OneNote is getting the same Windows 11 fluent design

by Alexandru Poloboc
Alexandru Poloboc
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  • Were you thinking that the OneNote app design was updated and not at all futuristic?
  • Well, Microsoft seems to have the same thoughts, thus a massive overhaul is on its way.
  • Soon, OneNote will have the same Windows 11 fluent design that we all absolutely love.

It’s not a secret that Microsoft has been working on revamping the OneNote app on Windows for quite some time now, trying to merge the UWP and Win32 apps as one.

Now, almost a year later, some of those features in that refreshed app have launched in a preview for all the Office Insiders.

Curious to find out more about this impending overhaul? Let’s dive right into it together and feast our eyes on the upcoming changes.

Get ready for a massive OneNote overhaul

These brand-new design options will allow OneNote to fit in a lot more naturally with the rest of the Windows 11 operating system.

All of the navigation panes and full-screen mode are being updated as well, along with the page list, section tabs, and notebook dropdown.

Note that the purpose of this overhaul is to give your entire experience a much more native, seamless feel, making it all come together harmoniously.

Needless to say, the Redmond tech company is utilizing the already popular Mica effect, which is also used in the Windows 11 theme and desktop wallpaper, for the general app window of OneNote.

We have to also mention the new unread indicator, one that matches the rest of the Office app and makes it easier for users to see pages with unread changes.

But wait, there’s more. The OneNote app will also get an optional simplified ribbon, representing sort of a combination between hiding the ribbon and using the full-height version.

This latest version includes an updated draw tab with tools that are similar to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, especially for the users that like to utilize OneNote to take digital ink notes.

Ink to shape, Ruler, and other features such as Ink to text are all present in this updated tab, as OneNote also includes support for the Surface Slim Pen 2 and its tactile signals that mimic the feel of pen on paper.

To top it all off, Microsoft is working on adding ink replay and a new pen focus view that transforms OneNote into a pen-first experience.

We’re also looking at incoming features such as page sorting, which will allow users to sort pages by date created, date modified, or alphabetically.

A new sharing experience and insert picture feature from the Windows camera app is available for testers right now, and the rest of the new changes are coming soon.

We’ll keep you posted on further changes and the exact date of public rollout, so make sure you keep an eye out for it.

What is your opinion on these upcoming OneNote changes? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

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