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OneNote's August update is here with a load of new features to try

If you're a big OneNote fan, the August update for the app has arrived with a number of solid new features to try. Some of the more notable additions in this latest version include the ability to insert pictures directly from Bing's image search, text to math, and web search for definitions and more directly from OneNote.

Here's a look at all of what's new (opens in new tab):

  • Text to Math: Use your keyboard to type an equation as text in OneNote, and use Math to solve it or draw a graph.
  • Smart Lookup: Get definitions, wiki articles, and top related searches from the web without leaving OneNote
  • Insert online pictures: Use Bing's Image Search to safely insert photos and images without ever having to leave OneNote.
  • Tables of all shapes and sizes: One cell or many? Choose the number of rows and columns you need to organize your content. Once you've got a table, you can add or delete rows or columns, add table shading, or sort your content.
  • More highlight colors: Yellow isn't the only color in the rainbow. Now you can highlight with blue, green, red, and more.
  • Zoom in, zoom out: Use the new Page Width option on the View tab to zoom out to see all the notes on your page, or zoom in to focus on just what you need.

The August update is slowly rolling out now, and will arrive for everyone throughout the coming weeks. You'll want to make sure you're on OneNote version 17.8471.5772 to see all of the new features, but don't be alarmed if the update isn't available right away.

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17 Comments
  • About time that we can finally add online pictures :D
  • Still requires a Microsoft Account to use?
  • you can use it in offline mode, but of course the cloud sync and online features won't work 
  • Of course it would.   The whole point of one note is to sync.  How would that do that without an account?  
  • Exactly.  I love to use it at conferences with my Surface.  Write on the screen and sync to my phone. If I want to drop in a picture I take it with the phone camera while I keep taking notes.  After a few seconds it syncs and show up on the Surface.  VERY comvenient.
  • Mine syncs perfectly between my iphone, ipad, dell computers, android tablet etc...NO issues what so ever.  My wife and I use it to keep track of everything we are doing from shopping to travel etc.  We both can add to our notes at anytime and it works great.  We know where everything is at any given time!
  • How would it sync across different devices without an account?  How would that even work?  I'm not sure why having an account to do things that you need an account for, is such a huge burden.   You could use it and not sync.  Syncing isn't the "whole point".  I use OneNote to take notes and organize things and thoughts.  That's like 80% of the point to me.  10% is sharing and 10% is syncing.  
  • It's still unusable without sync. Why would I use it? To take local notes and share links etc to it from other apps. The same way you use Notes on an iMac without iCloud (that does work), among others. It's a built in app providing trivial functionality. It should work in a local more.  Currently it ***** down if you aren't signed in.  New Laptop in a few months. Will just go with a MacBook. Less trouble.  Feel like I'm talking to 14 year olds who only Store their data on the internet. I don't use this app on my Mac, iPhone, or Android Tablet. I only wanted something convenient to use without a Microsoft Account with share support. Store apps aren't an option (for obvious reasons).  I know what I need to do. Thanks for the replies. 
  • 14 year olds? Nice condescending attitiude. I don't think you can sync with ANY product without some sort of account.  You'll need at least an AppleID....which is an account.  Soooo, whatever company you decide to use will require you to have some sort of account.  I thnk your critique of Microsoft here, isn't just a Microsoft thing.  
  • And why shouldn't it? It is within their ego-system, it is their product and and well what's the point...
  • I do like the desktop full version where you can store notes locally, back up and have a backup version.  The onedrive cloud is nice.  I use it also to sync and having a simple free one drive account is not a problem though if you pay you can get more storage. I like the combination of having cloud storage but also being able to have local storage.  I love OneNote my only minor issue is if you only use the free version you cannot easily create a local notebook of have local storage.  Unless they changed that.  A couple of years ago it was that way.  But, if you don't own office or have a 365 account then you have some limitation in using One Note in that you are stuck with cloud storage only. I have the Office Version at work and therefore the full fledged 2016 desktop version which is my favorite.  I do use the android version on tablet and phone for a few notebooks and it works well.    
  • Someone also has OneNote always ask to login? Mine is always asking. So annoying.
  • Love Onenote but one problem still persists, in desktop onenote inserted pdf files are crystal clear, in store/app onenote inserted pdf files are jagged and blurry, this is the same with the Android version. Never understood why this problem does bot generate more complaints.
  • Still waiting for code inclusion feature.
  • YES!!! That would be nice. I study in this field and I love using onenote in class, but when it gets to note some codes, it could be better.
  • Simply the best note-taking service. I loved it, and the Windows version is getting better and better. But I'd like they improve the android version a little bit. For example, there's no "share" button, and the math equations aren't visible in the mobile app (at least not at android).
  • They've only been updating the Store app, right?