OneNote for Mac lets you find and copy text in images

Microsoft OneNote for Mac has received support for optical character recognition (OCR) in its latest update. OCR allows users to find text in images in OneNote, and comes alongside other helpful improvements, such as reducing clutter while viewing shared notebooks, and the ability to close a window without quitting the app.

In addition to finding text, you'll be able to use OneNote's OCR to copy text found in images, allowing you to bring it right into your notes and edit it if needed. For now, OneNote will use OCR to let you find text in new images in your notebooks. Microsoft expects to add OCR support for existing images in a future update.

As for the other changes in OneNote 15.7.1, you can now hide author initials from the View tab when looking at a shared notebook. You can also now close the OneNote window without quitting the app.

The latest version of OneNote for Mac is now available for download from the Mac App Store.

Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.

2 Comments
  • I love OneNote. For me, it is the best system. Well integrated into all platforms, easily shareable and has a superior page/notebook hierarchy compared to anything else I've ever used. Sent from the iMore App
  • I downloaded it to try instead of Evernote. So far so good. I've been using the Evernote free edition but am slowly outgrowing it. I already pay for a substantial amount of OneDrive storage so why not.