Sign in with Microsoft
Sign in or create an account.
Select a different account.
You have multiple accounts
Choose the account you want to sign in with.

Note: This article has done its job, and will be retiring soon. To prevent "Page not found" woes, we're removing links we know about. If you've created links to this page, please remove them, and together we'll keep the web connected.

Thanks for downloading the Learning Tools for OneNote! This readme will guide you through installing and using the software and provides instructions on troubleshooting any problems you may encounter. In the video below, Doug gives you a quick overview of what Learning Tools can do for you.

Your browser does not support video. Install Microsoft Silverlight, Adobe Flash Player, or Internet Explorer 9.

More support

  1. Installation

  2. Running the add-in

  3. Immersive Reader

  4. Dictate

  5. Updating to a newer version

  6. Troubleshooting

  7. Release Notes

5. Updating to a newer version

5.1 Summary

When a new version becomes available, a new Update button appears on the Ribbon.

5.2 Update Button

When a new version becomes available, a new button appears on the Ribbon. Clicking the Update button opens your default browser and downloads the installer for the newer version of Learning Tools. You can also choose to go to and download the new version.

5.3 Running the new setup

Close OneNote, go to the download location, and run the new setup.

After the install finishes, run OneNote again and you should see the Learning Tools tab in the ribbon. If the tab is not there, see the Installation section above for steps to fix the issue.

5.4 Checking your current updated version

After a successful update, the update button in the ribbon should disappear. Also, under Learning Tools > Settings > About, you should be able to see the current install version of Learning Tools. Also, you can go to the Programs and Features control panel. Look for Learning Tools for OneNote. The version column will show the version number.

Release Notes

Version (January 2016)

» View blog post about this version


  • Enhanced dictation

  • Focus mode

  • Immersive Reader

  • Font spacing and short lines

  • Parts of speech highlighting (nouns, verbs, and adjectives)

  • Syllabification

  • Comprehension mode (verbs and subordinate clauses)

  • OCR support in Immersive Reader (e.g., Office Lens text)

Version (April 2016)


  • Ink recognition and reading in Immersive Reader

  • Combination of 32-bit and 64-bit download

  • Reduced download size

  • Setup improvements

Version (July 2016)

Note: This is the General Available release of Learning Tools. The Learning Tools add-in is no longer in "Customer Preview" for English.


  • New languages supported in the Learning Tools user interface (34 languages).

  • Support for multiple text-to-speech languages on a single page of text (e.g. French and German). Any language will be read with a language-appropriate voice if installed.

  • Support for new Dictation languages, including English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. You can select dictation languages from an improved speech menu.

  • New color themes.

  • Improved ease of use to choose text-to-speech voices.

  • Improved accessibility and touch.

  • Bug fixes and performance improvements.

Version (January 2017)


  • Added 6 new UI languages - Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Japanese, Korean, Thai and Hindi.

  • Added 3 new Dictation languages - Chinese (Simplified), Portuguese (Brazil) and Russian.

  • Updated the Reader Voice menu and Font Spacing button icons.

  • Improved the reading of Chinese text by falling back to more appropriate voices for the various language regions when the correct voices are not installed.

  • Add Dictation microphone-specific error message and only display the first error that occurs.

  • Changed the update check to not show the Update button on the ribbon for IT-based installs.

  • Added a new Update Prompt that shows Release Notes details

  • Bug fixes and performance improvements. 

Version (May 2017)


  • Added dictation support for Japanese

  • Performance and stability improvements

Version (June 2017)


  • Improved Syllables accuracy for English.

  • Added Syllables functionality for 4 new languages - French, German, Italian and Spanish.

  • Improved word detection and highlighting for Chinese and Japanese

  • Transitioned to HelpShift for Support email

Version (August 2017)


  • Added Syllables functionality for 4 new languages - Danish, Dutch, Finnish and Portuguese.

  • Added Nouns, Verbs and Adjectives functionality for 3 new languages - French, German and Spanish.

  • Improved Nouns, Verbs and Adjectives accuracy for English.

Version (October 2017)


  • Added Nouns, Verbs and Adjectives functionality for 3 new languages - Danish, Italian and Portuguese-Brazil

  • Improved accuracy of Verbs for English and German

  • Languages for Immersive Reader Syllables, Nouns, Verbs and Adjectives are now optional features in the installer. Now, only English, French, German and Spanish are installed by default. Additional languages can be selected during installation.

Version (February 2018)


  • Added Syllables, Nouns, Verbs, and Adjectives functionality for 4 new languages - Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian-Bokmal and Swedish.

  • Added a new Ask the Community item in the Help menu.

Most recent release

Version (May 2018)


  • Added Syllables, Nouns, Verbs, and Adjectives functionality for Russian.

  • Create "Report a Problem" help requests through an online portal rather than by sending email.

Need more help?

Want more options?

Explore subscription benefits, browse training courses, learn how to secure your device, and more.

Communities help you ask and answer questions, give feedback, and hear from experts with rich knowledge.

Was this information helpful?

What affected your experience?
By pressing submit, your feedback will be used to improve Microsoft products and services. Your IT admin will be able to collect this data. Privacy Statement.

Thank you for your feedback!