Microsoft releases the August update of OneNote for Windows 10 - here's what's new

Microsoft is beginning to roll out the August update of OneNote for Windows 10 today, nearly six weeks after the July update was made available. Product Manager Lead William Devereux says that it's "rolling out over time".

The new version number is 17.8471.5772, and as usual, it contains a range of new features:

Text to Math

Use your keyboard to type an equation as text in OneNote, and use Math to solve it or draw a graph. Simply type your equation, and on the Draw tab, click the Lasso Select button. Drag a circle around the text you want to convert, then click Math.

Smart Lookup

Get definitions, wiki articles, and top related searches from the web without leaving OneNote. Right-click a word or phrase and choose Smart Lookup.


Insert online pictures

Use Bing's Image Search to safely insert photos and images without ever having to leave OneNote. On the Insert tab, choose Pictures > Online. In the Online Pictures pane, use a keyword to search for the perfect picture for your notes.


Tables of all shapes and sizes

One cell or many? Choose the number of rows and columns you need to organize your content. Once you've got a table, you can add or delete rows or columns, add table shading, or sort your content.


More highlight colors

Yellow isn't the only color in the rainbow. Now you can highlight with blue, green, red, and more.

Zoom in, zoom out

Use the new Page Width option on the View tab to zoom out to see all the notes on your page, or zoom in to focus on just what you need.

Microsoft notes that the key difference between OneNote for Windows 10 and OneNote 2016 is that the Windows 10 application is regularly updated with new features. This used to be because there was a feature disparity between the two apps, but that's not really the case anymore.

As mentioned above, the new update will be rolling out over time, but when it's available for you, you'll be able to update OneNote from the Windows Store here.

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