Microsoft OneNote

Microsoft Corporation

Price Category Version Released Last Updated Size Compatibility Age
Free Productivity 16.15 Jan 18, 2011 Jul 08, 2018 288.8 MB iOS 10.0 or later 4+
New in version 16.15

This month’s update is bug fixes only.

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Capture your thoughts, discoveries, and ideas and simplify overwhelming planning moments in your life with your very own digital notebook. With OneNote, you can plan that big event, seize that moment of inspiration to create something new, and track that list of errands that are too important to forget. Whether you're at home, in the office, or on the go, your notes are available to you across all of your devices.

Capture your thoughts, discoveries, and ideas and simplify overwhelming planning moments in your life with your very own digital notebook. With OneNote, you can plan that big event, seize that moment of inspiration to create something new, and track that list of errands that are too important to forget. Whether you're at home, in the office, or on the go, your notes are available to you across all of your devices.

Organize your notes in a way that works best for you. Create, rename, search, sort, and copy pages, sections, and notebooks. Find your most recent notes quickly and pin the pages you use most. Secure your notes with a password and use touch ID to quickly access them.

Share your notes with your friends and colleagues, whether you're planning a party with others or a working on a school project with your classmates. You can combine forces and all work together at the same time in a shared notebook.

Access your notes on your Mac, iPhone, iPad and other devices. Your notes are synced to the cloud (OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, and SharePoint) making it easy to access your recipe notes on your iPhone at the store, your homework on your Mac in class, or your itinerary on your iPad during your travels. Achieve more with OneNote.

Create to-dos to keep track of your daily errands, groceries shopping, or travel planning.

Scribble your notes at a conference, write math equations in class or sketch your ideas. With a variety of pen colors and settings, you can create beautiful handwritten notes and drawings. Draw with confidence with "Convert to Shapes" mode: OneNote will automatically convert hand drawn shapes into crisp, perfectly regular polygons and circles.

OneNote is free on iPhone and many other devices. Get started today! Download OneNote and sign in with your Microsoft Account or the account assigned to you by your work or school.

