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Capture your thoughts, discoveries, and ideas and simplify overwhelming planning moments in your life with your very own digital notebook. With OneNote, you can plan that big event, seize that moment of inspiration to create something new, and track that list of errands that are too important to forget. Whether you're at home, in the office, or on the go, your notes are available to you across all of your devices.

Type anywhere on this free-form canvas and easily rearrange and move your content to any place on the page. Style your notes as you wish. Make your notes bold, italicized, or colorful and organize your content with tables.

Add pictures of recipes, your PowerPoint doc or PDF for school, links to your favorite sites, and web articles for future reference. Capture it all in OneNote and add your annotations right on top of your content.

Organize your notes in a way that works best for you. Create, rename, search, sort, color code, and copy pages, sections, and notebooks to organize your content as you'd like. Keep your private notes safe.

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Easily tag your notes so you can get back to them later. Track a list of your daily to-dos, flag questions to raise after a meeting, or mark the important points from a lecture.

Share your notes with your friends and colleagues, whether you're planning a party with others or a working on a school project with your classmates. You can combine forces and all work together at the same time in a shared notebook.

Access your notes on your Mac, iPhone, iPad and other devices. Your notes are synced to the cloud (OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, and SharePoint) making it easy to access your recipe notes on your iPhone at the store, your homework on your Mac in class, or your itinerary on your iPad during your travels. Achieve more with OneNote.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5

4.4K Ratings

4.4K Ratings



As a writer, one never knows when an idea strikes. When it does, OneNote is there to capture lightening in a jar. If you can write it, paste it, or record it, OneNote is a repository for inspiration of any sort. The features I find the most useful are the ease in categorizing ideas, accessing the files from anywhere, and meeting minute creation (more on that later.) Create your projects, insert sub-folders and then begin to add pages and pages of materials. I have a “binder” for my writing and a “folder" for each project. In each folder I add pages (chapters) and have a few pages for notes on relative subjects. The ability to return to my writing cave and have all that info at my fingertips is a Godsend - infinately better than carrying a hardcopy note book (although there is no feeling like pencil to paper) or finding that napkin you used to scribble the outline of the next Hemingway novel.

Then there is the creation of meeting minutes. If you have Outlook, go to the Home tab, then select Meeting Details. It will give you a listing of your scheduled meetings. Select your meeting and watch OneNote pull in the meeting details, including Subject, Date and Location, Attendees and the details listed in the messasge section of the invitie. I used this recently and the feedback from management was laudatory. Microsoft’s OneNote is a hidden gem worth discovering.

Use it daily


After investigating many different solutions for my needs, One Note has worked the best for me. As a creative professional, I like the freedom to type wherever I want, as an organizational freak, I like being able to easily make checklists and keep things accessible through the notebooks, section tabs and pages. Love being able to drag and drop a spreadsheet, pdf, or other doc right into the page. Definitely saves paper in my office. I go to a production meetings often. The organizer types up the itenerary and notes, and emails the content to the participants, then prints out 20 copies of about 6 pages of stuff. I bypass the paper completely. copy the content of her docs, paste them in OneNote and use my laptop or ipad at the meeting exclusively. What is really great is when my ipad battery dies during a meeting, I can whip out my phone and pick up where I left off. I have had some issues where I have had to repeatedly log in to my MS account on the iPad, but that is the only aggravation. I advocate the use of OneNote to my coworkers. I have only scratched the surface of what you can do with it, but it works great for me. I would like to have the option of text alignment when using a ruled paper background. Keep improving. I’ll keep using it every day.

Love, Love, Love… except two (minor) things.


After some difficulty with the Scrivener app, and desperatly wanting to use my phone to write, I searched high and low for a program that not only organized my writing but was easy to use and cross-synced across devices. The answer - Microsoft OneNote. Although, technically not a word-processing program like Scrivener, I found OneNote met most of my needs beautifully. It’s layout was clean and user-friendly, it lets you change fonts and font-size, it color-codes your files for easy searches but my favorite thing was that it synced all my devices automatically. I can write while waiting in the doctors office, then go home and know I can pick up my writing where I left off. Not only that, but I’ve deleted my other note-taking apps; everything now is in one, neat spot. The only reason I gave it 4-stars and not 5 is because it doesnt have a print option, which, granted you can send any notes/ writing to your email and print it from there, but the automatic option of PRINT, would be nice if only to save a step. Also, I would love to have a Word Count. Again, I realize this is note-taking application, but seeing as people customize how they use these sorts of apps., having that option would be a welcomed addition.


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