Chosen *Best of 2014* by Apple

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.

-- TAG IT --
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.

What’s New

Version 16.20

* Mac Touch Bar support: Use the Touch Bar on your Mac to quickly access popular OneNote commands.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
7.2K Ratings
7.2K Ratings
KingKongRumbles ,

Needs improvements

The first week of opening this on your Macbook or Apple device (if you previously owned this on PC, or even a different older Apple device) may cause sync errors and crashes when starting to move larger files above 30MB. It will also save time after the calibration, but for older generations (prior to 1980) or the executive white male types with little patience, it will make your employees and/or yourself miserable during that time to put to use at work. For newer millenial generations inundated with files, this will work well. Specifically, if you are operating with 20+ or more files either in work or school for commonly complex procedures (such as billing for Medicare with 20 different types of products and/or 500 codes with unique details for each to deal with) or a master program with 2 years of notes to keep organized for reference, this is a great tool to use to click between the files and actually read them again quickly (the alternative is all in MS Word documents that need at least 10 seconds to load between each one). If you have a set of files such as myself at 300 files, you will benefit from this ultra-organization tool.

The improvements needed include more reliable syncing, and making load times be as fast as possible per each opening of the app on MacBook or Apple device (iPad and iPhone). Also, making the MS Word tools for making grids, or bringing in an Excel file too, would be nice.

The PDF import prints are extremely useful.

ubercorner22 ,

Powerful Note taker, annoying to have to “reopen” notebooks every time you’ve been away...

Great app. Takes some time to build up a workflow, but once you do it’s miles ahead of almost every other note taker. Only exception is Notability, which I think has a little bit better handwriting capability, but not nearly the organizational ability that OneNote has. If you want to be able to organize your notes into more than just one tier of folders, then you have to move to OneNote. The organization is way better than any of the other apps out there, and there’s way more support on the backend as this is synced through Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud, so you know that it has the support of a company that’s not going anywhere.

The only annoyance I have with it, and the reason it’s 4 stars and not 5, is that I have to “Open” all of my notebooks again on each device if I haven’t used OneNote on it for more than a few days. I don’t know if this is to simplify syncing issues between devices and save space on each device, but I would rather there was an option to keep notebooks on a device and keep them synced. That way if I want to start taking notes right away, I don’t have to keep throwing all of my impromptu notes into whichever notebook is the most synced and then move it later. I use this exclusively on iOS/MacOS devices, so maybe there’s some compatibility issue built in by Apple to handicap Microsoft’s apps just a little bit, or vice-a-versa.

rickandellen ,

Hardly use Word anymore - and I don’t lose my notes!

Its like carrying a giant notebook around that has all your important papers - but having it weigh virtually nothing (because it is electronic). Love the way you can organize work and personal business in the same place. Personal business in one Notebook and Work in a separate Notebook - each with as many sub-topics and sub-sub topics as you want. In addition, you can record conversations, meetings, or speeches (keeping them on a page with other notes). Love too, the ability to search across all your notes (including audio files!) for keywords. You can also limit your search to smaller sub parts.

The only reason I don’t give it 5 stars is the lack of provision to sort your papers within a section by date. This has been so for a LONG time and I’ve seen LOTS of complaints about it. Seems so basic, obvious and (to a non-programmer) easy that I just can’t understand why they have not added it.

Wish too, that they would add more formatting features of Word. … oh - and for some odd - very frustrating - reason, whenever I print a page from OneNote it does NOT look exactly like it does on the screen. Margins are particularly maddening and print size is nearly always horribly large. I have to either cut and paste into Word, be content with large print and waste of ink/paper, or reduce the font size in OneNote (about 4 sizes … making it difficult to read) and then print.


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English, Arabic, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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