2019/02/19 03:05
I was writing notes on my iPad Pro for my accounting class until the app decided to completely erase an hour and a half worth of notes I took, resulting in me having a panic attack. Other than that, the program works good. Just be careful...
Need to support new Apple Pencil tap
by mashgreat on 2019/02/19 02:20
Why can’t I use tap pencil to use the eraser. Otherwise it is a great note taking free app. Edit: Changing stars to 4 stars because of adding Apple Pencil 2 support. But now you broke the lasso feature because using it makes selected ink size bigger randomly..
Love the Windows Client, but hate the iOS Client
by Eric in TN on 2019/02/19 01:56
I have been using OneNote since 2008. I love OneNote on Windows. OneNote on the Web is pretty good too. But the iOS client. I hate it. It keeps crashing on both my iPhone X and my iPad (2017). And the MacOS client isn’t any more functional than the web client, so it’s not worth installing in my opinion. And getting .PDFs into OneNote from iOS leaves a LOT to be desired. Office Lens can do a better job of getting images into OneNote. If I didn’t have to have an Office 365 subscription, I’d give serious thought to migrating my notes out of OneNote.
Collapsed Subpages
by DM_Lou on 2019/02/19 01:12
This would have been a 5 star review if I could collapse pages on iOS/mobile.
Critical feature missing
by Resoriouxz on 2019/02/19 00:34
Wonderful app however am rating it 1* to draw the attention to an non-acceptable missing feature which is shape insertion It’s impossible for a note taking app to be missing that feature and the convert drawing is a failure in drawing straight lines It only works when u make a square, circle, rectangle and so on But if i want to draw a straight line/ arrow it fails to convert it to a shape in 90% of the time
New Apple Pencil not supported fully
by moonski on 2019/02/18 23:35
The new Apple Pencil needs to be supported better. It will not switch to the eraser by double tapping. Supporting this would be a big step forward.
The best
by ...,...,... on 2019/02/18 21:15
I have had a long to do list for over 20 years that I emailed to myself back-and-forth from work to home. A friend of mine who worked at Microsoft couldn’t believe what I was doing in introduced me to this application. It is so great now I want to go to meetings I don’t have to take a computer I can just take my iPad
Timing
by chloetyra on 2019/02/18 15:00
The only thing I don’t like about there AP is how long it takes to open. Other Similar APs are quicker.
Works when it wants to
by lqtdbsu on 2019/02/18 12:00
Syncs when it wants to, bad interface
Stable, powerful, intuitive
by Perditor33 on 2019/02/18 10:30
I had a lot of problems with OneNote in the past and I was using it with reservations off and on for a number of years. However, it seems the team has struck the right balance of operability and reliability. I love that I can edit across different devices at any time at any place while also having advanced two factor authentication for security.
Crashing
by DanGeo96 on 2019/02/18 10:12
Crashing like anything on my iPad Pro 10.5
Table can’t resize
by wenhank on 2019/02/18 07:07
Is even it hard to make a table resize function on OneNote???
Horrible
by sabi2723 on 2019/02/18 04:59
Always asks to sign in when I just signed in a minute ago has problems loading very slow horrible app
Mobile add-in needed from Outlook!
by polmgjttt on 2019/02/18 00:05
It’s baffling that Outlook Mobile has add-ins for Evernote but not for OneNote -Microsoft’s OWN Application! When they make this available I'll give it 5 stars.
Best out there, but...
by mrapplemacfreak on 2019/02/17 22:12
This app is great for keeping notes organized and syncs well between iOS devices and Mac. I also love that I can take/add photos for my notes. I will say It is a little slow to load. Other than that, my suggestions would be: 1) Have an undo button. I have erased an open note accidentally while carrying my phone, and if you delete any text by accident, you can’t recover it. 2) would be fun to have more visual customization such as color page to coordinate with the tabs. 3) sometimes it would be nice to just have a category and not have to add a page, but instead just make a note. Not everything needs a sub-category. But I will reiterate that it is the best note taker/organizer available.
My opinion
by Jazmine Greenberg on 2019/02/17 20:31
I prefer OneNote on my computer but it is a great application. I use it for a lot of my writing. I can store my school stuff in a completely different folder away from my fun stuff. It keeps everything organized. It’s easy to use.
One Note is GREAT
by KatCorCan on 2019/02/17 18:04
one note is a great app that I can access on my desktop, laptop, tablet and cellphone. I wish there was an alpha sort but that is the ONLY thing that could improve it as far as I’m concerned. And I love the password protection you can use, and the share-ability!
Use something else
by madjack747 on 2019/02/17 17:50
Frequently fails to sync with my online account and asks me to sign in every hour or so you know there are other options out there, don’t use OneNote.
Syncing issues
by SupremeThor on 2019/02/17 17:21
OneNote has serious syncing issues that Microsoft has apparently ignored since at least 2016 according to google searches. OneNote has deleted some of my notes, which is frustrating. I love the feature set of the product, but a paid syncing service should actually work and work seamlessly. Maybe un-fire you QA team, MS.
Loooove the app, cant get it to work on my Apple Watch.
by Damyourlogic on 2019/02/17 16:07
I use this app for everything. I was excited to use it on my new Apple Watch but it just says I need to sign in on my phone and I am. I even signed out and back in and nothing changed. Can someone help me? Is this something that happens a lot?
Great product, very practical.
by LeZebreAuto- Philip on 2019/02/17 14:57
We use it as a family and it keeps us organized.
Annoying
by Pooka1896 on 2019/02/17 01:59
This used to be my favorite but now it says I've run out of space and I can't not sync through one drive. It glitches when I'm highlighting /drawing and the screen keeps moving making note-taking in class annoying. I love the drawing features and rainbow pens but it's unusable for class.
iPad problem
by abdulllld on 2019/02/16 21:10
Can’t double tab on iPad Pro 11 to switch between eraser and pen
Support the New Apple Pencil
by mveeneman on 2019/02/16 17:19
Edit: You are now supporting the new Apple Pencil in Word, but still not doing so in One Note? This is generally a good app, but most other note-taking apps have updated to fully support the second generation Apple Pencil at this point, and OneNote has yet to do it. As soon as that happens, I will revise my review.
Buggy and Crashy
by josey4628 on 2019/02/16 14:14
This release is full of bugs when I try to type / move the cursor. The cursor does not readily move to where I tap... when I start typing, the cursor sometimes jumps to the top of the text box. After a few trials, the app will crash.
Finally has Double Tap Feature!
by CenkerT on 2019/02/16 11:31
We have finally got double tap the switch between pen and eraser! If you have to use win and ios at the same time, then one note is the best!
Recording
by Mira 195 on 2019/02/16 04:41
Need to find a way to make it so that we can record and take notes at the same time on the app as we would be able to do of using one note on the laptop
Buggy, can’t even use it
by Alaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan on 2019/02/16 00:48
I really want to use this application to take notes during class but every time I try to create a notebook to use it, I can’t put a title to create one!!!
Great
by dsexton7 on 2019/02/15 18:05
Great way to electronically save meeting notes and such for easy retrieval later.
Used to be a 5 now a 1 until further notice
by jaybirddanglade on 2019/02/15 17:45
Slow slow slow. Just terrible. At the perfect time too, exams are coming and one note is bugging out with even small notes.
Deleted data recovery
by Ed7059 on 2019/02/15 15:28
This app has a lot of good features but it also has some deadly traps. If you delete something in error, which is easy to do, there is no way to reverse the error.
Great app!!!
by Krae Krae on 2019/02/15 15:10
I love using this app to take notes in all my courses.
Keeps crashing after recent update.
by not happy rs on 2019/02/15 14:26
I loved this app until recently it started to crash every time I used it. Need to fix this please.
Extremely useful app
by a happy fan of onenote on 2019/02/15 13:08
As OneNote has matured it has become more intuitive to use.
Superb App
by serene owl on 2019/02/15 06:14
Very useful for organizing my life.thank you very much
Mr
by Wil E Medford on 2019/02/15 02:33
This program is the one I use to write and edit all my recipes. I think it’s the best for this purpose as well as many others
Fantastic app
by BuddyHood on 2019/02/15 01:49
I’ve Been using Onenote for over five years. It’s the best app that Microsoft has ever ever made. Please make the rest of your apps as good as Onenote thanks
Update Brought issue
by The Octave on 2019/02/15 00:30
Great note-taking tool. However, the new update broke the lasso select tool for handwritten lines. When trying to adjust line is brings up copy and other options instead of letting you just stretch or rotate the line.
Learn from Notability
by Av1677233 on 2019/02/15 00:07
Please learn from notability editing text feature is the main thing. Also writing with OneNote seems to be choppy as compared to Notability. I want to use OneNote cause of all the other feature it just needs to add these things to the app
Everything I need.
by will DPT on 2019/02/14 23:11
This app is everything I need for Doctorate school. I wish it would zoom in a little bit more so I could see nerves and blood vessels in my notes.
Great App - missing one big feature
by Sameranth on 2019/02/14 15:40
I’ve been using OneNote for 6 months are so, and for the most part I have loved it. It’s a wonderful app that syncs between Android, iOS, and Windows quickly. You have unlimited workspace as well, though this feature causes exporting of a page as a PDF to look a little wonky. My biggest complaint is a lack of support for the Apple Pencil 2 gesture that allows you to recall the eraser. It’s incredibly frustrating, and as far as I can tell, Microsoft isn’t doing anything about it. A support page on Microsoft’s website from November said they were working on a fix, but here I am in late January with the same issue. Edit: Apple Pencil gesture support has been added and works as expected. Thanks Microsoft! One other feature that would be terribly useful is the ability to sync audio recordings with actions drawn or typed on the page. As it stands now, you can’t record audio at all while drawing or typing on iOS (you can on windows). Notability has this functionality, and it is an invaluable feature for students like myself in lecture courses.
Still a lot to work on. iPad Pen!!!!
by prestonokc on 2019/02/14 14:52
The OneNote syncing experience is great between computer/iPad. BUT please please please support the double tap feature to switch from pen to eraser on the new iPad Pro. Also, the pen options are seriously lagging behind apps such as Notability, and almost makes using OneNote unbearable. Please make some changes on how premium the writing pen/pencil options are. There are no pen style options, the size of the pen is very limited, and even the option to add lines to the paper are limited. There is so much potential for improvement but until i do see some changes 3 stars is all I can give
It alright I guess
by 11256** on 2019/02/14 14:43
I like it when I’m doing school
What a comeback!
by cgm333 on 2019/02/13 16:59
Onenote is back and better then ever. I can't count the number of times and switch back-and-forth between Evernote and onenote. However with the new ios version and Mac version onenote clearly comes away with superior functionality and ease of use. Edit: please add new Apple Pencil quick tap-switching support between pen and eraser! Starting to fall behind in features again.
Written notes not recognizable when transferred to PC version
by Smillerkrn on 2019/02/13 12:28
With my old iPad, I was able to hand write notes and later sync them to my PC version. When using a new iPad, my notes can still be transferred to my PC but they are no longer searchable. This is not good.
Broke the adjustment of drawn lines
by Pranto49 on 2019/02/13 09:33
It’s already quite difficult to draw a straight line here, and now they’ve removed the ability to readjust drawn lines, whenever I tap them with the lasso select tool, they don’t allow us to adjust the lines anymore, just delete and copy them. This is madness. Do you not want me to use it anymore or something like that?
Preview
by CraigDemarais on 2019/02/13 02:44
Love the sticky note but unless I can’t find it I would like to see the option to disable previews on the sticky notes.
Bad and unuseful for iPhone
by jumaneo on 2019/02/12 22:28
Unuseful for iPhone max because no have any tools to take and iPhone max has a large screen
How do u undo on the iPhone?
by TheRealityofit on 2019/02/12 20:43
There is no way to undo...?
No pencils double tap
by robertomano24 on 2019/02/12 13:34
Would get 5, but the double tap feature is not supported on the pencil 2. When that is a feature, will update to 5.
my Student Access is horrible
by Browskiez on 2019/02/12 05:25
I don’t prefer this app, but I use it regardless bc I like my notes in ‘Journals’; it makes storing and reviewing them easier for each class. Disclosure: I have access to Microsoft 365 apps through my university. One bothersome habit is that OneNote syncs slowly. I wonder if it is because it has to verify first my student profile at my university then proceeds to grant me access to my files. If that protocol is the culprit then I suggest it transition to checking in every 4 weeks instead of every time I’m opening the app or adding a new note. I have a better experience on my iPhone XS Max than my MacBook Pro, so I’m hoping for parity. The OneNote app for Mac keeps logging me out and requesting for iCloud Keychain Access which is fine, but I don’t get why it repeatedly asks for the info even though I click ‘Always Allow’. I also the INSERT EQUATION function were first off available on the iOS app and better integrated with the Mac app. Insert Equation seems like a really great feature but I can’t use it. It just doesn’t seem fair that I don’t get access to it like PC users and it makes me reluctant to purchase a Microsoft 365 subscription in the future when I graduate. How can I tolerate long sync times and blocked off features? Also as of lately I keep getting a pop-up that display a sync error occurred because Sticky Notes cannot be synced without some other Microsoft service when I barely open the app, and don’t even have any sticky notes. Weird bugs but okay I’m done with my review
Suggestions
by Redskinette on 2019/02/12 01:30
I used to use Evernote and just found it easier to consolidate everything with Microsoft, since I was already using many other of their other applications. With that said, I would love to see the ability to “add reminders” to our notes. This was an invaluable feature offered on evernote. Sometimes I would create grocery lists along with a reminder for around the time I got off work, which helped remind me to go to the grocery store in the first place rather than straight home. Please consider. Thanks!
Awesome
by yadelaiye on 2019/02/11 17:24
I used a windows phone once and I didn’t really have a great time using it. But of all the apps on the windows phone I fell in love with one note so that even when I started using iPhones I still use one note as my note taking app. Try it and you’ll see. Just one thing though. Why can’t I undo the last action on iPhone as I can on the app on my iPad. Something for you guys to think about. All together a great all I would recommend for anyone. 👍👍👍
Unusable
by jimhalpertalwayswins on 2019/02/11 14:13
I go through all the sign in for my account and then nothing happens. My notebooks from other devices don’t show up. Went to the onedrive app selected my notebooks which sent me back to this app for nothing to happen. Completely useless
No Email
by seagullt on 2019/02/11 12:50
I’m trying to get the app set up on my phone. It says that it sent an email to my inbox, but I’m not receiving anything. I’ve checked spam mail, tried sending it on a computer, and waited a few days before doing it again. I have checked many times that the address is correct, and it is. The app seems great to use but it won’t work.
iPhone is limited
by Micah Irwin on 2019/02/11 11:26
It’s basically unusable on iPhone. It’s not full featured like the Android version or even the iPad version. Are not able to use simple features like Draw, or Pen on iPhone.
Too hard to save stuff
by nope4337634 on 2019/02/11 06:14
Yep. Gimme like a save pdf. Not new news here
Too many crashes
by hdiebsjebsjsb on 2019/02/11 00:51
The app crashes too often. Otherwise it’s excellent.
Best app
by hjzghh on 2019/02/10 21:07
Best app
Good, but poor Apple Pencil 2.0 support
by Nstearman on 2019/02/10 15:17
I am a daily user of OneNote. It’s the most versatile handwriting app for iOS that I’ve found. That said, failure to support double-tap for the new Apple Pencil bothers me increasingly. Please change this, Microsoft!
Microsoft needs to do better
by LLove15 on 2019/02/10 02:49
1. Recordings are not available between phone and pc/laptop. That is dumb for a program with this potential!! You also cannot export the recordings or share them! 2. You should be able to record and type text at the same time. 3. I’m also not sure why the functionality & formatting is not the same as Word. Basically, I use it because I pay for it but it’s more frustrating than anything.
