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OneNote and Office Lens April roundup

Editor’s note 5/20/2016:
This post has been updated to reflect features that have now shipped.

Today, we are releasing several new capabilities for OneNote and Office Lens that enhance multimedia experiences, collaboration and canvas organization.

We’ve got a lot of great stuff to cover, so let’s dive in!


Insert and view content from YouTube, Vimeo, Vine, Sway and more, right alongside your notes. By simply pasting a video link into OneNote for Windows 10, Mac, iOS or web, a playable thumbnail version will appear next to it.

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OneNote for Windows

We updated the work and school sign-in process, so now you can sign in to OneNote for the first time using your Office 365 organization ID. We hope this eliminates potential confusion, saves time and gets people into their notes more quickly.

For OneNote for the Windows Phone, we added audio recording, giving you an additional and easier way to get your ideas down while on the go.

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OneNote for iOS

For OneNote on iOS, we’re introducing a few new things that make it easier to organize notes on the canvas your way.

  • First, we’ve brought the lasso tool to iPad for selecting and rearranging groups of audio recordings, images, text, shapes and any other item on the canvas.
  • Second, on iPad, you can rearrange audio recordings, images, text, shapes and (you guessed it) any other item on the canvas by just touching and dragging.

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  • Third, you can now rotate images in OneNote on both iPad and iPhone.
  • Fourth, if images are your thing, you can now insert multiple photos on a page at once on iPad and iPhone.

OneNote Online

Smart Lookup—The best viewing experience for reference material is now available for OneNote Online. Smart Lookup is powered by Bing and uses the selected text and surrounding content to give you contextually relevant results. Select a phrase, open the context menu, click and look smart. We can’t wait to see what you do with it.

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Library science—Getting lost navigating your digital bookshelf? We’ve re-shelved the notebook list and now you can distinguish between your personal notebooks, notebooks that others have shared with you and OneNote Class Notebooks you belong to. Now, when you open OneNote Online, you’ll be able to clearly see these categories listed out. Pro tip: head directly to to dive in with the new view. Still can’t find what you’re looking for? Check out the new search bar to narrow your selection.

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Office Lens

We added some new features to Office Lens, our popular pocket scanner, which will help you go from paper to digital with ease. Now you can scan and insert multiple photos at a time on iOS. For iOS and Android, you can now rotate pictures in post-production instead of retaking the picture.

Download Office Lens for free.

Thanks for catching up on all we’ve been working on this month. Whether you’re new to OneNote or a veteran, we’ve handpicked some of our favorite tips from the team for OneNote 2016 in a new eBook, “OneNote 2016 Tips & Tricks,” to help you get started.

—Scott Shapiro, product marketing manager for the OneNote team

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