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The Many Features of OneNote
« on: February 07, 2018, 02:51:08 PM »
This discussion was prompted by Panos when he mentioned not being familiar with OneNote in another topic.  Since it is one of my favorite apps, I jumped the gun to start sharing information about OneNote.

I have multiple notebooks in OneNote, all organized with numerous sections and I use it throughout the day -- on my laptop, desktop and phone.  A few example notebooks are notebooks for Books & TV, Personal, Recipes, Windows & Programs and more.  Coincidentally, I recently replied to a Twitter comment Dona Sarkar, head of the Windows Insider Program at Microsoft, posted about OneNote saying, "I agree 100%. I use it constantly. With it synched from laptop to desktop to phone, I have important information, notes, references, resources, etc. at my fingertips wherever I am." which resulted in a Microsoft OneNote Twitter reply asking me which features I use the most.  I provided a screen copy of a page from my Books & TV notebook:



As can be seen in the image, I have favorite authors indexed and listed alphabetically in OneNote.  Each author page includes a link to their website and a list of their books.  Since I read three or four books a week, this is how I keep track of which books I've read and the books next on the list to borrow from the library.  The list also came in handy when plodr and I were discussing authors not long ago.  I went through my list and gave her links to a number of favorite authors and she gave me names that I added to a list to check the library online catalog.

In the "Recipe" notebook, I have a "Grocery List".  It is broken down by category (produce, dairy, baking, etc.) and has check boxes (To do).  When I'm running low on something, I place a check next to the item.  Then, the next trip to the grocery store, I pull up the list and uncheck each item as I add it to the grocery cart.  No more forgetting to pick up some needed item. 

The OneNote app is pre-installed on Windows 10.  The desktop, phone, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android versions are available at the locations below.  Also included is the Web link for OneNote online: ResourcesOne last thing for this starter topic: In the Twitter conversation I mentioned above, the conversation went back & forth for a bit and, coincidentally, whoever does the Microsoft OneNote Twitter account created and posted the cutest (ok, to me it was cute) image yesterday.   



Please share tricks, tips and how you use OneNote or ask questions about features.


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Re: The Many Features of OneNote
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2018, 04:15:03 PM »
Very detailed presentation, Corrine! Thank you!

Can we say that OneNote is an electronic agenda?

I have to try it too!  ;)
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Re: The Many Features of OneNote
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2018, 05:08:12 PM »
I have OneNote as a part of Office 2016. I started using it  :) and I got the impression that it is a kind of a digital diary. On our phones we have Notes and Remember to Do list, and I think that it is something similar, but having a lot of other features. I like it. I have to organize my life, so I can use it!!!
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Re: The Many Features of OneNote
« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2018, 05:09:33 PM »
OneNote is great, especially with it set up to OneDrive so you can access the information from anywhere!

As to using OneNote as an electronic agenda, you could but there is also Microsoft To-Do

Available for PC, mobile and as a web app:

Download To-Do for iOS
Download To-Do for Windows
Download To-Do for Android
Open web app


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Re: The Many Features of OneNote
« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2018, 05:16:15 PM »
OneNote is great, especially with it set up to OneDrive so you can access the information from anywhere!


What do you mean, Corrine? Having OneDrive also offers the access from anywhere. What do you mean by saying ''with it set up to OneDrive''?

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Re: The Many Features of OneNote
« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2018, 05:40:18 PM »
With OneNote, there is no “Save” option, as what you do is automatically saved in real time. And, if you store your OneNote file on OneDrive, you can open the OneNote file on your PC, your tablet, and your phone, always accessing the latest version. Plus, when you make changes on, say, your phone, they’ll show up everywhere else.

I use it as my notebook for various things, like my CERT emergency response work, volunteer work with past organizations, my personal notes, ...

