Here’s everything that’s new in OneNote for July 2016, including new OneNote Clipper and improved inking

Mark Coppock

Microsoft has an excellent note taking tool with OneNote, which runs across all relevant platforms and supports some of the most advanced inking capabilities around. With recent changes to primary competitor Evernote, particular in terms of reduced value in the free version and the increased cost of the premium version, OneNote is an increasingly attractive option no matter what device you use.

This month, the OneNote team has added some nice new functionality to OneNote on a variety of platforms, and they took to the Office blog to get us up to on everything that’s new in OneNote. Here are the highlights.

Improved Inking

Ink effects have been added to OneNote Mobile on Windows 10 for Office 365 subscribers. The effects include rainbow, galaxy, and gold and silver to add some pizzazz to ink notes.

Ink Effects in OneNote for Windows 10.

Inking has been added to OneNote for Mac:

Today, we’re launching ink in OneNote for Mac for the first time, bringing to life one of our top user requests. Now you can write, draw and highlight with tools on the new Draw tab using your mouse or trackpad. You can also use your third-party drawing tablet or display that uses a pen or stylus to write, draw and erase –just like pen and paper. And we’ve added lined pages and grids as a background option to help keep your new handwriting and drawings neat and tidy. If you’re a big fan of drawing and writing with ink, OneNote works great with the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil as well. These new tools for Mac let you express yourself in a whole new way, as you think with ink. Get OneNote for Mac in the Mac app store today.

OneNote Web Clipper Improvements

The ability to easily clip web pages to OneNote is excellent for anyone who conducts research and needs to compile information in one place. The OneNote Web Clipper is the predominant tool for this functionality, and it’s been updated on Chrome, Safari, and IE with some nice new features:

Preview—Ever wonder exactly what was about to show up in OneNote once you clipped? Problem solved! Now all clipping modes—full page, region, article, recipe and product—provide a preview so what you see is what you get.

YouTube and Vimeo support—You can now clip videos from YouTube and Vimeo pages into OneNote.

Highlight text—When you clip an article, product or recipe you can highlight sections of text, and those highlights will be saved to OneNote.

Clip multiple regions in one go—Clip multiple regions of a webpage and save them all in a single OneNote page.

Use your own title—Change the title of your page in the preview window before sending it to OneNote.

Articles your way—Change the font size and type in your article to improve readability before you even clip it to OneNote.

web clipper screenshot_July 2016
OneNote Clipper improvements for July 2016.

Sharing Notifications Email Service

If you’re a Microsoft account holder, you will now receive notifications when a change has been made to a shared OneNote notebook. A maximum of five emails will be sent each day, and each email will provide an overview of all of the changes that were made. You can set your notification options at

OneNote Sharing Notification Email Service.

Those are some nice changes indeed if you happen to use one of the relevant platforms. Let us know in the comments what you think of the work the OneNote team is doing with our favorite note taking software.