OneNote Windows 10 Store app gets a significant May update

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With Outlook Mail and Calendar, OneNote is possibly one of the most useful and powerful native UWP apps you can find on Windows 10. Microsoft clearly knows it, and the company has been iterating fast to make the OneNote UWP app more appealing than the legacy Win32 app, which is also free to use.

After some testing with Windows Insiders, we’re happy to see that the version 17.8241.5759 of the OneNote UWP app is now available on the Production Ring, and here is the detailed changelog:

  • Print directly to OneNote: Send anything on your computer right to OneNote. Install the Send to OneNote app from the Store and then select “Send to OneNote” when printing a file.
  • Insert meeting details: Choose an Outlook meeting and, with one click, your note will have the time, date, place, who’s invited, and more.
  • Select multiple pages: Save time by selecting multiple pages, and then move, copy, or delete them all at once.
  • Page Versions: Travel back trough time to recover older versions of your pages.
  • Check spelling in another language: When writing in more than once language, right-click the text, and choose the language to use when you check spelling.
  • Fast track moving or copying pages: Right-click a page and choose to cut or copy it, then paste it in your new destination.

These are all nice features to play with, but there is something even more interesting that isn’t mentioned in the changelog: you can now run multiple instances of the OneNote UWP app on your PC. To enable this capability, you’ll have to go to Options and then turn on “Experimental Features.” Once you’re done, a “New Window” option will appear under the View menu, allowing you to open multiple OneNote windows.

OneNote Windows 10 Store app gets a significant May update - - May 17, 2017
You can now run multiple instances of the OneNote UWP app.

This feature was already supported in the Win32 OneNote app (with the Ctrl+M shortcut), but it’s nice to see that UWP apps can also support multiple instances. William Devereux, Product Manager Lead for OneNote tweeted today that this was “one of the top feature requests we’ve received.”

Microsoft has still some work to do on the OneNote UWP app to achieve feature parity with the Win32 app, but the company seems to be on the right track. If you still prefer to use the legacy desktop app as of today, let us know in the comments what are the must-have features that are still missing in the OneNote UWP app.

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