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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.
Why can't I delete or rename the notebooks?!
by gbcdyibgee on 2020/12/02 02:50
Please fix this problem it's annoying
Web Version Needs Improvement
by DavidBendet on 2020/12/02 02:40
The apps are great, but the web version is feature less and almost unusable. Specifically missing the recent notes category, viewing options and many other features
ONENOTE
by Ainsley J☺️ on 2020/12/01 21:41
Dear ONENOTE, your idea was spectacular to do this! Teachers can monitor their students work and lecture them as well on what they need to improve on in the future! Also, this app helps students to retain the information by going back into each tab each day. Thank you for your wonderful idea! ☺️ Truly Yours, Ainsley Johnson
Sorting alphabetically requires more work.
by Reginakk72 on 2020/12/01 20:05
Easy navigate but I wish sorting would be more efficient without requiring me to do several steps.
Crashes
by T-Lom 20 on 2020/12/01 16:30
As a teacher using OneNote, the stability of the iOS version when grading is frustrating. The app crashes multiple times while switching between students papers. For the stability and its a 5 star app
Difficult to open
by solotk421 on 2020/12/01 16:01
So far I’m not finding this app easy to use
Crash
by baha jan on 2020/12/01 01:11
Always crashs!
Stop asking me to rate your product.
by CaptVeepUS on 2020/12/01 00:20
I can’t stand that every time i open an app on any device I’m constantly asked to rate it. Stop.
Issue when savings a site in chrome
by pedro j sanchez on 2020/11/30 17:55
Onenote seems not to be auto-generating the title and a thumbnail of the website when you’re saving a site. In safari, this function works well but not on chrome. Will be nice to have this since it can save time from stopping and write a short description of the site.
Pretty good...but not great
by Tallgrayguy on 2020/11/30 14:48
The idea of a digital notebook is highly appealing. When you're actually in the page you want in OneNote, it's terrific: always with you, syncs to all your devices and desktop, like virtual clutch. But finding your pages, just locating the notebook you want to work in is frustratingly difficult. This is not iPhone Notes, a too simple collection of lists and notes. I may go back to that. I had high hopes but it's pretty hard to love this complex, non-intuitive beast
Perfect
by kbrnhdpt on 2020/11/30 13:14
100%
Brilliant
by Arcabard on 2020/11/30 05:46
The whole chain of MS tools is generic boring and awesome A total necessity
iPad version needs big improvement
by ylzno on 2020/11/30 04:39
I use my 12.9” iPad as a laptop replacement with a Bluetooth keyboard and I love OneNote, but this app will not understand what I am trying to do when I press enter or space and do something else. And the settings are so limited! Please Microsoft, gives the full version of OneNote (and the others: excel, word, etc) for iPad!!!
Always works great sometimes!
by Smacka Claus on 2020/11/30 04:25
When I need to quickly jot a note and don’t mind waiting 30 seconds for an app to load, I always use OneNote! It’s good to know all my important notes are just a dozen taps away, synced in one easy location that only requires me to login 60% of the time. And the dedicated executives at Microsoft are always making sure the occasional updates to this app are fresh, like they’ll never leave beta! Five stars!!!
Not what I expected
by Jlma81 on 2020/11/30 04:16
I love this app however I decided to switch to Apple, unfortunately unlike the android version, this version is not as friendly to search for text inside a page which gives a headache to scroll down to “search” through the page. I will appreciate if you give the same ability in this OS. Thanks
Crap
by bryceissupreme on 2020/11/30 01:45
Garbage
One note
by ¿wooster? on 2020/11/30 01:17
The app was great on my old phone. I got the iPhone XR and now my checklist for shopping every time I check something on the list goes back to the top of my list for the unchecked items
I Like is security
by Chikitin@22 on 2020/11/30 00:43
Security
Best Note FOREVER
by master mahmood on 2020/11/30 00:16
Thanks for Microsoft Teams to get this app is very very Useful for me and thanks and thanks for this app🔥👍🏻👍🏻🔥🔥
Allow voice recording while taking notes
by BlackWitchesSlay on 2020/11/29 20:14
This is my biggest ask. If Notability can do it, OneNote should be able to deliver this as well. I prefer OneNote but depend on Notability bc of this feature.
Great App
by JUDYs WAY on 2020/11/29 16:40
Finally a place for me to organize all of my note keeping. Thank You
Medical Student
by Future Dr. Lewis on 2020/11/29 14:20
I loved OneNote until I got to medical school and needed more notebooks about at the same time. Now OneNote continues to freeze, lag, and have sync issues unless I close all but one notebook at a time. Having one notebook open at a time is pointless for a student when trying to integrate the material. The lagging is so bad that I can’t stroll, type or move between pages without it freezing for an average of 7 seconds with each command. This is terrible, it slows down my study process, and it is extremely frustrating. Please, someone, anyone!, figure out what is going on to avoid these mishaps. Yes, we have lots of lectures with many slides each, but we would still like to be about to use OneNote. SOS!
Works well, one particularly obnoxious bug.
by randomnickname8 on 2020/11/29 03:05
App works fine most of the time but there are quite a few bugs that really make it frustrating to work on. As in, switch-to-using-notability frustrating. Biggest problem is when switching tools, like from drawings to lasso or text, it suddenly scrolls all the way up back to the beginning. When I’m working on a long document, it gets annoying having to scroll all the way down back to where I was working. Happens multiple times, like at least every few minutes or every couple times I switch tools. Everything else works well, even live work when I’m using OneNote on my PC simultaneously with the iPad and it’s updating the other device a second or two later.
Great app but a few missing points
by SidaScienceKid on 2020/11/29 00:09
I love this app first of all. Probably the best continuity note taking app. However they should allow you to change the ink color of the pen and undo accidentally deleted notes (both features on the desktop versions of the app).
ios 12
by born (tavalode) again (dobare) on 2020/11/28 09:18
OneNote was my favorite app, but with the new update, I can no longer use it because it needs iOS 13.
THE BEST
by Glo4Him on 2020/11/27 22:20
I ABSOLUTELY love using Microsoft OneNote. It’s been a LIFE Saver!!! Having so many notebooks, digitally has been a game changer as a student and as a business owner.
Stop bothering me with request to rate service
by BBQ Arlington on 2020/11/27 20:58
I like one note but I can’t stand being bothered all the time to submit a rating so that leads to me giving a one star rating
Best Note Taking App
by idan316 on 2020/11/27 12:02
Simply the best most functional note taking app. Lots of features to learn and simple organizational abilities. I don’t know where I would be without OneNote
Missing fonts installed using profiles on iOS
by Suresh PB on 2020/11/26 16:01
Many of the previously created notes with fonts installed on iOS have now reverted to default font. Hoping to get a fix soon.
Sometimes notebooks disappeared the next day
by Claire.CY on 2020/11/26 15:36
I like One Note because of its functionalities and easiness to create different notebooks and add pages in it to make things organized. However, recently some of the new pages that I added and worked gone are not displaying on the OneNote web version; they do still show on my mobile app tho. It’s just annoying that there are so many bugs. I don’t understand why it would it happened...and I did all my work on the web version. And it’s automatically saved. Of course nobody wants his/her work gone...so I gotta go to the mobile app version to see if my works are there and if so, I will have to sync to my web version of OneNote...it’s just annoying that I gotta do this almost every week now ((Please fix the bugs!!))
