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How to Make Quick Math Calculations in OneNote

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Need to crunch some numbers while you’re taking notes at a presentation? Or are you taking notes in your math class and want to make a side note calculation?

OneNote has built in basic calculations, formulas, and symbols you can use for number crunching. Since the OneNote interface works similar to a notepad, you can click anywhere on your notepad and do a quick calculation.

For a demonstration of how it works, watch the video above and see the steps below:

  1. To calculate, type out your equations or math inputs.
  2. At the end of the input, add the “=” sign.
  3. Click the space bar or enter to calculate.
    • Pressing the space bar will do the calculation and have your cursor on the same line.
    • Pressing enter will do the calculation and move your cursor to the next line.
  4. Your calculation will appear.

To insert formulas or symbols:

  1. Select the Insert tab.
  2. For formulas: select the drop down formulas button. A list of formulas will appear that you can choose from.
  3. For symbols: select the drop down symbols button. A list of formulas will appear that you can choose from.

Below is a table of basic arithmetic operators you can use. Additional math and trigonometry functions are also available.

Arithmetic Operator Meaning Example
+ (plus sign) Addition 3+3
–  (minus sign) Subtraction, negation 3-1, -1
* (asterisk) Multiplication 3*3
X (uppercase-or lowercase x) Multiplication 3*3
/ (forward slash) Division 3/3
% (percent sign) Percent 20%
^ (caret) Exponentiation 3^2
! (exclamation) Factorial computation 5!

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