Doing "Napkin Math" in OneNote

Did you know that OneNote can do math?

Thomas Duff

by Thomas Duff on 8/2/2016

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Date Revised:
8/2/2016

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math, napkin math, OneNote


OneNote is an extremely cool piece of software that has become indispensable to me on a day-to-day basis. I recently stumbled across a feature by accident, and a little more research revealed some functionality that is feature-rich… Napkin Math!

Napkin Math (as it was termed in this blog post) is the ability to do quick calculations in OneNote without leaving the page you're working on. All you have to do is type in a math formula followed by an equals sign: 

OneNote math formula

When you press the space bar after the equals sign, OneNote gives you the answer:

OneNote math formula

It also recognizes currency and adjusts the answer accordingly:

OneNote math formula

Want to get wild and crazy? OneNote will keep up with you:

OneNote math formula

This list from the OneNote blog shows you all the different mathematical functions that are supported:

Supported OneNote math operators


Supported OneNote math functions

That should give you a whole new set of toys to play with… 


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