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Try the Onetastic add-in to bring tons of new features to OneNote

Omer Atay is a developer on the OneNote team, and he created Onetastic in his free time.

Here’s a look at Onetastic, an add-in to enhance OneNote functionality with a set of built-in features and an extensible macro processor that allows you to download and modify macros and add new ones yourself.

Onetastic features will light up in the Home tab as well as some right-click menus. When you install the add-in, you will see the following buttons added to your Home tab:

Let’s start with the built-in features.

OneCalendar

OneCalendarOnetastic comes with a standalone application called OneCalendar, which provides a calendar view into your notes. You can launch it from the Ribbon, or you can download it separately and launch it from your desktop or start screen:

From this view, you can click on a page title to navigate to that page or hover over the page title to get a nice preview of the page without going there:

 

The calendar will display the pages in order of their created or last modified date. If you are trying to find a page and you don’t remember the right keyword to search for it, but you know when you created or last edited it, you can find it easily here. You can also use it to track changes made on team notebooks as the new or edited pages will appear every day. Click the gear icon at the bottom right of the main calendar page to access Settings, where you can choose which notebooks should be displayed and whether the pages should be displayed on created date or last modified date or both.

 

Favorites

The Favorites feature allows you to bookmark your frequently used pages or sections into the Ribbon, or pin them to your desktop or any folder you choose:

Simply choose where you want your favorites to live and start adding them to the list.

Custom Styles

OneNote has a set of built-in styles which can be used to quickly format your text. However, these styles aren’t customizable. Custom Styles adds the ability to create new styles and quickly apply them:

 

To add new styles, you can format your text to what you like, then choose Save Selection as Custom Style and save it to the list.

Image crop

One of the most frequently requested features for OneNote is image cropping. Onetastic adds an item to the image right-click menu that allows you to crop a selected image:

 

Select Text From Image

OneNote scans the inserted images for text and makes it available for search. It also allows you to copy the text from an image. However, this will copy all the text in the image. If you want to select a small part and copy it, then Select Text From Image will do this for you:

 

Rotate/Flip Printouts

OneNote can rotate and flip images, but it doesn’t provide this feature for printouts. With Onetastic’s Rotate Printout feature you can easily rotate a printout that is inserted in the wrong orientation.

Macros and Macroland 

Besides these built-in feature, Onetastic has a macro processor and editor which allows you to build macros to perform routine tasks with one click. Macros can create pages and modify page content, like inserting outlines, paragraphs, and tables. If you think this is complicated, don’t worry. Onetastic ships with lots of built-in macros and also features Macroland, where you can download more macros. Following are the built-in macros you can find, which notably include another frequently requested feature called Search & Replace.

 

As you can see, you can create new macros or edit existing ones, which launches Macro Editor.

 Check out Macroland for more macros to download, including macros to generate Table of Contents (Page, Section, Notebook) or insert a monthly calendar.

 Onetastic ships in 4 languages: English, Chinese, German and Turkish. If you want to see Onetastic and OneCalendar in your own language you can help translate as well.

Try out Onetastic for yourself today and let us know what you think in the comments!

–Omer Atay

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10 comments
  1. I have been using Onetastic on my job for 4 months now, and can attest that it is WONDERFUL; the Search & Replace is invaluable, since we’re using OneNote for documentation.

    One other extremely useful macro not mentioned is the "disable spell check" which will allow you to keep your red squiggles on so you can see true spelling errors, but turn it off for things that are correct but not in the stock dictionary. Very nice for shared notebooks, that way you don’t have to rely on everyone having added every little thing to their custom dictionary, or when inserting things like source code samples.

    I have always been a big fan of OneNote and have a large number of personal notebooks–I find it superior in many respects to Evernote. Onetastic makes OneNote that much better.

    Omer Atay is a responsive developer as well, if you have questions or problems. I urge you all to try it out!