Put tabs back at the top
by Judie0929 on 2019/02/10 02:44
I love this app for what I use it for and will be ditching Evernote. But I hate the tabs at the side of the screen. Prefer them At the top with the label on the tab.
OneNote
by Health & Other things on 2019/02/09 20:58
Dear OneNote, This is my note for you so I love your notebook and writing is my favorite thing to do. Thank you, Casey Swingle
Great white boarding with the Apple Pencil
by Adam8810 on 2019/02/09 20:34
I'd like faster ways to undo or erase but overall a great app
Great at organizing things and versatile
by cyberterroristsayswat on 2019/02/09 18:53
The mobile edition makes managing my notes surprising easy. This program keeps everything synced from my phone to my desktop which allows me to access all of my notes. There's also a lot of options this program has that normal notepad apps do not offer.
Perfect Note App
by ElectrooPandaa on 2019/02/09 15:35
Easy to take notes Organized Able to log in on any devices
Renato
by grueso113 on 2019/02/09 13:18
Is it great
Review
by Pastor Juan on 2019/02/09 08:17
Awesome APP! Save Thing there. I lose nothing.
Very lacking
by Jijoo98 on 2019/02/08 21:51
For starters you can’t even use the double tap feature on Apple Pencil. It’s pdf conversions are horrible, why can I set to best fit? Why can’t I add shapes, why do I have to draw to convert ? Many little bugs like random lines drawn when scrolling.
unfixed sync issues since 2015
by starbuck6 on 2019/02/08 17:20
Some of my notes couldn't sync on the ipad (after I opened a closed notebook) and I found the description of the same problem since 2015. I understand this is Microsoft, but it shouldn’t take this long to fix a known bug! The only advantage of this app is “endless paper”, that’s why 2 stars. update: Removing and installing the app again didn’t help, as well as logging out/in again. It helped people before, so maybe it’s a different bug. The notes are still available on mac, but not on the ipad x_x
Sad Microsoft is no long adding features to this app.
by LeaningToApple on 2019/02/08 12:39
The one thing I would have love to see is a solid script to text and draw to shape feature on the iPad version of OneNote, similar to Nebo. I still find myself using Nebo, hen copying and pasting into OneNote. Come on Microsoft, help us out.
It’s useful but a bit limited on iPhones
by juan carlos garcia qui on 2019/02/08 11:50
It would be more convenient to add font editing, and bit more features from the computer version of OneNote, if possible to process on phone devices. And if it doesn’t work out, don’t worry about it.
Great Software whose potential has been restricted
by KenTheReviewer on 2019/02/08 03:35
I have used One Note on surface and it was great. If it weren’t for my rest of the ecosystem being on Apple, I would have never moved to iPad Pro. Now, on iPad Pro the one note is very restrictive. Here are the issues I will like fixed: 1. Enable eraser using the double tap of Apple Pencil 2. Enable copy paste of lasso selected graphic/drawing or text using cntrl x or cntrl c and control v 3. Enable changing color of drawing using lasso select followed by selecting a different pen 4. Provide the ruler feature which is missing completely
Too many glitches
by Rumple1133 on 2019/02/08 01:22
I started using this app in undergrad and now in grad school. In undergrad, we get maybe 2 lectures per week for hard sciences and maybe 140-200 slides (PowerPoint and then import over to PDF and then insert to OneNote) each week. In grad school, there is so much more content and that’s the amount of slides used per day. I use OneNote on my surface pro device and write notes over my slides with a stylus and noticed severe lags when writing. Even worse, the app freezes and causes my device to overheat. It’s trapped in a “loop” and won’t shut down so I have to power off my device and force shut down. The most frustrating thing about the app is its inconsistency. With so many slides a day, it’d be nice to use the scroll bar on the side, which randomly shows up at times and disappears at others. In comparison to Notability, this app does have the advantage of infinite canvas but it pales in comparison with regards to stylus use and ease with note taking. Having to go through so many extraneous steps prior to uploading a PDF is time consuming when you have a ton of dense lecture everyday. Having ink that doesn’t keep up, lags, or doesn’t switch over to other pen colors and gets stuck in one mode despite initiating a change is so annoying. And converting your notes to PDF to share? A nightmare. Chunks get cut off from the “infinite” canvas at off places. Wanna share just one file instead of your entire notebook? Hit or miss. The share function for specific files doesn’t even show up sometimes. Wanna talk about syncing? It takes a good 5 minutes to upload into another device and sometimes doesn’t show up at all unless you repeatedly press the sync notebook button. The most embarrassing thing was when I had to present my work to my PI, the app crashed so I had to reopen it, which took a good 10 minutes. In the world of academia, you’re held to a higher standard when presenting to professors as it is not only your time but the time of an established and extremely busy faculty member. It’s a shame that an app that looks so organized and has so much potential to deliver falls short due to performance issues and can’t properly integrate stylus ink into something that’s easily saved. Don’t believe me? Try it yourself. You’d have to set all of your slides as a background before being able to write on it without the slides slipping out of place. Try opening up one of many PowerPoints you upload. It’ll lag and take a while to load before the image of that slide finally pops up and when you scroll down, the remaining slides will continue to keep loading ... slowly. As a scientist with so much work and data, this is excruciating. OneNote, please please please take a look at how Notability operates and learn a thing or two for the sake of all the students out there.
PAGE SIZE!
by 10001010011101 on 2019/02/07 22:43
Best note taking app there is....except one thing. The only option is to write in an infinite page abyss with zero frame of reference for size. Impossible to share or print pages later.
Sometimes clunky, but worth it.
by jerryhancock on 2019/02/07 21:29
As content increases, it gets slower to load or respond, but if you use it consistently it saves a lot of locating stuff. Sharing pages can be fun.
Needs update
by Kiya2108 on 2019/02/07 20:20
It doesn’t sync most of the time. Some features not on the iPad. I think it needs an update
The screen keeps zoom in and out when I am using Apple Pencil.
by CYSE^^Lin on 2019/02/07 16:33
The screen keeps zoom in and out when I am using Apple Pencil. Even though I set off the draw with touch, it still happens. Once my hand and pencil leave the surface of my iPad Pro, then I start writing again, the screen keeps zoom in or out, and my note end up with various sizes.
Safari integration issues?
by ADHDHDHDHD on 2019/02/07 12:58
I primarily use the mobile version of onenote to save quotes/etc. from links i'm reading on the web, but hate how sharing from safari works with onenote. Rather than just creating a new note with the link and a thumbnail of the link i'm sharing, onenote takes multiple screenshots of the entire webpage, thus creating a ridiculously lengthy 'note' that is difficult to edit and impossible to get rid of
ONENOTE
by Braxton Bytd on 2019/02/07 12:41
Great app It’s very quick You guys are doing a great job
Good but needs some tweaks for mobile optimization
by CollegeBanker on 2019/02/07 04:47
On the whole, I love OneNote and rely very heavily on it on my PC for classes. The tabs and the ability to collapse concepts makes organizing and finding information a breeze on the computer version. The app is more of a mini version and doesn’t seem truly ready to be maximized on the app. Adding in the ability to collapse concepts and more of an ability to zoom out or adjust font size on the app would be super helpful. (Ie my notes are in size 12 font on the computer for easy reading. On the app, it appears more like 24, which can make it harder to find info quickly for the scrolling. Since the font needs to stay 12 for the computer, maybe the app could shrink the font or allow to zoom out of page.)
No Apple Pencil 2 tap support
by jolaroux on 2019/02/07 01:25
Very disappointing and months late!
Very useful- Must have
by Cooooolzzzzzz on 2019/02/06 21:57
Great app only place that totally integrates with Office. and works in more places
Reviwe
by Oovoo roxs on 2019/02/06 21:45
Freezes a lot
Bugginess is getting worse
by Ala Mode76 on 2019/02/06 20:03
I have been trying to use this app on my iPhone 8 for nearly a year but I struggle because every chance I get to attempt adding a note the app crashes and closes. I have to reopen the app a half dozen times to finish the note I started. I have verified that I am using the most recent version. Unfortunately there hasn’t been any repair to this problem.
Needs zoom box
by yokie joe on 2019/02/06 13:58
All of the other major note taking apps have this. Big miss there otherwise pretty decent.
Life saver from Evernote, Apple Notes, Simple Note
by Shmuelik on 2018/05/15 11:08
I started out with Evernote and then a few years ago they changed policy and the program was just unusable, expensive with an invading privacy policy that I didn’t want to except. Then I switched over to Apple Notes and was very happy till the day I lost 2500 of my notes that the app just erased without any ability to retrieve them back from a TimeMachine back up that I had and with being for hours with Customer Service who couldn’t help. Then I went on to another quest for finding a new note taking app. I tried about 5-10 apps and got hung up with OneNote. OneNote in essence is an almost perfect note taking app. It is free, it is very flexible how you can group different contents, multimedia, text all in one note and regroup them like on a physical desktop without any formatting limitations. Hard to explain here. The one thing that I would like to see improved is that some files don’t create preview thumbnails like videos. Also you can get some sync errors that you have to find a way around till it syncs properly. Other than that knock on wood it’s going well. But in general the one thing I have noticed with note apps is that they start well off and then deteriorate over time. I hope this won’t happen with this Microsoft app. Thank you for putting it out there. And did I mention that it’s entirely free?
IPad/Win10S versions need lots of improvements.
by Alboreira on 2018/10/06 13:28
Crashes all the time. Slow as a crawl when handling large notes, try undoing something! Cursor positioning is erratic. Search function is also erratic and clicking on the”next find” or “previous find” buttons often misbehaves, especially after some editing. Draw needs a lot of additional functionality: ability to erase parts of an object, ability to choose adequate erasers, ability to draw shapes without needing to use the primitive “ink to shape” facility, ability to fill an object with a color or pattern, interference between draw and text, inability to peg text to a specific place in the drawing canvas. Try for example something as simple as to draw a chessboard! Inability to create links to locations in the same note or in other notes. Missing menus and features when compared to PC or Mac versions. No recovery from data accidents, I lost notes more than once because of sync issues. Inability to store notes in the Apple iCloud. Poor integration with phone/tablet hand and pencil gestures. Inability to save drawings and text together to the same PDF. No diff feature. I could go on. And ah, an unresponsive development team, I have seen Internet traffic on some of these deficiencies dating from years ago.
High functionality
by Tickkick14 on 2018/05/11 15:24
This is a flexible app, as it works on every device I need (Microsoft and Apple) with high updating speed in real time so long as there is internet connection. I also have the ability to organize my notes sufficiently as an attorney, and I love that I can have multiple email accounts associated with different of my notebooks so I can access personal and work notes in my device but only my work or personal notes when logging in to my notes in the appropriate account online. Note search function will soon become invaluable. I do wish there was a broader, long-term sharing ability so any of the law clerks or attorneys in my office could see and edit notes without me having to share a notebook each time, but that might be solved when the office totally transitions to electric and we possibly have a singular work account. And I wish I could have the notes appear in certain folders (client folders) I’ve saved and organized in one drive so ALL the client info could be organized in one place instead of opening up two apps. But other than that, I really enjoy OneNote for typing, drawing, and all the other little functions as I discover them.
Awesome app
by 小陈串 on 2018/03/02 01:48
As a college student, this app has saved my life! It’s so much better than the note app that came with the iPad and unlike so many other note taking apps, this is free! It allows for so much more personalization and manipulation of your notes. For example, the apple notes app only has like 5 different colors you can choose from, and 2 of the colors are too light to be note taking colors. But with OneNote, you can customize any color! It comes in very handy because I organize the different sections of my notes by different color writings. Also, it allows you to zoom in and out of the page when writing, which is so cool because I can write really small fonts by zooming the page in and then zoom it back to regular size to have very neat and clear small writing. With other note taking apps, if you want to write very small you just have to pray to god you have surgeon steady hands that won’t make the writings ugly. The one thing I would suggest is to add a ‘pencil’ feature like the notes app because sometimes when I draw math models or graphs, I don’t want every line to be a opaque ‘pen’.
Slow and clunky, with bugs
by claustraphobix on 2018/01/16 20:22
Slow, clunky, and after a while you really start to get annoyed with this app. I used OneNote for the longest time on my computer, so I was excited when they made an app. I use OneNote for quick and simple note-taking, usually just for jotting down ideas. But for that, this app fails. It always takes several seconds to open, in which it shows you the purple landing page. Often I wonder if it's going to open at all. Switching pages takes time as well, and there's these weird bugs where the page won't load correctly and will just look weird. There's also a personal annoyance for me that you can't switch off Auto-Capitalisation. It's already off in my iOS settings, but OneNote overrides it, and that's annoying. Finally, every time you exit the app, let's say to go to another app that you were using, OneNote will close the keyboard automatically. I often switch back and forth between two apps and that is really annoying to me. I know all of the above sounds like petty things, but after using this app for a long time, I have decided to move away from it to something like the in-built iOS Notes app simply because it's faster and it doesn't have any of the annoyances of the above.
Very Glitchy, Too Risky
by MacUser165 on 2018/10/07 20:45
I’ve used OneNote for the past 3 or so years. My primary use is for taking notes and scratch paper for homework. I’ve always had issues with the app freezing, glitching, and crashing but I usually found some workaround to get it working again. I only use this app because of my school’s integration of Office365; other than that it has no further benefits. After this last update and iOS 12, the app has become unusable. The keyboard frequently (twice a minute) pops up while I’m writing. The pen can’t be reselected after the keyboard pops up until I select the eraser or another color pen which lag behind. The app freezes after it feels like I’ve written enough, which is constantly. Notebook, section, and page graphics constantly scroll and bounce when I’m trying to work with them or add more. I’ve tried restarting my device, reinstalling the app, removing and adding notebooks, and contact support multiple times with no success. These issues cost me time and effort, and when fast pace notes and homework are involved, this app becomes too much of a risk. Just pay for GoodNotes, like me, or just use the Apple stock Notes app, either is at least 100% more reliable. Best, your University student, BS Mechanical Engineering.
Excellent program and app, but...
by LJ_Blitz on 2017/10/31 05:55
I have used OneNote for a very long time on my PC, and I’m thrilled that there’s an app! However, the last update has spoiled my workflow. Every time I want to add a new section or note I have to dismiss the ribbon at the bottom of the iPad. I use a Logitech keyboard case with my iPad because I find typing onscreen cumbersome and slow. There’s a ribbon that shows onscreen at the very bottom of the window. This ribbon contains predictive text suggestions, style options, etc. I have tried closing the predictive text in settings, but it does not remove the ribbon within the OneNote app. Before this update the new page/section button was at the top of the window. It now resides on the bottom - causing two problems. The first is that it is covered up by the ribbon I mentioned above. The second problem is that new iOS feature that you can access other apps by tapping the bottom of the window. THAT thing pops up if I am off a fraction of a hair from the button, also frustrating my workflow. Please find a way to put the buttons at the top of the app again to resolve this problem. Otherwise, GREAT app!
Amazing. Especially since it’s free. But there’s one thing...
by Nyah Ewan on 2018/08/13 23:40
This app is awesome. I actually deleted by other note taking app that I spent money on to switch to OneNote. But there is one thing that I have noticed that I believe can be easily fixed. The app tends to have lots of glitches. Things that were erased are appearing again, entire notes that were deleted and back on the app once I have returned to the app after closing it, and there are even white streaks that tend to appear on the screen as a write. Another thing that happens is that when I am using the undo button, the page automatically jumps to the top of the note and I lose my place. I believe this is a simple big issue and I can’t wait for a seamless experience in the future. Please, please, please someone fix this! Sometimes it gets a little embarrassing when my friends are impressed how I manage to do everyone on the iPad, but when these glitches pop up they seemed to be turned away from the idea entirely. Thanks so much!
