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The Side Panel provides powerful ways to help you find content within that journal. As you search or filter your results will show up in the Side Panel. 

You can use the Pages tab  Icon used on Pages tab in Journal or the Cards tab  Icon used on Cards tab in Journal in the side panel to get different views of your content and search results.

A screen capture of the search area of the journal side panel in Microsoft Journal.

Keyword Search

You can type or write a query to find different types of content you wrote. If you tap the search box with your pen, the search box will grow to give you room to write. You can switch from writing to typing by tapping the pen icon.

Filter based on recognized Ink




Icon for stars in Journal

Content next to a five point star or an asterisk


Icon for headings in Journal

Any content underlined as a heading. Headings must start at the beginning of a line.


Icon for Highlighted Content in Journal

Content marked up with the Highlighter Tool


Icon for Drawings in Journal

Content recognized as a drawing


Icon used to identify PDF content in Journal

Pages containing an imported PDF


Icon for Annotations in Journal

PDF pages marked up with ink


Icon for lists in Journal

Content recognized as list

Additional filters for Microsoft 365 work and school users who have signed in:




Icon for Mentions in Journal

@ mention content added to the page


Icon for Events in Journal

Pages created from the Home Screen’s calendar that have the Meeting Header.

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