OneNote Windows 8 app updated with printing, PDF insertion, and highlighting

OneNote Live Tile on the Start screen

Preparing for the new school year, Microsoft is updating the modern version of OneNote with new features aimed to help students be more productive. This new update brings printing, adding files to OneNote, and text highlighting.

One of the highest features requested by students was printing. In this new update, printing notes is very convenient. Simply swipe from the right, tap the Devices charm, and finally tap Print.


Like always, in Windows there is more than one way to do things, so another way to print notes is by swiping from the bottom of the screen to bring the App Bar and selecting Print Page.


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Microsoft is also adding the ability to attach files and PDF printouts. The option is hidden in the new radial menu. Once you bring up the menu, click Insert, and then choose if you want to attach a PDF or another type of file. Attaching a file could take some time depending on the size, once processed, you’ll see every single page in your notes as pictures. But don’t worry, because of OneNote text recognition technology makes every single word in those images searchable.

Insert file on OneNote

It’s not just about writing, it’s also about highlighting. Now with the Metro-style version of OneNote, you can highlight notes using your pen and finger paint. The new option is locating in the radial menu between the Eraser and Pen 4. User will find this feature very useful when using PDF printouts.


Among other improvements, Microsoft is including accessibility updates and many bug fixes.

Source Microsoft

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