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Re: The Many Features of OneNote
« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2018, 05:41:05 PM »
When you open a new Notebook (File > New) the first option is to save the Notebook to OneDrive.  However, there are also options to save to "This PC" and more:




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Re: The Many Features of OneNote
« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2018, 06:38:55 PM »
Thank you both, Corrine and Aaron!

One last question for today: Do I have to save a Notebook to OneDrive to have access to it from everywhere? Having the OneNote installed on computer and phone doesn't gives this sync opportunity too?

A thought: saving Notebooks in OneDrive reduces its cloud space. I think that Microsoft should sell life time space. Something like Office 2016 (for example) and Office 365. There is an option. The subscription (monthly or yearly) is not something I would think about, as it costs a lot for a period of years...
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Re: The Many Features of OneNote
« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2018, 07:57:48 PM »
With OneNote saved to your PC, unless you have remote access to your PC from your phone, the sync settings are saved to your OneDrive account anyway.  See About sync settings on Windows 10 devices

Although it isn't quite kosher, it isn't "against the rules".  If you are short of space on OneDrive, you could create another account which would give you 5GB storage.  You can then share that account with your primary account.


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Re: The Many Features of OneNote
« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2018, 08:01:32 PM »
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Do I have to save a Notebook to OneDrive to have access to it from everywhere?
Yes. Your phone won't reach out directly to your PC for it.

I want to say the free space you get on OneDrive is 5 GB. Right now my OneNote file is about 45 MB, so about 1% of that space. Curious @Corrine what your file size is, so DR M can get a feel of how much cloud space this eats, at least from our usage. I had to go to the OneDrive website to get the size; didn't see it in OneNote itself or in my local OneDrive sync folder.

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Re: The Many Features of OneNote
« Reply #10 on: February 07, 2018, 09:33:01 PM »
I'm using 67.98 MB for eight Notebooks, each with numerous sections & pages. 

(Panos, the sections are the colored tabs shown in the example of the first post in this thread.  As you can see, each section can have many, many pages.)


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Re: The Many Features of OneNote
« Reply #11 on: February 08, 2018, 05:55:43 PM »
Corrine and Aaron,

Thanks again for the information. I inserted three photos in the Notebook (I wanted some info from them), so I saw the OneNote file in OneDrive reaching 20mb of space at once. That's why I pointed out the space issue.

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Re: The Many Features of OneNote
« Reply #12 on: February 10, 2018, 04:28:32 PM »
If you think about it, Panos, 20 MB is .02 GB.  Rounded off, the three pictures were ~6.7 MB each which is actually .0067 GB.  So, you'd need to add ~746 photos to a Notebook to use your allotted 5 GB.  That said, although photos can certainly be shared to OneNote and certainly can supplement other information in OneNote, that really isn't the intended purpose. 



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« Reply #13 on: February 11, 2018, 10:19:11 AM »
If you think about it, Panos, 20 MB is .02 GB.  Rounded off, the three pictures were ~6.7 MB each which is actually .0067 GB.  So, you'd need to add ~746 photos to a Notebook to use your allotted 5 GB.  That said, although photos can certainly be shared to OneNote and certainly can supplement other information in OneNote, that really isn't the intended purpose.

Sure, Corrine. Saving photos is not the intended purpose of OneNote. I started using it and I like it. Thanks for letting me know about this useful application. :)
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Re: The Many Features of OneNote
« Reply #14 on: February 11, 2018, 11:42:32 AM »
You're welcome, Panos. 

Here are a couple resources you may find helpful about the many features of OneNote:

Free Training Videos: OneNote -How to Use OneNote Videos, MN
Tips & How To's by Microsoft MVP Kelly Marshall:  OneNote Archives - Oh! 365, Eh?

Many people may not realize that there is a free add-in for the OneNote desktop (Office 2013 or 2016 and built in to Windows 10 and Mac) OneNote Class Notebook which is designed for teachers.  The add-in "includes page and section distribution, quick review of student work, and assignment and grading integration with many LMS/SIS partners."






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