OneNote Windows 10 app gets a host of new features for public users and Insiders

Laurent Giret

OneNote for Windows 10 is set to become the default OneNote client in the upcoming Office 2019 release, and Microsoft has been iterating fast the make the modern app as good as the legacy OneNote desktop app. We’re not quite there yet, but Windows 10 users and Windows Insiders have both new features to check out this week.

In a long Twitter thread, William Devereux, Product Manager for OneNote detailed everything that’s new in the version 16.0.10325.20049:

  • You can now pin a “New Page” tile to the Windows 10 Start menu
  • There’s a new transparent Live Tile option in Settings, in case you don’t like the classic OneNote purple color.
  • A new Online Video button has been added to the Ribbon’s Insert tab, which should make it easier to embed videos.
  • The new Paste options in Settings let you choose your default paste option (keep source formatting, merge the formatting or keeping just the text).

If you’re a Windows Insider or Office Insider, you also the following new features to check out in the latest build:

  • Some Insiders may see a simplified version of the OneNote ribbon that Microsoft recently announced
  • You’ll now be able to choose whether or not to include the source link when you paste something from a web page.
  • You’ll also find new cut, copy, and paste shortcuts on the ribbon, as well as a new symbol gallery that includes the top 25 symbols
  • Clear formatting has been updated to clear any custom paragraph spacing which may have been copied over from another source
  • New table options let you hide the borders of a table, quickly select a range of cells, and choose whether or not to include the header row when sorting tables
  • The stroke eraser now has two new eraser sizes when you need finer controls
  • You can now translate text or an entire page with Microsoft Translator, which is accessible from the the View tab.

The OneNote team has “even more features coming soon” according to Devereux, and as usual Windows Insiders and Office Insiders will be able to test the improvements before anyone else.