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Capture your thoughts, discoveries, and ideas and simplify overwhelming planning moments in your life with your very own digital notepad. 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. Write memos, make a digital sketchbook and save notes right on your phone. Sync your notes via OneDrive to access them anytime, anywhere. Whether you're at home, in the office, or on the go, your notes are available to you across all of your devices. Get the complete Microsoft Office experience when you sign in with your Microsoft Account. Take notes, share ideas, organize and collaborate when you download microsoft onenote today. Capture Anything: • With OneNote, you can plan that big event, save ideas to create something new and track that list of errands that are too important to forget. • Save pictures of whiteboards, photos or printed documents in your notes with Office Lens. Quickly take a picture, automatically crop and insert the image into your notes. Organize, Search and Secure: • Quickly organize your notes in a way that works best for you with powerful organizational tools. • 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. Sync your Sticky Notes: • Quickly save your thoughts and ideas with colorful sticky notes on the go. • Sync your sticky notes to access them from anywhere on any device, anytime. Save, Share, and Collaborate: • Save to the cloud (OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, and SharePoint) and access your notes on anytime and on any device. • Collaborate and work together in a shared notepad. Write & Draw on iPad: • Use a variety of pen colors and settings to 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. • Use a stylus or the touchscreen to write notes or use OneNote as a sketchbook. 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. Monthly Microsoft 365 subscriptions purchased from the app will be charged to your App Store account and will automatically renew within 24 hours prior to the end of the current subscription period unless auto-renewal is disabled beforehand. You can manage your subscriptions in your App Store account settings. This app is provided by either Microsoft or a third-party app publisher and is subject to a separate privacy statement and terms and conditions. Data provided through the use of this store and this app may be accessible to Microsoft or the third-party app publisher, as applicable, and transferred to, stored, and processed in the United States or any other country where Microsoft or the app publisher and their affiliates or service providers maintain facilities. Please refer to the Microsoft Software License Terms for Microsoft 365. See “License Agreement” link under Information. By installing the app, you agree to these terms and conditions.
Gracias
by Luis Montalvo Veliz on 2021/05/16 22:58
Buenazo
Great but…
by zbirdz on 2021/05/16 19:42
The “search by text” feature requires getting used to, and it’s hard figuring out how to scroll through its findings. Still haven’t figured it out.
5/16/21 most recent update prevents double tap on pencil to swap from pen to eraser.
by Glee217 on 2021/05/16 19:24
Newest update as of 5/16 prevents double tap on pencil to switch from eraser to pen but pen to eraser works. Also please make a LOCK for zoom to be 100% only since my palm or sleeve zooms unintentionally.
Needs more update
by Shileh on 2021/05/16 16:07
User interface needs still more thing to do toward improvement.
Great single place to keep all my thoughts and ideas
by MajorDr on 2021/05/16 14:52
I use One Note to keep my thoughts and ideas that would otherwise be lost.
Love OneNote
by rob@northcoast on 2021/05/16 14:19
I have ADD and OneNote helps me collect and organize all the random thoughts that hit me throughout the day.
when are you going to FIX the double tap????
by applepencil doubletap on 2021/05/16 04:34
it’s been 6days since you guys added the critical bug that prevents from using Apple pencil’s double tap feature. I don’t know what kind of bug the last update fixed, but being not able to convert to eraser tool from pen tool is one of the most convenient feature..!!! if you guys can’t figure out how to fix the bug, just roll it back to previous version!!!
One note is another Microsoft example of artificial stupidity
by Dr. Shankle on 2021/05/16 02:36
Does Microsoft ever beta test their software? The simplest things do not work in any Microsoft product I have ever used. Bill gates is a genius but his products basically are not well thought out A little beta testing could make a huge difference. This is too fundamental to ignore.
Great for syncing all of my devices
by Lliissaa on 2021/05/15 20:26
This app is pretty great. I can store all of my work project notes, personal art project ideas, and church Bible studies in one place and open them on my work computer, personal tablet, or phone any time. I can keep them all sorted into folders and tabs, and everything saves and syncs automatically.
Handwriting to text
by kens16415 on 2021/05/15 17:16
Handwriting to text is needed on the IPad Pro.
Need handwrite to text support
by lenin sheikh on 2021/05/15 12:32
Please add handwrite to text support
애플펜슬 버그
by 나쁘지않습니다 on 2021/05/15 10:48
애플펜슬 더블탭 시 지우개에서 펜으로 변경되지않습니다
Poor Synchronization Capabilities
by Neptuniumm on 2021/05/15 10:29
There is no ‚Force Synchronization‘ option in this app. That requires you to sign out of your One-Drive account and sign in back again every time you want to synchronize your notebooks.
Apple Pencil issues
by ryan_wb on 2021/05/14 22:32
Love the app, but recently the app has not allowed me to switch from the eraser to a marker with the double tap feature on my Apple Pencil. I can still switch from a marker to eraser though, which is odd.
Perfect!
by Scott1234! on 2021/05/14 21:21
It’s perfect for keeping notes!
Urg. Keeps losing authentication to the cloud
by Ole9toes on 2021/05/14 21:11
Repeatedly loses auth to cloud.
Fix the double tap on iPad
by Tony hpy on 2021/05/14 20:54
Double tap to switch between pen and eraser is not working!!! Fix it immediately!!!
Waiting for improvements
by PMcCoy on 2021/05/14 14:50
This program should have handwriting to text conversion.
Good luck using this on an iPad!
by Kc8705 on 2021/05/13 19:31
I was so excited to use my iPad with this app to keep track of all of my notes for work, unfortunately, the app does not work! Works on all other devices, I’ve deleted the app, signed out of other devices and restarted devices. The app still did not work!
The best Microsoft app
by BradleyAT on 2021/05/13 18:50
The best Microsoft app. Accessing my notes from any device keeps me organized and informed on years of conversations and notes in real time.
Great app
by LPT67 on 2021/05/13 17:54
No problems to use it.
Double tap not working correctly for Gen2 pencil
by cmpersson on 2021/05/13 17:40
Just noticed that double tap to toggle between current tool and eraser doesn’t work correctly. When on a pen tool, double tapping goes to the eraser but will not switch back when double tapping again. Kind of annoying but manageable.
Best free note taking app
by ttmmmhhh on 2021/05/13 16:29
I have iPad and window laptop so this is a perfect choice for me.
Apple Pencil double tap feature does not work
by aCostumer on 2021/05/13 15:25
Quality assurance, or lack of.
Four stars for one note
by 4th Grade Dad on 2021/05/13 13:41
Five stars for functional utility. Three stars for awkward formatting.
using it for a long time
by 0705danny on 2021/05/13 06:48
its good but since the last update, i cant switch back and forth the eraser and last tool i used with apple pencil doubletap.
Apple Pencil Gen 2 double tap feature broken
by Pranto49 on 2021/05/13 04:58
Can only change tools once, but can’t go back to the previously used tool using double tap, totally broken. Please fix. We’d like if bug”fix”es actually didn’t add more bugs.
Not great on iPad
by Baconcheddascone on 2021/05/12 22:57
Writing experience through the iPad is horrible, I’m almost losing my cool on this. Writing becomes disjointed or sometimes the drawings just “break”; broken lines everywhere. It’s not an issue with my pencil or my iPad as the writing experience on anything else, such as Notes or GoodNotes, works perfectly. Feature options are also limited. Custom tag creation doesn’t exist in the Mac version, so whatever i created via my windows laptop doesn’t exist when I open my notes here. I love OneNote,but I hate using it on my iPad,esp when handwriting notes.
Do not use.
by RichieRoachClip on 2021/05/12 21:41
You will lose data. It’s very simple.
I love the app
by antoinelouis974 on 2021/05/12 12:41
I love the app and I can see all my notebooks on the app and I can work more productive
My reasoning for 5 ⭐️
by hey_im_bored... on 2021/05/12 12:30
Ok so it’s an amazing app because we use it at school and so I am very thankful because we don’t have to carry a ton of notebooks around in our backpacks. The teacher sends us the class work to our note book and boda bing boda boom! We have a class work sheet! We have separate tabs for each class and folders inside each class tab and then worksheets inside each folder...you get the point. So I would just like to say thank you one more time because it’s my first year of middle school and oneNote makes it easy for me to do work at school without having a heavy backpack. One more thing, thank you bruises without one note I would let have any way to have done virtual learning last year...!
If Apple Pencil, don’t get new update!
by Hiller Family on 2021/05/11 22:12
App is good, but the 16.49 update (5/10/21) ruins compatibility with Apple Pencil gen 2 double-tap eraser feature. It’s essential for my workflow. I’ll change my review when this ginormous flaw is fixed. Stick to 16.48 or earlier.
Amazing for class
by hhtt I'd d try j he dr on 2021/05/11 19:02
I love using this app however my only nitpick is that there isn’t many ink’s for the pen just red and thats to write to close to the left side of the screen the next time you write is going to automatically make straight line going across your screen. On mobile
Fedt!
by DK22 on 2021/05/11 18:57
Det er fedt!
Apple Pencil Problems
by AangryyUser on 2021/05/11 15:53
There is this pervasive problem where the pen strokes have inconsistent sizing. I have to erase and then try writing again multiple times before the size goes back to normal. If this is a pen pressure feature, please give an option to disable it. The new update has also created a bug in the apple pencil’s tap feature. I cannot go back between eraser and pen like I used to. It gets stuck on the eraser once I switch from pen mode. Please fix!
Apple Pencil not working properly
by 180BIZ on 2021/05/11 15:19
First of all, I use OneNote constantly for capturing notes with client meetings and love it. Since the last update, my Apple Pencil doesn’t work properly. Before the update, my pencil worked flawlessly. If I made a mistake, I would double tap the pencil to change the mode of the pencil to the eraser with my finger and erase the mistake. Then I would double tap the pencil again and the pencil would flip back to pencil mode and I’d keep writing. Now I can get the pencil to switch to the eraser but can’t get the pencil to switch back to pencil to continue writing unless I manually choose the pencil from the list of options. I rebooted my iPad. I made sure the pencil was fully charged. And I tried using the pencil in Apple Notes and the pencil switches back and forth seamlessly as it always has.
Lovin it but need a few things..
by ugiguflfykxoyoyfoyfoyfkyfiyoy on 2021/05/11 12:49
Four stars bc it’s glitchy when you open the app and it’s very hard and frustrating when you try to draw thank u
Needs math support. Glitchy
by Jujubinkz on 2021/05/11 12:19
Please add full math features. Also, i do not like that every time i accidentally touch the top of the screen it scrolls to the top - i cannot imagine a scenario in which thats useful. Please add an option for this. Finally, the double tap to switch between pencil and eraser no longer works. It will switch from pencil to eraser, but cannot return to pencil from eraser.
Software issues!!!!
by Explendor21 on 2021/05/11 07:19
I don’t know why but the tap feature of the Apple Pencil doesn’t work on the OneNote. It was working before but once I started making notes it just stopped. I suspect it’s because of the massive amount of info I filled in one page. However, this is no excuse for the software to bug out and stop reading taps. Sometimes it register one tap and changes to eraser but then it doesn’t go back to the previous pen. Also I have checked with apple notes and my pencil works just fine.
Fixed crashes but not error with Apple Pencil
by rjdog115 on 2021/05/10 20:23
While writing on OneNote anytime I double tap to switch to eraser I can’t double tap to return to the previous writing utensil anymore. At least it doesn’t crash anymore.
Introduce locking notes
by Jere Carew on 2021/05/10 20:11
Let’s have the ability to lock notes. I think that’s all I need from one note now. That’s all.
Great; love a planner
by bostain on 2021/05/10 19:11
Wish it had a planner function
Great Writing Tool
by WriterStewie on 2021/05/10 09:30
As a television writer, OneNote is invaluable! I am creating all of the time. OneNote keeps track of my written and recorded notes for each show I create. I love this program!
Bad
by Delaney Lichty on 2021/05/09 22:33
Horible
I can't even write the title
by JiamingKong on 2021/05/09 17:13
The stroke will come and go as if one note sent it o the iOS for recognition but nothing returned. All this is annoying
Hello?!!
by ttalford4 on 2021/05/09 15:49
Is anyone reading these reviews or doing anything about the crashing issue?
Hang out
by MajidKhansari on 2021/05/09 15:30
Crash and clone one note ……
No
by Cello Music Lover on 2021/05/08 19:34
I
Doesn’t work
by sekacnapynit on 2021/05/08 16:36
IPhone 12 Pro - the app opens then immediately closes. Software update to date on iPhone. Very disappointed this app does not work.
App won’t open after download
by bval12345 on 2021/05/07 16:10
This app won’t open even after deleting and re-downloading. Please fix this.
Not updated for iPad Trackpad support
by KrunchDown on 2021/05/07 14:33
I’ve been using this for years. It’s a great app in theory, but it has not kept up. More recently it does not measure up to the other MS apps for iPad, and does not provide optimized support for the trackpads in the new keyboards. This is a sign of neglect.