Mostly just suggestions about the app
by supyo619 on 2019/01/25 21:55
I have been using this app for I think a year and a half. It started out rocky because I was trying to use the app on my iPad and then try to use the same notes on my Mac and if I added anything to the notebook from my Mac it would not be able to sync. I tried contacting support but all they could say was delete everything and start over. Instead I just stopped using my Mac. So one feedback would be to figure out why you can’t go back and forth between the Mac and the iPad app. Why can I access it but not change anything. Another suggestion would be to put in a feature that locks the size (width specifically) of the screen. When using my Apple Pencil I sometimes accidentally zoom in or out because my hand touches in 2 different spots. And that can be very frustrating when you are trying to keep your notes cohesive and the same throughout. I would also like to suggest the ability to voice record and take notes at the same time.
Great but needs work
by Tha Zack on 2017/11/15 22:15
If Microsoft had a best-kept secret, it would be OneNote. Although backed by the world’s biggest software publisher and included for a decade in most versions of Microsoft’s mighty Office suite, it’s still often upstaged by other note-taking apps, such as the ever-popular Evernote. Yet OneNote has evolved into a powerful information capture, management and sharing application that can be used for a wide variety of purposes. It’s available for just about any recent computer or mobile device – and best of all, it’s free. An example of its potential can be found in the education sector, which uses OneNote tools to create shared notebooks with lessons and homework for classes, and to integrate with learning management systems. It can be also be a very useful business tool, as the following seven tips reveal. More than a note-taking app OneNote uses a simple notebook metaphor, allowing you to have any number of notebooks, tabs within each notebook and pages within each tab. But it’s not just for taking notes. OneNote has rich editing tools that let you format text, add pictures and tables to each page, attach files, draw illustrations and link to other OneNote pages. You can also add to-do lists that can be easily turned into Outlook tasks with reminders. OneNote includes a range of templates for quickly creating more complex pages, such as project tasks and meeting notes, and you can create your own templates.
Great app for School and Personal use
by Juazolo on 2017/09/25 20:09
I have used this app since college and am in Medical School now. Me and a large majority of my classmates use this for note taking in class and outside. The app lets you download/print out the various power points into the app so you can directly annotate them. Very useful for school. You can password protect various tabs, etc. very customizable, I have not even explored everything it can do yet, but for example, I wanted to record my lecture so O found that you can actually insert a little link and file of a video or voice recording right from the app itself. Very cool, don't know of anything else that does that. Syncs with OneDrive, so I suggest you get a OneDrive account (usually schools have a deal to get you like a TB of storage or something of the sort through Office 365, so ask you IT department before buying anything out of pocket-if you aren't a student Microsoft offers 5 GB free of the bat, so there you go).
Best thing I've found to organize busy law office
by Lollycat1029 on 2018/08/08 12:15
I have search wide and far to find something that would allow me to keep my law practice organized, and onenote has taken the cake thus far. My main goal is simply to keep a cohesive list of things to do, and calls that come in, organized in a manner that allows my team to all be on the same page, and for messages to not slip through the cracks. Other to do lists did not suffice, and I literally tried them all. The main reason onenote works bets is because it allows me to set everything up in a format where there are tabs for each area: to do list, calls, notes, etc, and everyone can see everything very clearly and maneuver between the easily. My only complaint is that there doesn't seem to be the ability to create a checklist where items disappear after ticking them off.
Best Note Taking App I have found
by myou51 on 2017/12/10 04:25
This is by far the best note taking app I have ever used! I used to use Evernote but once they restricted me to just 2 devices unless I pay a monthly subscription I decided to look elsewhere. I understand that developers need to make money, and I would have been willing to pay a modest fee to buy Evernote, but I just don't like renting my apps. I can't believe that OneNote is free! I hope they don't ruin it by going the subscription route. One of the things I love about OneNote is that it syncs between all of my devices. I currently use an iPad Pro, an iPhone, and a Windows laptop and the sync works very well. I also like how I can put a text box anywhere on a page and I can also add free hand drawings everywhere. The Apple pencil makes it feel like I'm actually using a paper and pencil. Highlighting my notes with the pencil and drawing is so much more natural than using a regular stylus. I liked the tabs on the top rather than on the sides. I was disappointed when they made that change, but it’s not too big of a deal. I really wish they would allow us to change the line spacing. I use my notes for public speaking and it’s much easier to see my notes if I could change the spacing between the lines. Its a great app! You can't go wrong downloading it and giving it a try!
Good evernote replacement
by Whatho on 2018/12/11 19:14
Like many, I fled Evernote for Onenote when the former’s free version became too stingy. Onenote is definitely a notch down from Evernote in terms of general smoothness and integration of complex features like OCR or tagging. But, once you get the hang of navigating ON’s many features, you’ll surely find some that will help you get through your day. I particularly like to scribble on pdfs with my Apple pencil. ON is excellent for that. On the other hand, Onenote’s help materials and internal guidance both claim that it automatically scans handwritten notes and converts them to searchable text. I have turned the function on in the appropriate place but I have no idea how to use it. None of ON’s searches includes my handwritten notes and I can’t find any way to ask the program to do the promised text recognition. That’s typical Onenote. The feature is probably there but you need to call tech support to figure out how to use it!
Hasn’t Figured out how to be an effective App yet
by 17benjosoccer on 2018/12/07 04:20
I seem to use oneNote quite a bit these days. However it seems to work best on the desktop – not on the app. There are small little quirks that slow me down and make it nearly impossible to be productive. For example, if you place the cursor someplace and hit return to start a new line, the app places the cursor way up at the top corner of your note. Before you know it, your inserting text way up at the top of your note. At the beginning. And heaven forbid if you leave the app to look at another app and then toggle back. For example I might want to look at what song is playing, or what my friend just texted me, or any other app. Wait a couple minutes and try to go back to OneNote and nine times out of ten you’ll get a white screen of death. Of course you have to force close down the app and restart it and go find your note again and put the cursor where used to be. Just don’t hit return to start a new line. Not Quite ready for real productivity yet.
Almost perfect, but there are some issues....
by NickWetzig on 2017/10/26 20:07
Every time I reload OneNote, it resets my pen presets. Like the thickness of the pen strokes resets every time I reopen the app. I wish it would just stay were I put it. Also, sometimes when you write a lot onto one page, it starts slowing down, especially when you try to erase something it can take a little bit for it to process what you're doing. When you're using this in school during fast paced lectures, this slow down can be an issue when it occurs. Speed improvements need to be made. Idea for a feature: being able to split the page to make more space to write. Sometimes when writing with my Apple Pencil, I want to go back and add some stuff where I missed and I end up having to use the lasso tool and lasso everything beneath where I want to add and I have to shift it all down manually(this also lags it). If there was a spacing feature it would be the perfect solution.
My Favorite Software !!!!
by Ramosjp on 2017/10/29 13:06
I normally don't have time to write reviews. But when this popped up on my phone I just had to. I use window every single day for everything that I do from my personal life to what I do in my business. I have known about one note for years but have not been able to tap its potential until I really started using it in the last six months. It has an amazing way for you to be able to store every project that you do and for you to use it across multiple platforms from your iPhone to your iPad to your desktop computer. The software is very fluid and easy-to-use everything from inserting a picture inserting a hyperlink and text all at the same time seamlessly. I highly recommend that you use this software if productivity and project management are important to you.
Needs a tweaking
by Crystalleyezedreams on 2018/05/23 11:14
I love this app, it just needs a few things fixed. 1. Ruler to create straight lines. I underline my notes and sometimes need a ruler but it’s hard to find a compatible ruler for the ipad. It would be great to see some sort of a ruler feature or something similar to other apps where you hold down the Apple Pencil for a few seconds and it creates a straight line. 2. I miss the color wheel!! 3. Having a defined “notebook” page would be great and efficient instead of the zoom messing up with my palm only to have to scroll up to resize the screen accurately. It would feel more like a real notebook. I screenshot textbook pages and write/type notes next to it and the two are such complete different sizes it’s annoying having to switch the zoom constantly to accommodate both. 4. Plz include capability to open more than one note at a time side by side. I have to use another app to open up multiple notes.
One of the greatest unknown software tools
by Britcaus on 2017/10/05 14:59
I came across OneNote by accident. It has been under the radar for years! Only one person I asked from very many knew what it was - and he was ecstatic about it. I agree it’s a fabulous tool. A cross platform tool with storage in the cloud so you can retrieve and edit from any PC or smartphone. A great way to keep all your ideas together and easily share them. I save my research notes on my PC but can view or update on laptop and iPhone. Adequate formatting & good search capability as well as edit history so you can see who changed what and when. Astonishing that it is so poorly marketed, it is great standalone or integrated with MS Office. Drop in Excel charts, Visio drawings, hyperlink, email snippets or almost anything. Only 4 stars because it lacks the full capability of Word for formatting and a little more flexibility with tables. Love it nonetheless.
LEFT-HANDERS PLEASE READ (Undo Button)
by JayBirdPlaysZF on 2018/04/15 21:56
I jumped to OneNote at the beginning of my Pharmacy school career this past fall from many sources saying it was better than Notability. That, for the most part has held its end to be true, which I am so thankful for when it comes to needing a reliable source to take notes! Sometimes i know major data suckers like this can tend to be glitchy and that you guys are always working to improve this software. Speaking of which, being left-handed, it would make a world of a difference for me in class, if i could have my right hand near the top of my iPad if when i chose a “Left Handed” support option that it would put this undo button on the opposite side it is currently located on, allowing me to not miss a beat when taking notes and efficiently undo an error right quick. Thank you for the hard work you guys do!
Really needs handwriting-to-text fixed. It’s been years...
by MeetYourMakerr on 2019/01/16 02:08
I love OneNote, but I wish some features worked. One in particular that I see people have complained about for a long time. That issue would be write to text. It either doesn’t work, at all, some devices don’t even have that option, or it’ll select maybe three words out of an entire paragraph, you hit ok, and still doesn’t work. Long story short, hand writing to text doesn’t work, and it’s been a problem for years, as that’s all you see on the Internet about it. The fact that it still isn’t working after years have gone by, that shows arrogance and ignorance. Please, it would be an incredible feature to have working, if once and for all it would work/be fixed. One note would be used a lot more, have a much wider range of capabilities, and it’s simply an incredible feature if it would work. Thanks.
Needs some work
by PaigeeAF on 2017/11/29 18:39
I use this app every single day. However, there needs to be some improvements. I wish you could change the default font size. When I’m typing on PowerPoints from my teachers, the default font is way bigger than the existing print so it takes extra time for me to change the font size which is hard when I’m trying to listen to the lecture and take down the notes. Also, I wish there was a button that you could quickly view slides only. On the iPad app you can’t even get rid of the sidebar so it decreases your field of view by a few inches. I wish that the pen tool was a little neater. Also sometimes my notebooks will not sync even when I’m in WiFi that is working otherwise. There are a few things more that I feel like the app needs. This is the only app I have found effective for note taking so I really hope these issues get fixed.
Please allow the ability to record audio while taking notes (iPad Pro)
by Drewww49 on 2018/12/10 12:11
This note taking app is my favorite. However, I don’t like fact that I can’t record and take notes at the same time. I don’t see the point of having the ability to record audio and not being able to do anything else. Please allow us to record audio on the background without the audio pop-up freezing and disabling the ability to write notes. Also, it’s the same thing when playing the audio recording, I am not able to scroll down or look at my notes while listening at the same time. The notability app got this feature right. I am also able to do this on a computer, why can’t this be done on my iPad Pro? Please fix this. I really don’t want to switch to another note taking app.
Needs better search feature
by Buffer34 on 2018/11/15 14:38
In general, the app works well and I like it for entering notes by class, day, etc., but the Search function is in vast need of improvement on all platforms. In the iOS app, I can search to see which notes text appears in, but it doesn't actually show me where in the note the text is, or if it appears multiple times, or let me tap a sort of Next button to move from result to result. MacOS app gets confused by long notes and all results point to a hyperlink that had nothing to do with my search text. I've seen that happen multiple times and it doesn't make sense. At least on web I can combine it with the browser's built-in search. The web app is actually the most useful search and sometimes I log in just so I can search more accurately.
All I need is meeting notes support and it’s a 10⭐️
by Agent619 on 2018/01/25 16:46
This app is by far the best notebook. Better than Evernote and all the rest. It also has a steeper learning curve but once it works and you figure out how you like to use onenote, it becomes amazing. I personally use it with a Wacom pen tablet on my windows laptop and access everything using onedrive on my iPhone. The mobile app doesn’t let me draw, but I do get to see my notes and handwritten titles! My writing displays in the page titles colored and all. The mobile app has basic features I need when I’m on the go. The mobile version is different from the office 2016 version that is the latest 365 subscription based onenote for power users. 2016 has more bells and whistles BUT the mobile app holds its own. The mobile app has a few tricks of its own and it syncs perfectly regardless of which version you use. So I can make something in the detailed 2016 onenote and hop on the mobile app or tablet app on pc and have a cleaner more modernized look and feel. I’m glad the onenote mobile app is available on iPhone because it helps me to make notes on the go and review everything in a nicely presented way. Thanks!
Very pleased
by Al Havemann on 2017/10/25 02:03
I’ve been using One Note for about 2 years starting on a Windows machine and later a MacBook Pro and now an iPad. With a few exceptions it has served me well but I would wish for a more efficient way to list Notebook titles because the graphic of a notebook takes up too much space and causes time wasting scrolling. I have about 90 notebooks now and the amount increases by about a dozen a month and would greatly prefer a simple listing, without the notebook graphic. A simple listing would speed things up nicely. Perhaps a setting could be added to allow this option. This may not matter to most people but when the number of notes pass the many thousand, as mine do, organization becomes a very important issue and anything that would speed things up is desirable.
Still no pencil???
by ..::Jei::.. on 2018/10/24 17:43
I get that this is a free app and for a free app it’s pretty good. However I pay for the Microsoft sub so I can mainly get OneDrive, PP, and OneNote. OneNote on my pen tablet monitor is FANTASTIC. One of the best brainstorming apps and the pencil works so well it makes up for a lack of pen style options and assistance/stabilization. The iOS app gets updated regularly but hardly ever with anything really useful like the pencil option or more pen styles/stabilization. What’s worse is that the notes I take with the pencil on pc that look fairly decent turn into chicken scratch when I open them on the iPad. I don’t really care if it’s 99.9% stable and crash free if all my writing is fugly. Please help a faithful user out. I really, really want to love OneNote on the iPad but as is I just start it, shake my head, and silently hope the next update brings meaningful updates before sighing and closing the app.
As I learn more, it has gotten easier and more valuable
by JustPlainBen on 2018/09/23 21:53
Had this app quite a while and found it hard to use and ultimately unusable. Using it keep images of documents, clippings, and my notes on family history (more than 10k names) and it is surprisingly useful. Things I tried to organize using Excel workbooks, large Word tables, genealogy websites, and a family tree app have started coming together easily in One Note. Instead of having to abandon unsuccessful old attempts to get organized, I can link and import them directly into Note books alongside text explaining what I wanted to accomplish and how to follow up. Still a novice with it but surprised at how much my perception has changed and how valuable it has become.
Good but needs some tweaks for mobile optimization
by CollegeBanker on 2019/02/07 04:47
On the whole, I love OneNote and rely very heavily on it on my PC for classes. The tabs and the ability to collapse concepts makes organizing and finding information a breeze on the computer version. The app is more of a mini version and doesn’t seem truly ready to be maximized on the app. Adding in the ability to collapse concepts and more of an ability to zoom out or adjust font size on the app would be super helpful. (Ie my notes are in size 12 font on the computer for easy reading. On the app, it appears more like 24, which can make it harder to find info quickly for the scrolling. Since the font needs to stay 12 for the computer, maybe the app could shrink the font or allow to zoom out of page.)
