Overview[ edit ] In OneNote, users can create notes that can include text, tables, pictures, and drawings. Unlike a word processor, OneNote features a virtually unbounded document window, in which users can click anywhere on the canvas to create a new text box at that location.
OneNote saves data automatically as the user makes edits to their file. OneNote saves information in pages organized into sections within notebooks. Microsoft designed this user interface to resemble a tabbed ring binder , into which the user can directly make notes and gather material from other applications. OneNote notebooks collect, organize, and share possibly unpublished materials — as compared to word processors and wikis , which usually target publishing in some way.
The difference shows in certain OneNote features and characteristics: Pages can be arbitrarily large Bitmap images can be inserted There is no enforced uniform page layout or structure Users can move pages within the binder and annotate them with a stylus or word-processing or drawing tools. Users may add embedded multimedia recordings and hyperlinks. While OneNote runs on personal computers , the program also supports touch-enabled tablet computers and other mobile devices without the need for a keyboard.
OneNote integrates search features and indexing into a free-form graphics and audio repository. It can search images e. It also searches "electronic ink" annotations as text, and phonetically searches audio recordings on a text key. It can replay audio concurrently with notes taken during the recording. Its multi-user capability allows offline paragraph-level editing with later synchronization and merging.
This allows collaboration among multiple individuals in a notebook when they are offline. More than one person can work on the same page at the same time using OneNote as a shared whiteboard environment. On March 17, , Microsoft released the OneNote cloud service API that enables third-party application developers to integrate the service into their apps. OneNote can perform optical character recognition on images of text and can render webpages as snapshot images.
OneNote Clipper: A browser bookmarklet that uses the OneNote service API and enables users to save a screenshot of a webpage to OneNote along with the link. The text in the screenshot is made searchable using Optical Character Recognition. A feature enabling users to send emails to the address me onenote. A OneNote notebook is stored as a folder with a separate data file for each section. OneNote files have a. It can also convert back and forth between the and the formats. It is an open format that can store varied multimedia content in a single.
Outline can open, edit and save notebooks in the OneNote file format. Platform support[ edit ] OneNote supports simultaneous editing of shared OneNote documents by multiple users when the document is stored in a shared folder, OneDrive , or Dropbox. OneNote is also available for mobile phones. This version supports notebooks stored locally on the phone, or synchronized with a remote copy on OneDrive or SharePoint.
OneNote is available on Symbian as part of Microsoft Apps. Beyond notes, a paid upgrade is available. On July 1, , Microsoft released version 2 of its app for iPad, containing significantly updated features, to correspond more closely to those available on the Windows platform. On August 19, , Microsoft updated OneNote for Android Tablets to include handwriting support and touch-friendly navigation.
It is optimized for use on tablets by implementing a pie menu interface and invoking operating system's tablet-specific functionality. It is compatible with Mac OS X OneNote for Windows and Mac are both based on a freemium model. Premium features such as SharePoint support, version history and Outlook integration were previously available only to Office and Office customers,   but on February 13, , Microsoft removed all feature restrictions, except creation of local notebooks -- the free edition only stores notebooks on OneDrive -- from the programs, essentially making the program completely free to use.
However, the Android app allows only three minutes of audio recording as of July Reviews[ edit ] Christopher Dawson reviewed OneNote , titling his favorable review "OneNote is Office 's killer app in education". Version history[ edit ] Microsoft OneNote with an open side note All release dates pertain general availability. Release to manufacturing is usually two or three months in advance. Product release or event.
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