OneNote UWP update adds mini-toolbar, phrase searching

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An update to OneNote UWP just appeared on Windows 10 Mobile handsets, highlighting a couple of small new features but also emphasising the cessation of support and new updates in a year's time, in January 2021. Ho hum. Happy to take the updates for now though!!

The quoted front page changelog is:

  • Phrase Search
    You can now use quotes around a phrase to search for that exact phrase instead of individual words.
  • Use the Mini Toolbar to format your notes
    When selecting text, get faster access to formatting commands with the Mini Toolbar. 
  • End of support
    The Universal Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote applications installed on Windows Mobile phones will reach the end of support on Jan 2021. End of support means Microsoft will no longer provide technical support, bug fixes and security updates. 

(The January 2021 deadline isn't new, it's been listed in my regular status articles here on AAWP, of course.)

Here's OneNote UWP today on my Lumia 950 XL:


A rather boring selection of notes, but hey, they're all here. I have to confess that I use Google Keep for my notes, and Evernote before that, so OneNote has only ever really been a plaything! (right) the phrase search in action. Add quotes to search for a multi word string, etc.


And here's one of the phrase matches; (right) the mini-toolbar that pops up when selecting text in a note.

You can grab the update yourself in the Store here. January 2021 seems an eminently generous deadline for continued support, given that the main Windows 10 Mobile OS is now out of support completely. 

PS. I also got one of the regular (monthly?) updates for all the other Office UWP applications today, though there were no new highlighted features.

Source / Credit: Store