Nice and easy
by Pkp48 on 2021/05/07 13:50
Great for lists you need soon or want to keep.
Needs better pdf viewing functionality.
by daklyy on 2021/05/07 09:01
Works great but the way it deals with pdf is not convenient.
Crashes when opening.
by hejnxnwjax on 2021/05/07 00:42
Good app, but doesn't even open on my iPad anymore after latest update. Please fix this!
Could not open app!
by Nat-AA on 2021/05/06 22:56
Could not open app. App shutdown after trying to open it.😥
Crashes
by Music!Man? on 2021/05/06 21:00
App won’t open on iOS 14.5 like many others say, can’t use the feed back tool in app since it won’t load, so bad review it is. sorry. I’ll update when you fix the problem.
Convenient
by Yogi. girl on 2021/05/06 13:57
I like that I can take notes anytime and create my file.
Totally broken
by RevelationsLastChance on 2021/05/06 06:18
Refuses to sync on iOS, Windows, and Android. On Windows, notes are now visibly corrupted. The iPad app won't even start... it dies right away even if you reset it, uninstall it, and reinstall it.
Kept crashing, uninstalled
by solar_flaring on 2021/05/06 02:40
I can open pretty much everything except for this
Missing some very basic functionality
by sterldude on 2021/05/06 01:23
You can put check boxes for a to-do list, but when you check the box, IT DOES NOT MOVE THE ITEM TO THE BOTTOM OF THE LIST. This is ridiculous. It has this functionality in the iPhone app ONLY. Doubly ridiculous. This is Microsoft, right?? Add this function, and its a 4 or 5 star easy; but this little issue is a major pain in the butt!!!!
Very Glitchy
by ki8463 on 2021/05/05 23:50
It won’t let me change Microsoft accounts so I can log in.
No Greek letters
by BringIngTheStorm on 2021/05/05 18:44
Can’t add Greek letters
Does not connect b/w Mac and iPhone
by Jake w/ statefarm on 2021/05/05 17:59
Does not sync b/w Mac and iPhone
It a good app
by Ollie Ballie on 2021/05/05 15:41
I really like this app because I can keep data in a notebook and it is really easy to get to and find things when I have a assignment for school
Crashes on 14.5
by deepwoof on 2021/05/05 05:09
Like others I am no longer able to load the app on iPhone runnng OS 14.5. It would no longer sync with laptop app and the reinstall crashes immediately. Please release an updated version. I use it daily but will need to find another solution.
App does not open on iOS 14.4.2
by P4Patel39 on 2021/05/05 05:09
I reset my iPhone and installed this app and it’s not even opening. I installed over 50 Apps today and not a single app crashed. Not expecting this from a Microsoft product.
iOS Mobile App
by TheMattHatter23 on 2021/05/05 04:00
In general, OneNote is an incredibly useful tool. However, the iOS Mobile app crashes upon opening (latest version of the app, latest iOS update). All of the Office365 forums do not seem to acknowledge the issue and just instruct to hard reset your device.
Absolutely wonderful app!
by The Jimmy James on 2021/05/05 03:30
I've been using OneNote for several years, in different versions on different platforms. They've all been wonderful. The problems I've had have been seldom and small, mostly lags in syncing that last a couple of minutes. All in all, a fantastic notes app. Thanks!
Ok
by Cheriannda on 2021/05/04 20:13
Ok
Won’t open
by eez.zee on 2021/05/04 19:41
For the last week, the app crashes before even truly opening. Now useless.
Crashes as soon as opened
by ipodlove25 on 2021/05/04 15:51
Deleted old credentials and logins, still crashes and won’t open. Reinstalled multiple times.
Just Switched, Wondering if I made the right choice
by Ljm6785 on 2021/05/04 10:39
I just made the switch from Evernote to One Note. I did it on the PC and it was a long process. But when I downloaded the app for my iPad today, the app either crashes or hangs the device. Not cool. I guess I will just have to use the web interface to access my notes.
Unusably glitchy and poor functionality
by _zzZ7 on 2021/05/04 04:54
A non-exhaustive list of the glitches/poor functionality that I have experienced: -Does not register taps or clicks. Sometimes I have to click the mouse pad upwards of a dozen times before it actually engages the note and allows me to select something or move the cursor. I have the same issue with touch input. -Screen randomly jumps around when trying to markup a page when zoomed in. The only fix is to draw on it at 100% zoom, but that is not ideal. -OCR takes forever, if it works at all. -No paste options. Pasting always keeps the source formatting, which requires adjustment every time I copy & paste formatted text. -Ink to Shape does not support straight lines. If I want to make straight highlighter lines, I have to repeatedly go to Insert Shape and choose Line, as this process immediately de-selects the option as soon as one shape/line is made.
Love the app but..
by Victa20 on 2021/05/04 04:31
Doesn’t open on updated iPad 2020 iOS. What gives ?
Helpful!
by Studious Panda on 2021/05/04 01:20
I love this app it allows me to do so much for my school assignments. I love using printouts and marking them up! Perfect for my iPad Pro! Really LOVE this app!
Crashes in iOS 14.5
by fun_muscles on 2021/05/04 00:05
Please fix this app. It crashes when you try to open it in iOS 14.5
wonderful app
by lrog05 on 2021/05/03 20:43
Honestly great app, especially since it’s free. Works great for the iPad and Apple Pencil, although I wish you could zoom in more when writing. Other than that, definitely recommend.
On latest OS and App version, will not open
by Prettysei on 2021/05/03 12:16
I recently downloaded the app but when I try and open, it closes immediately. I’ve confirmed the app and Ipad versions are the most up to date. I restarted the Ipad, uninstalled/reinstalled the app. None of this worked. Any help would be appreciated!
Keeps crashing
by Bloffredo on 2021/05/03 01:49
Won't even open on my iPhone. Junk. How does this app have almost 5 stars?
Used to be great, now crashes
by jevenson9 on 2021/05/03 00:50
I used to love one note, but the past couple months it does nothing but crash if I try to open it on iPhone. In itself that’s not so bad, except to try and troubleshoot you have to submit issues and feedback in the app, which is impossible because it does not open creating a never ending cycle of crashes. I can’t even uninstall and reinstall
Neat app, terrible highlighters
by BANGTANarmy2019 on 2021/05/02 22:42
The app is pretty neat and has a nice layout and organization system. However, the highlighters are terrible. They do not show up at all on the dark “paper” and their color mixes with that of the pen. For example, if I have a yellow highlighter, it won’t show up. Its presence is marked only by the fact that it turns green wherever it touches blue pen, and I hate both of these effects. Furthermore, the highlighter is almost fully opaque. It just looks like a chisel tip pen, something I noticed after attempting to use it on a white background. For line ruling, I ask that you please remove the red line on the left, and preferably add an option for smaller lines. Alternatively, you could give an option with and without the red line, for those that prefer having it. Otherwise, this is a pretty good app that I’m sure would work better for people that don’t use the dark “paper”.
Too Buggy
by utopia1 on 2021/05/02 21:51
I’ve been using One Note solidly for over 6 years. It has just become too buggy for me to continue using. I love the design but just can’t put up with the Microsoftness anymore. I’ve switched to Google Docs. It’s not the same type program but I can make it work.
Sipping
by Ashtri on 2021/05/02 19:13
Atlantic
Please put the sections back to the top
by Marce258 on 2021/05/02 18:16
Unclear why it’s not an option to put the sections on top. Thanks.
App does not open at all
by H.lia on 2021/05/02 15:33
I’m using iphone and downloaded the app, it won’t open at all. I click the app, it shows the logo then takes me back to the homescreen. I tried it on my iPad and it works but I prefer to have it on my phone too.
Can’t open app
by joel_y85 on 2021/05/02 02:25
Can’t open app on iPad or iPhone
Does not seem to work for iPad 8th Gen
by iliaalaridae on 2021/05/01 21:34
Whenever I try to start the app it would always crash back to the home menu, no matter now many times I reinstall the app. Hopefully that it will be fixed soon.
iOS 14.5, iPhone Xs crashes!
by jmr323 on 2021/05/01 19:21
Please fix the crashing, I can’t open the app without it crashing every time.
Awesome
by yehsncgdgsdhsjshd on 2021/05/01 16:18
Awesome for organizing those post it’s that end up everywhere!
Please I need help w this
by josie🦔💛 on 2021/05/01 15:47
I got this app but I can’t even open it. Whenever I try to open it, it just glitches and sends me back to the Home Screen? What should I do?
OCR
by leinsterGarth on 2021/05/01 02:17
Bring back copy text from image
Not opening
by lxlgsylslysote on 2021/04/30 23:55
I’m on the iPhone 12pro, latest update 14.5, and latest version of One Note, and the app crashes anytime I try to open it :( please fix
Overall it does everything I need
by CR1MSON81 on 2021/04/30 12:35
Coming from Notability to One Note due to needing to access my notes/files on my work PC, and Notability doesn’t offer PC integration at this time. So far it does what I need, but the sync feature can be a little delayed at times, and I personally find the Notebook and worksheet functions to be a bit “clunky”, but it works, so can’t complain to much. If you need IPad/PC integration I would recommend.
Not good.
by Arcangelo S on 2021/04/30 08:38
Does not open at all. First time using on iphone and does not even load, the app crashes before loading.
Keeps kicking me out of the app
by mariah_____ on 2021/04/30 05:04
Please fix this bug
Great app but...
by ashleybfiosns on 2021/04/29 19:00
I wish we could have a rating option that we could use. For example, if I were to have a table of book titles, it would be nice to have the cell to the right be 5 empty stars (or whatever) and be able to rate the quality of the product to the left. Also it lags sometimes when it comes to synching across devices But otherwise it’s great
High Level Tool
by Izzybil555 on 2021/04/29 16:15
This is a high level tool because of its compatibility with Microsoft Word... at one point could convert a OneNote to a Word document which saved me so much time clipping and pasting. If still the case, the best field to office note taker bar none.
Crashes immediately
by echen001 on 2021/04/29 15:34
Whenever I open the app it shows the one note logo for 2 seconds and then crashes. I tried redownloading and the issue persists.
Not working!
by Yomaya on 2021/04/29 13:52
I have the latest update and can’t get it to open on iPhone or my iPad!
Using it for years
by RobbyLovesJesus on 2021/01/06 14:30
I tried many other apps to track and manage all the minutiae I need for my varied life family work health ministry spiritual life and entrepreneurial issues. I tried others because they had just some advantage in one way. I would wish One Note could do this one more thing. Now One Note is everything I generally need in one place. The only thing more would be a mind mapping app type feature like Lucidchart. If Microsoft added that to One Note WOW it would totally rock. THE best part of One Note is that over many year and many devices and computers my notes have never been seamlessly picked up in the new device. The least stressful app I ever owned. Exact opposite actually, it makes me relax once I capture my thought in One Note. It is like extra raw memory power in my brain. It saved me from loosing a good detail idea for a particular client many times. I stress much less taking notes in One Note knowing I will always see them again no matter what happens to my device. Backups don’t work as well as that... l mean if you have 30 clients and you have quick note to make on the job and then over the phone then a photo to add or screenshot with weblink to a supplier or pdf One Note does it like nothing else can.
WHY ONE STAR
by sorry4ever on 2019/04/09 21:52
Why is it that several notes, which I deleted, ended up in my email? What if I share my email with another person and I don’t want it to be read by the other person? I have no secrets, but what if I did? Where is the privacy? I had used this app several times before and deleted it because I didn’t like the layout. This time I liked it on my NEW phone so I started writing notes on it. But I’m learning that it can’t be trusted. My notes should stay where I put them. Why isn’t there a trash can in the app that you can put notes and delete them for good? Why are they being emailed to my Inbox? If I am deleting them, why aren’t they gone? Please explain this somewhere, as I was not able to find anything about it anywhere, and I find this to be very annoying to say the least. Thanks? PREVIOUS REVIEW This app has had updates, so I'm sure that it's better than it was when it was first developed. And I've read around here and there, reviews from people who stated that they like it. I would love to use it myself. My problem is my phone. My iPhone 5s just does not have enough room for it. Well - you live and learn. 5 Stars for an app that I can't use. It's not their fault, it's mine. So, I give the app 5 stars anyway because I'm sure that it's a great app. Thanks for reading my review.
Awesome but needs work!!!
by SwordD3vil on 2019/04/16 05:03
So Many times have images not show up or show up extremely distorted across devices. Several of my professors prefer to post pdf files of their PowerPoint lectures instead of the PowerPoint itself. These lecture notes are extremely long sometimes 108 slides so I usually download them and use my laptop to insert the pdf files to onenote and then use my iPad to take notes. The converted PDFs sometimes show up extremely distorted on the iPad making it very difficult to annotate and take effective notes. Please fix this issue and make life easier for us college students. One more thing, when I insert a PDF file with several hundred pages and make notes next to it. When I want to print the notes out on a regular A4 paper. Onenote shrinks the pages so much that the hundred of PDF pages fit on only one single A4 paper making it completely unusable. I really really would appreciate having proper page layout options in the touch version of onenote to set strict borders to have specific page size like A4 so that both the inserted PDF pages and my notes next to them will both show up on the A4 paper and not shrink to extremely tiny size.
