When it comes to putting shapes on your OneNote page, you have two choices, your shapes, or Microsoft’s. As with most Microsoft Office programs and O365 apps, you have the ability to insert shapes from a library. How many shapes you have to choose from varies by program. PowerPoint tends to have more options, since it is primarily a tool to create presentations. Since OneNote is primarily for notes, it has a decent selection as well. But if you can’t find the shape you want, you can just draw your own.
Welcome to Day 8 of 365 Ideas for Office 365– Inserting Shapes and Inking Shapes. Yesterday we looked at the Draw tab in OneNote. Today we are zooming in on the Ink to Shape feature, and also Insert Shapes, since they are related.
This is what inserting shapes looks like under the Draw tab in OneNote 2016.
Here’s what it looks like to insert each of the shapes into a Notebook. Notice at the end that you can use Lock Drawing mode to draw the same shape over and over until you turn it off. You can also edit the color and thickness of the lines after creating them, and move them around and resize them.
Inserting Shapes in OneNote 2016
The app is very similar, without the Lock Drawing Mode. Snap to Grid is always on in the app.
OneNote online currently doesn’t support adding or drawing shapes, which hurts if you are on a Chromebook, but it helps with this post, since we only have to look at two versions!
in fact, OneNote 2016 just has the ability to Insert shapes, not draw them.
Microsoft announced a while back that they are going to continue building up the features in the OneNote app, and not update OneNote 2016 anymore. That means tools that have only been available in 2016 will be added to the app, and also that new tools will only be added to the app. Ink to Shape is one of those newer features.
Here’s what Ink to Shape looks like in action.
Drawing shapes in the OneNote app
So you can see that what Ink to Shape does is turn your inking into polygons (usually regular polygons) with straight sides and equal corners. You can then click on it like any other object and resize it, with or without locking the ratios for the sides, move them and group them.
OneNote- helping you and your students get back to the drawing board!