A top educator request for OneNote is finally here. Educators and schools have been asking for a change in the user interface of the OneNote on Windows (Desktop) version to make it similar to the OneNote for Windows 10 version. The requested change includes aligning pages, sections, and notebooks on the left-hand side and getting rid of the horizontal tabs. In response to this feedback, a new way to navigate notebooks, sections, and pages in OneNote on Windows will be introduced in early 2023.

When this new experience rolls out, switching to vertical tabs in OneNote on Windows will be easy as 1, 2, 3. 

  1. Click the View Tab -> Tabs Layout

2. Select Vertical Tabs

3.Your Notebooks and pages will now appear on the left.

If you prefer having the section tabs at the top of the canvas, you will easily be able to switch back by selecting Horizontal Tabs


This feature will only available for OneNote on Windows. It is not available for OneNote for Windows 10.

How do I get the OneNote on Windows app?

The OneNote app can be downloaded on the Microsoft Store or via