Missing critical features specific to the iPad
by BigBoyAddison on 2020/09/21 17:54
OneNote first off is wonderful. I’ve been using it for a long time for school and it is very good. With such good integration with Office and other apps there’s nothing else like it. The drawbacks of this app though are pretty severe. You cannot use 2 OneNote applications in split view, only one so you cant have a note open on one side and another on the other. This is such a productivity killer and needs to have that feature implemented; other Microsoft 365 apps have this for the iPad already. The next drawback is that ALL Microsoft 365 apps use iOS 12’s text edit touch tools as opposed to the new features implemented in iOS 13. You cannot hold the cursor down and drag it, instead, iOS 12’s touch controls bring up the ancient magnifying glass which is honestly a nightmare. Connected to this problem is at the Magic Keyboard for the iPad Pro almost has no support for text editing. It feels like I’m just using a finger as opposed to hovering over text with the “I” like on other documents. This is due to iOS 12’s touch controls that need to be updated. The current iOS used when writing this review is iOS 14. I cannot select individual letters without having to hold down left click and wait for the magnifying glass to come up. It is very annoying and Microsoft please fix.
A Fantastic Notes App on iPad, but Mouse Support Needs Work
by Pyxxl355 on 2021/04/28 13:16
OneNote is a great app for notetaking on iPads, whether via typing or handwriting with a compatible stylus. Both can be used together interchangeably to create a remarkably versatile workflow that syncs seamlessly across devices. It’s an extremely useful tool for college notes that I come back to often. There is one issue with the app that frustrates the experience a bit, however, and that is the clunky mouse support. With other Office apps being able to take full advantage of the fast-highlighting features that iPadOS has brought to the table, being unable to quickly highlight and format text the same way in OneNote makes the experience more jarring. It takes a double-click to initiate highlighting mode on a word, as the pointer does little more than emulate a finger at this point; from there, the highlighting start and end bars have to be moved around, then formatting applied. It’s not a deal-breaking issue, but it can be an impedence to a note-taking workflow which makes it a bit harder to be swift and organized with color or other formatting compared to a PC. Aside from this, the app functions incredibly smoothly, and is a great, free all-rounder notes option for all sorts of different applications.
IPAD users beware
by iPad User (con) on 2021/02/07 19:00
Unbelievably frustrating. Super glitchy (sometimes the drawings jump around, images dont show up etc) and crashing CONSTANTLY (either just exits the app and forgets the last 30 seconds of work, or suddenly doubles its storage size on my iPad and locks me out for minutes at a time stating "One Note needs at least x amount of storage to operate"). Started happening after a few months of notes. Takes up an egregious amount of space, even with class notebook that stores old notebooks on cloud. Also has ridiculous syncing issues: just about every single one of my notebooks has a syncing "error" attached. If these issues were to resolve I would have given the app 3.5-4 stars because overall it go the job done and was simple to use once I learned how to use it. ALSO: your capabilities are very limited on iPad. There is not much you can do in terms of saving the information on an external hardrive, sharing the files, etc. There are not many setting items that you can mess around with either. Pretty annoying for troubleshooting issues. Normally dont write reviews, but I felt I had to considering the amount of time I threw into this app, and how disappointed I was in the end. (I was very happy with it in the beginning). Would have been worth it to buy another app specifically designed for Apple products.
Please turn off automatic capitalization
by All_Fruit on 2020/01/13 17:01
Thank you very much for your service. I have recently begun to write more notes for work and school using OneNote. I typically write from a mobile device, on which I definitely have auto-capitalization set to off. Unfortunately, OneNote continues to automatically capitalize my words, even upon review. I deliberately edit notes differently and often do not want capital letters at the beginning of each line or elsewhere. Moreover, I also write in multiple languages, but OneNote seems to have trouble recognizing it and will correct my writing much more frequently than other apps, becoming a great hindrance at times. Please adjust these settings or allow specific control from your application. I do actually have auto-correct and auto-capitalization set to off in my device settings. As a bonus, it would be wonderful to have additional possibilities with regard to editing the text appearance (font styles, sizes, highlights). Thanks! I appreciate your incredible work. Update: I can now expressly adjust settings for spelling and automatically capitalization within the app.
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.
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!
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’.
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.
Excellent for work and school
by big_ocean33 on 2020/11/13 12:59
I’ve used OneNote for many years now and find it very helpful for organizing my work and educational notes. I use it across PC, Mac, iOS and iPadOS. It is great to have access to notes on all devices and combines written and typed text, hyperlinks, screenshots, attachments. The writing is natural and smooth. The biggest shortcoming for me is the poor printing or PDF export capability. OneNote treats the document as one continuous document. This is very nice for restriction-free notes, but when it comes to printing or exporting to PDF, there should be some flexible page set up option which aren’t there. Because of this, for submitting written homework or saving notes to share with others at work, I find that I need to use other apps to get the job done with reasonable formatting. It also does not play nicely with formatting when pasting from OneNote to other Microsoft products. These haven’t been fixed in sometime. I hope this review/suggestion is read by the development team, because it would then be a very complete tool for me. Another more minor improvement would be the tables, which are self-formatting. Some improved control over those would be helpful.
Office
by SFZack on 2019/03/01 01:43
Firstly, Is it Office 2016, Office 365, or Office? The answer is blowing in the wind my friends and they are unequal and separate. Secondly, Office Lens is NOT part of OneNote by it doesn’t have Business Card capability to convert business cards into contact card; however it is part of OneDrive where it will take picture of a business card and convert it into a contact card, and guess what, saves the results to OneNote. Now the arduous process of bringing The scanned card into Contacts takes endless trial an error process to save the generated card. I had to trick and deceive to finally save the scanned card to contacts. Never again and save yourself the heartache. If Microsoft was serious about making Office useable by IOS it would have simply added the business card functionality directly into OneNote, having not done that tells you the whole story. OneNote is the most powerful utility bar none. Outlook is the force of global communications, the Outlook Administrator granted me my request to allow editing contacts in iPhone. Now it is someone’s quest to bring Office and its lens to OneNote.
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.
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!
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.
Missing good sorting and search. Not free if syncing > 5 GB
by Simdude on 2019/10/05 12:32
I tried switching from Evernote and like OneNote but like its mac version its ability to sort notes is non existent. A app designed to hold hundreds or thousands of notes should be able to sort by name or date for each section. There also needs to be a way to act on search results. For example, search all notes with word xyz and be able to grab them and move collectively to another section. OneNote is also directly tied to OneDrive. You can not have notebooks on iCloud or Dropbox. If you use the mac version, you can not store notebooks on a local or shared drive. So, take all the claims about FREE with a grain of salt. OneDrive only gives 5 GB free to sync your devices so plan on an office 365 subscription. Syncing can also be slow and problematic. I pulled in thousands of notes from Evernote using Microsoft’s importer on my mac. I had to break the notes into a couple dozen notebooks so they were small enough to be usable. Also a warning. The import is a mess. I had a notebook from my MBA classes with a section for each class in Evernote. The sections all got blended together when importing putting notes together that had the same tags into a section with the tag name. Tag support in OneNote is horrible. Overall, despite past issues with Evernote it has been improved and is so superior to Onenote for sorting, searching and tagging that I will stick with Evernote.
Terribly slow on ipad
by nick5614 on 2020/11/15 19:51
I have used the Onenote the most in my life among all other apps. And finally transferring my notes to Apple notes and Notabilitiy. This is unbearable for how they are caring for their Apps. ios Onenote has been like this for many years and my patiences have ran out. It’s obvious this lack of performance is intentional. There is no way ipad can’t handle few notes displaying and typing and gets this slow. Wake up this is 2020 and the one of the fastest device on the market can’t even handle writing mostly a text notes right. Bye bye shabby business for causing pains to every regular people’s life. you’re not helping but causing pain. This is why more people are running away from the Windows. As for a note, all of my outlook accounts asks to reenter password so much more often and it doesn’t even acticate apple keychain during that process. It’s painful to copy and paste my passwords for 5 different outlook account once every few days. Funny thing is that if I use their app, it just works fine. They can claim it’s Apples fault but even when it is, if they care for their own app, they have to find a way to make it work. So shabby and shoddy. People know who’s the most mean company. It’s probably among MS, Google and Apple. Don’t be the first one.
There are no clear instruction or Tutorial
by Lutherjj on 2020/11/04 20:20
There are no clear instructions on how to show student to work on there OneNote pages (that are not Word Documents- no self-respecting math teacher is going to do all of their student assignments in Word.) I need graphs, I need to use the “Line Tool” under the draw feature. I have gone through hours of Tutorial Videos on “how to..” but none of them have show me a student perspective so I can explain to the students how they turn their assignment and correctly link it to their OneNote Page. (My students are all using a new 7th generation iPad.) OneNote may have done some updates in the last week or so, so I found how the teacher can assign and Link a OneNote page to the Assignment Tab in Teams, but the students cannot write on the page, even though Teams indicates that each student can edit their OneNote Page. I want my OneNote Assignments turned in in Teams and I want to use the “Grade” tab/menu in Teams to grade the assignment. The Grade tab give me the perfect way to open each assignment, write comments, or mark up the page, then return it to students with my comments. Why can’t there be some clear instructions on how to do this using iPads, OneNote, & Teams.
An Unbridled “meh”
by billythewombat on 2020/07/30 13:25
The default notepad on iphone is just fine. I downloaded this because the app store on apple watch made it seem like i would be able to take notes on my apple watch and sync them to the phone which in turn would sync them to the cloud etc. Nope! You can only make them on the phone and then sync them to the watch and cloud from there. You can view them on the watch but everybody’s apple watch notepad app does that, so who cares? This is like getting offered a free ride in a Porsche by your rich buddy. however; upon getting in you find out the seats are not the “bucket seats” your friend talked up, but are instead actual buckets turned upside down and nailed to springs. Also the seatbelt has been cut out so he can only drive at 3 miles per hour for safety reasons. In short: underwhelming disappointment from what a software developer that is the biggest of the big names. Like going to the store to buy cheese and finding one you haven't had before but its from a maker you trust but when you get it hone and take it out of the package its just a pile of rotting leaves and melting wax that has been painted to look like cheese. But then again why am I complaining it was free after-all, but then again most compost is
Search function doesn’t work
by Pyr0cbt91 on 2020/04/15 01:00
I use OneNote for school. About a month into using it, the search function just decided to not work properly. If I search for something it’ll do one of three things: 1) give me results from only a few places, 2) give me results from just the first few months of notes or 3) say no results can be found even though I am physically looking at the word on my screen. It’s a great note taking app, but this issue seems to be very common. I tried every method I could find to fix the issue but nothing works. And when I looked online for solutions, it looks like Microsoft doesn’t even know how to fix the issue and they just give answers to other people that give them the “run-around”. It’s not just an iPad issues either. The search function doesn’t work on my HP laptop or my iOS devices. Other apps have great search functionality and Yet Microsoft being the great company they are, can’t even fix this issue? Advice...unless you won’t be using the search function for school then this app is great, if you will be using it, I’d suggest finding a different note taking app.
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.
Fine if you have 365 from work or school
by Carlemagne93 on 2020/07/02 02:09
It’s a decent note-taking app with some good functions. I have two main gripes: Wildly inconsistent syncing, and a bug that randomly scrolls the page to the very top while not-taking. Every study session, a gray bar pops up that says it couldn’t connect to the server and my notes aren’t syncing. Also, forget about syncing large notes on a single page - I had two pages that had a chapter’s worth of notes on each page that ON would not sync at all. It was only when I meticulously copied and pasted sections of those notes one by one that I could access them on my other devices. As for the scrolling, any accidental touch of the blank space in the ribbon will send you back to the very top of the page, very frustrating to have to scroll all the way back to the bottom when all you wanted to do was change the pen. Fix these issues and add handwriting recognition and you’ll have a 5 star app. If you get office 365 for free from work or school I would use this app, otherwise notability or GoodNotes is probably the move.
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.
Graduate student tool
by Soccerkeep123 on 2020/12/11 22:27
As a graduate student who works between a few devices, I hesitated to purchase an iPad in place of a laptop for my classes because I didn’t know whether I could keep everything straight and synced. However, OneNote works perfectly — If I change a note on my iPad, within a minute the change is seamlessly reflected on my computer, which makes note-taking and paper writing a breeze. I’ve found note taking with my Apple Pencil to be really enjoyable, and better than competing note-taking apps (or the default one). Being able to search handwritten notes is a feature which I never thought possible, but has made my life infinitely easier. For my student friends — a combination of Adobe Acrobat, Dropbox, Google Docs, and OneNote have streamlined my workflow in a way I never thought possible. Now, I can take my iPad with me to class or when running out of the house and I still have access to all my materials.
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).
