Microsoft OneNote

Microsoft OneNote for PC and Mac

Published by Microsoft Corporation on 2024-04-16

  • Compatibility: Available on Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 7 & MacOS 10, 11, 10.13
  • Category: Productivity
  • Licence: Free
  • Software version: 16.84
  • File size: 408.25 MB

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Microsoft OneNote Overview

What is Microsoft OneNote? OneNote for Mac is a digital notebook app that allows users to capture their thoughts, ideas, and discoveries. Users can add pictures or files, type anywhere on the free-form canvas, and use a digital pen to write or draw. The app offers tools like "Convert to Shapes" that automatically converts hand-drawn shapes into regular polygons and circles. Users can organize their notes using tabs, labels, and color coding, search and secure their notes with a password, and collaborate in real-time with colleagues or friends. OneNote syncs notes to the cloud, making it easy to access notes from anywhere. The app is available through a Microsoft 365 subscription and is subject to separate privacy statements and terms and conditions.


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Microsoft OneNote Features and Description

1. Data provided through the use of this store and this app may be accessible to Microsoft or the third-party app publisher, as applicable, and transferred to, stored, and processed in the United States or any other country where Microsoft or the app publisher and their affiliates or service providers maintain facilities.

2. Type anywhere on this free-form canvas, use a digital pen to write or draw, and add pictures and files right in your notes.

3. Microsoft 365 annual subscriptions purchased from the app will be charged to your App Store account and will automatically renew within 24 hours prior to the end of the current subscription period unless auto-renewal is disabled beforehand.

4. Now it is easier than ever capture your thoughts, add pictures or files, and share notes across your devices and with others.

5. Microsoft 365 is a cloud-based subscription service that brings together premium versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneDrive, with the best tools for the way people work today.

6. Share your notes and collaborate in real time with colleagues or friends.

7. • Use a variety of digital pen colors and settings to create handwritten notes and drawings.

8. • Organize your notes in a way that works for you using tabs, labels, and color coding to keep track of all your projects.

9. • Sync your notes to the cloud (OneDrive, OneDrive for Business*, and SharePoint), making it easy to access your notes anywhere.

10. Unlock the full Microsoft Office experience with a qualifying Microsoft 365 subscription for your phone, tablet, PC, and Windows.

11. *For you to sign in to OneDrive for Business, your organization needs to have a qualifying SharePoint Online or Office 365 business subscription plan.


  • -Organize quick “how-to” info from a box full of owners’ manuals
  • -Cut/paste essential posts from key “guru” forums into the appropriate owners’ manual section
  • -Insert pics of complex systems with annotations for use by a service tech
  • -Store info about future modifications including pics, diagrams, parts lists and vendors
  • -Cloud-share info with fellow aficionados
  • -Automatically replicated across laptop, tablet and phone
  • -Freedom to type wherever you want
  • -Easily make checklists and keep things accessible through the notebooks, section tabs and pages
  • -Drag and drop a spreadsheet, pdf, or other doc right into the page
  • -Saves paper in office
  • -Organization is way better than any of the other apps out there
  • -Synced through Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud

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Installation Requirements

PC Compactibility/Requirements for Installation

Compactible OS list:
  1. Windows 11
  2. Windows 10
  3. Windows 8.1
  4. Windows 7
  5. Windows Vista

Requirements for MacOS Installation

Intel, 64-bit processor, OS X 10.7 or later.

Compactible OS list:
  1. macOS Ventura: 13.3
  2. macOS Monterey: 12.6.4
  3. macOS Big Sur: 11.7.5
  4. macOS Catalina: 10.15
  5. macOS Mojave: 10.14
  6. macOS High Sierra: 10.13


Microsoft OneNote - Is it safe to download?

Yes. The app is 100 percent (100%) safe to download and Install. Our download links are from safe sources and are frequently virus scanned to protect you

Software Reviews and Criticism

  • By ubercorner22

    Powerful Note taker, annoying to have to “reopen” notebooks every time you’ve been away...