Best app ever for nursing students
by SuzyB1980 on 2018/11/04 19:17
I have used this app for 3 semesters now and noticed that the first gig is free then after that I noticed it slowed down and I began to have problems... well I have learned that everything good cost money .. so I couldn’t give up on this app since it had all my notes. I logged into my Microsoft account and purchased their versions of ICloud for $10 a month where I have the ability to save up to 1terabite , so I downloaded the cloud app and linked it to one note app.. so worth it. After that the app works beautifully.. no problems no glitches.. but u must pay.. I use this app with my iPad and apple pen for notes... all my PowerPoint are downloaded where I can write notes on them... sooo convenient
Apple Should Thank Microsoft
by TeachThought on 2018/12/28 17:46
Because One Note actually makes the iPad usable as a work and creative device. Entirely legitimizes the iPad Pro. I’ve used dozens of note-taking apps for years and now I feel silly for not having had used this to begin with. It’s not perfect, but it’s close. The app I used and loved previously stopped being supported and no longer works and that’s another lesson here: while I like to support mom and pop developers, the app world is a tough world to survive in. Invest all of your notes and ideas and maps and drawings in an app—only to have it stop working. Paper doesn’t do that. If you want to take this risk, consider doing so with a large developer who has a better chance of long-term support.
Feels natural buttttt
by onenoteuserv on 2018/12/28 19:12
As a college student, I take all my notes on my iPad because it is more practical and easier to stay organized. When I first started doing this I tried basically every other popular app out there and even paid money for a lot of them. However I keep coming back to this one. It feels more natural when I write, and I love that I can see how much I am zooming in to write so my handwriting size stays consistent. The only flaw that I have noted, which is why my other friends opt for the other apps is that there are no grid lines that show printing page restrictions. It would be nice if they could add a setting for printing preview like the ones excel has so you see as you write , whether you are within the page boundary. Otherwise, great app!
OneNote review
by Organization Buff on 2017/10/21 19:59
I like the program a lot, but there are some things They need to fix. I’ve sent them now multiple letters and requests and they just ignore me. On printing you cannot highlight a specific area to print. If on one page you had 20 pages of writing for example to print one paragraph you have to print off 20 pages! I’ll sometimes keep an ongoing journal on one page that git’s thats long. Almost any program has that feature except for OneNote. I guess Microsoft doesn’t have the financial resources to correct something so simple. And they don’t even have the time to respond to their customers request! I just don’t understand it. Our whole business uses Microsoft software and I was a big fan of it in the past. We’re switching more and more to Apple because they listen to their customers.
School Work
by 212324Bb on 2018/04/22 03:24
I use this for school work for almost every class. At first i wasn't sure about it since i was new to the whole iPad idea of taking notes, but after getting the pencil i started playing with it. Now i can take notes, draw, and everything else with it. It makes it easier for me to take notes when i am in my accounting classes trying to keep up with the problems since they can sometimes be really long and run for a couple pages. Now i can narrow it down to one page and keep the sections of the books separated for easy access. The paper style feature is also wonderful! Definitely helps with me not having to carry so many notebooks around campus.
Auto-capitalization feature off???
by Pillydaer on 2018/07/09 12:35
This app is great for a college student like me and allows me to take note in class on my ipad. This is all great until my computer Science class. As the app programmers may know, programming is very case sensitive and this app does not allow you to tuen off the auto capitalization feature. This is a major problem. I have gone into the settings of my ipad and turned it off for my overall device but the app refuses to make a change. After looking into several forums, I have found that this is a huge problem for many people for many reasons: people writing in a different language, people keeping track of passwords and other case sensitive material, etc. Please one note, I love your app but if this is not rectified soon I will be forced to look into other note taking app.
No ink to text handwriting conversion
by Popstar Dad on 2018/02/03 12:54
I wanted to love the OneNote system. Sadly, the handwriting conversion feature which is so touted for OneNote, is not a feature of the app. This makes the app minimally useful for the hopes of taking notes on an iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil. The support recommendation is to open the handwritten notes on the desktop version, convert them there, then sync them back to the iPad. Too many steps, Microsoft developers! But, maybe they’re hoping this will encourage Surface purchases over iPad. Their business decision, for sure, but my business decision is now to simply dump all my Office programs and apps for a different working environment that will fully integrate. Plenty of other good apps that are hardware agnostic. Why not let your products stand on their own merit, rather than handicapping them in other systems in hopes of creating a crappy user experience with competing hardware? The latter is too shortsighted and obvious guys, you can do better!
Very difficult to link notes...
by vak1 on 2018/10/16 23:56
To link note, you must find other note, then copy link, then paste. It used to be that you can paste the link using title between two sets of squarely brackets. Even that was very cumbersome, but they have removed it for much more complicated system used now. On Windows desktop, you can use Control K and dialogue allowing you to search the notes pops up. Without this functionality, OneNote is not really usable if you have more then a few notes and want to link them. I hope that this functionality would be added, but until it is the only version of OneNote that is really usable to me is Windows Desktop one. At the same time, if a way to link notes is added, I would consider this a five star, best in class software. As is, software is powerful but penalizes power users on any platform but Desktop Windows.
Better than Notability
by Kugelblitz on 2018/09/16 02:34
While Notability is great given its intuitive GUI and simple layout, One Note has a superior edge given its compatibility within MS Office, its dynamic ability to grab web page articles (Web Clipper), and seamless integration into the cloud. One of my favorite aspects of it is that I don’t have to buy it twice. When you’re not a student, this is expensive, but being a student I was miffed that Notability wanted to charge me 2x, once for MacOS and once for iOS. I wrote them about it, and they confirmed that they do charge twice. MS didn’t do that. It downloads here, and downloads on my iMac. Microsoft, you rock! Thanks for making a great product, and I’m happy to look forward to learning how great this is.
NOT compatible with MS Word 🤬😡🤬😡
by TxtrMom on 2018/08/09 22:31
After reading all the rave reviews on OneNote a few years ago, I switched to it from Evernote, cumbersomely but effectively importing all my Evernote files. I enjoyed OneNote’s way of organizing my files inside the app, but imagine my surprise and consternation when I found out— during a critical crunch point in my work flow— that Microsoft managed to create a NOTES app that canNOT cut&paste nor export to its own WORD PROCESSING app!!! I had been gathering notes intended for larger Word documents, and found that all that time and effort had been wasted— I had to re-type EVERYTHING I had already composed in expectation of using those thoughts in my Word documents. Totally unacceptable. Also, I am not a fan of OneDrive— I MUCH prefer Dropbox or iCloud. These two decisions on the developers’ part make it clear to me that I am not their target audience... so I’m not their audience at all anymore.
Recommended by a Friend, Now an Invaluable Asset
by DH_WCS on 2018/12/15 13:32
This app was recommended to me by a classmate halfway through the semester. Now I use it for all my notes, homework, study sessions, and exam revision. Instead of carrying heavy books and printed PowerPoint slides (professors LOVE slides), everything is consolidated into one place (my iPad). There are other alternatives out there, but you can never go wrong with the Microsoft Office. Best thing about it is that I can access my notes from anywhere, not just my iPad. Keep it up, hopefully future updates don’t mess up this app (I’ve noticed a trend with note taking/organizing apps where they think they’re adding features but end up bloating the software and making it unusable).
Brilliant!
by Aniljacobs on 2018/11/19 12:44
I have been using OneNote for collaborating with colleagues and family for 8 years and no other app comes even close to it. The ability to share meeting notes with voice over or video, hand written network diagrams and Visio diagrams, To Do Lists with checkboxes is exceptional. OneNote works on all platforms and we even used it for Monthly/Quarterly business reviews. Try sharing your OneNote pages with friends/colleagues half way across the world and you will see updates in real time. The speed at which it syncs your updates is like no other Note taking app. I also use OneNote to plan and print travel itineraries as you can print straight from web apps to OneNote. My only feedback is to add more improvements for writing with Pen.
Ppt—>pdf—>import is annoying; app crashes every 10 minutes
by Top_Books on 2018/03/03 15:37
I’ve tried using OneNote on my iPad Pro/MacBook Pro but have become most frustrated with the lack of usability for PowerPoints. In order to get a ppt on OneNote in the iPad, I have to first download the ppt on my Mac, save it as a pdf, upload it to OneNote on my Mac, sync, open OneNote on my iPad, sync, and hope it loads. Maybe I missed a shortcut somewhere but this process is a huge hindrance to the usability of the app. I also find the OneNote app crashes every 10 minutes—sometimes every 5 minutes. Whatever I was doing right before the crash is also lost. :( I gave two stars because the options in OneNote are great. The interface is easy to use and I like the options for note taking. The idea behind OneNote it great—the execution is just not there for Mac and iPad users unfortunately. Fix it and I’ll come back!
Great, but would be 5 stars with a few updates!
by LeahBugg611 on 2018/09/24 21:17
This app allows me to take notes and have it accessible in any device that has OneNote downloaded. As a student, I am able to study on different devices, edit notes across all devices, and share my notes with classmates. I’d give this app 5 stars if the following things were updated: 1. It’d be great if there was a printable version that doesn’t cut off the notes or an option to write on a 8x11 page so that printing isn’t an issue 2. On the MacBook version of the app, I am able to record and take notes then go back and click on notes and be able to play the recording that’s associated with that notes. Unfortunately, the iPad app version doesn’t allow for that so allowing the app to do that would be amazing! 3. Anything above 100mb cannot be downloaded on a single page, which is inconvenient as a pre-med student who needs a lot of pictures on her slides because of classes like Anatomy and Physiology Overall, the app is great when it comes to note taking, drawing/writing, and typing. These small changes that already exist in other devices would make this a 5 star app.
Good but some issues
by sneharrrr on 2018/08/01 06:19
The OneNote is a good app that I use for organizing my notes for college, keeping my own diary and very good for storing creative ideas. But there’s a few issues with the syncing, it takes ages to sync your notes and Google Keep, or Docs are doing a much better job with that. At the same time I’m unable to share my notes since it says it’s “password protected” when I never put any password to it. Google does not have that issue. And selecting and copying and pasting takes time as well. Another big and irritating problem is that when I edited some notes on my iPad, I’m unable to see the same notes on my iPhone, the app says, “unable to open this section” Like what? Please fix this issue and make your apps a bit faster and efficient. Switching to Google Keep.
Nearly constant sync issues
by ED67 on 2018/01/01 02:14
The iPad app is getting less usable. Nearly constant error messages saying “Couldn’t Sync”. No other indicator of what the problem could be. Almost as frequently, the app requires me to sign in to sync, at which time it sometimes syncs, and sometimes doesn’t. No idea why I can use it one minute, and the next minute I have to sign in again. Excel and Word work fine. I’ve uninstalled the OneNote app a number of times, thinking a fresh install will help. No dice. The iPhone app, on the other hand, works much better, and the Mac app seems to work fine. I have a lot of notebooks and a lot of information and pdf files in them. I’m tempted to think it’s too much data for OneNote to process, but the iPhone app works, and it’s the same data. I keep hoping each update will fix the issue but it has not been fixed so far.
Good on first impression, but need a lot of usability improvement
by 孙帝杰 on 2018/08/30 15:31
I use this one note as my main note app. I it is decent and serves its purpose. However, I experienced sync problem many times when I open same note book on phone and computer simultaneously. Part of the notebook can not sync what so ever and end up in “broken segment”. Also the app crash every time when screen timeout while the app is open. The page created on phone also has layout problem when viewed on PC, when move mouse to the left edge of these notes the horizontal scroll bar will flick and shift right. The way I solve this problem is move entire note area right a little bit. But this way the note end up look pretty bad on the phone.
Terrible Product
by Geodov on 2018/06/26 15:36
I have tried using this product over several years with same sync bugs. I use it only on my iPad and after several weeks I get a system error stating it can not merge records and that I must use OneNote on a PC to see the errors and record conflict. It also says you can see the errors on OnNote online but when you go there, it takes you back to the iPad app. At work we are a Microsoft shop, but have scrapped OneNote on PCs because it was buggy. It is been a while since I wrote this review and a number of product upgrades have taken place. Microsoft still has not fixed the issue of “We couldn’t merge some changes. To review conflicts, use One Note on your computer or One Note Online”. I would recommend staying with Apple Notes, although not as feature rich, never seems to have major issues with syncing.
Most useful note keeping for me
by stophanie on 2017/12/22 19:27
It has features that help me keep track of the mess in my brain. For work, I like to have a tab for work accomplishments, and then I create a page for each work week underneath. I can make pages subset to others, so I can arrange work weeks by year, etc, and then collapse them so I don’t have to look at tons of pages on the side panel. The organizational style is pretty intuitive for my needs, and it helps me quickly recall details about things that might have happened weeks before. I like the features. I can insert or create page templates. I can paste in pictures and drag them around, or use any kind of text. I can draw and mark up notes. I’ve also used this across desktop and mobile and it is handy to switch quickly from platform to platform. On top of this, I’ve used this with teams of people to keep track of tasks, so we can all know what’s going on with each other. I like to keep tabs for training notes/reference, for meeting notes, etc. I also keep a separate OneNote notebook if I have a personal project (like a D&D game).
Fabulous App . . . One Shortcoming
by JA Motter on 2018/08/25 11:39
I love Microsoft OneNote, and would give it 5 stars or more for its utility. There is one thing they could do to make it better, but I have suggested to Microsoft several times already. Like Apple, they have no interest whatsoever in what their customers want as far as changes to the product. As for OneNote, they need a password system that provides security. Anyone can jump on my PC or iPad and gain access to all my content—meaning they can look at it, steal it, or delete it. Microsoft allows passwords at the level of individual tabs, but that is a hassle since I have thousands of pages on hundreds of tabs. There is no password security at any higher level, such as “books” or for entry into the entire app.
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Capture your thoughts, discoveries, and ideas and simplify overwhelming planning moments in your life with your very own digital notebook. With OneNote, you can plan that big event, seize that moment of inspiration to create something new, and track that list of errands that are too important to forget. Whether you're at home, in the office, or on the go, your notes are available to you across all of your devices. -- CAPTURE ANYTHING -- Capture your thoughts, discoveries, and ideas and simplify overwhelming planning moments in your life with your very own digital notebook. With OneNote, you can plan that big event, seize that moment of inspiration to create something new, and track that list of errands that are too important to forget. Whether you're at home, in the office, or on the go, your notes are available to you across all of your devices. -- POWERFUL ORGANIZATION -- Organize your notes in a way that works best for you. Create, rename, search, sort, and copy pages, sections, and notebooks. Find your most recent notes quickly and pin the pages you use most. Secure your notes with a password and use touch ID to quickly access them. -- THINK TOGETHER -- Share your notes with your friends and colleagues, whether you're planning a party with others or a working on a school project with your classmates. You can combine forces and all work together at the same time in a shared notebook. -- ALWAYS WITH YOU -- Access your notes on your Mac, iPhone, iPad and other devices. Your notes are synced to the cloud (OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, and SharePoint) making it easy to access your recipe notes on your iPhone at the store, your homework on your Mac in class, or your itinerary on your iPad during your travels. Achieve more with OneNote. -- CHECK THESE LISTS -- Create to-dos to keep track of your daily errands, groceries shopping, or travel planning. -- WRITE & DRAW ON iPAD -- Scribble your notes at a conference, write math equations in class or sketch your ideas. With a variety of pen colors and settings, you can create beautiful handwritten notes and drawings. Draw with confidence with "Convert to Shapes" mode: OneNote will automatically convert hand drawn shapes into crisp, perfectly regular polygons and circles. OneNote is free on iPhone and many other devices. Get started today! Download OneNote and sign in with your Microsoft Account or the account assigned to you by your work or school.
Effective
by Fred54322 on 2019/02/21 09:42
One Notes 3 level system forces me to be organized with my note taking. Honestly has sent my productivity through the roof. Cant believe I used the default Notes program on my phone for so long before discovering this.
Pricy
by hizb ut tahrir 2 the bone on 2019/02/21 07:57
Please make it much cheaper ,,, yo u make a lot of green
Simple, powerful tools
by mralpacamusic on 2019/02/21 02:12
As a teacher, I use it every day all day. It’s changed the way I teach and become an absolutely essential tool in my classroom and workflow.