Excellent across ALMOST all platforms
by phoenixkos on 2020/11/15 17:46
I have been using OneNote for several years now, at first in a work environment, later for personal use. In my work setting, using OneNote harkens back to the old Briefcase from Windows 9x era, the ability to have a ‘binder’ that is organizable by subject, tabs, etc. Different topics ordered and organized in a way that give peers easy access to useful information. In personal use, I’ve found the ability to markup documents and images and rearrange my thoughts in blocks quite useful. It’s great for brainstorming on the fly. Used on an iPad with Apple Pencil is smooth and natural, the tools, could be improved upon, but with recent updates for Dark Mode, progress is being made. My one complaint is OneNote on the MacOS. There is no way to store the OneNote binders locally due to Office365 integrations, the dependency on OneDrive is frustrating and locks you into the MS ecosystem. If not for the slow growth in tooling, and the lack of proper MacOS support, I would definitely award this five stars.
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.
Love using this for note taking but has a big issue...
by p_alex95 on 2020/03/06 13:39
I LOVE this app for note taking. I do mainly hand written notes since I have the Apple Pencil and both the app and the pencil work great together, and also I don’t type fast enough to take notes. I love the current features, I love easily adding shapes and arrows. Adding different pens to be available right there and then is awesome. Most of this app is great. I mainly have one issue with this app and it’s a big one for me. The entire eraser tool. When I use the eraser it will erase the letter that I just wrote down which is what I want buut it’ll take other things with it. Some times it’ll take more than one letter away, or parentheses and other symbols. This is a very frustrating issue with both the regular eraser and the stroke eraser. It’s annoying, please fix that. I want to be able to delete one letter at a time with one tap on the desired letter to be deleted. Not one tap equaling multiple letters or symbols being deleted. It’s also annoying that you can’t adjust the size of the eraser. You can with all the pens but not with the eraser?
Beware of syncing problems
by lena559 on 2019/09/10 02:43
Just bought an iPad for grad school to complement my MacBook. OneNote was fine on the MacBook, not great, still had minor issues here and there regularly but fine. Then I got the iPad. Things were fine for a week and then I started having syncing issues. My iPad couldn’t sync in real time. Then one day it stopped syncing altogether. I tried everything to fix, exited OneNote on both devices, tried restarting both, logged out and in of my account in OneNote on both, and finally uninstalled OneNote on the iPad to try and get it to sync. That was the final, wrong step. I now can’t access my notes on either device AS WELL AS online where they were supposed to be backed up to. All of them just say “content not yet available” even on my iPad where the original notes came from. So essentially my notes are now lost forever. SO moral of my story here, if you are going to try OneNote, back up all your own notes daily don’t trust the upload to OneDrive since it also has the potential to glitch and screw you over, and don’t expect syncing to be in real time if you have more than one device.
Wonderful app (better than Evernote)
by LetsKillDave on 2020/09/25 20:45
Truth in advertising: I used to work for Microsoft and was an internal “dog fooder” for OneNote back in 2002. Having said that, I will say that I left the OneNote world for many years, becoming an ardent user of Evernote. What I found, over time, is that OneNote made significant leaps and bounds in the user experience, particularly with respect to pasting in text/data from web pages. I became an exclusive user of OneNote (again) starting in 2014 (although I visit Evernote from time to time to see if it has blown past OneNote — I’m ex-Microsoft, but not “hard core” Microsoft. The trick to OneNote (or similar apps) is to establish a pattern of organization for notebooks, sections, and pages. Moving things around is easy, and OneNote’s integration with OneDrive makes things extremely easy. I now write books and articles using OneNote, as well as use it to casually keep quick notes/reminders.
Kind of confusing to navigate, and I really wish lasso select had more options
by MagesticOutlook on 2020/10/16 14:30
It looks like a good app but it also feels a little confusing and cluttered to use with ease. It’s unclear how I can get the left side menu bar that shows the notebook and pages out of the way, especially when I’m using split screen and don’t want so much of the screen space to be taken up by something I don’t need open all of the time. ALSO, I really wish the lasso select had a specific feature. I wish it was possible to use the lasso tool to select items from a PDF or PowerPoint file that I open in split screen mode. It would make my life so much easier if I could use the lasso to select images and text from the other file that I have open in split screen mode. This feature helps a lot especially when taking notes from a textbook. So, I truly hope that you add this feature in the near future because it would be amazing!
Really Great all it needs is a few tweaks
by Radio active kiwis on 2020/01/25 01:26
This app honestly is really amazing and it offered you so many of the same features that other note taking apps do, and the best part is that it’s for free. The lasso tool is really handy and I also like how you can change the style and color of the paper you write on. This app would be truly amazing if it offered an option to record while you write, which would be effective to use during lectures. Another thing that would make this all amazing is the option for page breaks. While an infinite page is really beneficial for some people, I would prefer page breaks which would make printing easier and have more of a notebook feel. Other than those small preferences this app is really great if you want to switch over to digital note taking or anything else.
OneNote App- Not compatible with Mac. Not able to create new Notebook Accounts.
by ItsApples on 2021/02/21 18:19
Not compatible with Mac. However, it states it is. Too difficult to create other Notebooks (not sections). I called for assistance with this (I received really kind & good customer service) just to find that this program is not compatible with my new MacBook Air. Although, this program’s website states/stayed it is compatible. I’ve been using OneNote for years. Originally, with a Samsung using Windows 10, in which it worked just fine. However, I was still unable to create an entire new Notebooks/accounts for separate use (i.e., for education, personal, & professional notebooks) to allow me to switch between notebook accounts (without the program automatically syncing the same notebooks/sections across all Main Notebook/accounts). Other than these very important key points, it would be... ONE OF THE BEST APPS, PERIOD! Perfect for writers, students, organization, sharing, creating documents, business, the list goes on.
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.
Been loving it for four years! Just one request!
by BXJB777 on 2019/10/27 11:07
I love the OneNote app... and even traditional OneNote itself. I’ve been using it for four years and, by far, my favorite feature is how I can access my notes from anywhere and any device as long as I login to my OneNote account. I love that you can create different folders and have different notes inside of each folder. I love the basic customization features such as being able to add a little color to different know for organizational purposes. My only request is that some features be added that are geared towards poets and/or writers. I switched to OneNote years ago after seeing how practical it was for storing my poetry and also loved the fact that I could lock certain notes for privacy. I’m not going anywhere as it is, but adding some writing/poetry geared features would definitely make me love this app for life! Just putting that out there! Thanks anyway!
Better than Notability for notes, better than $40 writing apps
by just some guy on iTunes on 2020/01/23 02:08
For writing Notability is great but it doesn't interface with desktop unless you want to spend another $10-$20 to re-buy the app. OneNote works everywhere and is just as fun to use on desktop or laptop as on iPad. I’m getting into writing screenplays, and mind-mapping is easy on OneNote. We’ll see how easy, but I like being able to draw lines between things with my hands. Notability also doesn’t have workable text insertion into a document. I like that with OneNote that you touch anywhere with pen or mouse icon or fingertip and the cursor goes there. On notability it doesn’t. You have to tediously drag and drop and it’s always left-justified. A real mess. I regret buying it because I can do everything on notability on OneNote, and have such more seamless integration among my devices.
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!
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.
Love OneNote - One Issue
by WoahPuppets on 2020/11/14 14:40
I use OneNote on a daily basis. I think it is one of the best note taking apps. I use it mostly for handwritten notes and the love the infinite canvas it provides. I really like all the custom pen types I have that I can immediately switch to. The canvas grids are great. The one thing that bugs me is the working offline sync error. I’m not on bad WiFi - it happens almost everywhere I go. I know I’m not the only one who experiences this. The error causes the entire page to shift mid writing. Imagine someone push a piece of paper on you while your in the middle of writing. It’s very frustrating. Microsoft has failed to acknowledge the issue via UserVoice and it’s such a simple fix. Just don’t shift the canvas when it pops up. Or make it a small icon in the corner, there’s so many easy options. So what I end up doing is turning off WiFi while I write notes, but that’s not a great solution.
I’m in love.
by dvanesse on 2020/05/15 13:25
After having OneNote for over a decade, I am just now FINALLY discovering the incredible capability and possibilities of this program. I did run into some trouble setting up, due to issues syncing with my workplace business drive, personal devices, and different versions of the program. Major headache. So, I decided to just sign in with a fresh personal account and now am thoroughly enjoying getting my new system dialed in! I continue to learn about new features. I especially LOVE the To-Do flagging function and the ability to assign codes for different items. It is wonderfully helpful and convenient to be able to create pages, and sections with detailed lists on my laptop and then access and check them off on my phone...as well as share, print, etc. I’m eager to keep discovering! Highly recommend.
Great app and use it all the time
by Grant KC on 2020/10/22 08:52
Why 3? Having used this application for years. I still find it to be one of the most useful note taking and easiest note app out there for me. I give it a 3 because still no ability from the iPad application to convert your handwritten notes to text. Yet the have that feature in PowerPoint for iPad. Of all the applications the one it would make the most sense to have that feature on... they don’t. I use the desktop version on my surface and other pc’s and love the 2016 version with full features. Including selecting my hand written notes and converting them to text. Either way, text or handwritten the most useful thing to me is being able to type in key words and have it search all my notebooks for it. So for me it combines the missing pieces of normal “handwritten notes.” Organization, all in one location for all your notebooks and searchable. Great application and highly recommend it.
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.
Too useful
by creator5280 on 2020/02/26 05:23
I love using OneNote for school, doodling, and random notes. The integration with the Apple Pencil seems to be occasionally buggy, but usually works well and has nothing app breaking so I deal with it. I’ve never used another stylus and note taking app that I liked better than the Apple Pencil and OneNote. I can’t use any other app now, which is actually an issue: I wish I could open multiple instances of OneNote, allowing me to quickly mark up multiple documents and sets of notes, but the app currently dies not support it. I was excited when ipadOS 13 was set to allow multiple instances of the same app, but am disappointed to find that the Microsoft office apps still do not support this very useful productivity feature. For now I’m forced to emulate multiple instances by using 3rd party viewers and note apps as the extra “instances” which is far from ideal. Add multi-instance support for iPadOS, and it’ll be a 5 star review. Good work so far.
Feature-rich note or diary app accessible from iPhone, iPad, and windows PC
by GeorgeInBaltimore on 2021/01/14 21:32
Especially useful for a PC user with an iPhone or iPad, he/she can maintain the same set of notes or a diary from all these devices! This has the identical advantages that Apple users have come to appreciate from the content sharing across Apples many device types. Onenote supports a broad range of rich text features and Microsoft continues enrich and extend its features. Onenote content is saved on Microsoft’s cloud, OneDrive, and offer free storage on OneDrive for the first 5GB of content, which going a long way for user-written content. ( 5GB will hold 5 billion characters; assuming 1800 characters to a page, 5GB holds 2,777,777 pages of simple text. Rich text might quarter this count. This a lot of personal note-taking for free. And would can rent more space as needed. )
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.
Little things
by JesseKimes on 2021/03/03 14:33
I like all of the Office products and use them on PC and iOS. But OneNote is the worst out of all of them from a glitchiness standpoint. Lots of synch issues and telling me to log in when I already am. This holds true across both operating systems and updates. There are also just some dumb things that seem to be purposeful “features.” I take a lot of one page notes under an ideas section and I often look back at them. To look at recent ideas I start at the bottom and work my way up the list. Each time you click “back” after looking at a note the whole screen slides up a few pixels. I’m constantly fighting to maintain my frame of reference and go up the list. This inconvenience isn’t really worth posting a review...but I’m irritated. I’ll continue to use OneNote because I pay for all of office but I just wish that Microsoft would use there own products some and think more logically.
It’s good but needs much work
by thaesino on 2020/04/11 20:18
Baffles my mind that OneNote (and the whole group of Office 365 apps) still has so many issues with syncing. This app, as well as all the others, works well within one device. All the tools are there, and everything is almost perfect. But it’s 2020 and I don’t only use one device. And that’s where the wrinkles begin to show. Notes that have been deleted continue reappearing. Changes that have been made do not sync over even after syncing has been updated. The app continues suggesting I am two different users and can not access my own data (this happens to me often between my MacOS and iPad OS work). In short, it is a good note app, with a few issues here and there regarding language differences and not recognizing certain characters from other languages. But I think Microsoft knows most note apps out there are an equal mess, and so they don’t care to do more than necessary.
Multiple problems
by Wow wow I'm amazed best there on 2020/04/23 14:22
Word is an amazing site while not as fast as google docs it does do its job, however one note is slow and i mean extremely slow, it can take up to 1 minuets to change anything and get it to sync, the idea is pretty good, however the execution is horrible. Its hard to sync and every time you try and edit something it wants to open up a new writing bar. To improve this product it first needs an easier layout one that is harder to screw up, second it needs to sync between mobile, pc, browser, pc app, and teams app alot better, this causes the most problems and unsaved work, because i could see it on my pc app or on my phone but my professors might not be able to see anything or even worse they could see past work i deleted and mistake it for present work. I do not think it is a failure just incomplete. Its also very stressful to learn how to use as well. En suite needs better layout, editing, syncing, and ease of access.