Rolf koehler
by rolfkoehler on 2020/11/26 15:16
How cound transfer to my new pc.
I use it for everything on every device
by cSharpK77 on 2020/11/26 14:54
It’s a scratch pad, a meeting note organizer for work, and an organizer for all of my other writings. Being sync’d on every device at all times allows me to seamlessly work across work/home computers, laptop, phone, and tablet.
Help me understand the 5 star ratings.....
by NnekaF. on 2020/11/26 13:52
Microsoft One Note has one of the best UI’s and dark mode is fantastic. Convenience of using the Apple Pencil is great and real highlighting in comparison to the other Microsoft apps is unmatched. But it stops there. One Note is constantly crashing, less when I turn off WiFi but the inconvenience of having to turn it back on to look up a definition or do something online is ridiculous. As a student, I need my tech to help me, not hinder me from getting my work done in a timely manner. One Note must do better. If there was something better out there, trust that I would be using it. This is extremely frustrating and needs to be addressed immediately.
One Note
by Sersh77 on 2020/11/25 21:45
Working today with One Note is really slowly isn’t working neither over windows 10 nor iOS really bad experience working with this tool
Windows 10 Notes
by bwkho on 2020/11/25 19:03
Intuitive user interface and comprehensive feature set. The best part is to be able to access the notes anywhere on across different platforms.
Great app...at least it was
by jswirly on 2020/11/25 17:32
I have loved this app for years... use it all the time. But it is slowly becoming more and more glitchy and customer service falls somewhere between useless and none existent. It is constantly cycling and trying to sync and draining my battery. It randomly and shuts down. I may have to move on to a different note app if they can’t straighten out some of these issues.
Love it! Need better image copy
by LadyKurlz on 2020/11/25 14:00
I use notes for everything! Just would love to be able to do images a little better. Currently including images in notes is very clunky.
best
by md.maruf.hassan.bangladesh on 2020/11/25 13:52
Excellent, incomparably best...
One note problem
by R Qtr on 2020/11/25 11:37
One note is the best but sometime is lagging when I am in the test I hope you fix it please
Love
by mmueses on 2020/11/25 05:17
Great for the most part
Text misaligned
by miloszhp on 2020/11/25 03:49
When opening up notes the text is all misaligned and cut and half this has been happening for months now. Have to re-open the app/note book to fix.
Best freely available notes app!
by psk1998 on 2020/11/25 03:01
No doubt OneNote is the best app that is freely available to write notes on iPads! Highly recommended if you school uses office suite. Easy to backup and keep a track of all notes at one place!
Won’t sync
by gugguggg on 2020/11/25 01:43
iPad connected to WiFi and cell. Consistently receiving errors about not being online and not able to sync. Wasted a few hours on help sites trying to fix, will dump and switch to another note taking program.
Text box purgatory
by cantlikeonenote on 2020/11/24 19:32
Look at how Mac Notes works, and copy it. Your text boxes cause no end of frustration, and on the desktop apps the screen jumps back and forth because it thinks there is extra space where nothing exists. I hate this program, but live in a world where people insist on using systems that aren’t compatible with the software I want. clunky and slow
5 stars
by Mrsvsan80 on 2020/11/24 17:59
The greatest writing app for me thankfully I love it
Sooo disappointed
by pear2032 on 2020/11/24 16:38
I downloaded the app a couple of times. It works for a couple of days, and then asks me to reinstall it. I have lost important information!
One and only OneNote!
by Zeldamr on 2020/11/24 05:12
A fantastic app to organize all your thoughts, your recipes, your to-do lists, or whatever information you want to keep track of!
Crashing after update
by Violet is not Purple on 2020/11/23 20:12
The software crashed after update new iOS system
MS OneNote
by Sheppym on 2020/11/23 12:00
Great tool for organizing my thought and staying organized.
calendar
by 61MrTemel61 on 2020/11/22 17:41
i’m missing a calendar function in onenote to write with the apple pencil!
Please fix pressure sensitivity
by arshiya47 on 2020/11/22 13:29
The app is very useful and has many features but the writing experience is horrible compared to other note taking apps. It has pressure sensitivity but it feels very unnatural and fake otherwise it’s the best note taking app .i hope you fix it
Use it daily
by Sonia Batra on 2020/11/22 09:57
I use one note daily and it has been phenomenal. I started because my company has it. I use it for both work and my personal life. Am not sure what is the difference with Evernote. But I do use my apple pencil on my tablet and it is my only notebook anymore. Never ever need pen a paper. Syncs across my devices, is great at organization. Have not had any defects for which I've had to write in to customer support. I have been using it for over a year. And I'm also not one to leave many reviews for anything. thank you so much for creating this!!
Rich notebook
by Tachyon77 on 2020/11/21 22:58
Solid product. Use it everyday. Has the most feature.
good but just a few things!
by GREAT BUT SO ANNOYING on 2020/11/21 01:40
this app is great so far and I love it so much! just about one thing, i wish on iphone we can change to color of drawing tools, and i wish there were more brushes. i was thinking about when we can change the color for there to be normal colors but also a color wheel so we can customize! i also hope that we can change the size of brushes/ marker pencil things so it can be easier! this app is amazing, thank you! ✨🖐
Poor Mobile Search
by Cromag2 on 2020/11/21 01:12
Just ask Google how important the ability to search is. It’s literally everything! What good are all the 6gb of notes if I can’t find what I need through this mobile app. You must design a robust search method into the app. Please highlight the search results on each page and allow for scrolling through them. The current setup is still useless. It’s been years. Come on.
Rate everything
by AMAZING things in the WORLD on 2020/11/20 18:24
One note is amazing it helps me in every way.
Needs to have just a tad more
by juan627 on 2020/11/20 15:11
The ability to sort in tables would be great, so far a reliable and very important tool for me.
Not good
by Wiedermark on 2020/11/20 14:48
Not user friendly
Closing
by MJRuskin on 2020/11/20 12:12
It keeps closing for no reason.
Searching needs work
by Brutha John on 2020/11/20 01:25
..searches are unreliable. There have been a few times when I couldn’t find a note tha t was clearly there. I resort to searching manually. Maybe my notebook is too big. I am looking at alternative. Great tool but if search doesn’t work reliably not very good product service. I’ve been using OneNote for three years or more.
Awsome
by william jr11231 on 2020/11/20 01:18
This app is the best for kids to learn
OneNote
by MC-Relax'in on 2020/11/20 00:34
Best app. Use it on every platform. Love it.
Love
by THE Queen Lu on 2020/11/19 20:42
This app is the 💫⭐️
Great 👍
by Jjmn1 on 2020/11/19 16:06
The Best
Escuela
by jsssjsd on 2020/11/19 13:52
Mala Muy mala Es lo peor
Missing key component recording and syncing with notes
by Jdltazz on 2020/11/19 13:40
It is good you can record but it does not sync with your notes as you take them.
Crashes Regularly
by Quist65 on 2020/11/19 12:00
Crashes Regularly. What else needs to be said.
Definitely the best note app out there by far
by Javie loto on 2020/11/19 04:32
I 100% recommend this product, specially if you are a student.
It is get
by Breeageorge on 2020/11/19 00:08
I love it
Best 3-ring binder simulator
by Kelaiope on 2020/11/18 18:20
This software accurately simulates a 3-ring binder.