Never listen
by Kkknbfx on 2019/02/20 07:35
Always says “we listened and updated firmware” and tell us to write things that need to be addressed or idea that can be implemented later on, there is massive vote on certain things that needs to be added like few years back already and one-note team hasn’t even touched yet. Full of scam or they just don’t work.
Abysmal audio recording/notes
by Hjachter on 2019/02/20 01:49
Onenote overall is terrific. However, I will never give it more than 3 stars unless iOS Onenote has the ability to record audio and take notes at the same time. Also, playing an audio recording locks ALL Onenote features which makes it impossible to generate text notes from a recorded audio lecture. These two deficiencies DRAMATICALLY reduce the usability of this product — hence 3 stars. There are many complaints and suggestions about this but for some reason Microsoft refuses to fix this problem which has persisted for years on iOS platforms. Windows platforms support audio recordings just fine. Looks suspiciously intentional.
Crashing on iPhone X
by jap65 on 2019/02/20 01:35
I really like this App but it is constantly crashing on my iPhone X, to the point I can’t use/trust it. Seems to be more stable on the iPad so at least I can use it there.
Love the App!
by Mario España on 2019/02/19 22:41
Only reason this has 4 stars instead of 5 is because i would like it to have the feature of the use of double tap with the Apple Pencil 2
CANT WRITE/DRAW ON IPHONE
by ken knee 227 on 2019/02/19 22:26
Deeply disappointing that we don't have this function available on iPhone. I was considering switching over to the Microsoft eco system too. Love the app on my surface book 2, it's fantastic. But the iOS version gets a low grade from me. Hope you guys fix it soon.
Great app!
by popparopa on 2019/02/19 22:18
Easy to use, lots of cool and interesting features that is helping me with my concept map for class.
Unusable
by rlegalv me on 2019/02/19 16:59
I’m a regular OneNote user on PC. This app makes the cursor jumps to the beginning of the page all the time, so you need almost all the time need to place the cursor at the bottom of the page. I don’t think the developers are testing this app in real life.
I love it
by dolphinlover225 on 2019/02/19 13:14
No other program works as good as good as this for me , I sure wish you guys would make it compatible with the amazon kindle . I’ve searched other programs for it and nothing compares to this one .
Changed My Life
by AWJ_21 on 2019/02/19 12:28
There's my parents, college, and One Note... all three of these drastically changed my life.
Love it!
by Katdaye on 2019/02/19 12:06
Can’t live without it!!
Good syncing, but with a risk.
by momskirbyok on 2019/02/19 03:05
I was writing notes on my iPad Pro for my accounting class until the app decided to completely erase an hour and a half worth of notes I took, resulting in me having a panic attack. Other than that, the program works good. Just be careful...
Need to support new Apple Pencil tap
by mashgreat on 2019/02/19 02:20
Why can’t I use tap pencil to use the eraser. Otherwise it is a great note taking free app. Edit: Changing stars to 4 stars because of adding Apple Pencil 2 support. But now you broke the lasso feature because using it makes selected ink size bigger randomly..
Love the Windows Client, but hate the iOS Client
by Eric in TN on 2019/02/19 01:56
I have been using OneNote since 2008. I love OneNote on Windows. OneNote on the Web is pretty good too. But the iOS client. I hate it. It keeps crashing on both my iPhone X and my iPad (2017). And the MacOS client isn’t any more functional than the web client, so it’s not worth installing in my opinion. And getting .PDFs into OneNote from iOS leaves a LOT to be desired. Office Lens can do a better job of getting images into OneNote. If I didn’t have to have an Office 365 subscription, I’d give serious thought to migrating my notes out of OneNote.
Collapsed Subpages
by DM_Lou on 2019/02/19 01:12
This would have been a 5 star review if I could collapse pages on iOS/mobile.
Critical feature missing
by Resoriouxz on 2019/02/19 00:34
Wonderful app however am rating it 1* to draw the attention to an non-acceptable missing feature which is shape insertion It’s impossible for a note taking app to be missing that feature and the convert drawing is a failure in drawing straight lines It only works when u make a square, circle, rectangle and so on But if i want to draw a straight line/ arrow it fails to convert it to a shape in 90% of the time
New Apple Pencil not supported fully
by moonski on 2019/02/18 23:35
The new Apple Pencil needs to be supported better. It will not switch to the eraser by double tapping. Supporting this would be a big step forward.
The best
by ...,...,... on 2019/02/18 21:15
I have had a long to do list for over 20 years that I emailed to myself back-and-forth from work to home. A friend of mine who worked at Microsoft couldn’t believe what I was doing in introduced me to this application. It is so great now I want to go to meetings I don’t have to take a computer I can just take my iPad
Timing
by chloetyra on 2019/02/18 15:00
The only thing I don’t like about there AP is how long it takes to open. Other Similar APs are quicker.
Works when it wants to
by lqtdbsu on 2019/02/18 12:00
Syncs when it wants to, bad interface
Stable, powerful, intuitive
by Perditor33 on 2019/02/18 10:30
I had a lot of problems with OneNote in the past and I was using it with reservations off and on for a number of years. However, it seems the team has struck the right balance of operability and reliability. I love that I can edit across different devices at any time at any place while also having advanced two factor authentication for security.
Crashing
by DanGeo96 on 2019/02/18 10:12
Crashing like anything on my iPad Pro 10.5
Table can’t resize
by wenhank on 2019/02/18 07:07
Is even it hard to make a table resize function on OneNote???
Horrible
by sabi2723 on 2019/02/18 04:59
Always asks to sign in when I just signed in a minute ago has problems loading very slow horrible app
Mobile add-in needed from Outlook!
by polmgjttt on 2019/02/18 00:05
It’s baffling that Outlook Mobile has add-ins for Evernote but not for OneNote -Microsoft’s OWN Application! When they make this available I'll give it 5 stars.
Best out there, but...
by mrapplemacfreak on 2019/02/17 22:12
This app is great for keeping notes organized and syncs well between iOS devices and Mac. I also love that I can take/add photos for my notes. I will say It is a little slow to load. Other than that, my suggestions would be: 1) Have an undo button. I have erased an open note accidentally while carrying my phone, and if you delete any text by accident, you can’t recover it. 2) would be fun to have more visual customization such as color page to coordinate with the tabs. 3) sometimes it would be nice to just have a category and not have to add a page, but instead just make a note. Not everything needs a sub-category. But I will reiterate that it is the best note taker/organizer available.
My opinion
by Jazmine Greenberg on 2019/02/17 20:31
I prefer OneNote on my computer but it is a great application. I use it for a lot of my writing. I can store my school stuff in a completely different folder away from my fun stuff. It keeps everything organized. It’s easy to use.
One Note is GREAT
by KatCorCan on 2019/02/17 18:04
one note is a great app that I can access on my desktop, laptop, tablet and cellphone. I wish there was an alpha sort but that is the ONLY thing that could improve it as far as I’m concerned. And I love the password protection you can use, and the share-ability!
Use something else
by madjack747 on 2019/02/17 17:50
Frequently fails to sync with my online account and asks me to sign in every hour or so you know there are other options out there, don’t use OneNote.
Syncing issues
by SupremeThor on 2019/02/17 17:21
OneNote has serious syncing issues that Microsoft has apparently ignored since at least 2016 according to google searches. OneNote has deleted some of my notes, which is frustrating. I love the feature set of the product, but a paid syncing service should actually work and work seamlessly. Maybe un-fire you QA team, MS.
Loooove the app, cant get it to work on my Apple Watch.
by Damyourlogic on 2019/02/17 16:07
I use this app for everything. I was excited to use it on my new Apple Watch but it just says I need to sign in on my phone and I am. I even signed out and back in and nothing changed. Can someone help me? Is this something that happens a lot?
Great product, very practical.
by LeZebreAuto- Philip on 2019/02/17 14:57
We use it as a family and it keeps us organized.
Annoying
by Pooka1896 on 2019/02/17 01:59
This used to be my favorite but now it says I've run out of space and I can't not sync through one drive. It glitches when I'm highlighting /drawing and the screen keeps moving making note-taking in class annoying. I love the drawing features and rainbow pens but it's unusable for class.
iPad problem
by abdulllld on 2019/02/16 21:10
Can’t double tab on iPad Pro 11 to switch between eraser and pen
Support the New Apple Pencil
by mveeneman on 2019/02/16 17:19
Edit: You are now supporting the new Apple Pencil in Word, but still not doing so in One Note? This is generally a good app, but most other note-taking apps have updated to fully support the second generation Apple Pencil at this point, and OneNote has yet to do it. As soon as that happens, I will revise my review.
Buggy and Crashy
by josey4628 on 2019/02/16 14:14
This release is full of bugs when I try to type / move the cursor. The cursor does not readily move to where I tap... when I start typing, the cursor sometimes jumps to the top of the text box. After a few trials, the app will crash.
Finally has Double Tap Feature!
by CenkerT on 2019/02/16 11:31
We have finally got double tap the switch between pen and eraser! If you have to use win and ios at the same time, then one note is the best!
Recording
by Mira 195 on 2019/02/16 04:41
Need to find a way to make it so that we can record and take notes at the same time on the app as we would be able to do of using one note on the laptop
Buggy, can’t even use it
by Alaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan on 2019/02/16 00:48
I really want to use this application to take notes during class but every time I try to create a notebook to use it, I can’t put a title to create one!!!
Great
by dsexton7 on 2019/02/15 18:05
Great way to electronically save meeting notes and such for easy retrieval later.
Used to be a 5 now a 1 until further notice
by jaybirddanglade on 2019/02/15 17:45
Slow slow slow. Just terrible. At the perfect time too, exams are coming and one note is bugging out with even small notes.
Deleted data recovery
by Ed7059 on 2019/02/15 15:28
This app has a lot of good features but it also has some deadly traps. If you delete something in error, which is easy to do, there is no way to reverse the error.
Great app!!!
by Krae Krae on 2019/02/15 15:10
I love using this app to take notes in all my courses.
Keeps crashing after recent update.
by not happy rs on 2019/02/15 14:26
I loved this app until recently it started to crash every time I used it. Need to fix this please.
Extremely useful app
by a happy fan of onenote on 2019/02/15 13:08
As OneNote has matured it has become more intuitive to use.
Superb App
by serene owl on 2019/02/15 06:14
Very useful for organizing my life.thank you very much
Mr
by Wil E Medford on 2019/02/15 02:33
This program is the one I use to write and edit all my recipes. I think it’s the best for this purpose as well as many others
Fantastic app
by BuddyHood on 2019/02/15 01:49
I’ve Been using Onenote for over five years. It’s the best app that Microsoft has ever ever made. Please make the rest of your apps as good as Onenote thanks
Update Brought issue
by The Octave on 2019/02/15 00:30
Great note-taking tool. However, the new update broke the lasso select tool for handwritten lines. When trying to adjust line is brings up copy and other options instead of letting you just stretch or rotate the line.
Learn from Notability
by Av1677233 on 2019/02/15 00:07
Please learn from notability editing text feature is the main thing. Also writing with OneNote seems to be choppy as compared to Notability. I want to use OneNote cause of all the other feature it just needs to add these things to the app
Everything I need.
by will DPT on 2019/02/14 23:11
This app is everything I need for Doctorate school. I wish it would zoom in a little bit more so I could see nerves and blood vessels in my notes.
Great App - missing one big feature
by Sameranth on 2019/02/14 15:40
I’ve been using OneNote for 6 months are so, and for the most part I have loved it. It’s a wonderful app that syncs between Android, iOS, and Windows quickly. You have unlimited workspace as well, though this feature causes exporting of a page as a PDF to look a little wonky. My biggest complaint is a lack of support for the Apple Pencil 2 gesture that allows you to recall the eraser. It’s incredibly frustrating, and as far as I can tell, Microsoft isn’t doing anything about it. A support page on Microsoft’s website from November said they were working on a fix, but here I am in late January with the same issue. Edit: Apple Pencil gesture support has been added and works as expected. Thanks Microsoft! One other feature that would be terribly useful is the ability to sync audio recordings with actions drawn or typed on the page. As it stands now, you can’t record audio at all while drawing or typing on iOS (you can on windows). Notability has this functionality, and it is an invaluable feature for students like myself in lecture courses.
Still a lot to work on. iPad Pen!!!!
by prestonokc on 2019/02/14 14:52
The OneNote syncing experience is great between computer/iPad. BUT please please please support the double tap feature to switch from pen to eraser on the new iPad Pro. Also, the pen options are seriously lagging behind apps such as Notability, and almost makes using OneNote unbearable. Please make some changes on how premium the writing pen/pencil options are. There are no pen style options, the size of the pen is very limited, and even the option to add lines to the paper are limited. There is so much potential for improvement but until i do see some changes 3 stars is all I can give
It alright I guess
by 11256** on 2019/02/14 14:43
I like it when I’m doing school
What a comeback!
by cgm333 on 2019/02/13 16:59
Onenote is back and better then ever. I can't count the number of times and switch back-and-forth between Evernote and onenote. However with the new ios version and Mac version onenote clearly comes away with superior functionality and ease of use. Edit: please add new Apple Pencil quick tap-switching support between pen and eraser! Starting to fall behind in features again.
Written notes not recognizable when transferred to PC version
by Smillerkrn on 2019/02/13 12:28
With my old iPad, I was able to hand write notes and later sync them to my PC version. When using a new iPad, my notes can still be transferred to my PC but they are no longer searchable. This is not good.
Broke the adjustment of drawn lines
by Pranto49 on 2019/02/13 09:33
It’s already quite difficult to draw a straight line here, and now they’ve removed the ability to readjust drawn lines, whenever I tap them with the lasso select tool, they don’t allow us to adjust the lines anymore, just delete and copy them. This is madness. Do you not want me to use it anymore or something like that?
Preview
by CraigDemarais on 2019/02/13 02:44
Love the sticky note but unless I can’t find it I would like to see the option to disable previews on the sticky notes.
Bad and unuseful for iPhone
by jumaneo on 2019/02/12 22:28
Unuseful for iPhone max because no have any tools to take and iPhone max has a large screen
How do u undo on the iPhone?
by TheRealityofit on 2019/02/12 20:43
There is no way to undo...?
No pencils double tap
by robertomano24 on 2019/02/12 13:34
Would get 5, but the double tap feature is not supported on the pencil 2. When that is a feature, will update to 5.
my Student Access is horrible
by Browskiez on 2019/02/12 05:25
I don’t prefer this app, but I use it regardless bc I like my notes in ‘Journals’; it makes storing and reviewing them easier for each class. Disclosure: I have access to Microsoft 365 apps through my university. One bothersome habit is that OneNote syncs slowly. I wonder if it is because it has to verify first my student profile at my university then proceeds to grant me access to my files. If that protocol is the culprit then I suggest it transition to checking in every 4 weeks instead of every time I’m opening the app or adding a new note. I have a better experience on my iPhone XS Max than my MacBook Pro, so I’m hoping for parity. The OneNote app for Mac keeps logging me out and requesting for iCloud Keychain Access which is fine, but I don’t get why it repeatedly asks for the info even though I click ‘Always Allow’. I also the INSERT EQUATION function were first off available on the iOS app and better integrated with the Mac app. Insert Equation seems like a really great feature but I can’t use it. It just doesn’t seem fair that I don’t get access to it like PC users and it makes me reluctant to purchase a Microsoft 365 subscription in the future when I graduate. How can I tolerate long sync times and blocked off features? Also as of lately I keep getting a pop-up that display a sync error occurred because Sticky Notes cannot be synced without some other Microsoft service when I barely open the app, and don’t even have any sticky notes. Weird bugs but okay I’m done with my review
Suggestions
by Redskinette on 2019/02/12 01:30
I used to use Evernote and just found it easier to consolidate everything with Microsoft, since I was already using many other of their other applications. With that said, I would love to see the ability to “add reminders” to our notes. This was an invaluable feature offered on evernote. Sometimes I would create grocery lists along with a reminder for around the time I got off work, which helped remind me to go to the grocery store in the first place rather than straight home. Please consider. Thanks!