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Capture your thoughts, discoveries, and ideas and simplify overwhelming planning moments in your life with your very own digital notepad. 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. Write memos, make a digital sketchbook and save notes right on your phone. Sync your notes via OneDrive to access them anytime, anywhere. Whether you're at home, in the office, or on the go, your notes are available to you across all of your devices. Get the complete Microsoft Office experience when you sign in with your Microsoft Account. Take notes, share ideas, organize and collaborate when you download microsoft onenote today. Capture Anything: • With OneNote, you can plan that big event, save ideas to create something new and track that list of errands that are too important to forget. • Save pictures of whiteboards, photos or printed documents in your notes with Office Lens. Quickly take a picture, automatically crop and insert the image into your notes. Organize, Search and Secure: • Quickly organize your notes in a way that works best for you with powerful organizational tools. • 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. Sync your Sticky Notes: • Quickly save your thoughts and ideas with colorful sticky notes on the go. • Sync your sticky notes to access them from anywhere on any device, anytime. Save, Share, and Collaborate: • Save to the cloud (OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, and SharePoint) and access your notes on anytime and on any device. • Collaborate and work together in a shared notepad. Write & Draw on iPad: • Use a variety of pen colors and settings to 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. • Use a stylus or the touchscreen to write notes or use OneNote as a sketchbook. 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. Monthly Microsoft 365 subscriptions purchased from the app will be charged to your App Store account and will automatically renew within 24 hours prior to the end of the current subscription period unless auto-renewal is disabled beforehand. You can manage your subscriptions in your App Store account settings. This app is provided by either Microsoft or a third-party app publisher and is subject to a separate privacy statement and terms and conditions. Data provided through the use of this store and this app may be accessible to Microsoft or the third-party app publisher, as applicable, and transferred to, stored, and processed in the United States or any other country where Microsoft or the app publisher and their affiliates or service providers maintain facilities. Please refer to the Microsoft Software License Terms for Microsoft 365. See “License Agreement” link under Information. By installing the app, you agree to these terms and conditions.
Gracias
by Luis Montalvo Veliz on 2021/05/16 22:58
Buenazo
Great but…
by zbirdz on 2021/05/16 19:42
The “search by text” feature requires getting used to, and it’s hard figuring out how to scroll through its findings. Still haven’t figured it out.
5/16/21 most recent update prevents double tap on pencil to swap from pen to eraser.
by Glee217 on 2021/05/16 19:24
Newest update as of 5/16 prevents double tap on pencil to switch from eraser to pen but pen to eraser works. Also please make a LOCK for zoom to be 100% only since my palm or sleeve zooms unintentionally.
Needs more update
by Shileh on 2021/05/16 16:07
User interface needs still more thing to do toward improvement.
Great single place to keep all my thoughts and ideas
by MajorDr on 2021/05/16 14:52
I use One Note to keep my thoughts and ideas that would otherwise be lost.
Love OneNote
by rob@northcoast on 2021/05/16 14:19
I have ADD and OneNote helps me collect and organize all the random thoughts that hit me throughout the day.
when are you going to FIX the double tap????
by applepencil doubletap on 2021/05/16 04:34
it’s been 6days since you guys added the critical bug that prevents from using Apple pencil’s double tap feature. I don’t know what kind of bug the last update fixed, but being not able to convert to eraser tool from pen tool is one of the most convenient feature..!!! if you guys can’t figure out how to fix the bug, just roll it back to previous version!!!
One note is another Microsoft example of artificial stupidity
by Dr. Shankle on 2021/05/16 02:36
Does Microsoft ever beta test their software? The simplest things do not work in any Microsoft product I have ever used. Bill gates is a genius but his products basically are not well thought out A little beta testing could make a huge difference. This is too fundamental to ignore.
Great for syncing all of my devices
by Lliissaa on 2021/05/15 20:26
This app is pretty great. I can store all of my work project notes, personal art project ideas, and church Bible studies in one place and open them on my work computer, personal tablet, or phone any time. I can keep them all sorted into folders and tabs, and everything saves and syncs automatically.
Handwriting to text
by kens16415 on 2021/05/15 17:16
Handwriting to text is needed on the IPad Pro.
Need handwrite to text support
by lenin sheikh on 2021/05/15 12:32
Please add handwrite to text support
애플펜슬 버그
by 나쁘지않습니다 on 2021/05/15 10:48
애플펜슬 더블탭 시 지우개에서 펜으로 변경되지않습니다
Poor Synchronization Capabilities
by Neptuniumm on 2021/05/15 10:29
There is no ‚Force Synchronization‘ option in this app. That requires you to sign out of your One-Drive account and sign in back again every time you want to synchronize your notebooks.
Apple Pencil issues
by ryan_wb on 2021/05/14 22:32
Love the app, but recently the app has not allowed me to switch from the eraser to a marker with the double tap feature on my Apple Pencil. I can still switch from a marker to eraser though, which is odd.
Perfect!
by Scott1234! on 2021/05/14 21:21
It’s perfect for keeping notes!
Urg. Keeps losing authentication to the cloud
by Ole9toes on 2021/05/14 21:11
Repeatedly loses auth to cloud.
Fix the double tap on iPad
by Tony hpy on 2021/05/14 20:54
Double tap to switch between pen and eraser is not working!!! Fix it immediately!!!
Waiting for improvements
by PMcCoy on 2021/05/14 14:50
This program should have handwriting to text conversion.
Good luck using this on an iPad!
by Kc8705 on 2021/05/13 19:31
I was so excited to use my iPad with this app to keep track of all of my notes for work, unfortunately, the app does not work! Works on all other devices, I’ve deleted the app, signed out of other devices and restarted devices. The app still did not work!
The best Microsoft app
by BradleyAT on 2021/05/13 18:50
The best Microsoft app. Accessing my notes from any device keeps me organized and informed on years of conversations and notes in real time.
Great app
by LPT67 on 2021/05/13 17:54
No problems to use it.
Double tap not working correctly for Gen2 pencil
by cmpersson on 2021/05/13 17:40
Just noticed that double tap to toggle between current tool and eraser doesn’t work correctly. When on a pen tool, double tapping goes to the eraser but will not switch back when double tapping again. Kind of annoying but manageable.
Best free note taking app
by ttmmmhhh on 2021/05/13 16:29
I have iPad and window laptop so this is a perfect choice for me.
Apple Pencil double tap feature does not work
by aCostumer on 2021/05/13 15:25
Quality assurance, or lack of.
Four stars for one note
by 4th Grade Dad on 2021/05/13 13:41
Five stars for functional utility. Three stars for awkward formatting.
using it for a long time
by 0705danny on 2021/05/13 06:48
its good but since the last update, i cant switch back and forth the eraser and last tool i used with apple pencil doubletap.
Apple Pencil Gen 2 double tap feature broken
by Pranto49 on 2021/05/13 04:58
Can only change tools once, but can’t go back to the previously used tool using double tap, totally broken. Please fix. We’d like if bug”fix”es actually didn’t add more bugs.
Not great on iPad
by Baconcheddascone on 2021/05/12 22:57
Writing experience through the iPad is horrible, I’m almost losing my cool on this. Writing becomes disjointed or sometimes the drawings just “break”; broken lines everywhere. It’s not an issue with my pencil or my iPad as the writing experience on anything else, such as Notes or GoodNotes, works perfectly. Feature options are also limited. Custom tag creation doesn’t exist in the Mac version, so whatever i created via my windows laptop doesn’t exist when I open my notes here. I love OneNote,but I hate using it on my iPad,esp when handwriting notes.
Do not use.
by RichieRoachClip on 2021/05/12 21:41
You will lose data. It’s very simple.
I love the app
by antoinelouis974 on 2021/05/12 12:41
I love the app and I can see all my notebooks on the app and I can work more productive
My reasoning for 5 ⭐️
by hey_im_bored... on 2021/05/12 12:30
Ok so it’s an amazing app because we use it at school and so I am very thankful because we don’t have to carry a ton of notebooks around in our backpacks. The teacher sends us the class work to our note book and boda bing boda boom! We have a class work sheet! We have separate tabs for each class and folders inside each class tab and then worksheets inside each folder...you get the point. So I would just like to say thank you one more time because it’s my first year of middle school and oneNote makes it easy for me to do work at school without having a heavy backpack. One more thing, thank you bruises without one note I would let have any way to have done virtual learning last year...!
If Apple Pencil, don’t get new update!
by Hiller Family on 2021/05/11 22:12
App is good, but the 16.49 update (5/10/21) ruins compatibility with Apple Pencil gen 2 double-tap eraser feature. It’s essential for my workflow. I’ll change my review when this ginormous flaw is fixed. Stick to 16.48 or earlier.
Amazing for class
by hhtt I'd d try j he dr on 2021/05/11 19:02
I love using this app however my only nitpick is that there isn’t many ink’s for the pen just red and thats to write to close to the left side of the screen the next time you write is going to automatically make straight line going across your screen. On mobile
Fedt!
by DK22 on 2021/05/11 18:57
Det er fedt!
Apple Pencil Problems
by AangryyUser on 2021/05/11 15:53
There is this pervasive problem where the pen strokes have inconsistent sizing. I have to erase and then try writing again multiple times before the size goes back to normal. If this is a pen pressure feature, please give an option to disable it. The new update has also created a bug in the apple pencil’s tap feature. I cannot go back between eraser and pen like I used to. It gets stuck on the eraser once I switch from pen mode. Please fix!
Apple Pencil not working properly
by 180BIZ on 2021/05/11 15:19
First of all, I use OneNote constantly for capturing notes with client meetings and love it. Since the last update, my Apple Pencil doesn’t work properly. Before the update, my pencil worked flawlessly. If I made a mistake, I would double tap the pencil to change the mode of the pencil to the eraser with my finger and erase the mistake. Then I would double tap the pencil again and the pencil would flip back to pencil mode and I’d keep writing. Now I can get the pencil to switch to the eraser but can’t get the pencil to switch back to pencil to continue writing unless I manually choose the pencil from the list of options. I rebooted my iPad. I made sure the pencil was fully charged. And I tried using the pencil in Apple Notes and the pencil switches back and forth seamlessly as it always has.
Lovin it but need a few things..
by ugiguflfykxoyoyfoyfoyfkyfiyoy on 2021/05/11 12:49
Four stars bc it’s glitchy when you open the app and it’s very hard and frustrating when you try to draw thank u
Needs math support. Glitchy
by Jujubinkz on 2021/05/11 12:19
Please add full math features. Also, i do not like that every time i accidentally touch the top of the screen it scrolls to the top - i cannot imagine a scenario in which thats useful. Please add an option for this. Finally, the double tap to switch between pencil and eraser no longer works. It will switch from pencil to eraser, but cannot return to pencil from eraser.
Software issues!!!!
by Explendor21 on 2021/05/11 07:19
I don’t know why but the tap feature of the Apple Pencil doesn’t work on the OneNote. It was working before but once I started making notes it just stopped. I suspect it’s because of the massive amount of info I filled in one page. However, this is no excuse for the software to bug out and stop reading taps. Sometimes it register one tap and changes to eraser but then it doesn’t go back to the previous pen. Also I have checked with apple notes and my pencil works just fine.
Fixed crashes but not error with Apple Pencil
by rjdog115 on 2021/05/10 20:23
While writing on OneNote anytime I double tap to switch to eraser I can’t double tap to return to the previous writing utensil anymore. At least it doesn’t crash anymore.
Introduce locking notes
by Jere Carew on 2021/05/10 20:11
Let’s have the ability to lock notes. I think that’s all I need from one note now. That’s all.
Great; love a planner
by bostain on 2021/05/10 19:11
Wish it had a planner function
Great Writing Tool
by WriterStewie on 2021/05/10 09:30
As a television writer, OneNote is invaluable! I am creating all of the time. OneNote keeps track of my written and recorded notes for each show I create. I love this program!
Bad
by Delaney Lichty on 2021/05/09 22:33
Horible
I can't even write the title
by JiamingKong on 2021/05/09 17:13
The stroke will come and go as if one note sent it o the iOS for recognition but nothing returned. All this is annoying
Hello?!!
by ttalford4 on 2021/05/09 15:49
Is anyone reading these reviews or doing anything about the crashing issue?
Hang out
by MajidKhansari on 2021/05/09 15:30
Crash and clone one note ……
No
by Cello Music Lover on 2021/05/08 19:34
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Doesn’t work
by sekacnapynit on 2021/05/08 16:36
IPhone 12 Pro - the app opens then immediately closes. Software update to date on iPhone. Very disappointed this app does not work.
App won’t open after download
by bval12345 on 2021/05/07 16:10
This app won’t open even after deleting and re-downloading. Please fix this.
Not updated for iPad Trackpad support
by KrunchDown on 2021/05/07 14:33
I’ve been using this for years. It’s a great app in theory, but it has not kept up. More recently it does not measure up to the other MS apps for iPad, and does not provide optimized support for the trackpads in the new keyboards. This is a sign of neglect.
