Why Do I Have 2 Onenote Apps On My Mac

After you start OneNote, you do not see the notebooks that you expect to see. This issue occurs if you are not logged in with the correct Microsoft account or work or school account. Resolution Step 1: Locate your notebooks by using OneNote Online. Go to Click the Sign In button at the top-right corner of the screen. Jul 10, 2017  If you are also a subscriber to Office 365, or if you have bought Microsoft Office 2016 and installed it on your computer or device, then you also have another OneNote 2016 app installed. OneNote 2016 is the premium desktop client for OneNote. It is a client that offers more features and is more complex than the universal app version or any of the other OneNote apps for Android, iOS or macOS.

Nicole Steinbok is a Program Manager on the OneNote team, and has some awesome tips and tricks to share with you today. Her favorite numbers are 22, 5040, 10, and of course 1.

  1. Access your notes on your Mac, iPhone, iPad and other devices. Your notes are synced to the cloud (OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, and SharePoint ) making it easy to access your recipe notes on your iPhone at the store, your homework on your Mac in class, or your itinerary on your iPad during your travels. Achieve more with OneNote.
  2. Aug 18, 2015  In fact, like many bundled Windows 10 apps, you can’t even uninstall OneNote (which, frankly, is a bit unexpected and unwelcome). This is at least partially because it’s integrated with the.
  3. Aug 31, 2009  OneNote for Mac I use OneNote at work on a PC, but at home, to gain the same functionality, I use Curio by Zengobi. While Word 2004 does have the notebook format and the ability to record audio and video, it is too structured for me to use as my primary journaling tool.

I’ve been on the OneNote team for over 3 years now, and don’t tell my manager, but I still have these types of moments:

Bob: Hi Nicole, What team do you work on?
Me: Hi Bob, I work on OneNote.
Bob: Awesome! I LOVE OneNote. It’s my favorite Microsoft product.
Me: <smiles> Mine too, but of course I’m biased. What’s your favorite thing about it?
Bob: That OneNote can [insert favorite thing about OneNote here]
Me: <blushes> I didn’t know OneNote could do that-I’ll have to check it out.

To help myself and others, I’ve compiled a list of the top 10 things you (and I) didn’t know about OneNote.


Your digital notebook.

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1. OneNote is already installed on your Windows PC.

There are over 1 BILLION people in the world who are Microsoft Office users. Whoa-that’s a lot of people, people! OneNote has been included with Office since Office 2010. So, chances are if you are reading this, you have OneNote on your Windows PC. Check out your Start menu (or Start screen in Windows 8) to see if you have OneNote 2013. If you’re one of the few who doesn’t have OneNote already installed, you can get a free trial version on www.onenote.com.

2. You can take WAY more than one note in OneNote.

OneNote is called OneNote because, let’s face it, OnePlaceForAllYourNotes is too long. There is no limit on how many notes you can take in OneNote, except for how much storage you have. If you’re wise and store your notes on SkyDrive, you can get 7 GB of cloud storage for free–that’s a TON of notes. And if that’s not enough for you, you can buy up to 200 GB of storage for a great price. Check out the Compare SkyDrive page for more details.

3. OneNote can do the 3 Rs: reading, writing and arithmetic.

Reading: OneNote 2013 reads your handwritten page title and converts it to text automatically, even if, like mine, your handwriting isn’t beautiful. It also can read all of your ink notes to search them or convert them to text (click the Draw tab, then click Ink to Text), and it can read and search your inserted images (right-click an image, then select Alt Text). Don’t worry, OneNote can’t read your mind…yet.

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Writing: You can write in the OneNote Windows Store App and OneNote 2013 using a stylus or your finger (click the Draw tab, then click Draw with Touch). You also can write on printouts of Office documents or PDFs (click the Insert tab, then click File Printout). This is a great way to take notes and do research or create artwork. If writing isn’t for you, of course you can type as well.


Arithmetic: If you’re like me and you still use your fingers to do arithmetic, OneNote can help. Just type your equation and an equal sign, then press the space bar. Ta-da–the answer to the universe is waiting for you.

4. OneNote also can do calculus.

If arithmetic is too elementary for you, OneNote 2013 also can help you with advanced equations. There are several standard equations you can insert, or you can build your own (click the Insert tab, click Equation, then click Insert New Equation). You can draw them, type them, or select symbols to create equations–if you look closely, you might see the Matrix!

