In 2023, the new OneNote software for Windows will provide a “Vertical Tabs” layout option.

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Microsoft stated that OneNote for Windows would receive a new update in 2023 that would include a new option for a vertical tabs layout. For some people, the update may not amount to much, but according to Microsoft, teachers and kids who use the app are the ones who want it changed the most.

According to Mike Tholfsen, Principal Group Product Manager – Microsoft Education, “The #1 request we’ve heard from educators and schools looking to move to the OneNote on Windows (Desktop) version is an option to allow the user interface to look similar to the OneNote for Windows 10 version of OneNote, with pages, sections, and notebooks aligned on the left-hand side, and the horizontal tabs to disappear.” We are happy to announce that a new way to manage your notes, sections, and pages in OneNote for Windows is coming in early 2023. We always emphasise educational feedback.

OneNote for Windows 10, the web, Mac, and the iPad already have the same vertical layout with left-facing tabs. However, certain changes between the two can be seen now that Microsoft has withdrawn OneNote for Windows 10 from the Microsoft Store and published the new OneNote on Windows edition. This includes the layout of the earlier version of OneNote, which many users think to be superior to the new app’s current horizontal tabs style.

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Tholfsen claims that the team is still polishing the experience, but when it is released, the functionality will be available as a drop-down menu next to the View tab in the Tabs Layout. The Notebooks and pages will appear on the left side of the screen if users choose the horizontal style, however users can quickly switch between the two with this option.

Some users of the new OneNote for Windows edition still prefer the older OneNote for Windows 10, which is no longer offered in the Microsoft Store, despite the fact that this upcoming update is good news for those customers. By doing this, Microsoft hopes to include some of the well-known and cherished features and qualities of the previous OneNote on Windows programme into the new, unified version.

Christopher Woodill

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