Awesome
by yadelaiye on 2019/02/11 17:24
I used a windows phone once and I didn’t really have a great time using it. But of all the apps on the windows phone I fell in love with one note so that even when I started using iPhones I still use one note as my note taking app. Try it and you’ll see. Just one thing though. Why can’t I undo the last action on iPhone as I can on the app on my iPad. Something for you guys to think about. All together a great all I would recommend for anyone. 👍👍👍
Unusable
by jimhalpertalwayswins on 2019/02/11 14:13
I go through all the sign in for my account and then nothing happens. My notebooks from other devices don’t show up. Went to the onedrive app selected my notebooks which sent me back to this app for nothing to happen. Completely useless
No Email
by seagullt on 2019/02/11 12:50
I’m trying to get the app set up on my phone. It says that it sent an email to my inbox, but I’m not receiving anything. I’ve checked spam mail, tried sending it on a computer, and waited a few days before doing it again. I have checked many times that the address is correct, and it is. The app seems great to use but it won’t work.
iPhone is limited
by Micah Irwin on 2019/02/11 11:26
It’s basically unusable on iPhone. It’s not full featured like the Android version or even the iPad version. Are not able to use simple features like Draw, or Pen on iPhone.
Too hard to save stuff
by nope4337634 on 2019/02/11 06:14
Yep. Gimme like a save pdf. Not new news here
Too many crashes
by hdiebsjebsjsb on 2019/02/11 00:51
The app crashes too often. Otherwise it’s excellent.
Best app
by hjzghh on 2019/02/10 21:07
Best app
Good, but poor Apple Pencil 2.0 support
by Nstearman on 2019/02/10 15:17
I am a daily user of OneNote. It’s the most versatile handwriting app for iOS that I’ve found. That said, failure to support double-tap for the new Apple Pencil bothers me increasingly. Please change this, Microsoft!
Microsoft needs to do better
by LLove15 on 2019/02/10 02:49
1. Recordings are not available between phone and pc/laptop. That is dumb for a program with this potential!! You also cannot export the recordings or share them! 2. You should be able to record and type text at the same time. 3. I’m also not sure why the functionality & formatting is not the same as Word. Basically, I use it because I pay for it but it’s more frustrating than anything.
Put tabs back at the top
by Judie0929 on 2019/02/10 02:44
I love this app for what I use it for and will be ditching Evernote. But I hate the tabs at the side of the screen. Prefer them At the top with the label on the tab.
OneNote
by Health & Other things on 2019/02/09 20:58
Dear OneNote, This is my note for you so I love your notebook and writing is my favorite thing to do. Thank you, Casey Swingle
Great white boarding with the Apple Pencil
by Adam8810 on 2019/02/09 20:34
I'd like faster ways to undo or erase but overall a great app
Great at organizing things and versatile
by cyberterroristsayswat on 2019/02/09 18:53
The mobile edition makes managing my notes surprising easy. This program keeps everything synced from my phone to my desktop which allows me to access all of my notes. There's also a lot of options this program has that normal notepad apps do not offer.
Perfect Note App
by ElectrooPandaa on 2019/02/09 15:35
Easy to take notes Organized Able to log in on any devices
Renato
by grueso113 on 2019/02/09 13:18
Is it great
Review
by Pastor Juan on 2019/02/09 08:17
Awesome APP! Save Thing there. I lose nothing.
Very lacking
by Jijoo98 on 2019/02/08 21:51
For starters you can’t even use the double tap feature on Apple Pencil. It’s pdf conversions are horrible, why can I set to best fit? Why can’t I add shapes, why do I have to draw to convert ? Many little bugs like random lines drawn when scrolling.
unfixed sync issues since 2015
by starbuck6 on 2019/02/08 17:20
Some of my notes couldn't sync on the ipad (after I opened a closed notebook) and I found the description of the same problem since 2015. I understand this is Microsoft, but it shouldn’t take this long to fix a known bug! The only advantage of this app is “endless paper”, that’s why 2 stars. update: Removing and installing the app again didn’t help, as well as logging out/in again. It helped people before, so maybe it’s a different bug. The notes are still available on mac, but not on the ipad x_x
Sad Microsoft is no long adding features to this app.
by LeaningToApple on 2019/02/08 12:39
The one thing I would have love to see is a solid script to text and draw to shape feature on the iPad version of OneNote, similar to Nebo. I still find myself using Nebo, hen copying and pasting into OneNote. Come on Microsoft, help us out.
It’s useful but a bit limited on iPhones
by juan carlos garcia qui on 2019/02/08 11:50
It would be more convenient to add font editing, and bit more features from the computer version of OneNote, if possible to process on phone devices. And if it doesn’t work out, don’t worry about it.
Great Software whose potential has been restricted
by KenTheReviewer on 2019/02/08 03:35
I have used One Note on surface and it was great. If it weren’t for my rest of the ecosystem being on Apple, I would have never moved to iPad Pro. Now, on iPad Pro the one note is very restrictive. Here are the issues I will like fixed: 1. Enable eraser using the double tap of Apple Pencil 2. Enable copy paste of lasso selected graphic/drawing or text using cntrl x or cntrl c and control v 3. Enable changing color of drawing using lasso select followed by selecting a different pen 4. Provide the ruler feature which is missing completely
Too many glitches
by Rumple1133 on 2019/02/08 01:22
I started using this app in undergrad and now in grad school. In undergrad, we get maybe 2 lectures per week for hard sciences and maybe 140-200 slides (PowerPoint and then import over to PDF and then insert to OneNote) each week. In grad school, there is so much more content and that’s the amount of slides used per day. I use OneNote on my surface pro device and write notes over my slides with a stylus and noticed severe lags when writing. Even worse, the app freezes and causes my device to overheat. It’s trapped in a “loop” and won’t shut down so I have to power off my device and force shut down. The most frustrating thing about the app is its inconsistency. With so many slides a day, it’d be nice to use the scroll bar on the side, which randomly shows up at times and disappears at others. In comparison to Notability, this app does have the advantage of infinite canvas but it pales in comparison with regards to stylus use and ease with note taking. Having to go through so many extraneous steps prior to uploading a PDF is time consuming when you have a ton of dense lecture everyday. Having ink that doesn’t keep up, lags, or doesn’t switch over to other pen colors and gets stuck in one mode despite initiating a change is so annoying. And converting your notes to PDF to share? A nightmare. Chunks get cut off from the “infinite” canvas at off places. Wanna share just one file instead of your entire notebook? Hit or miss. The share function for specific files doesn’t even show up sometimes. Wanna talk about syncing? It takes a good 5 minutes to upload into another device and sometimes doesn’t show up at all unless you repeatedly press the sync notebook button. The most embarrassing thing was when I had to present my work to my PI, the app crashed so I had to reopen it, which took a good 10 minutes. In the world of academia, you’re held to a higher standard when presenting to professors as it is not only your time but the time of an established and extremely busy faculty member. It’s a shame that an app that looks so organized and has so much potential to deliver falls short due to performance issues and can’t properly integrate stylus ink into something that’s easily saved. Don’t believe me? Try it yourself. You’d have to set all of your slides as a background before being able to write on it without the slides slipping out of place. Try opening up one of many PowerPoints you upload. It’ll lag and take a while to load before the image of that slide finally pops up and when you scroll down, the remaining slides will continue to keep loading ... slowly. As a scientist with so much work and data, this is excruciating. OneNote, please please please take a look at how Notability operates and learn a thing or two for the sake of all the students out there.
PAGE SIZE!
by 10001010011101 on 2019/02/07 22:43
Best note taking app there is....except one thing. The only option is to write in an infinite page abyss with zero frame of reference for size. Impossible to share or print pages later.
Sometimes clunky, but worth it.
by jerryhancock on 2019/02/07 21:29
As content increases, it gets slower to load or respond, but if you use it consistently it saves a lot of locating stuff. Sharing pages can be fun.
Needs update
by Kiya2108 on 2019/02/07 20:20
It doesn’t sync most of the time. Some features not on the iPad. I think it needs an update
The screen keeps zoom in and out when I am using Apple Pencil.
by CYSE^^Lin on 2019/02/07 16:33
The screen keeps zoom in and out when I am using Apple Pencil. Even though I set off the draw with touch, it still happens. Once my hand and pencil leave the surface of my iPad Pro, then I start writing again, the screen keeps zoom in or out, and my note end up with various sizes.
Safari integration issues?
by ADHDHDHDHD on 2019/02/07 12:58
I primarily use the mobile version of onenote to save quotes/etc. from links i'm reading on the web, but hate how sharing from safari works with onenote. Rather than just creating a new note with the link and a thumbnail of the link i'm sharing, onenote takes multiple screenshots of the entire webpage, thus creating a ridiculously lengthy 'note' that is difficult to edit and impossible to get rid of
ONENOTE
by Braxton Bytd on 2019/02/07 12:41
Great app It’s very quick You guys are doing a great job
Good but needs some tweaks for mobile optimization
by CollegeBanker on 2019/02/07 04:47
On the whole, I love OneNote and rely very heavily on it on my PC for classes. The tabs and the ability to collapse concepts makes organizing and finding information a breeze on the computer version. The app is more of a mini version and doesn’t seem truly ready to be maximized on the app. Adding in the ability to collapse concepts and more of an ability to zoom out or adjust font size on the app would be super helpful. (Ie my notes are in size 12 font on the computer for easy reading. On the app, it appears more like 24, which can make it harder to find info quickly for the scrolling. Since the font needs to stay 12 for the computer, maybe the app could shrink the font or allow to zoom out of page.)
No Apple Pencil 2 tap support
by jolaroux on 2019/02/07 01:25
Very disappointing and months late!
Very useful- Must have
by Cooooolzzzzzz on 2019/02/06 21:57
Great app only place that totally integrates with Office. and works in more places
Reviwe
by Oovoo roxs on 2019/02/06 21:45
Freezes a lot
Bugginess is getting worse
by Ala Mode76 on 2019/02/06 20:03
I have been trying to use this app on my iPhone 8 for nearly a year but I struggle because every chance I get to attempt adding a note the app crashes and closes. I have to reopen the app a half dozen times to finish the note I started. I have verified that I am using the most recent version. Unfortunately there hasn’t been any repair to this problem.
Needs zoom box
by yokie joe on 2019/02/06 13:58
All of the other major note taking apps have this. Big miss there otherwise pretty decent.
Life saver from Evernote, Apple Notes, Simple Note
by Shmuelik on 2018/05/15 11:08
I started out with Evernote and then a few years ago they changed policy and the program was just unusable, expensive with an invading privacy policy that I didn’t want to except. Then I switched over to Apple Notes and was very happy till the day I lost 2500 of my notes that the app just erased without any ability to retrieve them back from a TimeMachine back up that I had and with being for hours with Customer Service who couldn’t help. Then I went on to another quest for finding a new note taking app. I tried about 5-10 apps and got hung up with OneNote. OneNote in essence is an almost perfect note taking app. It is free, it is very flexible how you can group different contents, multimedia, text all in one note and regroup them like on a physical desktop without any formatting limitations. Hard to explain here. The one thing that I would like to see improved is that some files don’t create preview thumbnails like videos. Also you can get some sync errors that you have to find a way around till it syncs properly. Other than that knock on wood it’s going well. But in general the one thing I have noticed with note apps is that they start well off and then deteriorate over time. I hope this won’t happen with this Microsoft app. Thank you for putting it out there. And did I mention that it’s entirely free?
IPad/Win10S versions need lots of improvements.
by Alboreira on 2018/10/06 13:28
Crashes all the time. Slow as a crawl when handling large notes, try undoing something! Cursor positioning is erratic. Search function is also erratic and clicking on the”next find” or “previous find” buttons often misbehaves, especially after some editing. Draw needs a lot of additional functionality: ability to erase parts of an object, ability to choose adequate erasers, ability to draw shapes without needing to use the primitive “ink to shape” facility, ability to fill an object with a color or pattern, interference between draw and text, inability to peg text to a specific place in the drawing canvas. Try for example something as simple as to draw a chessboard! Inability to create links to locations in the same note or in other notes. Missing menus and features when compared to PC or Mac versions. No recovery from data accidents, I lost notes more than once because of sync issues. Inability to store notes in the Apple iCloud. Poor integration with phone/tablet hand and pencil gestures. Inability to save drawings and text together to the same PDF. No diff feature. I could go on. And ah, an unresponsive development team, I have seen Internet traffic on some of these deficiencies dating from years ago.
High functionality
by Tickkick14 on 2018/05/11 15:24
This is a flexible app, as it works on every device I need (Microsoft and Apple) with high updating speed in real time so long as there is internet connection. I also have the ability to organize my notes sufficiently as an attorney, and I love that I can have multiple email accounts associated with different of my notebooks so I can access personal and work notes in my device but only my work or personal notes when logging in to my notes in the appropriate account online. Note search function will soon become invaluable. I do wish there was a broader, long-term sharing ability so any of the law clerks or attorneys in my office could see and edit notes without me having to share a notebook each time, but that might be solved when the office totally transitions to electric and we possibly have a singular work account. And I wish I could have the notes appear in certain folders (client folders) I’ve saved and organized in one drive so ALL the client info could be organized in one place instead of opening up two apps. But other than that, I really enjoy OneNote for typing, drawing, and all the other little functions as I discover them.
Awesome app
by 小陈串 on 2018/03/02 01:48
As a college student, this app has saved my life! It’s so much better than the note app that came with the iPad and unlike so many other note taking apps, this is free! It allows for so much more personalization and manipulation of your notes. For example, the apple notes app only has like 5 different colors you can choose from, and 2 of the colors are too light to be note taking colors. But with OneNote, you can customize any color! It comes in very handy because I organize the different sections of my notes by different color writings. Also, it allows you to zoom in and out of the page when writing, which is so cool because I can write really small fonts by zooming the page in and then zoom it back to regular size to have very neat and clear small writing. With other note taking apps, if you want to write very small you just have to pray to god you have surgeon steady hands that won’t make the writings ugly. The one thing I would suggest is to add a ‘pencil’ feature like the notes app because sometimes when I draw math models or graphs, I don’t want every line to be a opaque ‘pen’.
Slow and clunky, with bugs
by claustraphobix on 2018/01/16 20:22
Slow, clunky, and after a while you really start to get annoyed with this app. I used OneNote for the longest time on my computer, so I was excited when they made an app. I use OneNote for quick and simple note-taking, usually just for jotting down ideas. But for that, this app fails. It always takes several seconds to open, in which it shows you the purple landing page. Often I wonder if it's going to open at all. Switching pages takes time as well, and there's these weird bugs where the page won't load correctly and will just look weird. There's also a personal annoyance for me that you can't switch off Auto-Capitalisation. It's already off in my iOS settings, but OneNote overrides it, and that's annoying. Finally, every time you exit the app, let's say to go to another app that you were using, OneNote will close the keyboard automatically. I often switch back and forth between two apps and that is really annoying to me. I know all of the above sounds like petty things, but after using this app for a long time, I have decided to move away from it to something like the in-built iOS Notes app simply because it's faster and it doesn't have any of the annoyances of the above.
Very Glitchy, Too Risky
by MacUser165 on 2018/10/07 20:45
I’ve used OneNote for the past 3 or so years. My primary use is for taking notes and scratch paper for homework. I’ve always had issues with the app freezing, glitching, and crashing but I usually found some workaround to get it working again. I only use this app because of my school’s integration of Office365; other than that it has no further benefits. After this last update and iOS 12, the app has become unusable. The keyboard frequently (twice a minute) pops up while I’m writing. The pen can’t be reselected after the keyboard pops up until I select the eraser or another color pen which lag behind. The app freezes after it feels like I’ve written enough, which is constantly. Notebook, section, and page graphics constantly scroll and bounce when I’m trying to work with them or add more. I’ve tried restarting my device, reinstalling the app, removing and adding notebooks, and contact support multiple times with no success. These issues cost me time and effort, and when fast pace notes and homework are involved, this app becomes too much of a risk. Just pay for GoodNotes, like me, or just use the Apple stock Notes app, either is at least 100% more reliable. Best, your University student, BS Mechanical Engineering.