Love being organized!
by Nan True on 2020/11/18 14:56
I use One Note every day from grocery lists to categorized Scripture subjects. Nanette
It’s ok
by Bre Bre525 on 2020/11/17 21:35
It’s ok but when I open and reload it it takes forever to start up.While my teacher is talking I’m waiting on it to reload!
Love one note 😍
by rockin cryastl on 2020/11/17 19:34
One Note is so awesome because I can make my drawings on a screen and I’ve never been able to do that before and I can print them out for people too!oh and I just remembered that you can pick the colors that you want and to do that all you have to do is tap the color that you want to change and it will give you all the colors that it has.again I LOVE this app and highly recommended it for all those note takers out there.🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈☀️☀️☀️☀️
Not a stable app on the iPad
by psych2c on 2020/11/17 18:53
One Note regularly hangs up when used for extended periods entering handwriting and using Apple Pencil. This is very annoying, because it interrupts my flow keeping verbatim notes with my clients.
My everything app
by Sjl-4kids on 2020/11/17 18:00
I use OneNote constantly--grocery and drug store lists, gardening to do's, craft supply wish list, bills paid and online order printouts.... It's available on my PC and my iPhone, so very handy and always with me. It has taken time to get in the habit of entering things when I think of them, but worth it when I get to a store and go blank about what I wanted to look for.
You aren’t listening
by Jsivado on 2020/11/17 16:56
We need the math assistant or ink to math. It’s impossible to type higher order math problems without ink to math. It was promised last year and still isn’t available.
Wonderful app but…
by Clarity2020 on 2020/11/17 12:41
this is a really wonderful app and I would give it five stars except for 2 reasons… First, I can’t customize the tags and there is no way to search the tags either, I am told. Secondly, in the current version I am unable to turn handwriting to text. I’m not sure why, but that feature seems to have disappeared?? Other than that, it’s really helpful. Thank you
One more note
by Alibi on 2020/11/17 09:40
I use one note on a daily basis for notes about books for research and all sorts of other material s. I find that it's very useful for keeping my documents and data organized and that includes pictures in clippings and excerpts that go with certain pieces of information. What doesn’t work is the search feature that you cannot copy and paste or replace. And it’s nearly impossible to select text to change remove it doesn’t function as well it’s using Microsoft word.
Why is it glitchy?
by Hai :D on 2020/11/17 03:58
When I first got onenote a few weeks ago, everything was fine, I use onenote on my android tablet, all of a sudden I check for an update, updated the app and it’s in worst condition than before. For example, the undo button has about a 5 second delay after you click it. When I use to pen to write, I zoom out and when I zoom out it causes the letters I wrote to become enlarged and displaced with a delay before it gets back in order. This update seemed to have made things worst! Please look into fixing it, onenote is my primary study tool I use for studying, it’s vital to me and I need the app to work! These glitches make using the app UNBEARABLE :(
Great
by katsbury on 2020/11/17 00:05
Very helpful app to keep me organized
Buggy but OK for most part
by Randall King on 2020/11/16 21:11
Update: Now it doesn’t work at all with notebooks stored on SharePoint 2013, which is still a supported product.😞 Let's start with bugs (or bad design): • Every time I open this app, I have to type both my username and password to access a OneNote file stored on our on-premises SharePoint 2013 server. Why can't the app just remember my credentials? Even after I enter them, the "Tap to enter password" bar won't go away no matter how many times I tap it. • Why, every time Microsoft Office apps are updated, is the download 200-300 MB? Has Microsoft not heard of delta updates? Otherwise, good app! The good: • Other than the items above, it mostly works like you'd expect. • Microsoft has created a powerful notetaking tool that is also easy to use. That's not an easy feat. OneNote is the best of its class.
Writing
by ninjakegend50100 on 2020/11/16 18:48
It is great for writing
Best notes app there is
by JMecha55 on 2020/11/16 17:13
I started using the notes app on my laptop, I taken the same notes to 5 different mobile devices and the notes are still safe. Great app
Good, but still needs to be tweaked
by John Yensan on 2020/11/16 15:53
For the most part, this is a great app. Easy to keep things organized, and synced with other devices. I use OneDrive for file storage and this helps with keeping things synced. However, Microsoft makes you update your password every 6 months which is a huge inconvenience. I am all for security, but I struggle to choose and remember a new password every 6 months. It forces me to keep a list which defeats the purpose! Also, I wish they could finally bring text recognition to this app. The ability is there on the PC version, but not for an iPad.
Useful tool for storage and reference
by MBLLLA on 2020/11/16 15:50
Have this on my phone, tablet and computer. I like referencing information across the platforms. Deducted one star b/c: 1) now and then the syncing does not match up, then I have to reboot. 2) cannot manage sections and folders from mobile devices (I can create them but not move or rename them)
Lectures
by emad-tan on 2020/11/16 15:06
Can’t imagine doing my lectures without one note
ختها،ت
by رتراه on 2020/11/16 14:34
نته
One note
by Brainteasers 10 on 2020/11/16 13:32
Need to have a way to alphabetize recipes.
Alphabetical folders
by G&KB on 2020/11/16 06:52
I cannot figure out how to alphabetize my folders and pages in sections.
OneNote-Many Projects
by 1kimken on 2020/11/16 04:38
Absolutely love OneNote! Have used it for years and everything I need is all together.
Fabulous, but cross compatibility an issue
by eye dream of on 2020/11/16 02:51
One note is a fabulous app. I use it at work and I use it personally for so many things. My big group these days though is the lack of cross-compatibility between the “windows 10” version & the “just OneNote” version. I have even had one get corrupted and I lost a full section (even though they are all on Microsoft’s OneDrive). In concept it is just outstanding and the new mobile versions keep getting better.
Improvements needed ASAP
by TeeCharlz on 2020/11/16 02:28
1. No option to download notes from the app 2. Crashes regularly 3. Search option is not accurate 4. This app is terrible
I’ve been it using since 2003
by space city guy on 2020/11/15 22:06
I’ve been using OneNote since 2003 when I got a copy at the Microsoft Office 2003 launch event. Since then it has morphed into a cloud-based, platform independent application. I used every day, and my notes are available on any device at any time.
CRASHES ALL THE TIME
by Unsatisfied user 1234567 on 2020/11/15 20:35
Crashes. All. The. Time.
Great app that has freezing problems
by jlev2488 on 2020/11/15 20:17
I use the app often and really appreciate it when it works. Sometimes it freezes and becomes unresponsive. If this issue is fixed, I will raise my review.
Story writing
by KelsieCat on 2020/11/15 20:10
I only use it mainly for the stories I write so I have no issue with it whatsoever. I would definitely like to make a suggestion though, definitely make the color section for the tabs infinity search so I can choose the perfect color for my Books. Also it would be really cool if you could make it able read it to you and also if you can somehow connect it to drawing apps
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.
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.
Used to be great but now won’t sync
by Tj Savvy on 2020/11/15 16:03
The title says it all. This makes it just about useless for me.
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.
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.
Missing critical features specific to the iPad
by AddisonThePeaShooter 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Mostly just suggestions about the app
by supyo619 on 2019/01/25 21:55
I have been using this app for I think a year and a half. It started out rocky because I was trying to use the app on my iPad and then try to use the same notes on my Mac and if I added anything to the notebook from my Mac it would not be able to sync. I tried contacting support but all they could say was delete everything and start over. Instead I just stopped using my Mac. So one feedback would be to figure out why you can’t go back and forth between the Mac and the iPad app. Why can I access it but not change anything. Another suggestion would be to put in a feature that locks the size (width specifically) of the screen. When using my Apple Pencil I sometimes accidentally zoom in or out because my hand touches in 2 different spots. And that can be very frustrating when you are trying to keep your notes cohesive and the same throughout. I would also like to suggest the ability to voice record and take notes at the same time.
