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Start a new 'paragraph' without using mouse

Discussion in 'Microsoft OneNote' started by forestial, Feb 7, 2010.

  1. forestial

    forestial Flightless Bird

    If I am typing a series of notes as separate 'paragraphs', how can I start a
    new paragraph from the keyboard?

    Currently I have to reach for the mouse and click somewhere below the
    current paragraph. And if I don't click far enough below, the cursor stays
    in the previous paragraph. I really don't want to use the mouse at all for
    this; I just want to hit some key combination and keep typing.
     
  2. John Guin [msft]

    John Guin [msft] Flightless Bird

    If you press the down arrow a few times, do you get a new outline (I assume
    this is what you are calling a "paragraph")?

    --
    Thanks,
    John Guin
    OneNote Test Team
    http://blogs.msdn.com/johnguin


    "forestial" wrote:

    > If I am typing a series of notes as separate 'paragraphs', how can I start a
    > new paragraph from the keyboard?
    >
    > Currently I have to reach for the mouse and click somewhere below the
    > current paragraph. And if I don't click far enough below, the cursor stays
    > in the previous paragraph. I really don't want to use the mouse at all for
    > this; I just want to hit some key combination and keep typing.
     
  3. forestial

    forestial Flightless Bird

    Yes, but:
    - It takes several keystrokes; at least two 'down' and (sometimes) one
    'left' arrow to get back to the left margin, depending where the previous
    outline/paragraph ended.
    - It seems to leave a larger-than necessary gap between the
    outlines/paragraphs. Then I have to back later and drag things around to
    get more information onto the screen.

    I would prefer a single key that always did the same thing, and kept the
    outlines/paragraphed compactly spaced. Maybe I should be using Word :)

    "John Guin [msft]" wrote:

    > If you press the down arrow a few times, do you get a new outline (I assume
    > this is what you are calling a "paragraph")?
    >
    > --
    > Thanks,
    > John Guin
    > OneNote Test Team
    > http://blogs.msdn.com/johnguin
    >
    >
    > "forestial" wrote:
    >
    > > If I am typing a series of notes as separate 'paragraphs', how can I start a
    > > new paragraph from the keyboard?
    > >
    > > Currently I have to reach for the mouse and click somewhere below the
    > > current paragraph. And if I don't click far enough below, the cursor stays
    > > in the previous paragraph. I really don't want to use the mouse at all for
    > > this; I just want to hit some key combination and keep typing.
     
  4. joljol2

    joljol2 Flightless Bird

    RE: Seeing where a new paragraph begins

    The use case for OneNote may include multi-task focusing on the action in a
    different program, then back to OneNote to write some comment.

    When you go back to OneNote, is the cursor "IN" the previous container? Or
    in the new container below? Mousing on the screen would show container
    outlines, but..

    I have the habit of keying in a period at the beginning of a blank container
    that I am going away from. Then when I Alt-Tab back in to OneNote it is
    obvious where the input cursor is, whether said cursor is flashing or not.

    - - -
    "forestial" wrote:

    > If I am typing a series of notes as separate 'paragraphs', how can I start a
    > new paragraph from the keyboard?
    >
    > Currently I have to reach for the mouse and click somewhere below the
    > current paragraph. And if I don't click far enough below, the cursor stays
    > in the previous paragraph. I really don't want to use the mouse at all for
    > this; I just want to hit some key combination and keep typing.
     
  5. forestial

    forestial Flightless Bird

    RE: Seeing where a new paragraph begins

    I do use OneNote in this 'Alt-Tab' way to make notes on information in some
    other application. I also use it to jot down notes from a meeting or a
    conversation. The cursor does retain its position when I Alt-Tab away and
    back (I think it would be very disconcerting if it did not).

    But the problem remains how to quickly start a new 'frame' or paragraph or
    container or whatever they are called; I can certainly do it with a couple of
    down-arrows and a left-arrow or Home key; and I can do it with the mouse but
    it just seems to slow me down, and often leaves more white space between the
    'frames' than I want.

    "joljol2" wrote:

    > The use case for OneNote may include multi-task focusing on the action in a
    > different program, then back to OneNote to write some comment.
    >
    > When you go back to OneNote, is the cursor "IN" the previous container? Or
    > in the new container below? Mousing on the screen would show container
    > outlines, but..
    >
    > I have the habit of keying in a period at the beginning of a blank container
    > that I am going away from. Then when I Alt-Tab back in to OneNote it is
    > obvious where the input cursor is, whether said cursor is flashing or not.
    >
    > - - -
    > "forestial" wrote:
    >
    > > If I am typing a series of notes as separate 'paragraphs', how can I start a
    > > new paragraph from the keyboard?
    > >
    > > Currently I have to reach for the mouse and click somewhere below the
    > > current paragraph. And if I don't click far enough below, the cursor stays
    > > in the previous paragraph. I really don't want to use the mouse at all for
    > > this; I just want to hit some key combination and keep typing.
     

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