OneNote Dark Mode

What you need to know

  • Microsoft announced several new features for its Office 365 suite today.
  • Chief among the additions is the official rollout of a new dark mode for OneNote on Windows.
  • Excel for iOS will now let you scan photos of physical spreadsheets to digitize them.

Microsoft today brought several new features to its Microsoft 365 ecosystem, but it's the updates to OneNote and Excel that are likely to catch the most attention.

First up is OneNote, which now sports a dark mode to give your eyes a rest when you're working in the dark. The mode, which has been in testing with Insiders for several weeks now, is available through OneNote's settings menu, and you can even set the app to change automatically with your system theme.

If you frequently work with spreadsheets, the latest update to Excel for iOS is also a big deal. The app now allows you to scan pictures of physical spreadsheets and have them automatically converted to digital Excel files.

The process looks fairly seamless, simply requiring you to open up the camera mode from within the app and snap a picture. From there, you can define an area of the image you want Excel to convert. The app will then have you review any areas that need a little extra human help to make sure they've been converted correctly.

Once you're finished, the spreadsheet or table will appear in the Excel app as a digital file. The feature is available now on iOS and Android and works in 21 languages, Microsoft says.

For a full look at what Microsoft has shipped out for Microsoft 365 in May, you can check out the full blog post.

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