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Now that our redesign of the Office Blogs site has been completed, we want to hear from you about what kinds of content you most want to see here on the OneNote blog.
Want quick tips to help you discover OneNote features you never knew existed? Hate reading and prefer watching videos? Care to meet the team behind the app and how they decide on new features and the future direction of OneNote? Looking for more in-depth walkthroughs to teach you new OneNote skills?
Take this poll to let us know. If the available responses don't quite match what you want to get across, feel free to suggest something else in the "Leave a comment" section near the bottom of this page. Either way, thanks for letting us know your preferences!
None of the above... I want to see you actually PROMOTE Tablets and Inking functionality!
Just because they've never been popular doesn't mean the Windows tablets aren't awesome.
@GoodThings2Life: Thanks for your feedback. I agree with you about Tablet PCs and inking being especially cool together with OneNote. In case you missed it last month, a colleague and I visited with a teacher who uses this setup in his classroom. The blog post is at http://bit.ly/qSvwRr (or go to http://bit.ly/rfpqpR to watch the video we made). Hope it not only inspires teachers and students, but all kinds of OneNote users. What kind of Tablet PC do you have?
updates on developing Mac and iPad versions.
I picked the howto stories & videos and especially "stories about real people using OneNote". When it comes to Office I think OneNote is /the/ key element for the "Office experience" yet IMO it should get a lot more attention.
I came into contact with OneNote 2003 /years/ ago when it was included with my laptop. I liked it, a lot even, and heavily used it on the laptop (the laptop itself I don't use as heavily as my desktop). For years I've been using Linux on my desktop and used "alternatives (sorta)" but that has changed dramatically; now I'm on Windows 7 and have re-discovered OneNote; 2010 this time (I moved from OpenOffice to MS Office 2010).
You really should push OneNote a little more to the foreground IMO. For me it has become an invaluable tool which I couldn't work without. Its my experience that many people have heard about it but never really tried to get their hands dirty so to speak. Many of my friends are sometimes really amazed at the stuff this program can do and what I do with it.
Very quick: I show a demo of an application I made (this is all sound/music related). You talk back and forth and then you get a really good comment... For example: "you're showing dB's but wouldn't percentages make more sense? considering you're adjusting a value and not really setting it I mean...". That was good. SO: Win-N, "yellow note" comes up and I type it all in.
The next day I go over my "quick notes" (no idea in English, I use a localized version) ("Win-Shift-N") and "oh yeah!". Priceless I tell you!
Needless to say I do a lot more but don't want to turn this into an essay. One comment though: Why can't I logon using my MSN credentials like I can on TechNet & MSDN ? Now I have to pick yet another password (using PWGen; brilliant program!) and dump it into... Yes; OneNote; my "website registrations" tab.
More immediately, I'd like to see the results of this poll! :-)
I'd like to see more on how administrative assistants use OneNote and how to use in classroom teaching and/or presentations.
I'd actually like to see how I can pre-order your book about OneNote which I'm guessing covers a LOT of this. amzn.to/oldenburg-onenote
@Michael & @GoodThings2Life: I agree. I'm using ON on a HP tablet, but producer should improve their hardware and consumer should know these products, to keep up the pace with ON!
I am totally new to OneNote. I purchased the 2010 version so I could start organizing my recipes (I have them everywhere). Trouble is, I can't figure out how to get started. I just don't know what to do first? Please can someone help me???? Thanks.
@suzarooze: To get started with OneNote, first have a look at our 90-second video at http://bit.ly/cpTZUO — it gives you an overview of the basic organization in OneNote with its notebooks, sections, and pages. Also check out http://bit.ly/ddO5Lq for some recipe clipping ideas, and for the basic step-by-step tasks in OneNote 2010, visit http://bit.ly/9sbjmQ (click OneNote from the menu and then browse the results). Hope this helps!
The poll is now closed and the results have been posted above. Your votes will help to shape future content that you'll see here on the OneNote Blog. A quick thanks to everyone who participated in the poll and/or left a comment with suggestions here — we really appreciate your feedback!
Hi Michael, I was wondering if you could help me out. My OneNote 2010 has stopped working. At first I thought Office itself had a problem because Word and Excel were malfunctioning, too, but now they appear to be working fine. OneNote is still broken though.
Whenever I open the program, it shuts down after 5-10 seconds. The screen goes pale and no matter how long I wait for, the page never loads. It is then an arduous task to shut the program down. I am anxious to resolve this as I have over a year's worth of information stored in one of my Notebooks. Ideally I would like to get OneNote working again but failing that I would be happy even to retrieve my information. Have you got any tips on how to accomplish either of these things?
I realize that this isn't the right channel to go through for help but I figured if anyone can help me, it'll be someone on this blog. Thanks in advance, and keep up the great work.
No worries; we're here to help each other out (IMO anyway). First, for your specific issue of not being able to open up OneNote anymore I'd advice you to check Microsoft Answers instead. No offense to the bloggers here, but I'd be lying if I wouldn't mention that Answers is visited by more people. See:
And I have an idea to help you get access back to your notebook. Do you have a Windows Live ID (as in; do you have an Hotmail / MSN account) ?
If so go there and check out the "SkyDrive" option. There you will find online versions of Word, Excel and OneNote. I suggest trying to upload your notebook to your skydrive and then try to access it using the online OneNote version.
Don't worry; this is fully free of charge (as strange as it may sound).
TIP: Before uploading make sure OneNote is really closed. So; check that you don't have a onenote icon in the system tray (small icons shown to the left side of the clock in your startbar) and maybe press "control-shift-escape" (taskmanager will appear) and check the "processes" tab to make sure you don't see something like "ONENOTEM.EXE" mentioned there.
If you do stop the process before you try to upload your notebook (of course; first try to stop OneNote in a normal manner).
Right, hope this gives you some ideas.
@Joe Holt: Though I can't personally extend technical support here on the blog, I'd recommend first repairing your OneNote and/or Office installation to rule out any file system problems before you seek help in the official channels. From your Windows Control Panel, click "Uninstall a Program" (on Windows 7 or Vista) or Add/Remove Programs (on Windows XP) and then find "Microsoft OneNote 2010" (or "Microsoft Office 2010" if you installed OneNote as part of an Office suite on your computer) in the list. Click to select the entry in the list and then click Change near the top list headings. From the dialog box that opens, click the Repair option. Though a reboot may not be required afterwards, I typically recommend restarting your system after doing this. If you're still seeing the same issue after this first step, please post your trouble report in the Microsoft Answers forum, which is monitored and moderated daily by members of the OneNote development and test teams (here's the direct link to the OneNote forum: http://bit.ly/r54Nyy ). Hope this helps. Thanks for stopping by the blog! :-)
A pointer to some help that's actually useful, like how to modify the URL/clipping date info which is tacked on to the end of a screen clipping, rather than just warming over and reserving the how to use one note stuff that comes with the product.
I'd also be interested in hearing when (or if) MS is planning on making OneNote for Windows Phone 7 usable.