5. OneNote has more paper types than a stationery store.

If a plain white page is too plain for you, check out all the templates you can apply to the page in OneNote 2013. Click the Insert tab, then click the Page Templates button to see the many built-in options, and you can search for even more choices here. You also can create and set default page templates.

If the templates are too much for you, set the Page Color or Rules Lines on the View tab. With all the options, I’m sure you’ll find something that’s just right for your style.

6. OneNote can take your notes for you.

If you go to a meeting or lecture and don’t feel like taking notes, don’t worry-OneNote has you covered. If you like, you can start by inserting the meeting details from Outlook (click the Home tab, then click the Meeting Details button). Once the meeting starts, record the audio (click the Insert tab, then click the Record Audio button). When something exciting happens, take a very small note. When the meeting ends, stop the recording. If you want to go back to the exciting moment, just click the play button next to your note, and it will play the audio from the point in the meeting when you took the note. Awesomesauce is an appropriate word to describe this, I think! Master tip: Test your microphone before the meeting.

7. OneNote sharing is easy.

If you want to share and collaborate with someone on a notebook for a school, work or home project, a wedding or vacation plans, or even writing a movie together, it’s easy. In OneNote 2013, click File, click Share, then click Get a Sharing Link–you can decide if you want to allow others to view your notes or edit them with you. When they get the link, they can edit using their favorite browser–no install or sign up required–or they can edit in their favorite OneNote app.

8. OneNote has a free app for your phone, your Surface, your iPad AND your web browser.

If you have an iPhone, Android Phone, or Windows Phone there is a free OneNote app for you. OneNote also has a Windows Store app and an iPad app. You can get them all in the appropriate app store or on www.onenote.com

If you’re using a desktop (Windows or Mac) and want to read or write notes without installing anything, you can. Sign in at www.office.com to see a list of all your Office documents, including your OneNote notebooks. Click a notebook and it will open in the OneNote web app. There are web apps for Word, PowerPoint and Excel too.

9. OneNote online help is available for free.

Although the OneNote team strives to build a product that doesn’t require help, if you have questions, you can find assistance in our community forum at http://aka.ms/OneHelp or you can mention us on Twitter @MSOneNote.

10. There are likely 10 more things you (and I) don’t know about OneNote.

Here are 5 more things:

What is your favorite thing about OneNote that others might not know? Please share them in the comments.
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A lot has happened with Windows OneNote in the last year around its versioning, and it’s now getting confusing for many people. This version confusion can influence several things that 1MTD and MYN users might be doing. So, let me sort out these different Windows OneNote versions for you.

First, let me say that I really like OneNote, which is Microsoft’s notetaking app, and I recommend it often to my 1MTD and MYN users. I use it for a lot more than just notetaking. I use it for shopping lists, for saving web links, for collecting ideas for books, and more.

In my video courses, I also recommend OneNote for small project management and for email archiving. Which video courses? I discuss using OneNote in my One-Minute Project Management Video Course and in my Outlook Inbox Ninja videos. Picking the right version is important for both courses. So for those courses, and for other reasons, let me explain current Windows OneNote versioning.

This is a relatively long article by the way, but the first few paragraphs may tell you all you need to know, so at least read the beginning.

Two Primary Versions of OneNote

There are currently two primary versions of the Windows OneNote application in use. One is called OneNote 2016, and the other is called OneNote for Windows 10.

The best place to see these is in the Windows 10 Start Menu. Look at the Start Menu screenshot below. While the OneNote 2016 naming in clear, notice that the OneNote for Windows 10 icon simply shows the name OneNote.

Also, you should know that both versions run in Windows 10.

When you open these apps, they look quite different.

Here is a screenshot of OneNote 2016 once it’s launched:

And here is a screenshot of OneNote for Windows 10:

Each of these versions has its strengths and weaknesses. For example, notice in these screenshots that the page and section navigation user interface is quite different between the two, and you may have a preference. But beyond that, there are many other differences between the two versions. Which apps are slowing down my mac.

I’ll go over many of those differences ahead but let me cut to the chase. For both of my video courses that I mention above, I recommend you use OneNote 2016. It has needed features that are not present in OneNote for Windows 10.

And in general, OneNote 2016 is my go-to choice nearly always. Read on for more details.

Determining which Version You Have

Be aware that both versions may already be installed on your Windows 10 computer, but perhaps not.

And it may be initially hard to tell which versions you have. For example, even if you do have both, you might not have large tiles for both installed on your Start Menu. And text searching on “OneNote” in the Start Menu sometimes only finds one—even if you have both.