Excellent program and app, but...
by LJ_Blitz on 2017/10/31 05:55
I have used OneNote for a very long time on my PC, and I’m thrilled that there’s an app! However, the last update has spoiled my workflow. Every time I want to add a new section or note I have to dismiss the ribbon at the bottom of the iPad. I use a Logitech keyboard case with my iPad because I find typing onscreen cumbersome and slow. There’s a ribbon that shows onscreen at the very bottom of the window. This ribbon contains predictive text suggestions, style options, etc. I have tried closing the predictive text in settings, but it does not remove the ribbon within the OneNote app. Before this update the new page/section button was at the top of the window. It now resides on the bottom - causing two problems. The first is that it is covered up by the ribbon I mentioned above. The second problem is that new iOS feature that you can access other apps by tapping the bottom of the window. THAT thing pops up if I am off a fraction of a hair from the button, also frustrating my workflow. Please find a way to put the buttons at the top of the app again to resolve this problem. Otherwise, GREAT app!
Amazing. Especially since it’s free. But there’s one thing...
by Nyah Ewan on 2018/08/13 23:40
This app is awesome. I actually deleted by other note taking app that I spent money on to switch to OneNote. But there is one thing that I have noticed that I believe can be easily fixed. The app tends to have lots of glitches. Things that were erased are appearing again, entire notes that were deleted and back on the app once I have returned to the app after closing it, and there are even white streaks that tend to appear on the screen as a write. Another thing that happens is that when I am using the undo button, the page automatically jumps to the top of the note and I lose my place. I believe this is a simple big issue and I can’t wait for a seamless experience in the future. Please, please, please someone fix this! Sometimes it gets a little embarrassing when my friends are impressed how I manage to do everyone on the iPad, but when these glitches pop up they seemed to be turned away from the idea entirely. Thanks so much!
Mostly just suggestions about the app
by supyo619 on 2019/01/25 21:55
I have been using this app for I think a year and a half. It started out rocky because I was trying to use the app on my iPad and then try to use the same notes on my Mac and if I added anything to the notebook from my Mac it would not be able to sync. I tried contacting support but all they could say was delete everything and start over. Instead I just stopped using my Mac. So one feedback would be to figure out why you can’t go back and forth between the Mac and the iPad app. Why can I access it but not change anything. Another suggestion would be to put in a feature that locks the size (width specifically) of the screen. When using my Apple Pencil I sometimes accidentally zoom in or out because my hand touches in 2 different spots. And that can be very frustrating when you are trying to keep your notes cohesive and the same throughout. I would also like to suggest the ability to voice record and take notes at the same time.
Great but needs work
by Tha Zack on 2017/11/15 22:15
If Microsoft had a best-kept secret, it would be OneNote. Although backed by the world’s biggest software publisher and included for a decade in most versions of Microsoft’s mighty Office suite, it’s still often upstaged by other note-taking apps, such as the ever-popular Evernote. Yet OneNote has evolved into a powerful information capture, management and sharing application that can be used for a wide variety of purposes. It’s available for just about any recent computer or mobile device – and best of all, it’s free. An example of its potential can be found in the education sector, which uses OneNote tools to create shared notebooks with lessons and homework for classes, and to integrate with learning management systems. It can be also be a very useful business tool, as the following seven tips reveal. More than a note-taking app OneNote uses a simple notebook metaphor, allowing you to have any number of notebooks, tabs within each notebook and pages within each tab. But it’s not just for taking notes. OneNote has rich editing tools that let you format text, add pictures and tables to each page, attach files, draw illustrations and link to other OneNote pages. You can also add to-do lists that can be easily turned into Outlook tasks with reminders. OneNote includes a range of templates for quickly creating more complex pages, such as project tasks and meeting notes, and you can create your own templates.
Great app for School and Personal use
by Juazolo on 2017/09/25 20:09
I have used this app since college and am in Medical School now. Me and a large majority of my classmates use this for note taking in class and outside. The app lets you download/print out the various power points into the app so you can directly annotate them. Very useful for school. You can password protect various tabs, etc. very customizable, I have not even explored everything it can do yet, but for example, I wanted to record my lecture so O found that you can actually insert a little link and file of a video or voice recording right from the app itself. Very cool, don't know of anything else that does that. Syncs with OneDrive, so I suggest you get a OneDrive account (usually schools have a deal to get you like a TB of storage or something of the sort through Office 365, so ask you IT department before buying anything out of pocket-if you aren't a student Microsoft offers 5 GB free of the bat, so there you go).
Best thing I've found to organize busy law office
by Lollycat1029 on 2018/08/08 12:15
I have search wide and far to find something that would allow me to keep my law practice organized, and onenote has taken the cake thus far. My main goal is simply to keep a cohesive list of things to do, and calls that come in, organized in a manner that allows my team to all be on the same page, and for messages to not slip through the cracks. Other to do lists did not suffice, and I literally tried them all. The main reason onenote works bets is because it allows me to set everything up in a format where there are tabs for each area: to do list, calls, notes, etc, and everyone can see everything very clearly and maneuver between the easily. My only complaint is that there doesn't seem to be the ability to create a checklist where items disappear after ticking them off.
Best Note Taking App I have found
by myou51 on 2017/12/10 04:25
This is by far the best note taking app I have ever used! I used to use Evernote but once they restricted me to just 2 devices unless I pay a monthly subscription I decided to look elsewhere. I understand that developers need to make money, and I would have been willing to pay a modest fee to buy Evernote, but I just don't like renting my apps. I can't believe that OneNote is free! I hope they don't ruin it by going the subscription route. One of the things I love about OneNote is that it syncs between all of my devices. I currently use an iPad Pro, an iPhone, and a Windows laptop and the sync works very well. I also like how I can put a text box anywhere on a page and I can also add free hand drawings everywhere. The Apple pencil makes it feel like I'm actually using a paper and pencil. Highlighting my notes with the pencil and drawing is so much more natural than using a regular stylus. I liked the tabs on the top rather than on the sides. I was disappointed when they made that change, but it’s not too big of a deal. I really wish they would allow us to change the line spacing. I use my notes for public speaking and it’s much easier to see my notes if I could change the spacing between the lines. Its a great app! You can't go wrong downloading it and giving it a try!
Good evernote replacement
by Whatho on 2018/12/11 19:14
Like many, I fled Evernote for Onenote when the former’s free version became too stingy. Onenote is definitely a notch down from Evernote in terms of general smoothness and integration of complex features like OCR or tagging. But, once you get the hang of navigating ON’s many features, you’ll surely find some that will help you get through your day. I particularly like to scribble on pdfs with my Apple pencil. ON is excellent for that. On the other hand, Onenote’s help materials and internal guidance both claim that it automatically scans handwritten notes and converts them to searchable text. I have turned the function on in the appropriate place but I have no idea how to use it. None of ON’s searches includes my handwritten notes and I can’t find any way to ask the program to do the promised text recognition. That’s typical Onenote. The feature is probably there but you need to call tech support to figure out how to use it!
Hasn’t Figured out how to be an effective App yet
by 17benjosoccer on 2018/12/07 04:20
I seem to use oneNote quite a bit these days. However it seems to work best on the desktop – not on the app. There are small little quirks that slow me down and make it nearly impossible to be productive. For example, if you place the cursor someplace and hit return to start a new line, the app places the cursor way up at the top corner of your note. Before you know it, your inserting text way up at the top of your note. At the beginning. And heaven forbid if you leave the app to look at another app and then toggle back. For example I might want to look at what song is playing, or what my friend just texted me, or any other app. Wait a couple minutes and try to go back to OneNote and nine times out of ten you’ll get a white screen of death. Of course you have to force close down the app and restart it and go find your note again and put the cursor where used to be. Just don’t hit return to start a new line. Not Quite ready for real productivity yet.
Almost perfect, but there are some issues....
by NickWetzig on 2017/10/26 20:07
Every time I reload OneNote, it resets my pen presets. Like the thickness of the pen strokes resets every time I reopen the app. I wish it would just stay were I put it. Also, sometimes when you write a lot onto one page, it starts slowing down, especially when you try to erase something it can take a little bit for it to process what you're doing. When you're using this in school during fast paced lectures, this slow down can be an issue when it occurs. Speed improvements need to be made. Idea for a feature: being able to split the page to make more space to write. Sometimes when writing with my Apple Pencil, I want to go back and add some stuff where I missed and I end up having to use the lasso tool and lasso everything beneath where I want to add and I have to shift it all down manually(this also lags it). If there was a spacing feature it would be the perfect solution.
My Favorite Software !!!!
by Ramosjp on 2017/10/29 13:06
I normally don't have time to write reviews. But when this popped up on my phone I just had to. I use window every single day for everything that I do from my personal life to what I do in my business. I have known about one note for years but have not been able to tap its potential until I really started using it in the last six months. It has an amazing way for you to be able to store every project that you do and for you to use it across multiple platforms from your iPhone to your iPad to your desktop computer. The software is very fluid and easy-to-use everything from inserting a picture inserting a hyperlink and text all at the same time seamlessly. I highly recommend that you use this software if productivity and project management are important to you.
Needs a tweaking
by Crystalleyezedreams on 2018/05/23 11:14
I love this app, it just needs a few things fixed. 1. Ruler to create straight lines. I underline my notes and sometimes need a ruler but it’s hard to find a compatible ruler for the ipad. It would be great to see some sort of a ruler feature or something similar to other apps where you hold down the Apple Pencil for a few seconds and it creates a straight line. 2. I miss the color wheel!! 3. Having a defined “notebook” page would be great and efficient instead of the zoom messing up with my palm only to have to scroll up to resize the screen accurately. It would feel more like a real notebook. I screenshot textbook pages and write/type notes next to it and the two are such complete different sizes it’s annoying having to switch the zoom constantly to accommodate both. 4. Plz include capability to open more than one note at a time side by side. I have to use another app to open up multiple notes.
One of the greatest unknown software tools
by Britcaus on 2017/10/05 14:59
I came across OneNote by accident. It has been under the radar for years! Only one person I asked from very many knew what it was - and he was ecstatic about it. I agree it’s a fabulous tool. A cross platform tool with storage in the cloud so you can retrieve and edit from any PC or smartphone. A great way to keep all your ideas together and easily share them. I save my research notes on my PC but can view or update on laptop and iPhone. Adequate formatting & good search capability as well as edit history so you can see who changed what and when. Astonishing that it is so poorly marketed, it is great standalone or integrated with MS Office. Drop in Excel charts, Visio drawings, hyperlink, email snippets or almost anything. Only 4 stars because it lacks the full capability of Word for formatting and a little more flexibility with tables. Love it nonetheless.
LEFT-HANDERS PLEASE READ (Undo Button)
by JayBirdPlaysZF on 2018/04/15 21:56
I jumped to OneNote at the beginning of my Pharmacy school career this past fall from many sources saying it was better than Notability. That, for the most part has held its end to be true, which I am so thankful for when it comes to needing a reliable source to take notes! Sometimes i know major data suckers like this can tend to be glitchy and that you guys are always working to improve this software. Speaking of which, being left-handed, it would make a world of a difference for me in class, if i could have my right hand near the top of my iPad if when i chose a “Left Handed” support option that it would put this undo button on the opposite side it is currently located on, allowing me to not miss a beat when taking notes and efficiently undo an error right quick. Thank you for the hard work you guys do!
Really needs handwriting-to-text fixed. It’s been years...
by MeetYourMakerr on 2019/01/16 02:08
I love OneNote, but I wish some features worked. One in particular that I see people have complained about for a long time. That issue would be write to text. It either doesn’t work, at all, some devices don’t even have that option, or it’ll select maybe three words out of an entire paragraph, you hit ok, and still doesn’t work. Long story short, hand writing to text doesn’t work, and it’s been a problem for years, as that’s all you see on the Internet about it. The fact that it still isn’t working after years have gone by, that shows arrogance and ignorance. Please, it would be an incredible feature to have working, if once and for all it would work/be fixed. One note would be used a lot more, have a much wider range of capabilities, and it’s simply an incredible feature if it would work. Thanks.
Needs some work
by PaigeeAF on 2017/11/29 18:39
I use this app every single day. However, there needs to be some improvements. I wish you could change the default font size. When I’m typing on PowerPoints from my teachers, the default font is way bigger than the existing print so it takes extra time for me to change the font size which is hard when I’m trying to listen to the lecture and take down the notes. Also, I wish there was a button that you could quickly view slides only. On the iPad app you can’t even get rid of the sidebar so it decreases your field of view by a few inches. I wish that the pen tool was a little neater. Also sometimes my notebooks will not sync even when I’m in WiFi that is working otherwise. There are a few things more that I feel like the app needs. This is the only app I have found effective for note taking so I really hope these issues get fixed.
Please allow the ability to record audio while taking notes (iPad Pro)
by Drewww49 on 2018/12/10 12:11
This note taking app is my favorite. However, I don’t like fact that I can’t record and take notes at the same time. I don’t see the point of having the ability to record audio and not being able to do anything else. Please allow us to record audio on the background without the audio pop-up freezing and disabling the ability to write notes. Also, it’s the same thing when playing the audio recording, I am not able to scroll down or look at my notes while listening at the same time. The notability app got this feature right. I am also able to do this on a computer, why can’t this be done on my iPad Pro? Please fix this. I really don’t want to switch to another note taking app.
Needs better search feature
by Buffer34 on 2018/11/15 14:38
In general, the app works well and I like it for entering notes by class, day, etc., but the Search function is in vast need of improvement on all platforms. In the iOS app, I can search to see which notes text appears in, but it doesn't actually show me where in the note the text is, or if it appears multiple times, or let me tap a sort of Next button to move from result to result. MacOS app gets confused by long notes and all results point to a hyperlink that had nothing to do with my search text. I've seen that happen multiple times and it doesn't make sense. At least on web I can combine it with the browser's built-in search. The web app is actually the most useful search and sometimes I log in just so I can search more accurately.
All I need is meeting notes support and it’s a 10⭐️
by Agent619 on 2018/01/25 16:46
This app is by far the best notebook. Better than Evernote and all the rest. It also has a steeper learning curve but once it works and you figure out how you like to use onenote, it becomes amazing. I personally use it with a Wacom pen tablet on my windows laptop and access everything using onedrive on my iPhone. The mobile app doesn’t let me draw, but I do get to see my notes and handwritten titles! My writing displays in the page titles colored and all. The mobile app has basic features I need when I’m on the go. The mobile version is different from the office 2016 version that is the latest 365 subscription based onenote for power users. 2016 has more bells and whistles BUT the mobile app holds its own. The mobile app has a few tricks of its own and it syncs perfectly regardless of which version you use. So I can make something in the detailed 2016 onenote and hop on the mobile app or tablet app on pc and have a cleaner more modernized look and feel. I’m glad the onenote mobile app is available on iPhone because it helps me to make notes on the go and review everything in a nicely presented way. Thanks!
Very pleased
by Al Havemann on 2017/10/25 02:03
I’ve been using One Note for about 2 years starting on a Windows machine and later a MacBook Pro and now an iPad. With a few exceptions it has served me well but I would wish for a more efficient way to list Notebook titles because the graphic of a notebook takes up too much space and causes time wasting scrolling. I have about 90 notebooks now and the amount increases by about a dozen a month and would greatly prefer a simple listing, without the notebook graphic. A simple listing would speed things up nicely. Perhaps a setting could be added to allow this option. This may not matter to most people but when the number of notes pass the many thousand, as mine do, organization becomes a very important issue and anything that would speed things up is desirable.
