OrbitNote with Office 365 (Online) in Chrome Browser or Edge through OneDrive

Read&Write and OrbitNote Microsoft Resources

OrbitNote is an approved browser extension added on computers across the district. Staff and students may be prompted to sign in to OrbitNote when they first attempt to open a PDF using the tool.

When selecting the OrbitNote Icon or extensionfor the first time .

Choose Sign in with Microsoft in SD71 Comox Valley.

buttons that say sign in with Google Chrome or Sign in with Microsoft

Sign in with your Office 365 account your school district email and password.

When prompted, Accept permissions.

Permissions listed with the button to accept

File Types Supported


  • Use the Google Chrome or Edge Browser
  • Google Chrome Extension  OrbitNote Extension
  • Edge Extension OrbitNote Extension
  • Installed on all SD71 computers
  • All staff and students have access to OrbitNote and Office 365
  • Can be added to home or BYOD computers
  • PDF File needs to be uploaded to OneDrive or opened in the Browser
  • PDFs need to be an Accessible PDFs
  • Available in multiple languages including French


  • Read text aloud
  • Look up words in the Dictionary and Picture Dictionary
  • Translate words
  • Highlight text
  • Build vocabulary lists
  • Typewriter Tool to annotate files or fill in the blanks
  • Word Prediction
  • Dictation
  • Freehand drawing tool
  • Shapes Drawing tool


Read & Write and OrbitNote Microsoft Resources

OrbitNote with Office 365 Uploading a file to OneDrive

Writing on a PDF with Speech to Text on the computer

Downloading a PDF from Canvas to open in OrbitNotes

Saving printing a OrbitNote PDF document with annotated text input

OrbitNote Toolbar-chart – Microsoft

OrbitNote Quick Reference Guide 


OrbitNote Overview

OrbitNote Thinklink Interactive Toolbar

Using Texthelp’s OrbitNote Extension In Chrome with Office 365

OrbitNote Training Guide

OrbitNote and D2L  Brightspace

OrbitNote Training Videos (SD71  Microsoft Account sign in and we use Teams or D2L not Google classroom) 


Comox Valley OrbitNote Overview 

OrbitNote Overview

OrbitNote Overview French

Using OrbitNote with OneDrive

Saving Annotations in OrbitNote

Scanning Feature in OrbitNote

Using OrbitNote and D2L Brightspace

OrbitNote Webinar recording by Matt and Jane

Using OrbitNote and Read&Write for Chrome at home or on BYOD devices with SD71 account:

If you would like to install OrbitNote extension for Google Chrome at home or on BYOD computers:

1. Make sure you have Google Chrome Browser loaded. ​

2. Go to the Chrome web store and install the OrbitNote Extension and Read&Write Extension 

3. Once the above steps are complete and these 2 extensions are installed you will need to use OneDrive to access PDF documents. You can also use Read&Write by clicking on the Read&Write rw purple puzzle piece in the Chrome extensions area. Select and Signing in with Microsoft and Log in with your SD71 email.  
Student #@learn71.ca

4. Please also consider installing the Screenshot Reader


Image PDF

OrbitNote Writing Prompts Trial

How to Survive the First Morning of Daylight Savings Time 8.19

climate reading

Vaping Article OCR

Note Making Templates OSC

identifying character traits

about me

Graphic Organizers Collection Learn 71 (part way down the page)

French image example for OrbitNotes