  2. Hi OneNote! This is offtopic as well, but this looks like the only place to post this.

    Let me get to the point:
    I see what OneNote is right now and I see where you guys are taking it. There are more MS Word-tier functions with OneNote simplicity and it seems you guys are pushing to become closer and closer to Word. I don’t like this.

    What is severely lacking on the Surface RT (moreso than the Pro) is a proper handwritten note taking applications. Look at Penultimate for iOS or Notability (Please, I beg of you – please look at those applications). You can scroll on the page with two finger touch. You can write with one finger touch. You have a moveable magnified writing pad that writes to a main page. Everythign is customizable.

    What does OneNote have? Small controls. A sidebar that inhibits left handed users (I AM left handed) from writing properly on the Surface. No fixed writing pad (so if I want to write in the middle of the screen, I have to write with my hand floating).

    You guys need to make a proper tablet friendly note-taking application. It’ll be nice if you add dropbox support too… but currently, I just find the whole interface to be too small and too finicky. The app is decent, at best, and the desktop application is horrible for tablets. People should not have to stuggle this hard to take simple notes!

  3. Is it possible to use a macro to create a task based on a condition?

    If a line of text starts with * I want to use the macro to create an outlook task. Further, it would be great if I could set ^Monday, ^Tuesday, etc. to create the task due on that day.

    That way I can quickly process my notes shorthand and capture action items.

    • Blair Cook: Although macros can mark existing tags as completed, they can’t currently create new tags. This is a commonly requested feature and definitely worth considering.

  4. This will be a bit off topic, but I tried to do this earlier without success.

    First, I love OneNote. It is my preferred place to park all the big and small ideas and information I have / need. My problem is with the OneNote app for Android, Although I normally work at the desktop, I often need to work with my android tablet (Google Nexus 7, soon to be the new version). The OneNote app for that apparently does not recognize external keyboard (bluetooth) commands — or at least some of them. Specifically, it will not recognize the enter key (to close the paragraph and move to the next line). For me that is a killer in terms of trying to use the OneNote app on the android tablet (since that was a killer, I have not tried to see what other functions the OneNote app may not serve on the external keyboard). I need tablet keyboard functionality, so that has driven me to Evernote on the tablet. (Evernote figured out how to make the external keyboard work.)

    By the way, my external keyboard is the MS Wedge, so if any keyboard should work, I would think it would be MS’ own keyboard.

    So, my question is whether MS is working on that issue and when and if I can expect OneNote to enable use of an external keyboard on the Android OneNote App.

    Again, I love OneNote, but having to switch between two apps is inelegant. So, I suppose, if that continues to be an issue, I will have to seriously consider moving to Evernote on all platforms.

    Thanks,

    Jack Townsend

    • Yesterday, we have released an update which enables usage of English (QWERTY) external keyboards with OneNote for Android. Thanks for providing feedback and being patient while we were working on it.
      Please let us know your thoughts on this latest version.

      Update or download directly from here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microsoft.office.onenote

      Download OneNote: onenote.com
      Follow OneNote: twitter.com/msonenote
      Like OneNote: facebook.com/OneNote

      Regards,
      Rohit

  5. Is this add in only for the latest version of Onenote or are versions available for older versions? I have Office 2010 and want to know if it will work with it as I would love the ability to crop items.

    • Got my answer by clicking on the link, it does work with 2010!

      • aldousr: Yes the addin will work both the 2010 and 2013 versions of OneNote

  6. Hello, I just found this post and can’t wait to try it out! I’m a big fan of OneNote: my two quite recent blog posts are all about OneNote and how to get people to use it more (http://www.cloudriven.fi/en/blog/how-should-you-use-onenote/ and http://www.cloudriven.fi/en/blog/nuts-about-microsoft-onenote/). I’m hoping that more people would find it as useful as I do. This Onetastic seems amazing although is it more complicated? One feature I love the most is that OneNote is so easy and simple. Keep up the good work!

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