Great 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.
A brief review of OneNote—released in 2019
by dtynes2 on 2020/03/23 03:16
The mobile program is great. However, when I look at the desktop edition, I do not understand why functionality has been taken away. I used to see OneNote as a bridge between Word and Excel, where the action takes place on an infinite canvas. By taking away functionality, you force me to use Word first, for word processor functions and VBA routines, then copy-and-paste my final text into OneNote. The same is true in regards to Excel, except the rendering of tables in OneNote is absolutely horrid; copy-and-paste will not preserve Excel’s Stylings. Lastly, I have a great deal of trouble using the new OneNote application on my desktop when all that I want to do is connect to my cloud files; I receive error messages that are incomprehensible. If I were to rate the desktop application, I would give it a 1 instead of the 5 stars that I give the mobile application for the iPad Pro.
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!
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.
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.
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!
Good evernote replacement
by Whatho on 2018/12/11 19:14
Like many, I fled Evernote for Onenote when the former’s free version became too stingy. Onenote is definitely a notch down from Evernote in terms of general smoothness and integration of complex features like OCR or tagging. But, once you get the hang of navigating ON’s many features, you’ll surely find some that will help you get through your day. I particularly like to scribble on pdfs with my Apple pencil. ON is excellent for that. On the other hand, Onenote’s help materials and internal guidance both claim that it automatically scans handwritten notes and converts them to searchable text. I have turned the function on in the appropriate place but I have no idea how to use it. None of ON’s searches includes my handwritten notes and I can’t find any way to ask the program to do the promised text recognition. That’s typical Onenote. The feature is probably there but you need to call tech support to figure out how to use it!
Hasn’t Figured out how to be an effective App yet
by 17benjosoccer on 2018/12/07 04:20
I seem to use oneNote quite a bit these days. However it seems to work best on the desktop – not on the app. There are small little quirks that slow me down and make it nearly impossible to be productive. For example, if you place the cursor someplace and hit return to start a new line, the app places the cursor way up at the top corner of your note. Before you know it, your inserting text way up at the top of your note. At the beginning. And heaven forbid if you leave the app to look at another app and then toggle back. For example I might want to look at what song is playing, or what my friend just texted me, or any other app. Wait a couple minutes and try to go back to OneNote and nine times out of ten you’ll get a white screen of death. Of course you have to force close down the app and restart it and go find your note again and put the cursor where used to be. Just don’t hit return to start a new line. Not Quite ready for real productivity yet.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 for tracking to do list. Search function could be better.
by Octiious on 2020/02/12 14:57
I use a windows PC at work and iPhone OneNote is the best free app that I've found to allow access to notes and share to do lists also with my family. I store things that I need to archive without the fear of Google looking through my content on my google drive. Unlike the windows version, iOS version search function is really poor (better than before). When searching, it will find the note pages but won’t scroll to where the search term is. And, when searching for multi keywords, results will show any part of the search term, search defaults to the “or” logic and you can’t sforce the “and” logic. The app is not terrible, but I expected more out of the iOS versions. At least 5o be on par wi5h windows version.
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.
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.
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.
One of the greatest unknown software tools
by Britcaus on 2017/10/05 14:59
I came across OneNote by accident. It has been under the radar for years! Only one person I asked from very many knew what it was - and he was ecstatic about it. I agree it’s a fabulous tool. A cross platform tool with storage in the cloud so you can retrieve and edit from any PC or smartphone. A great way to keep all your ideas together and easily share them. I save my research notes on my PC but can view or update on laptop and iPhone. Adequate formatting & good search capability as well as edit history so you can see who changed what and when. Astonishing that it is so poorly marketed, it is great standalone or integrated with MS Office. Drop in Excel charts, Visio drawings, hyperlink, email snippets or almost anything. Only 4 stars because it lacks the full capability of Word for formatting and a little more flexibility with tables. Love it nonetheless.
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.
Add better voice memo organization
by weirdsmystyle on 2019/05/15 17:15
Great app, I won’t use anything else to organize and take my notes. I love the web clipper extension as well. I would really like to see more page layout options on the mobile app, like changing the font color and page color. Please add more font options as well. I think customization is the biggest lacking function. Another big opportunity imo is the memo recording feature. As a musical artist I would love to see a better organization of recording memos within notes. They are hard to organize on the page, I can’t put two memos on the same line together for example and it just feels clunky due to every memo taking up a lot of real estate on the page versus simply being a file name or a tidier type of icon for example. For now I’m using a different app for saving and organizing my recording ideas.
Sticky Notes needs more love
by Caayit on 2019/08/21 09:28
Yes, the app is good for taking notes that will last for a long time, like lecture notes, or notes that you take during a meeting. But what about an unnecessary note that you only scribble something or maybe a very basic shopping list? Sticky notes work faster and better for that both on mobile and desktop. For that, you need lists. But for some reason you cannot add lists to sticky notes. You can create bullet points, but that is not as useful since you cannot simply tap on a box to get rid of an element of the list when you do that. Other than that, it can be one of the best note taking apps there. If you use it for years though, probably 5GB drive space will not be enough for you so you’ll have to purchase new space. Keep this in mind before transferring everything you have to OneNote.
Really needs handwriting-to-text fixed. It’s been years...
by MeetYourMakerr on 2019/01/16 02:08
I love OneNote, but I wish some features worked. One in particular that I see people have complained about for a long time. That issue would be write to text. It either doesn’t work, at all, some devices don’t even have that option, or it’ll select maybe three words out of an entire paragraph, you hit ok, and still doesn’t work. Long story short, hand writing to text doesn’t work, and it’s been a problem for years, as that’s all you see on the Internet about it. The fact that it still isn’t working after years have gone by, that shows arrogance and ignorance. Please, it would be an incredible feature to have working, if once and for all it would work/be fixed. One note would be used a lot more, have a much wider range of capabilities, and it’s simply an incredible feature if it would work. Thanks.
Battery life drain, features lacking,
by Jeff 7429247 on 2019/11/25 06:17
I dig using onenote on a desktop platform, so it’s nice having a mobile version to capture something from my phone. However the mobile version seems incomplete, rushed, shoddy, etc. especially by the standards of a name like Microsoft (and because you need a subscription to access Office programs like this...) Since i installed the app i noticed a considerable increase of battery loss even when the app is closed, even with background app refreshes off, even when the phone has no apps open and is locked. I have an iphone 8 so it’s not the latest model, but it’s also not terribly old. Mostly though, a literal notes-taking cloud app should not be using this much battery. Further, you can’t change font sizes on the fly. Just seems like a super basic function that’s overlooked. You can change default font size deep in the menus, but once you start a note, you cannot change its font size. If you copy text from the title into the note, the letters will be huge and you cant change it without creating a new note entirely— And you’d have to retype it because copying just keeps the font size. The menus are poorly organized and options are limited. In all, a but disappointed with the mobile version. At the very least, please figure out what’s causing its battery usage. Otherwise i cant justify having it so much as installed on my phone.
