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Today's post, by OneNote Product Manager Erika Palmer, is #6 in the "Ten Days of Office" series celebrating the one-year anniversary of the release of Office 2010 with tips and tricks for getting the most from your Office experience.
This week, we're celebrating the one-year anniversary of Office 2010 and OneNote is a big part of the party. In honor of this milestone, I'm proposing a toast! Unfortunately, I don't know my wines too well. I'm a bit of a teetotaler and never can remember the difference between a Syrah and a Merlot or a Chardonnay and a Riesling. My usual approach involves trial and error, so when I find a wine that I like, I want to remember it.
Happily, I have OneNote. Even before I stepped into my role as OneNote Product Manager, I was a OneNote nut. I love this product! With OneNote, it's easy for me to keep track of the wines that I've tried, manage my shopping and to-do lists, plan trips, and stay on top of my work projects (much like Aaress does).
For wines, I started a notebook that I share with my significant other. It allows us to track wines we've enjoyed (and the ones we haven't). Regardless of where we're at, we can easily update the notebook with new information. When we're in a restaurant, we can use OneNote on our Windows Phone 7 to take a photo of a wine bottle label and import it into our notes. Friends of ours who don't have the full version of OneNote 2010 or OneNote Mobile (for Windows Phone 7 or iPhone) can add their recommendations in our notebook with the free OneNote Web App. When we're back at home, we can do more research on the wines that everyone added to our lists.
There's always a way for me to keep tabs on my life and know what to look for — whether I'm perusing the grocery store aisles or trying to look knowledgeable when talking to a sommelier.
Here's how I track my favorite wines:
In OneNote 2010, create a new notebook and choose to store it on the web with Windows Live SkyDrive.
As you can see in my example below, I have several shared folders between friends and family, and I have my own folder where I keep my private notes. (New to SkyDrive? Check out this blog post for more info.)
After creating a shared notebook on SkyDrive, I send a link to my friends from OneNote's Backstage view (which you can find by clicking the File tab). After I've informed my friends about where to access my notebook, I’ll also use this e-mail link for myself so I can easily open the notebook on my phone.
When everyone has the link to the notebook's SkyDrive location, it's easy for all of us to open, view, and contribute to the shared notebook no matter where or how we use OneNote.
Like my wine glass page background? I got it from the Images gallery on Office.com. After you'veinserted a picture on a page in OneNote 2010, right-click the picture and then set it as the background.
It's just that easy! OneNote can really help simplify your life by serving as your digital notebook where you can collect and organize everything you want to keep in one place — notes, photos, videos, audio clips, and more. As you've seen, the best part is that you can access your OneNote notebooks from anywhere.
Leave a comment below and let me know how you're using OneNote!
-- Erika Palmer
Excellent article. I love onenote but just wish we could draw figures and diagrams on the iPad app for OneNote.
That would allow OneNote to compete with the big boys like AwesomeNote.
Glad you liked the blog, Paisano, and thanks for the feedback on the OneNote iPhone app.
OneNote fanatic since day one...use it for my work and personal live. Created a shared notebook for my work team on a shared drive and it's working perfectly for us. It's so easy to update that, well, it gets updated! My only complaint is that I'm also a tablet pc fanatic and not being able to display ink in the web app is a big disappointment. Microsoft said that ink was a first class data type, but it never followed through. I want my ink everywhere.
How do I sync Onenotes that contains Password?
Ok, a late response but heck; that's what blogs are for!
First: Fully agree; a toast to OneNote (and Office 2010 in general IMO) for its first year.
Second: A cheesy post IMO but you know what they say; "do you want some cheese with that...", you know what I mean (and if you don't then the joke is on me; no offense!).
More seriously; I fully agree. Many people believe they need Access or some other database-like environment because databases are where its at (note: granted, these are often people coming from other environments, at least that's my experience) yet seemingly totally miss the obvious.
For me.. I re-discovered OneNote and use it to store just about anything I need to remember long enough to look into it again OR stuff I simply need to be able to recall quickly. The idea to check out office.com as soon as I had some more time to spare? The todo was in OneNote. Website registrations and passwords... you should /really/ be careful not to use one password on everything. Why buy commercial solutions when OneNote can store the whole lot (and even password protect the section too!)? And to generate said passwords (quick "spam") I use the freely available "PWGen" program.
Powershell (self-)study comments and code (script) tidbits? All in OneNote. Recent discoveries on Windows administration (current one being "dism.exe" curtosy of TechNet) ? OneNote. Important synthesizer (-related) information I need to keep track of? OneNote. Ideas for sound creation with suddenly hit me (when behind the computer): OneNote (the "yellow sticky" option). Things I talk to the phone about and then think "this I NEED to remember!": OneNote.
Website tidbits I find on technet or msdn or think to find on office.com (I just created my account) ? Mark, right click -> "Send to OneNote". Priceless!
And that's my story.