Still no pencil???
by ..::Jei::.. on 2018/10/24 17:43
I get that this is a free app and for a free app it’s pretty good. However I pay for the Microsoft sub so I can mainly get OneDrive, PP, and OneNote. OneNote on my pen tablet monitor is FANTASTIC. One of the best brainstorming apps and the pencil works so well it makes up for a lack of pen style options and assistance/stabilization. The iOS app gets updated regularly but hardly ever with anything really useful like the pencil option or more pen styles/stabilization. What’s worse is that the notes I take with the pencil on pc that look fairly decent turn into chicken scratch when I open them on the iPad. I don’t really care if it’s 99.9% stable and crash free if all my writing is fugly. Please help a faithful user out. I really, really want to love OneNote on the iPad but as is I just start it, shake my head, and silently hope the next update brings meaningful updates before sighing and closing the app.
As I learn more, it has gotten easier and more valuable
by JustPlainBen on 2018/09/23 21:53
Had this app quite a while and found it hard to use and ultimately unusable. Using it keep images of documents, clippings, and my notes on family history (more than 10k names) and it is surprisingly useful. Things I tried to organize using Excel workbooks, large Word tables, genealogy websites, and a family tree app have started coming together easily in One Note. Instead of having to abandon unsuccessful old attempts to get organized, I can link and import them directly into Note books alongside text explaining what I wanted to accomplish and how to follow up. Still a novice with it but surprised at how much my perception has changed and how valuable it has become.
Good but needs some tweaks for mobile optimization
by CollegeBanker on 2019/02/07 04:47
On the whole, I love OneNote and rely very heavily on it on my PC for classes. The tabs and the ability to collapse concepts makes organizing and finding information a breeze on the computer version. The app is more of a mini version and doesn’t seem truly ready to be maximized on the app. Adding in the ability to collapse concepts and more of an ability to zoom out or adjust font size on the app would be super helpful. (Ie my notes are in size 12 font on the computer for easy reading. On the app, it appears more like 24, which can make it harder to find info quickly for the scrolling. Since the font needs to stay 12 for the computer, maybe the app could shrink the font or allow to zoom out of page.)
Best app ever for nursing students
by SuzyB1980 on 2018/11/04 19:17
I have used this app for 3 semesters now and noticed that the first gig is free then after that I noticed it slowed down and I began to have problems... well I have learned that everything good cost money .. so I couldn’t give up on this app since it had all my notes. I logged into my Microsoft account and purchased their versions of ICloud for $10 a month where I have the ability to save up to 1terabite , so I downloaded the cloud app and linked it to one note app.. so worth it. After that the app works beautifully.. no problems no glitches.. but u must pay.. I use this app with my iPad and apple pen for notes... all my PowerPoint are downloaded where I can write notes on them... sooo convenient
Apple Should Thank Microsoft
by TeachThought on 2018/12/28 17:46
Because One Note actually makes the iPad usable as a work and creative device. Entirely legitimizes the iPad Pro. I’ve used dozens of note-taking apps for years and now I feel silly for not having had used this to begin with. It’s not perfect, but it’s close. The app I used and loved previously stopped being supported and no longer works and that’s another lesson here: while I like to support mom and pop developers, the app world is a tough world to survive in. Invest all of your notes and ideas and maps and drawings in an app—only to have it stop working. Paper doesn’t do that. If you want to take this risk, consider doing so with a large developer who has a better chance of long-term support.
Feels natural buttttt
by onenoteuserv on 2018/12/28 19:12
As a college student, I take all my notes on my iPad because it is more practical and easier to stay organized. When I first started doing this I tried basically every other popular app out there and even paid money for a lot of them. However I keep coming back to this one. It feels more natural when I write, and I love that I can see how much I am zooming in to write so my handwriting size stays consistent. The only flaw that I have noted, which is why my other friends opt for the other apps is that there are no grid lines that show printing page restrictions. It would be nice if they could add a setting for printing preview like the ones excel has so you see as you write , whether you are within the page boundary. Otherwise, great app!
OneNote review
by Organization Buff on 2017/10/21 19:59
I like the program a lot, but there are some things They need to fix. I’ve sent them now multiple letters and requests and they just ignore me. On printing you cannot highlight a specific area to print. If on one page you had 20 pages of writing for example to print one paragraph you have to print off 20 pages! I’ll sometimes keep an ongoing journal on one page that git’s thats long. Almost any program has that feature except for OneNote. I guess Microsoft doesn’t have the financial resources to correct something so simple. And they don’t even have the time to respond to their customers request! I just don’t understand it. Our whole business uses Microsoft software and I was a big fan of it in the past. We’re switching more and more to Apple because they listen to their customers.
School Work
by 212324Bb on 2018/04/22 03:24
I use this for school work for almost every class. At first i wasn't sure about it since i was new to the whole iPad idea of taking notes, but after getting the pencil i started playing with it. Now i can take notes, draw, and everything else with it. It makes it easier for me to take notes when i am in my accounting classes trying to keep up with the problems since they can sometimes be really long and run for a couple pages. Now i can narrow it down to one page and keep the sections of the books separated for easy access. The paper style feature is also wonderful! Definitely helps with me not having to carry so many notebooks around campus.
Auto-capitalization feature off???
by Pillydaer on 2018/07/09 12:35
This app is great for a college student like me and allows me to take note in class on my ipad. This is all great until my computer Science class. As the app programmers may know, programming is very case sensitive and this app does not allow you to tuen off the auto capitalization feature. This is a major problem. I have gone into the settings of my ipad and turned it off for my overall device but the app refuses to make a change. After looking into several forums, I have found that this is a huge problem for many people for many reasons: people writing in a different language, people keeping track of passwords and other case sensitive material, etc. Please one note, I love your app but if this is not rectified soon I will be forced to look into other note taking app.
No ink to text handwriting conversion
by Popstar Dad on 2018/02/03 12:54
I wanted to love the OneNote system. Sadly, the handwriting conversion feature which is so touted for OneNote, is not a feature of the app. This makes the app minimally useful for the hopes of taking notes on an iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil. The support recommendation is to open the handwritten notes on the desktop version, convert them there, then sync them back to the iPad. Too many steps, Microsoft developers! But, maybe they’re hoping this will encourage Surface purchases over iPad. Their business decision, for sure, but my business decision is now to simply dump all my Office programs and apps for a different working environment that will fully integrate. Plenty of other good apps that are hardware agnostic. Why not let your products stand on their own merit, rather than handicapping them in other systems in hopes of creating a crappy user experience with competing hardware? The latter is too shortsighted and obvious guys, you can do better!
Very difficult to link notes...
by vak1 on 2018/10/16 23:56
To link note, you must find other note, then copy link, then paste. It used to be that you can paste the link using title between two sets of squarely brackets. Even that was very cumbersome, but they have removed it for much more complicated system used now. On Windows desktop, you can use Control K and dialogue allowing you to search the notes pops up. Without this functionality, OneNote is not really usable if you have more then a few notes and want to link them. I hope that this functionality would be added, but until it is the only version of OneNote that is really usable to me is Windows Desktop one. At the same time, if a way to link notes is added, I would consider this a five star, best in class software. As is, software is powerful but penalizes power users on any platform but Desktop Windows.
Better than Notability
by Kugelblitz on 2018/09/16 02:34
While Notability is great given its intuitive GUI and simple layout, One Note has a superior edge given its compatibility within MS Office, its dynamic ability to grab web page articles (Web Clipper), and seamless integration into the cloud. One of my favorite aspects of it is that I don’t have to buy it twice. When you’re not a student, this is expensive, but being a student I was miffed that Notability wanted to charge me 2x, once for MacOS and once for iOS. I wrote them about it, and they confirmed that they do charge twice. MS didn’t do that. It downloads here, and downloads on my iMac. Microsoft, you rock! Thanks for making a great product, and I’m happy to look forward to learning how great this is.
NOT compatible with MS Word 🤬😡🤬😡
by TxtrMom on 2018/08/09 22:31
After reading all the rave reviews on OneNote a few years ago, I switched to it from Evernote, cumbersomely but effectively importing all my Evernote files. I enjoyed OneNote’s way of organizing my files inside the app, but imagine my surprise and consternation when I found out— during a critical crunch point in my work flow— that Microsoft managed to create a NOTES app that canNOT cut&paste nor export to its own WORD PROCESSING app!!! I had been gathering notes intended for larger Word documents, and found that all that time and effort had been wasted— I had to re-type EVERYTHING I had already composed in expectation of using those thoughts in my Word documents. Totally unacceptable. Also, I am not a fan of OneDrive— I MUCH prefer Dropbox or iCloud. These two decisions on the developers’ part make it clear to me that I am not their target audience... so I’m not their audience at all anymore.
Recommended by a Friend, Now an Invaluable Asset
by DH_WCS on 2018/12/15 13:32
This app was recommended to me by a classmate halfway through the semester. Now I use it for all my notes, homework, study sessions, and exam revision. Instead of carrying heavy books and printed PowerPoint slides (professors LOVE slides), everything is consolidated into one place (my iPad). There are other alternatives out there, but you can never go wrong with the Microsoft Office. Best thing about it is that I can access my notes from anywhere, not just my iPad. Keep it up, hopefully future updates don’t mess up this app (I’ve noticed a trend with note taking/organizing apps where they think they’re adding features but end up bloating the software and making it unusable).
Brilliant!
by Aniljacobs on 2018/11/19 12:44
I have been using OneNote for collaborating with colleagues and family for 8 years and no other app comes even close to it. The ability to share meeting notes with voice over or video, hand written network diagrams and Visio diagrams, To Do Lists with checkboxes is exceptional. OneNote works on all platforms and we even used it for Monthly/Quarterly business reviews. Try sharing your OneNote pages with friends/colleagues half way across the world and you will see updates in real time. The speed at which it syncs your updates is like no other Note taking app. I also use OneNote to plan and print travel itineraries as you can print straight from web apps to OneNote. My only feedback is to add more improvements for writing with Pen.
Ppt—>pdf—>import is annoying; app crashes every 10 minutes
by Top_Books on 2018/03/03 15:37
I’ve tried using OneNote on my iPad Pro/MacBook Pro but have become most frustrated with the lack of usability for PowerPoints. In order to get a ppt on OneNote in the iPad, I have to first download the ppt on my Mac, save it as a pdf, upload it to OneNote on my Mac, sync, open OneNote on my iPad, sync, and hope it loads. Maybe I missed a shortcut somewhere but this process is a huge hindrance to the usability of the app. I also find the OneNote app crashes every 10 minutes—sometimes every 5 minutes. Whatever I was doing right before the crash is also lost. :( I gave two stars because the options in OneNote are great. The interface is easy to use and I like the options for note taking. The idea behind OneNote it great—the execution is just not there for Mac and iPad users unfortunately. Fix it and I’ll come back!
Great, but would be 5 stars with a few updates!
by LeahBugg611 on 2018/09/24 21:17
This app allows me to take notes and have it accessible in any device that has OneNote downloaded. As a student, I am able to study on different devices, edit notes across all devices, and share my notes with classmates. I’d give this app 5 stars if the following things were updated: 1. It’d be great if there was a printable version that doesn’t cut off the notes or an option to write on a 8x11 page so that printing isn’t an issue 2. On the MacBook version of the app, I am able to record and take notes then go back and click on notes and be able to play the recording that’s associated with that notes. Unfortunately, the iPad app version doesn’t allow for that so allowing the app to do that would be amazing! 3. Anything above 100mb cannot be downloaded on a single page, which is inconvenient as a pre-med student who needs a lot of pictures on her slides because of classes like Anatomy and Physiology Overall, the app is great when it comes to note taking, drawing/writing, and typing. These small changes that already exist in other devices would make this a 5 star app.
Good but some issues
by sneharrrr on 2018/08/01 06:19
The OneNote is a good app that I use for organizing my notes for college, keeping my own diary and very good for storing creative ideas. But there’s a few issues with the syncing, it takes ages to sync your notes and Google Keep, or Docs are doing a much better job with that. At the same time I’m unable to share my notes since it says it’s “password protected” when I never put any password to it. Google does not have that issue. And selecting and copying and pasting takes time as well. Another big and irritating problem is that when I edited some notes on my iPad, I’m unable to see the same notes on my iPhone, the app says, “unable to open this section” Like what? Please fix this issue and make your apps a bit faster and efficient. Switching to Google Keep.
Nearly constant sync issues
by ED67 on 2018/01/01 02:14
The iPad app is getting less usable. Nearly constant error messages saying “Couldn’t Sync”. No other indicator of what the problem could be. Almost as frequently, the app requires me to sign in to sync, at which time it sometimes syncs, and sometimes doesn’t. No idea why I can use it one minute, and the next minute I have to sign in again. Excel and Word work fine. I’ve uninstalled the OneNote app a number of times, thinking a fresh install will help. No dice. The iPhone app, on the other hand, works much better, and the Mac app seems to work fine. I have a lot of notebooks and a lot of information and pdf files in them. I’m tempted to think it’s too much data for OneNote to process, but the iPhone app works, and it’s the same data. I keep hoping each update will fix the issue but it has not been fixed so far.
Good on first impression, but need a lot of usability improvement
by 孙帝杰 on 2018/08/30 15:31
I use this one note as my main note app. I it is decent and serves its purpose. However, I experienced sync problem many times when I open same note book on phone and computer simultaneously. Part of the notebook can not sync what so ever and end up in “broken segment”. Also the app crash every time when screen timeout while the app is open. The page created on phone also has layout problem when viewed on PC, when move mouse to the left edge of these notes the horizontal scroll bar will flick and shift right. The way I solve this problem is move entire note area right a little bit. But this way the note end up look pretty bad on the phone.
Terrible Product
by Geodov on 2018/06/26 15:36
I have tried using this product over several years with same sync bugs. I use it only on my iPad and after several weeks I get a system error stating it can not merge records and that I must use OneNote on a PC to see the errors and record conflict. It also says you can see the errors on OnNote online but when you go there, it takes you back to the iPad app. At work we are a Microsoft shop, but have scrapped OneNote on PCs because it was buggy. It is been a while since I wrote this review and a number of product upgrades have taken place. Microsoft still has not fixed the issue of “We couldn’t merge some changes. To review conflicts, use One Note on your computer or One Note Online”. I would recommend staying with Apple Notes, although not as feature rich, never seems to have major issues with syncing.
Most useful note keeping for me
by stophanie on 2017/12/22 19:27
It has features that help me keep track of the mess in my brain. For work, I like to have a tab for work accomplishments, and then I create a page for each work week underneath. I can make pages subset to others, so I can arrange work weeks by year, etc, and then collapse them so I don’t have to look at tons of pages on the side panel. The organizational style is pretty intuitive for my needs, and it helps me quickly recall details about things that might have happened weeks before. I like the features. I can insert or create page templates. I can paste in pictures and drag them around, or use any kind of text. I can draw and mark up notes. I’ve also used this across desktop and mobile and it is handy to switch quickly from platform to platform. On top of this, I’ve used this with teams of people to keep track of tasks, so we can all know what’s going on with each other. I like to keep tabs for training notes/reference, for meeting notes, etc. I also keep a separate OneNote notebook if I have a personal project (like a D&D game).
Fabulous App . . . One Shortcoming
by JA Motter on 2018/08/25 11:39
I love Microsoft OneNote, and would give it 5 stars or more for its utility. There is one thing they could do to make it better, but I have suggested to Microsoft several times already. Like Apple, they have no interest whatsoever in what their customers want as far as changes to the product. As for OneNote, they need a password system that provides security. Anyone can jump on my PC or iPad and gain access to all my content—meaning they can look at it, steal it, or delete it. Microsoft allows passwords at the level of individual tabs, but that is a hassle since I have thousands of pages on hundreds of tabs. There is no password security at any higher level, such as “books” or for entry into the entire app.
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