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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.
Why can't I delete or rename the notebooks?!
by gbcdyibgee on 2020/12/02 02:50
Please fix this problem it's annoying
Web Version Needs Improvement
by DavidBendet on 2020/12/02 02:40
The apps are great, but the web version is feature less and almost unusable. Specifically missing the recent notes category, viewing options and many other features
ONENOTE
by Ainsley J☺️ on 2020/12/01 21:41
Dear ONENOTE, your idea was spectacular to do this! Teachers can monitor their students work and lecture them as well on what they need to improve on in the future! Also, this app helps students to retain the information by going back into each tab each day. Thank you for your wonderful idea! ☺️ Truly Yours, Ainsley Johnson
Sorting alphabetically requires more work.
by Reginakk72 on 2020/12/01 20:05
Easy navigate but I wish sorting would be more efficient without requiring me to do several steps.
Crashes
by T-Lom 20 on 2020/12/01 16:30
As a teacher using OneNote, the stability of the iOS version when grading is frustrating. The app crashes multiple times while switching between students papers. For the stability and its a 5 star app
Difficult to open
by solotk421 on 2020/12/01 16:01
So far I’m not finding this app easy to use
Crash
by baha jan on 2020/12/01 01:11
Always crashs!
Stop asking me to rate your product.
by CaptVeepUS on 2020/12/01 00:20
I can’t stand that every time i open an app on any device I’m constantly asked to rate it. Stop.
Issue when savings a site in chrome
by pedro j sanchez on 2020/11/30 17:55
Onenote seems not to be auto-generating the title and a thumbnail of the website when you’re saving a site. In safari, this function works well but not on chrome. Will be nice to have this since it can save time from stopping and write a short description of the site.
Pretty good...but not great
by Tallgrayguy on 2020/11/30 14:48
The idea of a digital notebook is highly appealing. When you're actually in the page you want in OneNote, it's terrific: always with you, syncs to all your devices and desktop, like virtual clutch. But finding your pages, just locating the notebook you want to work in is frustratingly difficult. This is not iPhone Notes, a too simple collection of lists and notes. I may go back to that. I had high hopes but it's pretty hard to love this complex, non-intuitive beast
Perfect
by kbrnhdpt on 2020/11/30 13:14
100%
Brilliant
by Arcabard on 2020/11/30 05:46
The whole chain of MS tools is generic boring and awesome A total necessity
iPad version needs big improvement
by ylzno on 2020/11/30 04:39
I use my 12.9” iPad as a laptop replacement with a Bluetooth keyboard and I love OneNote, but this app will not understand what I am trying to do when I press enter or space and do something else. And the settings are so limited! Please Microsoft, gives the full version of OneNote (and the others: excel, word, etc) for iPad!!!
Always works great sometimes!
by Smacka Claus on 2020/11/30 04:25
When I need to quickly jot a note and don’t mind waiting 30 seconds for an app to load, I always use OneNote! It’s good to know all my important notes are just a dozen taps away, synced in one easy location that only requires me to login 60% of the time. And the dedicated executives at Microsoft are always making sure the occasional updates to this app are fresh, like they’ll never leave beta! Five stars!!!
Not what I expected
by Jlma81 on 2020/11/30 04:16
I love this app however I decided to switch to Apple, unfortunately unlike the android version, this version is not as friendly to search for text inside a page which gives a headache to scroll down to “search” through the page. I will appreciate if you give the same ability in this OS. Thanks
Crap
by bryceissupreme on 2020/11/30 01:45
Garbage
One note
by ¿wooster? on 2020/11/30 01:17
The app was great on my old phone. I got the iPhone XR and now my checklist for shopping every time I check something on the list goes back to the top of my list for the unchecked items
I Like is security
by Chikitin@22 on 2020/11/30 00:43
Security
Best Note FOREVER
by master mahmood on 2020/11/30 00:16
Thanks for Microsoft Teams to get this app is very very Useful for me and thanks and thanks for this app🔥👍🏻👍🏻🔥🔥
Allow voice recording while taking notes
by BlackWitchesSlay on 2020/11/29 20:14
This is my biggest ask. If Notability can do it, OneNote should be able to deliver this as well. I prefer OneNote but depend on Notability bc of this feature.
Great App
by JUDYs WAY on 2020/11/29 16:40
Finally a place for me to organize all of my note keeping. Thank You
Medical Student
by Future Dr. Lewis on 2020/11/29 14:20
I loved OneNote until I got to medical school and needed more notebooks about at the same time. Now OneNote continues to freeze, lag, and have sync issues unless I close all but one notebook at a time. Having one notebook open at a time is pointless for a student when trying to integrate the material. The lagging is so bad that I can’t stroll, type or move between pages without it freezing for an average of 7 seconds with each command. This is terrible, it slows down my study process, and it is extremely frustrating. Please, someone, anyone!, figure out what is going on to avoid these mishaps. Yes, we have lots of lectures with many slides each, but we would still like to be about to use OneNote. SOS!
Works well, one particularly obnoxious bug.
by randomnickname8 on 2020/11/29 03:05
App works fine most of the time but there are quite a few bugs that really make it frustrating to work on. As in, switch-to-using-notability frustrating. Biggest problem is when switching tools, like from drawings to lasso or text, it suddenly scrolls all the way up back to the beginning. When I’m working on a long document, it gets annoying having to scroll all the way down back to where I was working. Happens multiple times, like at least every few minutes or every couple times I switch tools. Everything else works well, even live work when I’m using OneNote on my PC simultaneously with the iPad and it’s updating the other device a second or two later.
Great app but a few missing points
by SidaScienceKid on 2020/11/29 00:09
I love this app first of all. Probably the best continuity note taking app. However they should allow you to change the ink color of the pen and undo accidentally deleted notes (both features on the desktop versions of the app).
ios 12
by born (tavalode) again (dobare) on 2020/11/28 09:18
OneNote was my favorite app, but with the new update, I can no longer use it because it needs iOS 13.
THE BEST
by Glo4Him on 2020/11/27 22:20
I ABSOLUTELY love using Microsoft OneNote. It’s been a LIFE Saver!!! Having so many notebooks, digitally has been a game changer as a student and as a business owner.
Stop bothering me with request to rate service
by BBQ Arlington on 2020/11/27 20:58
I like one note but I can’t stand being bothered all the time to submit a rating so that leads to me giving a one star rating
Best Note Taking App
by idan316 on 2020/11/27 12:02
Simply the best most functional note taking app. Lots of features to learn and simple organizational abilities. I don’t know where I would be without OneNote
Missing fonts installed using profiles on iOS
by Suresh PB on 2020/11/26 16:01
Many of the previously created notes with fonts installed on iOS have now reverted to default font. Hoping to get a fix soon.
Sometimes notebooks disappeared the next day
by Claire.CY on 2020/11/26 15:36
I like One Note because of its functionalities and easiness to create different notebooks and add pages in it to make things organized. However, recently some of the new pages that I added and worked gone are not displaying on the OneNote web version; they do still show on my mobile app tho. It’s just annoying that there are so many bugs. I don’t understand why it would it happened...and I did all my work on the web version. And it’s automatically saved. Of course nobody wants his/her work gone...so I gotta go to the mobile app version to see if my works are there and if so, I will have to sync to my web version of OneNote...it’s just annoying that I gotta do this almost every week now ((Please fix the bugs!!))
