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Microsoft OneNote

Microsoft OneNote, part of the Microsoft Office Suite , is a digital notebook application that...

  • Mac OS X
    OS X 10.9 or later
  • Windows
  • Android
    Requires Android 4.0 and up
  • iPhone
    Requires iOS 7.0 or later
  • Windows RT
  • Windows Phone
    System-integrated. Must not be installed.
  • iPad
    Requires iOS 7.0 or later
  • Kindle Fire

Microsoft OneNote, part of the Small Microsoft Office Suite iconMicrosoft Office Suite , is a digital notebook application that gives people one place to gather notes and information. It also offers shared notebooks, syncing between multiple computers and devices via Windows Live online storage, and optical character recognition (OCR) for getting text from pictures, business cards, etc.

An online version, Small OneNote Online iconOneNote Online , is also available as part of Small Office Online iconOffice Online . More Info »

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Microsoft OneNote (sometimes referred to as Onenote, OneNote Mobile) was added by Ola in Mar 2009 and the lastest update was made in Oct 2015. There is a history of activites on Microsoft OneNote in our Change Log and Activity Log. It's possible to update the information on Microsoft OneNote or report it as discontinued, duplicated or spam. If you want a nice widget to put on your website check these out.

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Onenote is an amazing piece of software. For any time of information gathering or note-taking, scrap-booking style brainstorming. Easy to use and plays well with many applications. Never need to save, as it's running in the background using a low level of resources. Easy to copy or move, and very easy to share with others (collaborate as well; so you will see who made changes to what areas). Each page will nicely keep a history of changes where you simply right click on a page, and you can see the many iterations a page has gone through, seeing exactly what changed and when, and select the state of that page from any point in its timeline.

If you use the Getting Things Done philosophy, I find this particularly useful for collection of all non-actionable reference items. Much better than Evernote imo.

The way it is simply set up as a school-type notebook, makes it naturally very logical to use; in terms of what a new book should be, its sections and pages hierarchy, and then a bonus to have pages that can be nested in a hierarchy as well. OCR abilities built in are surprisingly good. The search function is amazing; incredibly fast and accurate.

Those who have never checked this out should give it a try. I truly think that short of Outlook, OneNote should really be the flagship product of Office. If you like Outlook... then Outlook and OneNote are a killer combo!


Looking good.

Positive Comment by Satuim about Microsoft OneNote May 2015

Just looking around and it will take notes fine.
Also the offline capabilities for the free versions is far better then Evernotes


I could no longer sync between my Android phone and my Windows desktop computer.
A real shame, because other than that it's an excellent choice. I normally prefer Google services, but Google Keep, it's counterpart competitor, it's not nearly as complete in terms of tools/features. For now I'm using WizNote, better than Keep too, not sure I like it better than OneNote yet, but it does sync just fine.
Hopefully Keep will catch up with OneNote soon.


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Negative Comment by PeresGil about Microsoft OneNote May 2012

I really would like to clean my computer of this application. I never really understood what is this for or how it works. Currently I am using Zim on windows. On the Mac VoodooPad is still better than Zim, but Zim is free and VoodooPad is Mac only. So Zim is a good option for Windows.


Do you have any link where to download ZIM?


Your text to link here...


@PeresGil thanks a lot!



Comment by User1022101 about Microsoft OneNote Aug 2013

What the hell do they mean onenote is free?
It's great but because I had to change computers often MS stole my money.

So goodby ms office I don't pay for shit 2-3x at you whim.


it is somewhat hard to use but it does the job, its simple and it works for me so i am happy with it


I miss onenote after getting my Mac. I use and it is pretty similar to onenote in terms of interface. It is quite good for me as of now.


It is used for taking notes, sketching, collecting & sharing realtime. I tried it and now sarted storing my contents safely.

[Edited by Hari, July 16]


Seems pretty cool, but...

Negative Comment by Software about Microsoft OneNote Oct 2011

I'm tempted to use this in my lectures, to note-take with PDFs. Unfortunately its PDF handling is awful - it rotates all landscape PDF's 90 degrees, so everything is sideways. Unbelievably, there is no option to rotate a PDF back to normal.
This program has a lot of potential, but Microsoft ruined by messing up its PDF handling.


OneNote is arguably the best piece of software of the office suite.

Don't forget to install the PRINTOUT MANAGER plugin.


So I can't view Evernote on my phone if I am offline and I can't edit notes on my phone. It is like having a bike but can't use it in certain conditions. Pointless.


I'm a big Onenote fan and never really used Evernote. They're different though and each have their strengths and weaknesses. It depends on what you really want to do with your notes/screen clippings/URL's/documents...etc. If you want something like Onenote but free, I suggest you try Zoho Notebook. So far, it's the closest thing I've seen and it's online so accessible from many places.


Because of the very uncomplicated Web- and "Windows Mobile" Synchronisation, I prefer EverNote (2+3).
However, if somebody has very confidental data, the online synchronisation could be seen as not so optimal.
OneNote Mobile (1) cannot sync with Online Storage (neither with Live SkyDrive nor with Live Mesh), only with the Desktop PC about Active Sync or WMDC.
The greatest advantage of OneNote in my opinion is the great and unique OCR function of the OneNote Desktop version.