OneNote on Windows finally lets you switch between vertical and horizontal tabs

OneNote Pen Focused View
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What you need to know

  • OneNote on Windows now supports horizontal and vertical tabs.
  • This brings the design options for OneNote on Windows in line with OneNote for Windows 10 (the two are separate despite having similar names).
  • The web, Mac, and iPad versions of OneNote also use a vertical tab layout.

OneNote on Windows can now toggle between horizontal and vertical tabs. The option was announced by Microsoft back in December 2022, and it has since made its way to general availability. Microsoft's Vishnu Nath shared the news about the option rolling out.

Vertical tabs are already an option on most versions of OneNote, including OneNote for web, Mac, and iPad. It's also available on OneNote for Windows 10, which is an entirely separate app than OneNote on Windows.

The new unified OneNote brings together the best features from several versions of the app into one space, aligning Microsoft's efforts on the Windows platform.

Vertical tabs in OneNote on Windows

OneNote on Windows now lets you choose between vertical tabs (shown above) and horizontal tabs. (Image credit: Microsoft)

"The #1 request we’ve heard from educators and schools looking to move to the OneNote on  Windows (Desktop) version is an option to allow the user interface to look similar to the OneNote for Windows 10 version of OneNote, with pages, sections and notebooks aligned on the left-hand side, and the horizontal tabs to disappear," said Microsoft in December of last year.

For those that prefer the current layout with horizontal tabs, it will remain available.

Microsoft OneNote

Microsoft OneNote

Somewhat confusingly, there are two versions of OneNote available on Windows. This one is the version that will receive new features and visual updates going forward.

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