Rolf koehler
by rolfkoehler on 2020/11/26 15:16
How cound transfer to my new pc.
I use it for everything on every device
by cSharpK77 on 2020/11/26 14:54
It’s a scratch pad, a meeting note organizer for work, and an organizer for all of my other writings. Being sync’d on every device at all times allows me to seamlessly work across work/home computers, laptop, phone, and tablet.
Help me understand the 5 star ratings.....
by NnekaF. on 2020/11/26 13:52
Microsoft One Note has one of the best UI’s and dark mode is fantastic. Convenience of using the Apple Pencil is great and real highlighting in comparison to the other Microsoft apps is unmatched. But it stops there. One Note is constantly crashing, less when I turn off WiFi but the inconvenience of having to turn it back on to look up a definition or do something online is ridiculous. As a student, I need my tech to help me, not hinder me from getting my work done in a timely manner. One Note must do better. If there was something better out there, trust that I would be using it. This is extremely frustrating and needs to be addressed immediately.
One Note
by Sersh77 on 2020/11/25 21:45
Working today with One Note is really slowly isn’t working neither over windows 10 nor iOS really bad experience working with this tool
Windows 10 Notes
by bwkho on 2020/11/25 19:03
Intuitive user interface and comprehensive feature set. The best part is to be able to access the notes anywhere on across different platforms.
Great app...at least it was
by jswirly on 2020/11/25 17:32
I have loved this app for years... use it all the time. But it is slowly becoming more and more glitchy and customer service falls somewhere between useless and none existent. It is constantly cycling and trying to sync and draining my battery. It randomly and shuts down. I may have to move on to a different note app if they can’t straighten out some of these issues.
Love it! Need better image copy
by LadyKurlz on 2020/11/25 14:00
I use notes for everything! Just would love to be able to do images a little better. Currently including images in notes is very clunky.
best
by md.maruf.hassan.bangladesh on 2020/11/25 13:52
Excellent, incomparably best...
One note problem
by R Qtr on 2020/11/25 11:37
One note is the best but sometime is lagging when I am in the test I hope you fix it please
Love
by mmueses on 2020/11/25 05:17
Great for the most part
Text misaligned
by miloszhp on 2020/11/25 03:49
When opening up notes the text is all misaligned and cut and half this has been happening for months now. Have to re-open the app/note book to fix.
Best freely available notes app!
by psk1998 on 2020/11/25 03:01
No doubt OneNote is the best app that is freely available to write notes on iPads! Highly recommended if you school uses office suite. Easy to backup and keep a track of all notes at one place!
Won’t sync
by gugguggg on 2020/11/25 01:43
iPad connected to WiFi and cell. Consistently receiving errors about not being online and not able to sync. Wasted a few hours on help sites trying to fix, will dump and switch to another note taking program.
Text box purgatory
by cantlikeonenote on 2020/11/24 19:32
Look at how Mac Notes works, and copy it. Your text boxes cause no end of frustration, and on the desktop apps the screen jumps back and forth because it thinks there is extra space where nothing exists. I hate this program, but live in a world where people insist on using systems that aren’t compatible with the software I want. clunky and slow
5 stars
by Mrsvsan80 on 2020/11/24 17:59
The greatest writing app for me thankfully I love it
Sooo disappointed
by pear2032 on 2020/11/24 16:38
I downloaded the app a couple of times. It works for a couple of days, and then asks me to reinstall it. I have lost important information!
One and only OneNote!
by Zeldamr on 2020/11/24 05:12
A fantastic app to organize all your thoughts, your recipes, your to-do lists, or whatever information you want to keep track of!
Crashing after update
by Violet is not Purple on 2020/11/23 20:12
The software crashed after update new iOS system
MS OneNote
by Sheppym on 2020/11/23 12:00
Great tool for organizing my thought and staying organized.
calendar
by 61MrTemel61 on 2020/11/22 17:41
i’m missing a calendar function in onenote to write with the apple pencil!
Please fix pressure sensitivity
by arshiya47 on 2020/11/22 13:29
The app is very useful and has many features but the writing experience is horrible compared to other note taking apps. It has pressure sensitivity but it feels very unnatural and fake otherwise it’s the best note taking app .i hope you fix it
Use it daily
by Sonia Batra on 2020/11/22 09:57
I use one note daily and it has been phenomenal. I started because my company has it. I use it for both work and my personal life. Am not sure what is the difference with Evernote. But I do use my apple pencil on my tablet and it is my only notebook anymore. Never ever need pen a paper. Syncs across my devices, is great at organization. Have not had any defects for which I've had to write in to customer support. I have been using it for over a year. And I'm also not one to leave many reviews for anything. thank you so much for creating this!!
Rich notebook
by Tachyon77 on 2020/11/21 22:58
Solid product. Use it everyday. Has the most feature.
good but just a few things!
by GREAT BUT SO ANNOYING on 2020/11/21 01:40
this app is great so far and I love it so much! just about one thing, i wish on iphone we can change to color of drawing tools, and i wish there were more brushes. i was thinking about when we can change the color for there to be normal colors but also a color wheel so we can customize! i also hope that we can change the size of brushes/ marker pencil things so it can be easier! this app is amazing, thank you! ✨🖐
Poor Mobile Search
by Cromag2 on 2020/11/21 01:12
Just ask Google how important the ability to search is. It’s literally everything! What good are all the 6gb of notes if I can’t find what I need through this mobile app. You must design a robust search method into the app. Please highlight the search results on each page and allow for scrolling through them. The current setup is still useless. It’s been years. Come on.
Rate everything
by AMAZING things in the WORLD on 2020/11/20 18:24
One note is amazing it helps me in every way.
Needs to have just a tad more
by juan627 on 2020/11/20 15:11
The ability to sort in tables would be great, so far a reliable and very important tool for me.
Not good
by Wiedermark on 2020/11/20 14:48
Not user friendly
Closing
by MJRuskin on 2020/11/20 12:12
It keeps closing for no reason.
Searching needs work
by Brutha John on 2020/11/20 01:25
..searches are unreliable. There have been a few times when I couldn’t find a note tha t was clearly there. I resort to searching manually. Maybe my notebook is too big. I am looking at alternative. Great tool but if search doesn’t work reliably not very good product service. I’ve been using OneNote for three years or more.
Awsome
by william jr11231 on 2020/11/20 01:18
This app is the best for kids to learn
OneNote
by MC-Relax'in on 2020/11/20 00:34
Best app. Use it on every platform. Love it.
Love
by THE Queen Lu on 2020/11/19 20:42
This app is the 💫⭐️
Great 👍
by Jjmn1 on 2020/11/19 16:06
The Best
Escuela
by jsssjsd on 2020/11/19 13:52
Mala Muy mala Es lo peor
Missing key component recording and syncing with notes
by Jdltazz on 2020/11/19 13:40
It is good you can record but it does not sync with your notes as you take them.
Crashes Regularly
by Quist65 on 2020/11/19 12:00
Crashes Regularly. What else needs to be said.
Definitely the best note app out there by far
by Javie loto on 2020/11/19 04:32
I 100% recommend this product, specially if you are a student.
It is get
by Breeageorge on 2020/11/19 00:08
I love it
Best 3-ring binder simulator
by Kelaiope on 2020/11/18 18:20
This software accurately simulates a 3-ring binder.
