What is Microsoft OneNote- A Detailed Glance

Mark Regan | April 11th, 2018 | Technology Overview

If you are a person who frequently attends meetings, takes down notes from school, etc. Here is a platform for you to join all your works together and easily. OneNote by Microsoft Office Suite is the best application for this purpose. OneNote is an application replacing the paper notes. It helps to gather information and to share it with others. In the coming section, a detailed idea of Microsoft OneNote is captured.

Glance on Microsoft OneNote

OneNote is an e-version of paper notes and is Personal Information Management application. It stores handwritten and/or typed notes, photos; drawings, video, audio, etc. i.e. collectively organize digital information. In OneNote the user does not need to save the works continuously, it automatically saves the work in sections among the notebook. OneNote has search feature for searching images for engrafted text-content and is integrated with audio repository, helps in searching audio using text words. It is a standalone application supportive in Windows, Mac, Android, Windows Phone, etc. thus, giving you an access to information from wherever you are and whatever device you are with.

Associated File Format

An OneNote file has .one extension and stores the files as a “section.” Microsoft has deployed open file format to support the images, videos, etc. to a single binary file. In addition, supports note-taking app of Mac and iPad- Outline to edit, saves notebooks of OneNote.

A view on OneNote;


OneNote support many other features;

It also works with Outlook;

In Personal Information tag, you get the provision of regulating Shopping, Travel, Recipes, etc.

What Makes OneNote A Powerful Application?

OneNote works according to all the needs of an individual. It includes business management, travel management, preparing notes, etc. Look at some of the features contributed by OneNote to understand what makes them helpful in real-time scenarios.


OneNote organizes as a notebook itself. The sections included in organizing are;

  • Notebooks: It is used for broad categories as; Projects, Classes, Labs, etc.
  • Sections: They are seen inside Notebook and work similar to sectioning the contents and coordinates using tags.
  • Pages & Subpages: Pages contains the contents of the notes and user can create subpages as well and can collapse for saving the space.


The application contributes to search the files stored, from current page or from the whole. Searches can be carried out for;

  • Text: You can lead the search using text words, phrases, special symbols or character, etc in the search bar.
  • Image: the Optical Character Recognition engine supported in OneNote allows the searching using images.
  • Audio: Searching can be done using voice text thus, making even easier.

Removes Text from Images

The user can remove the text from the image, if there since it has the aid of Optical Character Recognition engine.

Works with Outlook

OneNote coordinately works with Outlook. If a task is prepared in OneNote, user can find it in ‘Tasks’ of Outlook and meeting schedules maintained in Outlook can be brought into OneNote.


OneNote allows the synchronization and sharing of the notes to SkyDrive or other network drive.

In Summation:

OneNote is a free-form data assembling application and is more relevant since it can be used on any platform. Users can use this application as a small notebook that holds all relevant work together at a place. A small idea might be rushed through your minds while going through the sections. A number of advanced features are held by OneNote and not all have been mentioned here.