It was back in December last year that we learned how Microsoft wanted to introduce a new and more accessible layout to OneNote for Windows. The new layout has taken about a month to develop, as the software giant has now started rolling out the new vertical tabs for the OneNote Windows client.
Instead of horizontal tabs being the only option, Microsoft has now introduced another approach: the left-side vertical tabs layout. However, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen this in OneNote. If you’re familiar with the design of the OneNote web, Mac, and iPad clients, you’ve already seen the navigation layout on the left. What Microsoft has done is bring the same feature to the OneNote Windows client.
You can access the vertical tabs by navigating. View > Tabs Layout > Vertical Tabs. If you don’t like the new layout, you can switch to the old horizontal tabs, and all section tabs will appear at the top of the canvas. You can go and do it. View > Tabs Layout > Horizontal Tabs.
Microsoft is currently rolling out vertical tabs for the OneNote Windows client, but current availability is currently limited to Insiders running version 2302 (Build 16124.20000) or later. Microsoft has also noted. That new layout is not available on OneNote for Windows 10, which is expected since Microsoft has already confirmed that it is in support mode until 2025. The app replacing it is the new OneNote for Windows, which arrived in the Microsoft Store last year