Microsoft's popular note-taking app OneNote is getting a new feature for the Windows version of the app. Known as “scratch-out”, the feature is a new gesture for OneNote on Windows that gives users the ability to erase quickly.
It seems the feature is limited to Microsoft 365 users and is currently only available in preview through the Microsoft 365 Insider Program.
The scratch-out gesture provides an easier way to erase drawings, words, letters, or anything else on OneNote. Users just need to gesture over the ink when a pen is selected and it will be erased. Like other tasks on the app, the Undo option is available if you change your mind.
Microsoft points out that the tool is enabled in OneNote on Windows by default. If you do want to disable it, you can follow File > Options > Advanced > Pen and then clear the Enable the scratch-out gesture while inking check box.
You need to be on the Beta Channel of the Microsoft 365 Insider Program to see the new feature, running on Version 2304 (Build 16322.10000) or newer. It also seems this feature is a Windows 11 exclusive, so it is not available on OneNote for Windows 10.
OneNote Copilot Brings AI to Microsoft 365 Note Taking
Earlier this month, Microsoft 365 Copilot arrived on OneNote. Microsoft announced OneNote Copilot, bringing GPT-4 AI capabilities to the note-taking app.
Specifically, the recently announced Microsoft 365 Copilot assistant will be integrated into OneNote. Users can ask Copilot to rewrite, format, or summarize existing text, or to create new content based on their needs.
For example, users can ask Copilot to create a plan for an event or a meeting, and the AI assistant will generate a list of tasks, deadlines, and resources. Users can also ask Copilot to summarize a long article or a lecture into a few bullet points or sentences. The AI can also format notes with headings, tables, lists, and other elements to make them more readable and organized.
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