Love being organized!
by Nan True on 2020/11/18 14:56
I use One Note every day from grocery lists to categorized Scripture subjects. Nanette
It’s ok
by Bre Bre525 on 2020/11/17 21:35
It’s ok but when I open and reload it it takes forever to start up.While my teacher is talking I’m waiting on it to reload!
Love one note 😍
by rockin cryastl on 2020/11/17 19:34
One Note is so awesome because I can make my drawings on a screen and I’ve never been able to do that before and I can print them out for people too!oh and I just remembered that you can pick the colors that you want and to do that all you have to do is tap the color that you want to change and it will give you all the colors that it has.again I LOVE this app and highly recommended it for all those note takers out there.🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈☀️☀️☀️☀️
Not a stable app on the iPad
by psych2c on 2020/11/17 18:53
One Note regularly hangs up when used for extended periods entering handwriting and using Apple Pencil. This is very annoying, because it interrupts my flow keeping verbatim notes with my clients.
My everything app
by Sjl-4kids on 2020/11/17 18:00
I use OneNote constantly--grocery and drug store lists, gardening to do's, craft supply wish list, bills paid and online order printouts.... It's available on my PC and my iPhone, so very handy and always with me. It has taken time to get in the habit of entering things when I think of them, but worth it when I get to a store and go blank about what I wanted to look for.
You aren’t listening
by Jsivado on 2020/11/17 16:56
We need the math assistant or ink to math. It’s impossible to type higher order math problems without ink to math. It was promised last year and still isn’t available.
Wonderful app but…
by Clarity2020 on 2020/11/17 12:41
this is a really wonderful app and I would give it five stars except for 2 reasons… First, I can’t customize the tags and there is no way to search the tags either, I am told. Secondly, in the current version I am unable to turn handwriting to text. I’m not sure why, but that feature seems to have disappeared?? Other than that, it’s really helpful. Thank you
One more note
by Alibi on 2020/11/17 09:40
I use one note on a daily basis for notes about books for research and all sorts of other material s. I find that it's very useful for keeping my documents and data organized and that includes pictures in clippings and excerpts that go with certain pieces of information. What doesn’t work is the search feature that you cannot copy and paste or replace. And it’s nearly impossible to select text to change remove it doesn’t function as well it’s using Microsoft word.
Why is it glitchy?
by Hai :D on 2020/11/17 03:58
When I first got onenote a few weeks ago, everything was fine, I use onenote on my android tablet, all of a sudden I check for an update, updated the app and it’s in worst condition than before. For example, the undo button has about a 5 second delay after you click it. When I use to pen to write, I zoom out and when I zoom out it causes the letters I wrote to become enlarged and displaced with a delay before it gets back in order. This update seemed to have made things worst! Please look into fixing it, onenote is my primary study tool I use for studying, it’s vital to me and I need the app to work! These glitches make using the app UNBEARABLE :(
Great
by katsbury on 2020/11/17 00:05
Very helpful app to keep me organized
Buggy but OK for most part
by Randall King on 2020/11/16 21:11
Update: Now it doesn’t work at all with notebooks stored on SharePoint 2013, which is still a supported product.😞 Let's start with bugs (or bad design): • Every time I open this app, I have to type both my username and password to access a OneNote file stored on our on-premises SharePoint 2013 server. Why can't the app just remember my credentials? Even after I enter them, the "Tap to enter password" bar won't go away no matter how many times I tap it. • Why, every time Microsoft Office apps are updated, is the download 200-300 MB? Has Microsoft not heard of delta updates? Otherwise, good app! The good: • Other than the items above, it mostly works like you'd expect. • Microsoft has created a powerful notetaking tool that is also easy to use. That's not an easy feat. OneNote is the best of its class.
Writing
by ninjakegend50100 on 2020/11/16 18:48
It is great for writing
Best notes app there is
by JMecha55 on 2020/11/16 17:13
I started using the notes app on my laptop, I taken the same notes to 5 different mobile devices and the notes are still safe. Great app
Good, but still needs to be tweaked
by John Yensan on 2020/11/16 15:53
For the most part, this is a great app. Easy to keep things organized, and synced with other devices. I use OneDrive for file storage and this helps with keeping things synced. However, Microsoft makes you update your password every 6 months which is a huge inconvenience. I am all for security, but I struggle to choose and remember a new password every 6 months. It forces me to keep a list which defeats the purpose! Also, I wish they could finally bring text recognition to this app. The ability is there on the PC version, but not for an iPad.
Useful tool for storage and reference
by MBLLLA on 2020/11/16 15:50
Have this on my phone, tablet and computer. I like referencing information across the platforms. Deducted one star b/c: 1) now and then the syncing does not match up, then I have to reboot. 2) cannot manage sections and folders from mobile devices (I can create them but not move or rename them)
Lectures
by emad-tan on 2020/11/16 15:06
Can’t imagine doing my lectures without one note
ختها،ت
by رتراه on 2020/11/16 14:34
نته
One note
by Brainteasers 10 on 2020/11/16 13:32
Need to have a way to alphabetize recipes.
Alphabetical folders
by G&KB on 2020/11/16 06:52
I cannot figure out how to alphabetize my folders and pages in sections.
OneNote-Many Projects
by 1kimken on 2020/11/16 04:38
Absolutely love OneNote! Have used it for years and everything I need is all together.
Fabulous, but cross compatibility an issue
by eye dream of on 2020/11/16 02:51
One note is a fabulous app. I use it at work and I use it personally for so many things. My big group these days though is the lack of cross-compatibility between the “windows 10” version & the “just OneNote” version. I have even had one get corrupted and I lost a full section (even though they are all on Microsoft’s OneDrive). In concept it is just outstanding and the new mobile versions keep getting better.
Improvements needed ASAP
by TeeCharlz on 2020/11/16 02:28
1. No option to download notes from the app 2. Crashes regularly 3. Search option is not accurate 4. This app is terrible
I’ve been it using since 2003
by space city guy on 2020/11/15 22:06
I’ve been using OneNote since 2003 when I got a copy at the Microsoft Office 2003 launch event. Since then it has morphed into a cloud-based, platform independent application. I used every day, and my notes are available on any device at any time.
CRASHES ALL THE TIME
by Unsatisfied user 1234567 on 2020/11/15 20:35
Crashes. All. The. Time.
Great app that has freezing problems
by jlev2488 on 2020/11/15 20:17
I use the app often and really appreciate it when it works. Sometimes it freezes and becomes unresponsive. If this issue is fixed, I will raise my review.
Story writing
by KelsieCat on 2020/11/15 20:10
I only use it mainly for the stories I write so I have no issue with it whatsoever. I would definitely like to make a suggestion though, definitely make the color section for the tabs infinity search so I can choose the perfect color for my Books. Also it would be really cool if you could make it able read it to you and also if you can somehow connect it to drawing apps
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.
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.
Used to be great but now won’t sync
by Tj Savvy on 2020/11/15 16:03
The title says it all. This makes it just about useless for me.
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.
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.
Missing critical features specific to the iPad
by AddisonThePeaShooter 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Mostly just suggestions about the app
by supyo619 on 2019/01/25 21:55
I have been using this app for I think a year and a half. It started out rocky because I was trying to use the app on my iPad and then try to use the same notes on my Mac and if I added anything to the notebook from my Mac it would not be able to sync. I tried contacting support but all they could say was delete everything and start over. Instead I just stopped using my Mac. So one feedback would be to figure out why you can’t go back and forth between the Mac and the iPad app. Why can I access it but not change anything. Another suggestion would be to put in a feature that locks the size (width specifically) of the screen. When using my Apple Pencil I sometimes accidentally zoom in or out because my hand touches in 2 different spots. And that can be very frustrating when you are trying to keep your notes cohesive and the same throughout. I would also like to suggest the ability to voice record and take notes at the same time.