    Great app. Takes some time to build up a workflow, but once you do it’s miles ahead of almost every other note taker. Only exception is Notability, which I think has a little bit better handwriting capability, but not nearly the organizational ability that OneNote has. If you want to be able to organize your notes into more than just one tier of folders, then you have to move to OneNote. The organization is way better than any of the other apps out there, and there’s way more support on the backend as this is synced through Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud, so you know that it has the support of a company that’s not going anywhere. The only annoyance I have with it, and the reason it’s 4 stars and not 5, is that I have to “Open” all of my notebooks again on each device if I haven’t used OneNote on it for more than a few days. I don’t know if this is to simplify syncing issues between devices and save space on each device, but I would rather there was an option to keep notebooks on a device and keep them synced. That way if I want to start taking notes right away, I don’t have to keep throwing all of my impromptu notes into whichever notebook is the most synced and then move it later. I use this exclusively on iOS/PC devices, so maybe there’s some compatibility issue built in by Microsoft to handicap Microsoft’s apps just a little bit, or vice-a-versa.

  • By BB380

    Great app to support my vintage RV hobby as I move into retirement

    After having successfully used OneNote in my business operations for years, I have discovered it all over again in retirement as my “go-to” documentation repository for my vintage RV. I can organize quick “how-to” info from a box full of owners’ manuals, cut/paste essential posts from key “guru” forums into the appropriate owners’ manual section, insert pics of complex systems with annotations for use by a service tech should I need one while on the road, store info about future modifications including pics, diagrams, parts lists and vendors, etc, etc, etc. Best of all, I can now selectively cloud-share this info with fellow aficionados so we are not all reinventing the wheel. All of my work is automatically replicated across my laptop, tablet and phone so I can refer to it anywhere. I’m sure I could find something to complain about, but there’s so much to love that it’s not worth the effort!! Better still, it’s worth investing the time it takes to create this repository because OneNote is backed by a huge corporation that continues to invest in keeping it fresh and stable. I don’t have to be worried about all my work becoming obsolete tomorrow because a vendor decided to orphan its product (been there, have the t-shirt). Thanks Microsoft.

  • By SSG-Possum

    Okay..Most of The Time

    Have been using OneNote since about 2003 as part of the Microsoft Office Home & Student package on my Windows computers; then found and began using this app when I switched over to my PC and Windows Mini computers. Never had any problems on the Windows computer, but recently had a minor problem where I lost several sections out of one of my notebooks that I couldn't get to synchronize and somehow eventually lost them all. Was able to retrieve information from a couplle of the more important sections from backups I had in another program...otherwise I probably would have given the app a '5-Star' rating, which I seldom do for any rating....Nothing is worth a 'Top Star' rating as there is ALWAYS 'something' wrong with it to not rate 'Top' rating. I'm quite happy with the app...this app and the one for Windows and I also ahave the app in my Windows version of Microsoft Office Home and Student I have on my Windows computers and they all seem to work well together. What is in my OneNote on my Macs, is also in my OneNote on my Windows 10 Pro PC. Don't use it much on my iPhone (6S Plus) or iPad (3rd Gen.) as the screens, for me, are a bit too small for what I do in OneNote. I would recommend OneNote...any version or for any device. It does as advertised, doe what I need for it to do and am sure it will meet 'your' needs as well. Enjoy your OneNote! :)

  • By HodgsonMill

    Use it daily

    After investigating many different solutions for my needs, One Note has worked the best for me. As a creative professional, I like the freedom to type wherever I want, as an organizational freak, I like being able to easily make checklists and keep things accessible through the notebooks, section tabs and pages. Love being able to drag and drop a spreadsheet, pdf, or other doc right into the page. Definitely saves paper in my office. I go to a production meetings often. The organizer types up the itenerary and notes, and emails the content to the participants, then prints out 20 copies of about 6 pages of stuff. I bypass the paper completely. copy the content of her docs, paste them in OneNote and use my laptop or ipad at the meeting exclusively. What is really great is when my ipad battery dies during a meeting, I can whip out my phone and pick up where I left off. I have had some issues where I have had to repeatedly log in to my MS account on the iPad, but that is the only aggravation. I advocate the use of OneNote to my coworkers. I have only scratched the surface of what you can do with it, but it works great for me. I would like to have the option of text alignment when using a ruled paper background. Keep improving. I’ll keep using it every day.

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