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Update: As spotted by WCCFTech, Microsoft has now updated all of its Office apps - Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook - to support Dark Mode.


Microsoft OneNote received an update on iOS today that brings much-awaited Dark Mode support to the popular note-taking app.

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OneNote is usually a particularly bright app because of the large white scrollable canvases and pale menus, so this update should be a welcome one for users who work with it long into the night.
[*]How to Enable Dark Mode in iOS 13
Apart from supporting the new system-wide Dark Mode in iOS 13 and iPadOS, version 16.30 of OneNote makes no other changes to the app, as per the release notes:
Go easy on your eyes with Dark Mode: Switch to Dark Mode in low light environments or whenever you want to increase the legibility of the OneNote user interface and the readability of your notes.

Thanks for using OneNote! We listened to your feedback and updated the application with optimizations to help improve your note taking experience.
Microsoft has been adding Dark Mode support to a range of its apps. A Sticky Notes beta gained a dark mode earlier this month, while the rest of the Office iOS apps including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel already sport the twilight look in insider builds and are expected to go live with it any day now.

Article Link: Microsoft Office Apps for iOS Gain Dark Mode Support
 
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LeonardXW

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I stop using OneNote because the eraser tool the lagging most of the time for no reason (especially when erasing a big area of writing)

I am using GoodNotes 5 now and waiting for dark mode to come.
 
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I think these are probably the few apps I wouldn’t use in dark mode, with the exception of outlook. I like to see what my documents would look like on a white background.

I am already having issues copy and pasting out of Notes into third party apps, as it pastes the white font colour onto a white background.
 
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tch999

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I think these are probably the few apps I wouldn’t use in dark mode, with the exception of outlook. I like to see what my documents would look like on a white background.

I am already having issues copy and pasting out of Notes into third party apps, as it pastes the white font colour onto a white background.

I agree on this. I love dark mode throughout iOS, but when I'm using Excel on my iPhone it just looks weird. I wish there was a toggle to turn it off for certain apps.
 
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I think these are probably the few apps I wouldn’t use in dark mode, with the exception of outlook. I like to see what my documents would look like on a white background.

I am already having issues copy and pasting out of Notes into third party apps, as it pastes the white font colour onto a white background.

I'm with you - not a fan. I'm hoping eventually there is a granular control of dark mode where I can exclude certain apps.

And copying and pasting is making me crazy right now - has been for ages. It either posts html files in iOS, or images on MacOS. And I'm not switching - I'm in with OneNote pretty deep!!
 
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I like dark mode on iOS for OneNote. I use OneNote extensively for work - and with my iPad (Apple Pencil). It is nice - took awhile for Mac OS and iOS to get dark mode.

Can't imagine using Excel in dark mode tho...
 
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I agree on this. I love dark mode throughout iOS, but when I'm using Excel on my iPhone it just looks weird. I wish there was a toggle to turn it off for certain apps.

My Excel has dark menu buttons but all of the cells are still in white. Same with Word, the document page itself is in white. How do you get dark model to work fully in Excel?
 
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it’s good they made actual page black.

On Mac OS, when you are writing in Word, UI is dark, but page is still white? it would be cool if everything was dark, like TextEdit, for example?
 
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tch999

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My Excel has dark menu buttons but all of the cells are still in white. Same with Word, the document page itself is in white. How do you get dark model to work fully in Excel?

That's what I meant by it looking weird - if it's going to implement a proper dark mode, you'd think it would try and change the cell colour too, but I can understand why they wouldn't. I feel like what we've got is pretty poor. Even just inverting colours for black/white on 'light mode' would have worked better.

I've also just noticed if you toggle dark mode off in Control Center whilst in Excel, the row/column headers seem to lag in changing colour compared to the rest of the interface.
 
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I really like this app but I hate it in Dark Mode. The highlighter is garbage in this mode along with the other complaints above. I wish the would give me a way to turn it off for this app. The handwritten preview to this side also sucks. This is a step backwards for an app that I love.
 
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I really like this app but I hate it in Dark Mode. The highlighter is garbage in this mode along with the other complaints above. I wish the would give me a way to turn it off for this app. The handwritten preview to this side also sucks. This is a step backwards for an app that I love.

Astounding there isn't a toggle for this! I just turned off Dark Mode for iOS and OneNote went back to light. I cannot believe there isn't a manual toggle for this in OneNote. Hopefully in the next few updates!
 
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