Great 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.
A brief review of OneNote—released in 2019
by dtynes2 on 2020/03/23 03:16
The mobile program is great. However, when I look at the desktop edition, I do not understand why functionality has been taken away. I used to see OneNote as a bridge between Word and Excel, where the action takes place on an infinite canvas. By taking away functionality, you force me to use Word first, for word processor functions and VBA routines, then copy-and-paste my final text into OneNote. The same is true in regards to Excel, except the rendering of tables in OneNote is absolutely horrid; copy-and-paste will not preserve Excel’s Stylings. Lastly, I have a great deal of trouble using the new OneNote application on my desktop when all that I want to do is connect to my cloud files; I receive error messages that are incomprehensible. If I were to rate the desktop application, I would give it a 1 instead of the 5 stars that I give the mobile application for the iPad Pro.
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!
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.
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.
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!
Good evernote replacement
by Whatho on 2018/12/11 19:14
Like many, I fled Evernote for Onenote when the former’s free version became too stingy. Onenote is definitely a notch down from Evernote in terms of general smoothness and integration of complex features like OCR or tagging. But, once you get the hang of navigating ON’s many features, you’ll surely find some that will help you get through your day. I particularly like to scribble on pdfs with my Apple pencil. ON is excellent for that. On the other hand, Onenote’s help materials and internal guidance both claim that it automatically scans handwritten notes and converts them to searchable text. I have turned the function on in the appropriate place but I have no idea how to use it. None of ON’s searches includes my handwritten notes and I can’t find any way to ask the program to do the promised text recognition. That’s typical Onenote. The feature is probably there but you need to call tech support to figure out how to use it!
Hasn’t Figured out how to be an effective App yet
by 17benjosoccer on 2018/12/07 04:20
I seem to use oneNote quite a bit these days. However it seems to work best on the desktop – not on the app. There are small little quirks that slow me down and make it nearly impossible to be productive. For example, if you place the cursor someplace and hit return to start a new line, the app places the cursor way up at the top corner of your note. Before you know it, your inserting text way up at the top of your note. At the beginning. And heaven forbid if you leave the app to look at another app and then toggle back. For example I might want to look at what song is playing, or what my friend just texted me, or any other app. Wait a couple minutes and try to go back to OneNote and nine times out of ten you’ll get a white screen of death. Of course you have to force close down the app and restart it and go find your note again and put the cursor where used to be. Just don’t hit return to start a new line. Not Quite ready for real productivity yet.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 for tracking to do list. Search function could be better.
by Octiious on 2020/02/12 14:57
I use a windows PC at work and iPhone OneNote is the best free app that I've found to allow access to notes and share to do lists also with my family. I store things that I need to archive without the fear of Google looking through my content on my google drive. Unlike the windows version, iOS version search function is really poor (better than before). When searching, it will find the note pages but won’t scroll to where the search term is. And, when searching for multi keywords, results will show any part of the search term, search defaults to the “or” logic and you can’t sforce the “and” logic. The app is not terrible, but I expected more out of the iOS versions. At least 5o be on par wi5h windows version.
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.
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.
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.
One of the greatest unknown software tools
by Britcaus on 2017/10/05 14:59
I came across OneNote by accident. It has been under the radar for years! Only one person I asked from very many knew what it was - and he was ecstatic about it. I agree it’s a fabulous tool. A cross platform tool with storage in the cloud so you can retrieve and edit from any PC or smartphone. A great way to keep all your ideas together and easily share them. I save my research notes on my PC but can view or update on laptop and iPhone. Adequate formatting & good search capability as well as edit history so you can see who changed what and when. Astonishing that it is so poorly marketed, it is great standalone or integrated with MS Office. Drop in Excel charts, Visio drawings, hyperlink, email snippets or almost anything. Only 4 stars because it lacks the full capability of Word for formatting and a little more flexibility with tables. Love it nonetheless.
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.
Add better voice memo organization
by weirdsmystyle on 2019/05/15 17:15
Great app, I won’t use anything else to organize and take my notes. I love the web clipper extension as well. I would really like to see more page layout options on the mobile app, like changing the font color and page color. Please add more font options as well. I think customization is the biggest lacking function. Another big opportunity imo is the memo recording feature. As a musical artist I would love to see a better organization of recording memos within notes. They are hard to organize on the page, I can’t put two memos on the same line together for example and it just feels clunky due to every memo taking up a lot of real estate on the page versus simply being a file name or a tidier type of icon for example. For now I’m using a different app for saving and organizing my recording ideas.
Sticky Notes needs more love
by Caayit on 2019/08/21 09:28
Yes, the app is good for taking notes that will last for a long time, like lecture notes, or notes that you take during a meeting. But what about an unnecessary note that you only scribble something or maybe a very basic shopping list? Sticky notes work faster and better for that both on mobile and desktop. For that, you need lists. But for some reason you cannot add lists to sticky notes. You can create bullet points, but that is not as useful since you cannot simply tap on a box to get rid of an element of the list when you do that. Other than that, it can be one of the best note taking apps there. If you use it for years though, probably 5GB drive space will not be enough for you so you’ll have to purchase new space. Keep this in mind before transferring everything you have to OneNote.
Really needs handwriting-to-text fixed. It’s been years...
by MeetYourMakerr on 2019/01/16 02:08
I love OneNote, but I wish some features worked. One in particular that I see people have complained about for a long time. That issue would be write to text. It either doesn’t work, at all, some devices don’t even have that option, or it’ll select maybe three words out of an entire paragraph, you hit ok, and still doesn’t work. Long story short, hand writing to text doesn’t work, and it’s been a problem for years, as that’s all you see on the Internet about it. The fact that it still isn’t working after years have gone by, that shows arrogance and ignorance. Please, it would be an incredible feature to have working, if once and for all it would work/be fixed. One note would be used a lot more, have a much wider range of capabilities, and it’s simply an incredible feature if it would work. Thanks.
Battery life drain, features lacking,
by Jeff 7429247 on 2019/11/25 06:17
I dig using onenote on a desktop platform, so it’s nice having a mobile version to capture something from my phone. However the mobile version seems incomplete, rushed, shoddy, etc. especially by the standards of a name like Microsoft (and because you need a subscription to access Office programs like this...) Since i installed the app i noticed a considerable increase of battery loss even when the app is closed, even with background app refreshes off, even when the phone has no apps open and is locked. I have an iphone 8 so it’s not the latest model, but it’s also not terribly old. Mostly though, a literal notes-taking cloud app should not be using this much battery. Further, you can’t change font sizes on the fly. Just seems like a super basic function that’s overlooked. You can change default font size deep in the menus, but once you start a note, you cannot change its font size. If you copy text from the title into the note, the letters will be huge and you cant change it without creating a new note entirely— And you’d have to retype it because copying just keeps the font size. The menus are poorly organized and options are limited. In all, a but disappointed with the mobile version. At the very least, please figure out what’s causing its battery usage. Otherwise i cant justify having it so much as installed on my phone.
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