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Most of the "Download a trial" links on our blogs and on the Office.com site will take you to a page where you can download trial versions of the full Microsoft Office 2010 editions.
While all of these suites contain Microsoft OneNote 2010 and let you selectively include or exclude specific applications from the installation, you may prefer to evaluate OneNote 2010 as a standalone program — in English or in another language. After the trial period expires, you can still use the OneNote standalone trial version as a free notebook viewer.
To download the OneNote 2010 trial version for U.S. English, follow the steps below. (If you prefer another language, skip to the second procedure in this blog post, titled "Download standalone trial versions for other Office 2010 programs.")
If you want to download standalone trial versions for some of the other Office 2010 products, or you want to download standalone trial versions for any Office 2010 program in another language, you can do so from another page on our site.
Follow these steps:
Tip For more information about the Office 2010 trial versions, please see our Frequently Asked Questions.
As always, your feedback and comments are welcome!
-- Michael C. Oldenburg
MS Word 2007: About 2 months ago, I updated my MS Office 2003 to 2007. This was definitely a change for the worse. I've been using MSOffice for almost 20 years and this has to be the most difficult version yet. I spent hours trying to format a simple post card document with pictures It's enough to make me dig out my typewriter.
Thanks for the tip about using the OneNote trial as a free notebook viewer. I wouldn't have thought of that!
@Pam: Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving feedback. I'm glad the tip was useful!
@Donald Schmidt: Thanks for visiting my OneNote blog. If you're having trouble with Word 2007, you might want to stop by our new Word blog at blogs.office.com/.../microsoft-word to ask a specific question about the features you're having trouble with.
OT: Are there any plans to make OneNote accessible on an iPad? I love OneNote even more than my iPad, but I want to bring OneNote with me everywhere! Is there someplace I could find any news on this???
@Sea: Thanks for your interest. I'm not aware of any iPad-specific plans. There are some tech news outlets on the Web that have taken their chances running the Office Web Apps on the iPad, including Ina Fried over at CNET: news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-20007230-56.html (screenshots linked in the article). If we have any related announcements at some point in the future, you'll definitely hear about it. Meanwhile, thanks for supporting OneNote!
Office 2010 is by far the best productivity suite out there. It's a must get software for all PC owners. For Mac owners, you'll just have to wait for Office 2011.
When you save your OneNote files using the Web App, is the information encrypted? I'm thinking of going paperless with my business but I work with Protected Health Information so I need for my files to be protected from access by others. I'm assuming that all data is encrypted but would like confirmation before I purchase OneNote. And, if possible, I'd like specifics on how the data is encrypted.
@Kim: When you create or use notebooks and other files on SkyDrive, the information is indeed encrypted. Look for the https:// prefix in your browser's Address bar when you have an Office file open on SkyDrive. Visit en.wikipedia.org/.../HTTPS to learn more about this Web encryption standard.
Michael, I'm a huge fan of OneNote and only start using it ~2.5 years ago. Now I'm a OneNote addict and can't work without it.
I've gone totally paper-less in the office (it took me a long time to get all my paper hardcopies in to OneNote, but i did it). I also try to encourage other to install and use OneNote. One great way of doing that was In OneNote 2007 - by using the "Email as Attachment" feature. I tend to do a lot of work in OneNote that would then be shared with folks at the agencies. The agency people I was dealing with didn't have OneNote installed, the email contains a link to where theay can download OneNote 2007 trial. I think this was a great way to help grow adoption of the tool.
However, I noticed this message with the email was removed in OneNote 2010, hence I was lost as to how to instruct people where they go to download a free trial of OneNote 2010.
I sincerely thank you for posting this, so now I'll create an Outlook Signature or QuickPart that contains the details to where people can download the trial. Maybe the OneNote team should consider resurrecting the message in "Email as Attachment" and include a link to this blog post.
I have purchased OneNote 2010 and cannot get it to recognize my hand writing. I am scanning notes into OneNote and then want to search my hand writing but it just does not work. I have been using Evernote and I find the same note is easily read by Evernote. Any ideas?
@Mark Vozzo: Thank you very much for your kind comments, Mark. I'm always interested in hearing how my readers use OneNote. Thank you for taking the time to leave a detailed comment!
@mark767: Thank your for visiting and leaving a comment. Can you clarify which OneNote feature you mean? Actual handwriting recognition is possible on a computer that supports handwriting, such as a Tablet PC. To do this, you need to use the appropriate handwriting recognition tools. However, since you also speak of scanning images into OneNote, I suspect you mean searching for and/or extracting handwritten text from scanned images? Can you confirm and provide a bit more detail?
Thanks for taking the time to read my post. To clarify, I am talking about searching for text contained within a scanned piece of paper. This is something I was attempting to do because I need to take quick notes from phone calls and meetings that then become difficult to find later on. I have been able to successfully scan in my hand written notes to Evernote and then they become fully searchable and I was hoping use this feature in One Note.
@mark767: Thanks for clarifying. OneNote 2010 does have a built-in OCR (Optical Character Recognition) engine that lets you search for text in pictures. Most OCR solutions work great with typed text, but have mixed results with handwriting recognition from scanned images, so your success may depend on the quality of the scan (brightness, contrast, sharpness) and/or the legibility of the handwriting in question. First, to make sure you have the feature enabled, right-click an imported scan in OneNote, click "Make Text in Image Searchable," and then make sure that "Disabled" is not checked and that "U.S. English" is selected. As an alternate solution, you might try to extract the text from an image to see if you have better results. After importing a scanned image that includes text, right-click the image and then click "Copy Text from Picture." Click elsewhere on the page and then press CTRL+V. If the text was recognized, the converted text will show up in a search. If the quality of the source scan is the problem, try scanning it at a higher quality. Different programs will have a different quality threshold, but quite often this can be adjusted enough during the scanning itself. Hope this helps!