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OneNote for Windows 10 Updated: What’s New?

Ben Stegner 01-03-2017

Microsoft OneNote is part of the Office 2016 suite, but it’s also available as a free download. Confusingly, in addition to OneNote 2016, there’s a OneNote Windows 10 app. We’ve compared the two versions Which Free OneNote App Should You Use on Windows? Desktop vs. Store App OneNote comes in two different flavors: a desktop app and a Windows Store app. Both are free! Let us show you how they differ, so you can choose the one that's best for you. Read More and found that OneNote 2016 carries many more features, while the app is sleeker and simpler.


One benefit that the OneNote app has that the desktop version doesn’t is that it updates regularly. The app received an update recently; let’s review the major changes you’ll find in the new version.

  • You can click and drag your notebooks around to reorder them.
  • If you need some extra security, add a password to a section by right-clicking it and choosing Password Protection > Add Password. Make sure you don’t forget it or you’ll get locked out of that section.
  • The Shapes gallery in the Draw tab now includes flowchart tools like circles and arrows.
  • If you have an image or other file inside a notebook, you can right-click it and save the item onto your computer. This is useful for shared notebooks.
  • When you want to add a new page, you can now do so underneath the current page instead of at the bottom of the list.
  • Layers let you change which tables, images, and shapes are in front of or behind each other.
  • Paragraph handles let you reorder or collapse sections of text.
  • Finally, OneNote now includes different styles of bullets if you’re tired of plain old circles.

Visit the Windows Store and update your OneNote app to make sure you have the latest version. Be sure to check other OneNote power features for more 12 Little-Known Microsoft OneNote Features You Will Love Microsoft OneNote is free and packed with features. Here are some little features to boost your note-taking productivity! Read More !

Not using OneNote yet? It’s free, and a great alternative to Evernote’s recent misgivings The Best Evernote Alternative Is OneNote and It's Free The market is drenched in note-taking apps competing with Evernote. But there is only one serious Evernote alternative. Let us explain why that is OneNote. Read More .

Do use OneNote’s Modern app or do you prefer the desktop version? Let us know your OneNote tricks in the comments below!

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  1. hometoy
    March 1, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    I'm so glad that not only is Microsoft improving OneNote, but that OneNote is available in so many places for free; mobile, desktop, office suite & web!

    I look forward to checking out these features soon!