Using the Windows OneNote app in Class & Schools

Students who have used the OneNote App would agree that the ability of the OneNote App to both record and take handwritten notes in class is of immense use. There are many other benefits that are worth mentioning and therefore, a part of my regular writing exercise here. Please note – the information in this post is regarding the Windows 8 OneNote App, not Office OneNote software.

OneNote App

Windows 8 OneNote app

Improved Customisation with pen and ink

Metro style OneNote app for Windows features radial menu system. The centre piece of the app allows to edit and delete parts of the digital ink and select pen customization while drawing and handwriting. The options are displayed when you bring your stylus closer to the screen, prompting the radial menu indicator to pop up.

Tap it to open and see the available pens. By default, the menu offers four pens. You can customize them by navigating to the second level of radial menu and then selecting the desired colour and thickness.

Radial Menu

Capture screen with the Share Charm

One can grab a screenshot of virtually anything and send it to OneNote via the Windows Share Charm. Follow these steps:

Press Win+C or swipe across the right-edge of the screen to bring up the charms bar ‘search’ option. Select OneNote, and then select Send. The captured screen will be sent to OneNote app instantly! The app would of course, show you a preview of the screenshot before you send it to OneNote.

Capture documents, magazines and whiteboards with Camera Scan

The most-used electronic note-taking solution also has a Camera Scan to help you get pictures of documents and whiteboards into OneNote. The feature on its own, without being given any command crops, rotates, straightens and removes unwanted elements and sharpen the image so it looks like a scanned document.

To use Camera Scan, select the camera in the radial menu. Watch the video for more help on this.

Recent Notes and Page Previews

When you open OneNote, you’ll see all the recent notes you’ve taken irrespective of the devices in use. The ‘Recent Notes’ view shows all your notes in proper order, reminding when they were last edited.

What changes the app is also its Page Preview feature. The app, instead of only the page title, shows you a preview of collected notes. Page previews saves you the efforts of having to open the entire page. For short notes and simple reminders like “do math homework,” the preview will often contain all the information you need.

recent notes


OneNote App in addition to above all, includes a built in OCR. This is one of the most underrated and underreported features in OneNote. What it is used for? Copy and Paste an image into a OneNote document and then choose Copy Text from Picture. You’ll instantly get a plain text version of the text in the image that you can paste into OneNote or at some other place.

Go here to check out some cool OneNote Tips & Tricks.


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The author Hemant Saxena is a post-graduate in bio-technology and has an immense interest in following Windows, Office and other technology developments. Quiet by nature, he is an avid Lacrosse player. Creating a System Restore Point first before installing a new software, and being careful about any third-party offers while installing freeware is recommended.