Capture your thoughts, discoveries, and ideas in your very own digital notebook using OneNote for Mac. Now it is easier than ever capture your thoughts, add pictures or files, and share notes across your devices and with others. Share your notes and collaborate in real time with colleagues or friends. Type anywhere on this free-form canvas, use a digital pen to write or draw, and add pictures and files right in your notes. Whether you’re at home, in the office, or on the go, OneNote in your go-to digital notebook.

Capture Anything
• Write memos, make a digital sketchbook, or jot down notes.
• Save pictures of whiteboards, photos or printed documents in your notes. Take a picture, crop, and insert right into OneNote.
• Highlight can’t-miss notes with Important and To Do tags.
• Use a variety of digital pen colors and settings to create handwritten notes and drawings.
• Draw with confidence with tools like “Convert to Shapes” which automatically converts hand drawn shapes into crisp, perfectly regular polygons and circles.

Organize, Search and Secure
• Organize your notes in a way that works for you using tabs, labels, and color coding to keep track of all your projects.
• Create, rename, search, sort, and copy pages, sections, and entire notebooks.
• Find your most recent notes quickly and pin the pages you most use to the top.
• Secure your notes with a password and control permissions when sharing with others.
• Track daily to-dos, flag questions to raise after a meeting, or mark important points.

Collaborate and Share
• Share ideas and your notes with friends and colleagues.
• Collaborate in real time using a shared notepad.
• Sync your notes to the cloud (OneDrive, OneDrive for Business*, and SharePoint), making it easy to access your notes anywhere.

*For you to sign in to OneDrive for Business, your organization needs to have a qualifying SharePoint Online or Office 365 business subscription plan. You cannot sign in with an account from an on-premises directory.

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What’s New

Version 16.56

This month’s update is bug fixes only.

Thanks for using OneNote! We listened to your feedback and updated the application with optimizations to help improve your note taking experience.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
21.1K Ratings

21.1K Ratings

Marco Hildebrandt ,

Great program

Update 2019, still the best note app but there is a catch, once you go over the free storage limit of 5Gb you have to pay for an Office subscription and for a storage only account you can only buy an extra 100Gb. There IS NO option to store your data locally. Otherwise a great program for keeping all of your important electronic and scanned paper documents, recipes and pictures, hand scetches etc and synchronize with other handheld devices. My only issue is that it get out of sync sometimes, not often but when it does it is a mess. Having said that it is the best program besides notability for mac OS and iPad and notability has similar lapses in memory at times when it comes to syncing. Personally I find Notability better for taking handwritten notes in meetings but all of your information is synchronised between devices where Onenote you can select which information you want to sync to your mobile device which is a fantastic feature as most mobile devices do not have unlimited memory. So I use both with Onenote the main archive repository…. works for me. I say it is great as Onenote and Notebility from 4 years of using these programs are the best on the market at this time.

whowherehowi ,

Shopping Lists are only the beginning...

I have tried to find something that works better for a shopping list that bothmy wife and I can update but keep coming back to OneNote, having moved it from Apple’s Note which is not so good IMHO. I think that there are a few things that Microsoft could do better but it is FREE and I suppose that if they added more features why would people need Word, Excel, etc which can also be cloud-based and shared across users via OneDrive. A small niggle of mine is how they have changed the weight of the tick in the tick-box so it is less visible and this can’t be changed AFAIK.
For the moment this is the way we do our shopping lists and it works fine. Better than, say, Wunderlist (also owned by Microsoft now) which I also use and is great, but not for big lists that I need to amend and edit and re-use.

GraceYouuu ,

Overheating problem

Since months ago, everytime when i started using onenote on my MacBook Pro, the fan would run full speed and the laptop got really hot. The power was consumed ridiculously fast even when i used it offline without syncing anything or using any other softwares. The only solution was to close onenote and everything went back to normal immediately.
I gotta say, it is a fantastic software and probably the best for uni students to take notes or any other occasions. BUT, having so many apple users currently, you people from Microsoft really should try to solve this problem. I found heaps of people on the microsoft community posting the same issue from a year ago and this still hasnt been solved!! I have already tried updating my OS system and onenote and everything is still the same so it surely has something to do with the software itself. I really hope you can pay attention to this problem as it affects so many people and will finally make microsoft lose many users.

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