The best way to tell what you have is to open the Start Menu (e.g. click the Windows key), and then scroll through the alphabetical list of apps on the left side of the Start Menu; that’s the vertical list with the small tiles as shown in the first figure above. Scroll down to the section for the letter O. If you have both versions installed, you will see both in that section, as shown in that figure.

How to Get OneNote 2016

Again, I recommend you mostly use the Outlook 2016 version. However, if you confirm that OneNote 2016 is not installed on your Windows computer you might be concerned. Well, the good news is you can download it for free from Microsoft at this link:

Delineating the Two Versions

Okay, so why is Microsoft distributing two different current versions of OneNote? It’s a long story but I’ll try to make it short and clear.

First, let me state that there are two different types of apps represented here. OneNote 2016 is a normal Windows desktop application (also called a Win32 app), like Word, Excel, Photoshop, and so on. These types of apps have been around a long time—literally for decades—and most have accumulated tons of great features over years of updates.

The second type was started around 2012, and it is what used to be called a Windows Store App, or a Trusted Microsoft Store App, or a Modern App. In the technical press they are mostly called UWP apps these days (I will explain that acronym below). They are simpler and have fewer features than the full-fledged Win32 apps. They are usually designed to work well on tablets. Of the two OneNote apps, the one called OneNote for Windows 10 is a UWP app.

Why the UWP Version?

As I said, UWP apps are primarily created to work well in Windows tablet mode (but they have other reasons to exist, as well). In the beginning days of Windows 8, these apps were full-screen, very simple, and primarily designed to be used with touch or a pen. Microsoft released UWP versions of several of its Office software products (Excel Mobile, Word Mobile, PowerPoint Mobile, and OneNote). There is no Outlook UWP app per se, but Microsoft created Mail and Calendar apps that link to your primary servers. Many other software sellers have created simple UWP apps that correspond to their more feature-laden desktop apps.

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However, you also might recall that the tablet version of those apps never really took off with most Windows users. And the count of software developers that bothered to make UWP/Microsoft Store versions of their desktop software was not as high as Microsoft had hoped.

Furthermore, for those UWP apps that were made to match their older cousins, the UWP versions were usually hobbled and feature-poor in comparison to their desktop equivalent. That’s because, to make them work with touch on a Windows tablet, the developers had to eliminate a lot of the features. Many of those features were normally embedded in tiny menus, and such menus did not work well in touch mode. And the tiny dialog boxes that controlled many software features were also hard to work with in touch mode. So, most of these software packages were greatly dumbed-down compared to their original versions. Plus, it can take years to recode an entire application from the ground up to capture decades worth of features—it was a big task.

Switching Back to the Keyboard

At first it was a novelty, being able to use a touch-based Windows tablet with their Microsoft Office software. At least with me anyway. But over time, I and most other Office users switched back to the full-featured Win32 desktop apps that worked better with a keyboard and mouse/trackpad. We needed the features there. So, the corresponding tablet business software languished, as did other software categories you’d normally expect to see on a tablet.

Perhaps the best (or worst) example is this: about two years ago Amazon killed its UWP version of the Kindle app. Amazon now only distributes the desktop (Win32) Kindle app for Windows 10. To me that really represented the decline of the tablet apps in Microsoft Store. If you can’t even read a Kindle book when in true tablet mode, what can you do with tablet mode? OneNote might be one answer, which I’ll come back to in a moment.

Catching Up with Tablet Apps

Microsoft saw the issues and tried several things to supply its users with a true tablet experience in their business software without compromising features. First, they quickly added a Touch Mode to all their standard Win32 desktop Office apps. By clicking a single control in the upper left of the app, you could toggle between a keyboard/mouse friendly interface and a touch friendly interface. There was a huge advantage to this in that the user retained full-feature functionality but could also use touch. In my mind, that was a very good solution, and I still use it today.

Microsoft also continued trying to improve the simpler UWP/Microsoft Store versions of Office apps, adding over time many features that were missing. Plus, UWP became the common coding platform for Windows Mobile (phone) apps and a lot of other new Windows hardware like Surface Hub, Xbox, HoloLens, and more (thus its UWP name: Universal Windows Platform). So, a single app could run on all these devices. That was pretty useful, and until recently, there was a lot of hope for UWP business apps.

But perhaps that UWP attention was too little too late for two reasons. First, those tablet apps still never really caught on with PC users. Let’s face it, if you are doing typical Excel work you are likely to have your PC in desktop mode, with a keyboard and mouse/trackpad. And you are likely to favor using the desktop version of Excel. That’s also true with most of the other Office apps.