Nice and easy
by Pkp48 on 2021/05/07 13:50
Great for lists you need soon or want to keep.
Needs better pdf viewing functionality.
by daklyy on 2021/05/07 09:01
Works great but the way it deals with pdf is not convenient.
Crashes when opening.
by hejnxnwjax on 2021/05/07 00:42
Good app, but doesn't even open on my iPad anymore after latest update. Please fix this!
Could not open app!
by Nat-AA on 2021/05/06 22:56
Could not open app. App shutdown after trying to open it.😥
Crashes
by Music!Man? on 2021/05/06 21:00
App won’t open on iOS 14.5 like many others say, can’t use the feed back tool in app since it won’t load, so bad review it is. sorry. I’ll update when you fix the problem.
Convenient
by Yogi. girl on 2021/05/06 13:57
I like that I can take notes anytime and create my file.
Totally broken
by RevelationsLastChance on 2021/05/06 06:18
Refuses to sync on iOS, Windows, and Android. On Windows, notes are now visibly corrupted. The iPad app won't even start... it dies right away even if you reset it, uninstall it, and reinstall it.
Kept crashing, uninstalled
by solar_flaring on 2021/05/06 02:40
I can open pretty much everything except for this
Missing some very basic functionality
by sterldude on 2021/05/06 01:23
You can put check boxes for a to-do list, but when you check the box, IT DOES NOT MOVE THE ITEM TO THE BOTTOM OF THE LIST. This is ridiculous. It has this functionality in the iPhone app ONLY. Doubly ridiculous. This is Microsoft, right?? Add this function, and its a 4 or 5 star easy; but this little issue is a major pain in the butt!!!!
Very Glitchy
by ki8463 on 2021/05/05 23:50
It won’t let me change Microsoft accounts so I can log in.
No Greek letters
by BringIngTheStorm on 2021/05/05 18:44
Can’t add Greek letters
Does not connect b/w Mac and iPhone
by Jake w/ statefarm on 2021/05/05 17:59
Does not sync b/w Mac and iPhone
It a good app
by Ollie Ballie on 2021/05/05 15:41
I really like this app because I can keep data in a notebook and it is really easy to get to and find things when I have a assignment for school
Crashes on 14.5
by deepwoof on 2021/05/05 05:09
Like others I am no longer able to load the app on iPhone runnng OS 14.5. It would no longer sync with laptop app and the reinstall crashes immediately. Please release an updated version. I use it daily but will need to find another solution.
App does not open on iOS 14.4.2
by P4Patel39 on 2021/05/05 05:09
I reset my iPhone and installed this app and it’s not even opening. I installed over 50 Apps today and not a single app crashed. Not expecting this from a Microsoft product.
iOS Mobile App
by TheMattHatter23 on 2021/05/05 04:00
In general, OneNote is an incredibly useful tool. However, the iOS Mobile app crashes upon opening (latest version of the app, latest iOS update). All of the Office365 forums do not seem to acknowledge the issue and just instruct to hard reset your device.
Absolutely wonderful app!
by The Jimmy James on 2021/05/05 03:30
I've been using OneNote for several years, in different versions on different platforms. They've all been wonderful. The problems I've had have been seldom and small, mostly lags in syncing that last a couple of minutes. All in all, a fantastic notes app. Thanks!
Ok
by Cheriannda on 2021/05/04 20:13
Ok
Won’t open
by eez.zee on 2021/05/04 19:41
For the last week, the app crashes before even truly opening. Now useless.
Crashes as soon as opened
by ipodlove25 on 2021/05/04 15:51
Deleted old credentials and logins, still crashes and won’t open. Reinstalled multiple times.
Just Switched, Wondering if I made the right choice
by Ljm6785 on 2021/05/04 10:39
I just made the switch from Evernote to One Note. I did it on the PC and it was a long process. But when I downloaded the app for my iPad today, the app either crashes or hangs the device. Not cool. I guess I will just have to use the web interface to access my notes.
Unusably glitchy and poor functionality
by _zzZ7 on 2021/05/04 04:54
A non-exhaustive list of the glitches/poor functionality that I have experienced: -Does not register taps or clicks. Sometimes I have to click the mouse pad upwards of a dozen times before it actually engages the note and allows me to select something or move the cursor. I have the same issue with touch input. -Screen randomly jumps around when trying to markup a page when zoomed in. The only fix is to draw on it at 100% zoom, but that is not ideal. -OCR takes forever, if it works at all. -No paste options. Pasting always keeps the source formatting, which requires adjustment every time I copy & paste formatted text. -Ink to Shape does not support straight lines. If I want to make straight highlighter lines, I have to repeatedly go to Insert Shape and choose Line, as this process immediately de-selects the option as soon as one shape/line is made.
Love the app but..
by Victa20 on 2021/05/04 04:31
Doesn’t open on updated iPad 2020 iOS. What gives ?
Helpful!
by Studious Panda on 2021/05/04 01:20
I love this app it allows me to do so much for my school assignments. I love using printouts and marking them up! Perfect for my iPad Pro! Really LOVE this app!
Crashes in iOS 14.5
by fun_muscles on 2021/05/04 00:05
Please fix this app. It crashes when you try to open it in iOS 14.5
wonderful app
by lrog05 on 2021/05/03 20:43
Honestly great app, especially since it’s free. Works great for the iPad and Apple Pencil, although I wish you could zoom in more when writing. Other than that, definitely recommend.
On latest OS and App version, will not open
by Prettysei on 2021/05/03 12:16
I recently downloaded the app but when I try and open, it closes immediately. I’ve confirmed the app and Ipad versions are the most up to date. I restarted the Ipad, uninstalled/reinstalled the app. None of this worked. Any help would be appreciated!
Keeps crashing
by Bloffredo on 2021/05/03 01:49
Won't even open on my iPhone. Junk. How does this app have almost 5 stars?
Used to be great, now crashes
by jevenson9 on 2021/05/03 00:50
I used to love one note, but the past couple months it does nothing but crash if I try to open it on iPhone. In itself that’s not so bad, except to try and troubleshoot you have to submit issues and feedback in the app, which is impossible because it does not open creating a never ending cycle of crashes. I can’t even uninstall and reinstall
Neat app, terrible highlighters
by BANGTANarmy2019 on 2021/05/02 22:42
The app is pretty neat and has a nice layout and organization system. However, the highlighters are terrible. They do not show up at all on the dark “paper” and their color mixes with that of the pen. For example, if I have a yellow highlighter, it won’t show up. Its presence is marked only by the fact that it turns green wherever it touches blue pen, and I hate both of these effects. Furthermore, the highlighter is almost fully opaque. It just looks like a chisel tip pen, something I noticed after attempting to use it on a white background. For line ruling, I ask that you please remove the red line on the left, and preferably add an option for smaller lines. Alternatively, you could give an option with and without the red line, for those that prefer having it. Otherwise, this is a pretty good app that I’m sure would work better for people that don’t use the dark “paper”.
Too Buggy
by utopia1 on 2021/05/02 21:51
I’ve been using One Note solidly for over 6 years. It has just become too buggy for me to continue using. I love the design but just can’t put up with the Microsoftness anymore. I’ve switched to Google Docs. It’s not the same type program but I can make it work.
Sipping
by Ashtri on 2021/05/02 19:13
Atlantic
Please put the sections back to the top
by Marce258 on 2021/05/02 18:16
Unclear why it’s not an option to put the sections on top. Thanks.
App does not open at all
by H.lia on 2021/05/02 15:33
I’m using iphone and downloaded the app, it won’t open at all. I click the app, it shows the logo then takes me back to the homescreen. I tried it on my iPad and it works but I prefer to have it on my phone too.
Can’t open app
by joel_y85 on 2021/05/02 02:25
Can’t open app on iPad or iPhone
Does not seem to work for iPad 8th Gen
by iliaalaridae on 2021/05/01 21:34
Whenever I try to start the app it would always crash back to the home menu, no matter now many times I reinstall the app. Hopefully that it will be fixed soon.
iOS 14.5, iPhone Xs crashes!
by jmr323 on 2021/05/01 19:21
Please fix the crashing, I can’t open the app without it crashing every time.
Awesome
by yehsncgdgsdhsjshd on 2021/05/01 16:18
Awesome for organizing those post it’s that end up everywhere!
Please I need help w this
by josie🦔💛 on 2021/05/01 15:47
I got this app but I can’t even open it. Whenever I try to open it, it just glitches and sends me back to the Home Screen? What should I do?
OCR
by leinsterGarth on 2021/05/01 02:17
Bring back copy text from image
Not opening
by lxlgsylslysote on 2021/04/30 23:55
I’m on the iPhone 12pro, latest update 14.5, and latest version of One Note, and the app crashes anytime I try to open it :( please fix
Overall it does everything I need
by CR1MSON81 on 2021/04/30 12:35
Coming from Notability to One Note due to needing to access my notes/files on my work PC, and Notability doesn’t offer PC integration at this time. So far it does what I need, but the sync feature can be a little delayed at times, and I personally find the Notebook and worksheet functions to be a bit “clunky”, but it works, so can’t complain to much. If you need IPad/PC integration I would recommend.
Not good.
by Arcangelo S on 2021/04/30 08:38
Does not open at all. First time using on iphone and does not even load, the app crashes before loading.
Keeps kicking me out of the app
by mariah_____ on 2021/04/30 05:04
Please fix this bug
Great app but...
by ashleybfiosns on 2021/04/29 19:00
I wish we could have a rating option that we could use. For example, if I were to have a table of book titles, it would be nice to have the cell to the right be 5 empty stars (or whatever) and be able to rate the quality of the product to the left. Also it lags sometimes when it comes to synching across devices But otherwise it’s great
High Level Tool
by Izzybil555 on 2021/04/29 16:15
This is a high level tool because of its compatibility with Microsoft Word... at one point could convert a OneNote to a Word document which saved me so much time clipping and pasting. If still the case, the best field to office note taker bar none.
Crashes immediately
by echen001 on 2021/04/29 15:34
Whenever I open the app it shows the one note logo for 2 seconds and then crashes. I tried redownloading and the issue persists.
Not working!
by Yomaya on 2021/04/29 13:52
I have the latest update and can’t get it to open on iPhone or my iPad!
Using it for years
by RobbyLovesJesus on 2021/01/06 14:30
I tried many other apps to track and manage all the minutiae I need for my varied life family work health ministry spiritual life and entrepreneurial issues. I tried others because they had just some advantage in one way. I would wish One Note could do this one more thing. Now One Note is everything I generally need in one place. The only thing more would be a mind mapping app type feature like Lucidchart. If Microsoft added that to One Note WOW it would totally rock. THE best part of One Note is that over many year and many devices and computers my notes have never been seamlessly picked up in the new device. The least stressful app I ever owned. Exact opposite actually, it makes me relax once I capture my thought in One Note. It is like extra raw memory power in my brain. It saved me from loosing a good detail idea for a particular client many times. I stress much less taking notes in One Note knowing I will always see them again no matter what happens to my device. Backups don’t work as well as that... l mean if you have 30 clients and you have quick note to make on the job and then over the phone then a photo to add or screenshot with weblink to a supplier or pdf One Note does it like nothing else can.
WHY ONE STAR
by sorry4ever on 2019/04/09 21:52
Why is it that several notes, which I deleted, ended up in my email? What if I share my email with another person and I don’t want it to be read by the other person? I have no secrets, but what if I did? Where is the privacy? I had used this app several times before and deleted it because I didn’t like the layout. This time I liked it on my NEW phone so I started writing notes on it. But I’m learning that it can’t be trusted. My notes should stay where I put them. Why isn’t there a trash can in the app that you can put notes and delete them for good? Why are they being emailed to my Inbox? If I am deleting them, why aren’t they gone? Please explain this somewhere, as I was not able to find anything about it anywhere, and I find this to be very annoying to say the least. Thanks? PREVIOUS REVIEW This app has had updates, so I'm sure that it's better than it was when it was first developed. And I've read around here and there, reviews from people who stated that they like it. I would love to use it myself. My problem is my phone. My iPhone 5s just does not have enough room for it. Well - you live and learn. 5 Stars for an app that I can't use. It's not their fault, it's mine. So, I give the app 5 stars anyway because I'm sure that it's a great app. Thanks for reading my review.
Awesome but needs work!!!
by SwordD3vil on 2019/04/16 05:03
So Many times have images not show up or show up extremely distorted across devices. Several of my professors prefer to post pdf files of their PowerPoint lectures instead of the PowerPoint itself. These lecture notes are extremely long sometimes 108 slides so I usually download them and use my laptop to insert the pdf files to onenote and then use my iPad to take notes. The converted PDFs sometimes show up extremely distorted on the iPad making it very difficult to annotate and take effective notes. Please fix this issue and make life easier for us college students. One more thing, when I insert a PDF file with several hundred pages and make notes next to it. When I want to print the notes out on a regular A4 paper. Onenote shrinks the pages so much that the hundred of PDF pages fit on only one single A4 paper making it completely unusable. I really really would appreciate having proper page layout options in the touch version of onenote to set strict borders to have specific page size like A4 so that both the inserted PDF pages and my notes next to them will both show up on the A4 paper and not shrink to extremely tiny size.
