Experimental features

OneNote for W10 √

EDIT : This post was written in December 2016. This feature is no more “experimental”. Refer now to this other blog post for the current status.


Lots of new features have been released for the “App” version of OneNote this year (see this Microsoft Blog post for a review), and there is more to come for sure !

Recently, Microsoft brought an option to test coming features on OneNote for W10 : all you have to do is activate the “experimental features” in Settings/Options/OneNote Preview.

The new UI improves how the different Notebooks, Sections, Sections Group (which can be expanded or collapsed) and pages are shown, and facilitate the navigation.

Look of the new UI


Note the addition of the New Page / New Section button, on the bottom of the screen.

This is a most welcome improvement, which brings OneNote App closer to its other versions :


Compare OneNote App (left) with OneNote Online (right) : spot the differences if you can !



Comparing OneNote App (left) with OneNote desktop (right)


Comparing OneNote App (on the left) with OneNote IOS (on the right) : the gap has narrowed!  Note the nifty vertical lines which delimitate the sub-pages on OneNote IOS.


Support for Section group (aka. ability to “expand” or “collapse” the content of Section groups in the vertical pane) is most welcome : for those of us who rely on section group, OneNote UWP now becomes a serious contender !


See WinSupersite’ coverage on this new feature, with a nice slideshow.

See MSPowerUser, which acknowledge clearly the required fine tuning.

Updated 19/02/2017 : the hamburger menu (≡) has completely vanished, and the functionality works perfectly well now. To be honest, there is still a small visual issue (not functional) : the minus and plus button are incomplete (Solved)

Updated 19/02/2017 : A new feature has surfaced : you can now hide the notes’ thumbnails :

That’s the second option below “Experimental features” (screen capture in French)


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Update 12/03/2017 : This option is now integrated in the View tab :

Show Page Previews check-box on the View/Navigation menu


Update 30/04/2017 : added a side-by-side view of OneNote IOS (version 15.32 – 170304) / OneNote UWP (version 17.8067), both in Preview (aka experimental).

OneNote for IOS shows a magnifier (to search) in the upper left corner, always visible even in Full Page View.


OneNote for W10 shows the magnifier next to the name of the notebook (2nd vertical pane) : thus not available in Full Page View.


Update 24/05/2017 : Sub-pages are now collapsible. Each pane’ width (note-books, section & page) is now adjustable. The new UI is now able to handle conveniently any OneNote element : sub-pages, section groups… even when you have a large collection of notes !

My first 3 screen captures :

  • 1. “look of the new UI”
  • 2. “comparing OneNote App with OneNote Online”
  • 3. “comparing OneNote App with OneNote desktop”  

are somehow obsolete by now : the left vertical banner, which used to be black, and contained the “Print”, “Comment” and “Settings” commands is now white, and the commands are now accessible through a gear wheel.

“Print” is now a button on its own in the “View” tab. 

Update 18/06/2017 : the gearwheel has vanished. “Print” and “Settings” are now available in a new command located in the upper right corner (…). See “Experimental features goes mainstream” blog post for more details.

Update 29/03/2018 : updated the link to Marjolein Hoekstra’ article in the introduction (now on Microsoft education, not anymore on Microsoft techblog)


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