Living in OneNote

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Over the years I’ve watched Tablet PC and UMPC beginners discover the added value of pen and touch once they start using certain software applications. Microsoft OneNote is one of those "wow" apps.

 


How I use OneNote

I use Microsoft OneNote on a daily basis. I admit, I live in OneNote. Next to the browser I use OneNote more frequently than any other app. The majority of my notes are handwritten meeting notes. And over the years I’ve developed my own way of keeping those notes. Notes just for me.

For example, I rarely convert my handwritten notes to text. I do, however, rely on the advanced handwriting recognition. I "search" my notes and OneNote can find those handwritten or typed keywords.

Here are top 10 things I do using OneNote on a Tablet PC:

  1. Outline topics during meetings
  2. Search through hundreds of pages of handwritten notes
  3. Print to OneNote: Use the OneNote print driver to send IE page, like a travel receipt, to OneNote travel notebook
  4. Snip a screenshot and paste into OneNote to annotate and resize
  5. Toggle on / off graphing paper background, which possibly helps me write in straighter lines. (I’m no better with regular paper.)
  6. Write large, small, and then super large — all in one section
  7. Scribble notes sideways – really sharp angles too
  8. Change pen color when topic changes
  9. Sketch quick diagrams
  10. Present from OneNote and scroll down the long single page, just like would if using an overhead