Missing critical features specific to the iPad
by BigBoyAddison on 2020/09/21 17:54
OneNote first off is wonderful. I’ve been using it for a long time for school and it is very good. With such good integration with Office and other apps there’s nothing else like it. The drawbacks of this app though are pretty severe. You cannot use 2 OneNote applications in split view, only one so you cant have a note open on one side and another on the other. This is such a productivity killer and needs to have that feature implemented; other Microsoft 365 apps have this for the iPad already. The next drawback is that ALL Microsoft 365 apps use iOS 12’s text edit touch tools as opposed to the new features implemented in iOS 13. You cannot hold the cursor down and drag it, instead, iOS 12’s touch controls bring up the ancient magnifying glass which is honestly a nightmare. Connected to this problem is at the Magic Keyboard for the iPad Pro almost has no support for text editing. It feels like I’m just using a finger as opposed to hovering over text with the “I” like on other documents. This is due to iOS 12’s touch controls that need to be updated. The current iOS used when writing this review is iOS 14. I cannot select individual letters without having to hold down left click and wait for the magnifying glass to come up. It is very annoying and Microsoft please fix.
A Fantastic Notes App on iPad, but Mouse Support Needs Work
by Pyxxl355 on 2021/04/28 13:16
OneNote is a great app for notetaking on iPads, whether via typing or handwriting with a compatible stylus. Both can be used together interchangeably to create a remarkably versatile workflow that syncs seamlessly across devices. It’s an extremely useful tool for college notes that I come back to often. There is one issue with the app that frustrates the experience a bit, however, and that is the clunky mouse support. With other Office apps being able to take full advantage of the fast-highlighting features that iPadOS has brought to the table, being unable to quickly highlight and format text the same way in OneNote makes the experience more jarring. It takes a double-click to initiate highlighting mode on a word, as the pointer does little more than emulate a finger at this point; from there, the highlighting start and end bars have to be moved around, then formatting applied. It’s not a deal-breaking issue, but it can be an impedence to a note-taking workflow which makes it a bit harder to be swift and organized with color or other formatting compared to a PC. Aside from this, the app functions incredibly smoothly, and is a great, free all-rounder notes option for all sorts of different applications.
IPAD users beware
by iPad User (con) on 2021/02/07 19:00
Unbelievably frustrating. Super glitchy (sometimes the drawings jump around, images dont show up etc) and crashing CONSTANTLY (either just exits the app and forgets the last 30 seconds of work, or suddenly doubles its storage size on my iPad and locks me out for minutes at a time stating "One Note needs at least x amount of storage to operate"). Started happening after a few months of notes. Takes up an egregious amount of space, even with class notebook that stores old notebooks on cloud. Also has ridiculous syncing issues: just about every single one of my notebooks has a syncing "error" attached. If these issues were to resolve I would have given the app 3.5-4 stars because overall it go the job done and was simple to use once I learned how to use it. ALSO: your capabilities are very limited on iPad. There is not much you can do in terms of saving the information on an external hardrive, sharing the files, etc. There are not many setting items that you can mess around with either. Pretty annoying for troubleshooting issues. Normally dont write reviews, but I felt I had to considering the amount of time I threw into this app, and how disappointed I was in the end. (I was very happy with it in the beginning). Would have been worth it to buy another app specifically designed for Apple products.
Please turn off automatic capitalization
by All_Fruit on 2020/01/13 17:01
Thank you very much for your service. I have recently begun to write more notes for work and school using OneNote. I typically write from a mobile device, on which I definitely have auto-capitalization set to off. Unfortunately, OneNote continues to automatically capitalize my words, even upon review. I deliberately edit notes differently and often do not want capital letters at the beginning of each line or elsewhere. Moreover, I also write in multiple languages, but OneNote seems to have trouble recognizing it and will correct my writing much more frequently than other apps, becoming a great hindrance at times. Please adjust these settings or allow specific control from your application. I do actually have auto-correct and auto-capitalization set to off in my device settings. As a bonus, it would be wonderful to have additional possibilities with regard to editing the text appearance (font styles, sizes, highlights). Thanks! I appreciate your incredible work. Update: I can now expressly adjust settings for spelling and automatically capitalization within the app.
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.
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!
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’.
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.
Excellent for work and school
by big_ocean33 on 2020/11/13 12:59
I’ve used OneNote for many years now and find it very helpful for organizing my work and educational notes. I use it across PC, Mac, iOS and iPadOS. It is great to have access to notes on all devices and combines written and typed text, hyperlinks, screenshots, attachments. The writing is natural and smooth. The biggest shortcoming for me is the poor printing or PDF export capability. OneNote treats the document as one continuous document. This is very nice for restriction-free notes, but when it comes to printing or exporting to PDF, there should be some flexible page set up option which aren’t there. Because of this, for submitting written homework or saving notes to share with others at work, I find that I need to use other apps to get the job done with reasonable formatting. It also does not play nicely with formatting when pasting from OneNote to other Microsoft products. These haven’t been fixed in sometime. I hope this review/suggestion is read by the development team, because it would then be a very complete tool for me. Another more minor improvement would be the tables, which are self-formatting. Some improved control over those would be helpful.
Office
by SFZack on 2019/03/01 01:43
Firstly, Is it Office 2016, Office 365, or Office? The answer is blowing in the wind my friends and they are unequal and separate. Secondly, Office Lens is NOT part of OneNote by it doesn’t have Business Card capability to convert business cards into contact card; however it is part of OneDrive where it will take picture of a business card and convert it into a contact card, and guess what, saves the results to OneNote. Now the arduous process of bringing The scanned card into Contacts takes endless trial an error process to save the generated card. I had to trick and deceive to finally save the scanned card to contacts. Never again and save yourself the heartache. If Microsoft was serious about making Office useable by IOS it would have simply added the business card functionality directly into OneNote, having not done that tells you the whole story. OneNote is the most powerful utility bar none. Outlook is the force of global communications, the Outlook Administrator granted me my request to allow editing contacts in iPhone. Now it is someone’s quest to bring Office and its lens to OneNote.
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.
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!
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.
Missing good sorting and search. Not free if syncing > 5 GB
by Simdude on 2019/10/05 12:32
I tried switching from Evernote and like OneNote but like its mac version its ability to sort notes is non existent. A app designed to hold hundreds or thousands of notes should be able to sort by name or date for each section. There also needs to be a way to act on search results. For example, search all notes with word xyz and be able to grab them and move collectively to another section. OneNote is also directly tied to OneDrive. You can not have notebooks on iCloud or Dropbox. If you use the mac version, you can not store notebooks on a local or shared drive. So, take all the claims about FREE with a grain of salt. OneDrive only gives 5 GB free to sync your devices so plan on an office 365 subscription. Syncing can also be slow and problematic. I pulled in thousands of notes from Evernote using Microsoft’s importer on my mac. I had to break the notes into a couple dozen notebooks so they were small enough to be usable. Also a warning. The import is a mess. I had a notebook from my MBA classes with a section for each class in Evernote. The sections all got blended together when importing putting notes together that had the same tags into a section with the tag name. Tag support in OneNote is horrible. Overall, despite past issues with Evernote it has been improved and is so superior to Onenote for sorting, searching and tagging that I will stick with Evernote.
Terribly slow on ipad
by nick5614 on 2020/11/15 19:51
I have used the Onenote the most in my life among all other apps. And finally transferring my notes to Apple notes and Notabilitiy. This is unbearable for how they are caring for their Apps. ios Onenote has been like this for many years and my patiences have ran out. It’s obvious this lack of performance is intentional. There is no way ipad can’t handle few notes displaying and typing and gets this slow. Wake up this is 2020 and the one of the fastest device on the market can’t even handle writing mostly a text notes right. Bye bye shabby business for causing pains to every regular people’s life. you’re not helping but causing pain. This is why more people are running away from the Windows. As for a note, all of my outlook accounts asks to reenter password so much more often and it doesn’t even acticate apple keychain during that process. It’s painful to copy and paste my passwords for 5 different outlook account once every few days. Funny thing is that if I use their app, it just works fine. They can claim it’s Apples fault but even when it is, if they care for their own app, they have to find a way to make it work. So shabby and shoddy. People know who’s the most mean company. It’s probably among MS, Google and Apple. Don’t be the first one.
There are no clear instruction or Tutorial
by Lutherjj on 2020/11/04 20:20
There are no clear instructions on how to show student to work on there OneNote pages (that are not Word Documents- no self-respecting math teacher is going to do all of their student assignments in Word.) I need graphs, I need to use the “Line Tool” under the draw feature. I have gone through hours of Tutorial Videos on “how to..” but none of them have show me a student perspective so I can explain to the students how they turn their assignment and correctly link it to their OneNote Page. (My students are all using a new 7th generation iPad.) OneNote may have done some updates in the last week or so, so I found how the teacher can assign and Link a OneNote page to the Assignment Tab in Teams, but the students cannot write on the page, even though Teams indicates that each student can edit their OneNote Page. I want my OneNote Assignments turned in in Teams and I want to use the “Grade” tab/menu in Teams to grade the assignment. The Grade tab give me the perfect way to open each assignment, write comments, or mark up the page, then return it to students with my comments. Why can’t there be some clear instructions on how to do this using iPads, OneNote, & Teams.
An Unbridled “meh”
by billythewombat on 2020/07/30 13:25
The default notepad on iphone is just fine. I downloaded this because the app store on apple watch made it seem like i would be able to take notes on my apple watch and sync them to the phone which in turn would sync them to the cloud etc. Nope! You can only make them on the phone and then sync them to the watch and cloud from there. You can view them on the watch but everybody’s apple watch notepad app does that, so who cares? This is like getting offered a free ride in a Porsche by your rich buddy. however; upon getting in you find out the seats are not the “bucket seats” your friend talked up, but are instead actual buckets turned upside down and nailed to springs. Also the seatbelt has been cut out so he can only drive at 3 miles per hour for safety reasons. In short: underwhelming disappointment from what a software developer that is the biggest of the big names. Like going to the store to buy cheese and finding one you haven't had before but its from a maker you trust but when you get it hone and take it out of the package its just a pile of rotting leaves and melting wax that has been painted to look like cheese. But then again why am I complaining it was free after-all, but then again most compost is
Search function doesn’t work
by Pyr0cbt91 on 2020/04/15 01:00
I use OneNote for school. About a month into using it, the search function just decided to not work properly. If I search for something it’ll do one of three things: 1) give me results from only a few places, 2) give me results from just the first few months of notes or 3) say no results can be found even though I am physically looking at the word on my screen. It’s a great note taking app, but this issue seems to be very common. I tried every method I could find to fix the issue but nothing works. And when I looked online for solutions, it looks like Microsoft doesn’t even know how to fix the issue and they just give answers to other people that give them the “run-around”. It’s not just an iPad issues either. The search function doesn’t work on my HP laptop or my iOS devices. Other apps have great search functionality and Yet Microsoft being the great company they are, can’t even fix this issue? Advice...unless you won’t be using the search function for school then this app is great, if you will be using it, I’d suggest finding a different note taking app.
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.
Fine if you have 365 from work or school
by Carlemagne93 on 2020/07/02 02:09
It’s a decent note-taking app with some good functions. I have two main gripes: Wildly inconsistent syncing, and a bug that randomly scrolls the page to the very top while not-taking. Every study session, a gray bar pops up that says it couldn’t connect to the server and my notes aren’t syncing. Also, forget about syncing large notes on a single page - I had two pages that had a chapter’s worth of notes on each page that ON would not sync at all. It was only when I meticulously copied and pasted sections of those notes one by one that I could access them on my other devices. As for the scrolling, any accidental touch of the blank space in the ribbon will send you back to the very top of the page, very frustrating to have to scroll all the way back to the bottom when all you wanted to do was change the pen. Fix these issues and add handwriting recognition and you’ll have a 5 star app. If you get office 365 for free from work or school I would use this app, otherwise notability or GoodNotes is probably the move.
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.
Graduate student tool
by Soccerkeep123 on 2020/12/11 22:27
As a graduate student who works between a few devices, I hesitated to purchase an iPad in place of a laptop for my classes because I didn’t know whether I could keep everything straight and synced. However, OneNote works perfectly — If I change a note on my iPad, within a minute the change is seamlessly reflected on my computer, which makes note-taking and paper writing a breeze. I’ve found note taking with my Apple Pencil to be really enjoyable, and better than competing note-taking apps (or the default one). Being able to search handwritten notes is a feature which I never thought possible, but has made my life infinitely easier. For my student friends — a combination of Adobe Acrobat, Dropbox, Google Docs, and OneNote have streamlined my workflow in a way I never thought possible. Now, I can take my iPad with me to class or when running out of the house and I still have access to all my materials.
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).
