Microsoft has been steadily adding features to the Draw tab across all their programs, online and desktop.  Most new features get their start in OneNote and spread form there.  As with everything else in OneNote, the specific features vary somewhat between OneNote 2016, the OneNote app and OneNote online, and as usual, the online version offers the fewest overall features, but it does have some amazing tools for math that we will examine in another post soon. So let’s get drawing.

Welcome to Day 7 of 365 Days of Ideas for Office 365. Today we will scratch the surface of the Draw tab in OneNote, in anticipation of diving into specific, powerful Draw tools over the next few days.

OneNote App

Draw Tab in the OneNote app
Draw Tab in the OneNote app

OneNote Online

OneNote Online Draw tab
OneNote Online Draw tab

OneNote 2016

Draw tab in OneNote 2016
Draw tab in OneNote 2016

Each offer multiple colors and tips for both pens and highlighters, although the app actually offers a multitude of colors through a drop-down menu.

Pen color choices in the OneNote app
Pen color choices in the OneNote app

Really cool pens

The app also features some very unique writing options.  Here’s a few examples.

Unique pens
Unique pens

Both have a select tool.  The app has a lasso that takes some practice, while the online version has the marquee select, which is a straightforward rectangle.  The select tool is important when using the math tool.

In order to draw with any of these tools, unless you are using a stylus, you must press the Draw with mouse or Touch button.

Draw with mouse or touch button
Draw with mouse or touch button

The app also includes Insert shapes, Ink to Shape and Ink to Text, all of which we’ll look at in depth this week.

The ruler is great for drawing straight lines.

Drawing lines with the ruler
Drawing lines with the ruler

You do have to make some effort to stay near the ruler!

To turn the ruler, place two fingers on the screen and rotate.

Tune in tomorrow for the first of several jaw-dropping specific tools within the Draw tab.

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