Second, Microsoft abandoned Windows Mobile, and that entire smartphone OS market, which was a primary motivator for creating UWP apps. Given these two realities, Microsoft is reportedly not developing the UWP versions of Office apps any further, at least not now.

Why OneNote is Different

But there is one class of products that does make sense to continue expanding and improving for the Windows tablet, and that’s ink notetaking and drawing apps. Windows 10 in tablet mode, when used with a pen, is perfect for making ink notes and ink sketches, and the UWP version of OneNote shines in this area. It’s optimized for that. And as of recent, the UWP version of OneNote also works okay as a desktop app (though I prefer the user interface and extra features of the OneNote 2016 app).

Perhaps because it’s not bad in its desktop mode, and perhaps to save money and define focus better, Microsoft has decided that the touch-optimized UWP version of OneNote is the primary version they are going to support, develop, and distribute, going forward.

OneNote Version Detached from Office

In fact, Microsoft has announced that all new features and app development for OneNote are only being made on the UWP version. The Win32 desktop version will supposedly have no more updates made to it. In fact, at last announcement, there will be no Win32 OneNote 2019 released to accompany Office 2019.

Reportedly, OneNote has been “detached” from the Microsoft Office suite, and the UWP OneNote is now installed as a part of Windows 10 (the OS) instead. Which explains its formal name: OneNote for Windows 10.

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That said, as of this writing, if you go to any of Microsoft’s Office products sale sites, OneNote is still shown as being part of the Office suite. So, it’s a bit confusing. And note that it’s the UWP version that you will get if you install Office 365 or Office 2019 today.

What does this mean feature wise, and which version should you use?

I think each of the two OneNote versions has its own strengths and so I keep both installed. The UWP version is being enhanced with many new features that are not in OneNote 2016, most of them ink-based. So, if you use OneNote with a pen on a Windows computer in tablet mode, you should launch that version. Its user interface is optimized for such.

But in terms of interoperability with other Office apps, the older OneNote 2016 version works better. It also still has way more general features. And I feel its interface works better with a mouse and keyboard.

So for now, I always launch OneNote 2016 when I use OneNote if I am using a keyboard and mouse/touchpad (which is 99% of the time). Not only does it have more features, but I like the top-tabbed section interface much better than the side-tab design of the UWP version, which seems to eat up much more screen real estate (see the screenshots at the start of this article to see what I mean).

Why Do I Need the OneNote 2016 Version for my Video Courses?

Okay, back to why I recommend you use the older Win32 OneNote 2016 app with my video courses. Simple: it has some important needed features that the UWP app does not have.

For example, in my One-Minute Project Management Video Course I rely on the use of OneNote templates to create project pages. This greatly speeds up adding new project pages to OneNote. But as of this writing, the UWP OneNote does not support such templates. Only OneNote 2016 does. Support for templates is supposedly planned for future releases of the UWP app, but it’s not there yet. Other features are missing in the UWP app like the Link-to-Outlook-tasks button.

Also, in my Outlook Inbox Ninja videos video Lesson 7.4, I show using OneNote as an option for archiving Outlook email. In that video I state that to make that practical you really need to store your mail archive OneNote Notebook file on your local hard drive, not in the cloud. Unfortunately, the UWP version of OneNote does not support local notebook files and never will. It will only support cloud files. So, OneNote 2016 is what I recommend there, too.

Is Using OneNote 2016 a Dead End?

You might be wondering, is your using OneNote 2016 leading you to commit to a dead-end app?

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Well, the fact is, even though Microsoft is not further enhancing OneNote 2016, they did say they will continue to support it (think security and OS updates) for many more years to come, reportedly through 2025 even. And they will continue to allow you to download it free (at the link above). Too many people rely on its advanced features to simply drop it at this point, so, it will remain a viable app for some time.

Also consider that Microsoft has changed its strategy many times around UWP/Microsoft Store apps. Given that the market has been so lukewarm toward them, it would not surprise me if in a few months Microsoft reverses its position again on this and starts releasing new Win32 versions of OneNote.

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And finally, since Microsoft recently announced it is no longer developing the UWP versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint—rather they are currently focused on the Win32 versions (and the Office Online versions) instead—that tells me it’s quite possible Win32 OneNote could also get fresh attention in the future.

In the meantime, I’d say you should continue to use one or both, whichever version best solves your needs on your hardware.

In the comments section let me know your thoughts. Do you have a favorite between the two versions, and why?

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