Excellent across ALMOST all platforms
by phoenixkos on 2020/11/15 17:46
I have been using OneNote for several years now, at first in a work environment, later for personal use. In my work setting, using OneNote harkens back to the old Briefcase from Windows 9x era, the ability to have a ‘binder’ that is organizable by subject, tabs, etc. Different topics ordered and organized in a way that give peers easy access to useful information. In personal use, I’ve found the ability to markup documents and images and rearrange my thoughts in blocks quite useful. It’s great for brainstorming on the fly. Used on an iPad with Apple Pencil is smooth and natural, the tools, could be improved upon, but with recent updates for Dark Mode, progress is being made. My one complaint is OneNote on the MacOS. There is no way to store the OneNote binders locally due to Office365 integrations, the dependency on OneDrive is frustrating and locks you into the MS ecosystem. If not for the slow growth in tooling, and the lack of proper MacOS support, I would definitely award this five stars.
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.
Love using this for note taking but has a big issue...
by p_alex95 on 2020/03/06 13:39
I LOVE this app for note taking. I do mainly hand written notes since I have the Apple Pencil and both the app and the pencil work great together, and also I don’t type fast enough to take notes. I love the current features, I love easily adding shapes and arrows. Adding different pens to be available right there and then is awesome. Most of this app is great. I mainly have one issue with this app and it’s a big one for me. The entire eraser tool. When I use the eraser it will erase the letter that I just wrote down which is what I want buut it’ll take other things with it. Some times it’ll take more than one letter away, or parentheses and other symbols. This is a very frustrating issue with both the regular eraser and the stroke eraser. It’s annoying, please fix that. I want to be able to delete one letter at a time with one tap on the desired letter to be deleted. Not one tap equaling multiple letters or symbols being deleted. It’s also annoying that you can’t adjust the size of the eraser. You can with all the pens but not with the eraser?
Beware of syncing problems
by lena559 on 2019/09/10 02:43
Just bought an iPad for grad school to complement my MacBook. OneNote was fine on the MacBook, not great, still had minor issues here and there regularly but fine. Then I got the iPad. Things were fine for a week and then I started having syncing issues. My iPad couldn’t sync in real time. Then one day it stopped syncing altogether. I tried everything to fix, exited OneNote on both devices, tried restarting both, logged out and in of my account in OneNote on both, and finally uninstalled OneNote on the iPad to try and get it to sync. That was the final, wrong step. I now can’t access my notes on either device AS WELL AS online where they were supposed to be backed up to. All of them just say “content not yet available” even on my iPad where the original notes came from. So essentially my notes are now lost forever. SO moral of my story here, if you are going to try OneNote, back up all your own notes daily don’t trust the upload to OneDrive since it also has the potential to glitch and screw you over, and don’t expect syncing to be in real time if you have more than one device.
Wonderful app (better than Evernote)
by LetsKillDave on 2020/09/25 20:45
Truth in advertising: I used to work for Microsoft and was an internal “dog fooder” for OneNote back in 2002. Having said that, I will say that I left the OneNote world for many years, becoming an ardent user of Evernote. What I found, over time, is that OneNote made significant leaps and bounds in the user experience, particularly with respect to pasting in text/data from web pages. I became an exclusive user of OneNote (again) starting in 2014 (although I visit Evernote from time to time to see if it has blown past OneNote — I’m ex-Microsoft, but not “hard core” Microsoft. The trick to OneNote (or similar apps) is to establish a pattern of organization for notebooks, sections, and pages. Moving things around is easy, and OneNote’s integration with OneDrive makes things extremely easy. I now write books and articles using OneNote, as well as use it to casually keep quick notes/reminders.
Kind of confusing to navigate, and I really wish lasso select had more options
by MagesticOutlook on 2020/10/16 14:30
It looks like a good app but it also feels a little confusing and cluttered to use with ease. It’s unclear how I can get the left side menu bar that shows the notebook and pages out of the way, especially when I’m using split screen and don’t want so much of the screen space to be taken up by something I don’t need open all of the time. ALSO, I really wish the lasso select had a specific feature. I wish it was possible to use the lasso tool to select items from a PDF or PowerPoint file that I open in split screen mode. It would make my life so much easier if I could use the lasso to select images and text from the other file that I have open in split screen mode. This feature helps a lot especially when taking notes from a textbook. So, I truly hope that you add this feature in the near future because it would be amazing!
Really Great all it needs is a few tweaks
by Radio active kiwis on 2020/01/25 01:26
This app honestly is really amazing and it offered you so many of the same features that other note taking apps do, and the best part is that it’s for free. The lasso tool is really handy and I also like how you can change the style and color of the paper you write on. This app would be truly amazing if it offered an option to record while you write, which would be effective to use during lectures. Another thing that would make this all amazing is the option for page breaks. While an infinite page is really beneficial for some people, I would prefer page breaks which would make printing easier and have more of a notebook feel. Other than those small preferences this app is really great if you want to switch over to digital note taking or anything else.
OneNote App- Not compatible with Mac. Not able to create new Notebook Accounts.
by ItsApples on 2021/02/21 18:19
Not compatible with Mac. However, it states it is. Too difficult to create other Notebooks (not sections). I called for assistance with this (I received really kind & good customer service) just to find that this program is not compatible with my new MacBook Air. Although, this program’s website states/stayed it is compatible. I’ve been using OneNote for years. Originally, with a Samsung using Windows 10, in which it worked just fine. However, I was still unable to create an entire new Notebooks/accounts for separate use (i.e., for education, personal, & professional notebooks) to allow me to switch between notebook accounts (without the program automatically syncing the same notebooks/sections across all Main Notebook/accounts). Other than these very important key points, it would be... ONE OF THE BEST APPS, PERIOD! Perfect for writers, students, organization, sharing, creating documents, business, the list goes on.
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.
Been loving it for four years! Just one request!
by BXJB777 on 2019/10/27 11:07
I love the OneNote app... and even traditional OneNote itself. I’ve been using it for four years and, by far, my favorite feature is how I can access my notes from anywhere and any device as long as I login to my OneNote account. I love that you can create different folders and have different notes inside of each folder. I love the basic customization features such as being able to add a little color to different know for organizational purposes. My only request is that some features be added that are geared towards poets and/or writers. I switched to OneNote years ago after seeing how practical it was for storing my poetry and also loved the fact that I could lock certain notes for privacy. I’m not going anywhere as it is, but adding some writing/poetry geared features would definitely make me love this app for life! Just putting that out there! Thanks anyway!
Better than Notability for notes, better than $40 writing apps
by just some guy on iTunes on 2020/01/23 02:08
For writing Notability is great but it doesn't interface with desktop unless you want to spend another $10-$20 to re-buy the app. OneNote works everywhere and is just as fun to use on desktop or laptop as on iPad. I’m getting into writing screenplays, and mind-mapping is easy on OneNote. We’ll see how easy, but I like being able to draw lines between things with my hands. Notability also doesn’t have workable text insertion into a document. I like that with OneNote that you touch anywhere with pen or mouse icon or fingertip and the cursor goes there. On notability it doesn’t. You have to tediously drag and drop and it’s always left-justified. A real mess. I regret buying it because I can do everything on notability on OneNote, and have such more seamless integration among my devices.
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!
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.
Love OneNote - One Issue
by WoahPuppets on 2020/11/14 14:40
I use OneNote on a daily basis. I think it is one of the best note taking apps. I use it mostly for handwritten notes and the love the infinite canvas it provides. I really like all the custom pen types I have that I can immediately switch to. The canvas grids are great. The one thing that bugs me is the working offline sync error. I’m not on bad WiFi - it happens almost everywhere I go. I know I’m not the only one who experiences this. The error causes the entire page to shift mid writing. Imagine someone push a piece of paper on you while your in the middle of writing. It’s very frustrating. Microsoft has failed to acknowledge the issue via UserVoice and it’s such a simple fix. Just don’t shift the canvas when it pops up. Or make it a small icon in the corner, there’s so many easy options. So what I end up doing is turning off WiFi while I write notes, but that’s not a great solution.
I’m in love.
by dvanesse on 2020/05/15 13:25
After having OneNote for over a decade, I am just now FINALLY discovering the incredible capability and possibilities of this program. I did run into some trouble setting up, due to issues syncing with my workplace business drive, personal devices, and different versions of the program. Major headache. So, I decided to just sign in with a fresh personal account and now am thoroughly enjoying getting my new system dialed in! I continue to learn about new features. I especially LOVE the To-Do flagging function and the ability to assign codes for different items. It is wonderfully helpful and convenient to be able to create pages, and sections with detailed lists on my laptop and then access and check them off on my phone...as well as share, print, etc. I’m eager to keep discovering! Highly recommend.
Great app and use it all the time
by Grant KC on 2020/10/22 08:52
Why 3? Having used this application for years. I still find it to be one of the most useful note taking and easiest note app out there for me. I give it a 3 because still no ability from the iPad application to convert your handwritten notes to text. Yet the have that feature in PowerPoint for iPad. Of all the applications the one it would make the most sense to have that feature on... they don’t. I use the desktop version on my surface and other pc’s and love the 2016 version with full features. Including selecting my hand written notes and converting them to text. Either way, text or handwritten the most useful thing to me is being able to type in key words and have it search all my notebooks for it. So for me it combines the missing pieces of normal “handwritten notes.” Organization, all in one location for all your notebooks and searchable. Great application and highly recommend it.
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.
Too useful
by creator5280 on 2020/02/26 05:23
I love using OneNote for school, doodling, and random notes. The integration with the Apple Pencil seems to be occasionally buggy, but usually works well and has nothing app breaking so I deal with it. I’ve never used another stylus and note taking app that I liked better than the Apple Pencil and OneNote. I can’t use any other app now, which is actually an issue: I wish I could open multiple instances of OneNote, allowing me to quickly mark up multiple documents and sets of notes, but the app currently dies not support it. I was excited when ipadOS 13 was set to allow multiple instances of the same app, but am disappointed to find that the Microsoft office apps still do not support this very useful productivity feature. For now I’m forced to emulate multiple instances by using 3rd party viewers and note apps as the extra “instances” which is far from ideal. Add multi-instance support for iPadOS, and it’ll be a 5 star review. Good work so far.
Feature-rich note or diary app accessible from iPhone, iPad, and windows PC
by GeorgeInBaltimore on 2021/01/14 21:32
Especially useful for a PC user with an iPhone or iPad, he/she can maintain the same set of notes or a diary from all these devices! This has the identical advantages that Apple users have come to appreciate from the content sharing across Apples many device types. Onenote supports a broad range of rich text features and Microsoft continues enrich and extend its features. Onenote content is saved on Microsoft’s cloud, OneDrive, and offer free storage on OneDrive for the first 5GB of content, which going a long way for user-written content. ( 5GB will hold 5 billion characters; assuming 1800 characters to a page, 5GB holds 2,777,777 pages of simple text. Rich text might quarter this count. This a lot of personal note-taking for free. And would can rent more space as needed. )
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.
Little things
by JesseKimes on 2021/03/03 14:33
I like all of the Office products and use them on PC and iOS. But OneNote is the worst out of all of them from a glitchiness standpoint. Lots of synch issues and telling me to log in when I already am. This holds true across both operating systems and updates. There are also just some dumb things that seem to be purposeful “features.” I take a lot of one page notes under an ideas section and I often look back at them. To look at recent ideas I start at the bottom and work my way up the list. Each time you click “back” after looking at a note the whole screen slides up a few pixels. I’m constantly fighting to maintain my frame of reference and go up the list. This inconvenience isn’t really worth posting a review...but I’m irritated. I’ll continue to use OneNote because I pay for all of office but I just wish that Microsoft would use there own products some and think more logically.
It’s good but needs much work
by thaesino on 2020/04/11 20:18
Baffles my mind that OneNote (and the whole group of Office 365 apps) still has so many issues with syncing. This app, as well as all the others, works well within one device. All the tools are there, and everything is almost perfect. But it’s 2020 and I don’t only use one device. And that’s where the wrinkles begin to show. Notes that have been deleted continue reappearing. Changes that have been made do not sync over even after syncing has been updated. The app continues suggesting I am two different users and can not access my own data (this happens to me often between my MacOS and iPad OS work). In short, it is a good note app, with a few issues here and there regarding language differences and not recognizing certain characters from other languages. But I think Microsoft knows most note apps out there are an equal mess, and so they don’t care to do more than necessary.
Multiple problems
by Wow wow I'm amazed best there on 2020/04/23 14:22
Word is an amazing site while not as fast as google docs it does do its job, however one note is slow and i mean extremely slow, it can take up to 1 minuets to change anything and get it to sync, the idea is pretty good, however the execution is horrible. Its hard to sync and every time you try and edit something it wants to open up a new writing bar. To improve this product it first needs an easier layout one that is harder to screw up, second it needs to sync between mobile, pc, browser, pc app, and teams app alot better, this causes the most problems and unsaved work, because i could see it on my pc app or on my phone but my professors might not be able to see anything or even worse they could see past work i deleted and mistake it for present work. I do not think it is a failure just incomplete. Its also very stressful to learn how to use as well. En suite needs better layout, editing, syncing, and ease of access.
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