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Keeps freezing and restarting
Rating Fiend 3837489 on 7/15/2018
There is something wrong with the updated version on OneNote. It keeps freezing and having to restart itself, so frustrating!
Pretty Great
Penuguin fun on 7/15/2018
Only about slow when typing big that’s the only complaint
Awesome note taking app!
admstrat on 7/15/2018
Great app for recording notes. The ability to sync to the cloud makes it easy to sync between computers. It is super easy, free, and has advanced features to create templates for specific categories of notes. It really is easy to use but has the power for me to use at work and at home. It’s a versatile note taking app.
Great App!
Lazarus Prague on 7/15/2018
Excellent app to keep you organized with your information on your finger tips.
icantwithonenote on 7/15/2018
I hate one note compared to the old notebook feature of word. It asked me to download what changes I made from another computer and erased an entire folder!!
So Useful!
Gadshill_Reviewer on 7/14/2018
Software allows you to organize and find information very easily. File emails by project and activity, spreadsheets and documents organized by topic and of course notes taken during telecoms with handy checklists for action items.
Bob of Odessa on 7/13/2018
Too many screens to get to notes written.
So far so good
lovemygoldens2 on 7/13/2018
It’s taking a little getting used to what you can do with it. I think once I really get the hang of it I will use it more and more for taking notes on various subjects. I like how you can organize your notes by subjects and sections. Probably could even write a book on here.
Keeps crashing
Disappointed massively on 7/12/2018
Every single time
Must have for iPad Pro and pencil based Nate taking
Yingda Chen on 7/12/2018
Thanks a lot. This app provides wonderful support with flexible capture of slides taken from camera during lectures. Multi device make it possible to collect and edit within one app and rearrange the content. Highly recommended
Why only 3 stars?
Ihatenicknames5000 on 7/12/2018
Only two reasons really. I find I use OneNote mostly on my phone. It’s very convenient. Does pretty much anything I need to do. Reason #1, the mobile app compared to the desktop is soooo anemic, especially in terms of text editing. Reason #2, the sync is pretty slow between devices and the program rearranges notebooks, sections, and pages, it seems randomly, after all my time arranging them the way I want them. This seems to happen between the mobile app and desktop. FYI I use Windows 10 for desktop and iPhone 7+ iOS 11.4.1 for mobile app. Other than these two reasons it’s a killer tool.
brybam on 7/11/2018
Keeps crashing after recent update
Horrible Syncing with OneDrive
anon0369 on 7/11/2018
This app is horrible. I’m not sure where all the 5 stars are coming from. Typing in it is awful, it lags in normal speed on all fronts, it has awful syncing with OneDrive, it can’t delete notebooks and when you think you’ve deleted a notebook (from another app or on the website) it still appears in OneNote except claims to be unable to open (really annoying; just delete it...), the names of the OneNote notebooks don’t show up in OneDrive as the correct matching file names, and when you pull down any page inside the OneNote app to refresh/reload the page you get the spinning loading circle for an extremely long time. This app is nowhere near a 5 star rating I’m not sure where they all came from.
humberto426 on 7/10/2018
Can’t understand it
one note failings
farber grad on 7/10/2018
No ability to sort by title
Abo3raB-506 on 7/10/2018
it was until this last update it's keep re-set my pins/highlighters again and again ,also i wish that there is way to uplode to onedrive and backup
Please fix!
4MattMoore on 7/9/2018
Great app until I got my iPhone X, it crashes as soon as it opens!
Great program!
Nekola on 7/9/2018
I love using One Note, it’s easy to use, and transfers to all my devices. The only reason I did not give this a 5 star rating, is that I just switched to an iPhone, and on the iPhone I do not have the same edit functions, which I highly use (i.e. highlighter, pens, eraser). Once those are available on iPhones, I’ll change my review.
Language proofing issue
DesignRemodelGenious on 7/9/2018
The fact that MS has not been able to resolve the proofing issue with the language settings is annoying. For anyone that knows multiple languages this issue seems to be enough to drop OneNote and look for alternatives. Quick search results in any search engine will tell you the issue is significant and should have been resolved by now.. first reported on 2014 and still no option to change the language... OneNote is a fantastic product but the issue is significant enough to drop it, unless you only speak english.. then highly recommended.. not for me.
Notebooks shared with someone become publicly accessible
dp99dp99 on 7/9/2018
When sharing a notebook with say your wife, OneNote creates a public link sent via unsecured email. This public link is forwardable and can be stolen by others giving anyone access. Please fix and securely share notebooks.
‘Search’ Still Broken & App Support Non-existent
FDHAB on 7/9/2018
I have contacted MS via forums, 800 number, and in-app support & received no support. I can see page & section titles when navigating manually, but search returns none. Search, however, works fine on my other Pixel 2 and Surface Pro. I hope MS honors what is claims to be quality supper and responds to me.
Auto-capitalization feature off???
Pillydaer on 7/9/2018
This app is great for a college student like me and allows me to take note in class on my ipad. This is all great until my computer Science class. As the app programmers may know, programming is very case sensitive and this app does not allow you to tuen off the auto capitalization feature. This is a major problem. I have gone into the settings of my ipad and turned it off for my overall device but the app refuses to make a change. After looking into several forums, I have found that this is a huge problem for many people for many reasons: people writing in a different language, people keeping track of passwords and other case sensitive material, etc. Please one note, I love your app but if this is not rectified soon I will be forced to look into other note taking app.
Logged Out, Log-in, Logged Out
DvrnB on 7/8/2018
Great app but it is impossible to stay logged in between sessions. It constantly logs me out, prompting me to to two-step verify every time. What’s up with that?
Only the best
krwhitney on 7/8/2018
Former Evernote user- this does so much more. Better than any other app, paid or not.
Ideas in your pocket
oyea2 on 7/8/2018
Having my “ongoing ideas in my pocket” is an advantage that goes beyond mere words. I can always keep creative inspiration close to me. Thus, as the ideas grow, I can reference the older as I’m appending the new. Sans hassle. Sans laptop or even tablet. Convenience that benefits the world of ideas. Profundity.
Once Upon A Time, this WORKED
Powderfoot on 7/8/2018
