OneNote: Turn off the Calculator

Personally, I enjoy having a computer calculating mathematical equations for me. It's come to my attention, however, that the calculator feature in OneNote might actually be a bother for some of you! Luckily, there is a way to turn it off.

Go to the 'File' tab, and choose 'Options'. The OneNote Options window will come up. Choose 'Advanced' from the options on the left-hand side. In the first group of options, 'Editing', you will find a checkbox for 'Calculate mathematical expressions automatically'. Uncheck it, and press the 'OK' button.

You'll now be able to type in things like '1+1=', and the answer will remain a complete and total mystery.

My irrational fear of math makes it difficult for me to understand why you would want to turn off such a wonderful feature, but I hope this helps those of you who are wishing to do so!


  1. Thank you! I just stumbled across this 'feature' after years of using OneNote. I couldn't figure out why every time I typed a number followed by the = symbol, that same number was repeated. You have saved my sanity :)

  2. Same here, was surprised by the = sign. However, on the Mac you can not turn it off.