OneNote, Microsoft’s note-taking app, has become a powerful productivity tool in its own right, but you can also extend it with popular apps, extensions, services, and tools called add-ons. Best of all, many of them are free.
- Add or remove add-ons
- Improve your writing and reading skills with the Learning Tools add-on
- Make OneNote more like Word or Excel with the free Onetastic add-on
- Learn how to access information in OneNote with OneCalendar
- Create dynamic messages with the Send to Sway app
- Using Zapier Web Services and IFTTT to extend OneNote
- Manage workgroups and classes with the Teacher Add-in
- Clip OneNote or OneNote Web Clipper extensions to make web research easier
- Paperless Go with Go app with Office Lens app or add-on
- Consider Gem Add-In with 230+ additional features
Add or remove add-ons
Managing add-ins can be a bit more complicated than other programs in Office because OneNote doesn’t follow the same process Insert > superstructure in all versions. For this reason, you may need to go to: File > parameters: > add-ons to add or remove each add-in.
Select there COM Add-ins > To go . In the dialog box that appears, you will see all existing add-ons for OneNote. Click on one of them and choose remove delete, or To add to add another add-on that you have downloaded and saved on your computer or device.
Keep in mind that some downloads require you to know whether you have a 32-bit or 64-bit version of OneNote. To find this information, open OneNote and select File > account > About OneNote (to the right of the interface).
Look at the very top of the pop-up page to see which version you have. Knowing this will help you download the correct version of some add-ons.
You are now ready to add some useful features to OneNote.
Improve your writing and reading skills with the Learning Tools add-on
The Learning Tools add-in for OneNote can help any writer or reader improve their learning skills. Those dealing with dyslexia or other conditions may find this particularly helpful.
Features include enhanced dictation, focus mode, immersive reading, font spacing and short lines, parts of speech, syllables, and comprehension mode.
If you use speech recognition or programs like Dragon, you will especially enjoy not speaking punctuation.
In Immersive Reader mode, you can choose text spacing, voice settings, color speech patterns, and more.
Make OneNote more like Word or Excel with the free Onetastic add-on
Onetastic offers OneNote some of the features you used to have in Word. For example, you can:
Use tools like Find and replace (similar to find and replace).
Create favorites as menu shortcuts or on the desktop so you can jump directly to specific notes. This add-in also makes it easy to create a table of contents in OneNote.
Customize more styles in OneNote to create a document structure like in Word.
Use some functions or equations like in Excel.
Developer Omer Atay offers a video on his site to get you started. Note: you can find this on the tab House if you don’t go to the tab Settings (on tab House ) and do not enable this add-on. show in own menu tab MACROS .
Learn how to access information in OneNote with OneCalendar
OneCalendar can be part of the Onetastic add-on, but is also available separately.
Find out how much you can do with this versatile add-on:
Set the week to start on Sunday or Monday.
Switch to other months and years without switching.
Hover over the OneNote page headers to view the page.
Choose to view pages by day created or modified.
Show only certain notebooks.
If you just want the calendar feature of the Onetastic add-on, just remove the main add-on and go for the simpler option: OneCalendar by Omer Atay.
Create dynamic messages with the Send to Sway app
Sway allows you to present information in dynamic, dynamic ways that you can’t do in a more rigid program like PowerPoint.
Sway is part of some Office 365 accounts, so if you haven’t checked it out yet, you might be surprised to learn that it may be available in your subscription.
By accessing the Sway service, this app can help you integrate OneNote notes, studies, attachments, and more into your Sway.
Using Zapier Web Services and IFTTT to extend OneNote
Zapier and IFTTT (If This Then That) are actually web services, not add-ons. These services allow you to create custom relationships between different web programs, such as Microsoft OneNote.
With IFTTT you can automate tasks that you do often, for example you can set the following “recipes”:
“If I like a photo on Instagram, send it to OneNote.”
“Add new Alexa shopping list items to OneNote.”
“Send Video Later YouTube to OneNote.”
Visit the IFTTT for OneNote page to find hundreds of other services available for this type of customization.
Alternatively, Zapier users can create similar OneNote integrations called “zaps”, such as:
“Copy Evernote notes to OneNote.”
Msgid “Create new notes pages for Google Calendar events.”
“Add notes to OneNote for incomplete Todoist tasks.”
Manage workgroups and classes with the Teacher Add-in
This Class Notebook Add-in for Microsoft OneNote helps teachers and other leaders organize the work of the group as a whole. The add-on includes a whole extra menu tab full of new features.
Administrators can offer them to all organizations, but individual instructors may also find these features interesting and useful. Or use the add-in to manage other professional or academic groups, if applicable.
Clip OneNote or OneNote Web Clipper extensions to make web research easier
Web browser extensions like Clip to OneNote or OneNote Web Clipper let you quickly capture information in your digital notebooks.
You may have installed Send to OneNote when you downloaded OneNote for desktop. It can appear on your taskbar so you can grab items on your desktop computer. However, these extensions are optional; they are designed to run in your internet browser.
Once installed in your favorite browser, you should see the OneNote logo between the browser icons. Click this link, sign in with your Microsoft account, then send information from the web directly to your OneNote notebook, making research a lot easier.
Paperless Go with Go app with Office Lens app or add-on
ThinkOffice Lens is an app for a feature already included in some versions of OneNote: the document camera. Snap a picture of the words and this add-on turns them into searchable text.
Why do you need a separate application for what you already have? Availabilty. If it’s something you use all the time, you may find it easier to use it as a standalone app.
Plus, it integrates directly into OneNote files, so it can be a fun way to gather information at home, in the office, or on the go.
Consider Gem Add-In with 230+ additional features
If you really want to customize your OneNote, check out the OneNote Gem add-ons. This adds 230+ features in six tabs to the Microsoft OneNote interface.
They tend to perform very specific functions, many of which are related to other programs in the Office suite or other products like Evernote. Again, this can make OneNote more like other Office apps you’re used to, and then some. You’ll find reminders, batch tools, table functions, search functions, anchor tools, and more. You can buy them individually or in bulk.