I don’t know what’s happened, but when I try to create a new notebook so I can takes notes, I get an error that my notebook can’t be created because the title of my notebook is too long, which is funny since I don’t really care about having a title anyway. Please fix this!
wrightd1 on 7/7/2018
Great tool for academics. Would like to be able to share section tabs. Currently it is only possible to share entire notebook... we need greater flexibility! Otherwise, very useful.
Turtle Soup 5432 on 7/7/2018
I highly recommend this app. Simple to use and very worthy.
rdterrel on 7/7/2018
I use EVERNOTE with my Livescribe Pen. I can read my handwriting but Evernote can’t but it insists on trying to transcribe my notes. So when I want to save course notes as a PDF with other course material on my hard drive it wastes my time while I try to get the handwritten info. Trying to combine pages of handwritten notes into one PDF is a tedious cut and paste process.
Great, except 1 thing!!!
ParMattA on 7/6/2018
I have really enjoyed OneNote but not being able to print is a big downfall to this otherwise amazing product. It’s such a big problem for me that I have not integrated OneNote into my business to the extent I had planned and almost stop using it all together. Please fix this fatal flaw!?!?!
Very useful app
rupdawg1840 on 7/6/2018
This is one of the most useful apps I’ve used in my life. My productivity has gone up significantly. Thank you thank you thank you.
Annoying bug when typing with smart keyboard on iPad Pro
HhhhhhhBbbbbbbb on 7/5/2018
One press of ▶️ moves the cursor 2 letters instead of 1 letter. Can not use this to write and edit.
Trouble on all Apple devices
Business_is_key on 7/5/2018
Will not work after signing in and out and reinstall 5 times. The concept is great but it doesn’t function.
It made finding a college living hell with my aunt! She controls my life!
doggoliker on 7/4/2018
help me
Not good
Percabethfreezer on 7/4/2018
I found this slow to download and after down I was not able to sign in because the program would not let me sign up because I couldn’t type in the information needed. No bueno.
孤独的飘荡 on 7/4/2018
Best notes app
Aditya Gujral on 7/4/2018
It’s by far the best notes application. And it is absolutely free. The sync is great, and it best better than all other paid and subscription based apps I used, including notability and Evernote. Thank you Microsoft!
Nicknameis106 on 7/3/2018
It’s good
App not as friendly as desktop version
jcmay27 on 7/2/2018
I wanted to use to like a check list for house chores and “To do” items, but also include reminders/notifications and it doesn’t seem to work the same as a desktop version
Apple Pencil: Palm and finger rejection
RatedT.S.M. on 7/2/2018
I downloaded this app to only be used with my Apple Pencil. The problem is, my fingers can still draw while I use my Apple Pencil, simultaneously. That's not helpful, nor is it useful. Seeing black dots drawn/added by my joints is infuriating. Not only should my palm be rejected, my fingers need to be too. I like OneNote's drawing tools better, so please fix this. Not only that, OneNote needs to add lines (for writing notes, which I prefer to typing them).
Very disappointed
Ignis116 on 7/1/2018
It has become very clear what Microsoft has done to strangle as much money from you as possible and making you have to use their cloud based software on IOS and Mac in order to view or look at files. Using their ecosystem. You cannot export pdf files in One note to send to others as an email. This in an anti-consumer business practice and it’s a good thing I just started using one-note and haven’t had everything in there. If these changes are added I will change my rating but for now, I’m boycotting these faulty practices, and anyone else reading this should too.
Keep all my ideas here
Sir teapot on 7/1/2018
For a running page of on-the-go notes it is so easy to open and jot some stuff down. Definitely could use a few features I miss from other note apps but all in a long great.
Never easy with Microsoft
The friendly reviewer on 6/30/2018
Dowloaded Onenote because someone recommended it. Try to sign in with my Microsoft passwords - didn’t work. Changed password and signed in again - timed out. Signed in again - victory! Tried to create note - asked me to sign in again - error creating note. Error message said that it could not create note and that I should go to settings and erase notes (never used app before). Did that and now name too long (“new note” was the name). Tried again with “nnn” - same error. Pressed on app on my iPhone until it wiggled and an “x” appeared on top left of app. Pressed it and app disappeared- that worked!!! Next step: insult person who recommended it. Recommendation: Download it and enjoy because it has a 4.7 star review so it must be me.
Great app when it works
Gram008 on 6/29/2018
I have used this app between my phone, laptop and iPad. It’s a great app but the iPad app is NOT working right it keeps closing in the middle of typing my notes. PLEASE fix this and I will give you a 5 star. I really like it.
softwarenut on 6/29/2018
I don’t think many have discovered this program yet. It is wonderful. Website stuff, pics, recipes, or anything you want, just snap a shot and you have it! I’ll say this, the screen clippings save themselves and that makes it nice as you never have to worry about losing your files. I highly recommend this program. It is very hard o clip on an iPad.
App now crashes every minute or so
FleetOne on 6/28/2018
The app used to work better. With the latest update the app will not stay open. Keeps shutting down but stays in the open apps tray. Cannot use at all in it’s current version.
The best of the note taking apps
joebuck76 on 6/28/2018
The ability to organize and move around quickly are what sets this above the other notebook apps. The note taking interface works great with an Apple Pencil and it has all the standard features. And Microsoft keeps adding features that users ask for.
Favorite app for notes
Dmitry.Bezzubenkov on 6/28/2018
The best app for making notes! Using it for a few years already and never found anything better for notes
Nice App as on computer
Tony Hiker on 6/28/2018
I use one note on computer frequently cauz it is very convenient. Now I used to do something with this App on my mobile. Functionally it is same as the version on Windows, and it can be easily synchonozed.
Poor deleting of notebooks
StarbucksIndian on 6/27/2018
The syncing is really good and fast but the two things I do not like are that It is VERY HARD to delete notebooks and rename notebooks. Doing this for sections and pages is easy, but deleting/renaming the notebooks means having to go to the web version, and still it did not work. Also there should be an option to laso select and change the color of what was selected so when i write something in black i can select it and change it to another color. It would also be nice to change handwriting into words and keep the colors consistent Overall the nitty gritty stuff really gets me. At least it’s free and no ads!
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