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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!
Although I may be alone, I would love to see in depth information about how One Note works (ie - how often does it save, where are all the files stored both for local and Internet based notebook, and more). I have recently started using One Note a lot and am looking for tips on how big can a notebook get before it gets unmanageable, how can I make the most of this great tool. Should I have a bunch of smaller notebooks or fewer big notebooks. All those kinds of truly geeky topics.
Will there be a Step by Step OneNote 2010 book from Microsoft Press? Certiport and Microsoft working on another MOS exam for OneNote 2010.
@Clive Photo and @Ann: Thank you for posting your suggestions for upcoming tips. Much appreciated!
@Rblack40: I'm not aware of a Step by Step book for OneNote 2010, but I've recently written my own book for OneNote 2010 beginners, which was published just this week. It's now available in paperback as well as Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook formats. When you register this book, you also gain free access to over 3 hours of video tutorials online. Please see http://amzn.to/qV0gEC for details if you're interested. There's another book coming out in about a month, but we don't have any specific information about its contents as of yet, other than that it's supposedly intended for information workers. For more information about both books, please see the "OneNote publications" section in the current OneNote Rewind: http://bit.ly/oXKWVB
Thanks for stopping by the blog, everyone. Please keep the suggestions coming! :-)
Michael, how is your training with OneNote 2010? What features do you touch on? Can you import from OneNote to Word?
Dear Mr Oldenburg, you are very generous with your time and assistance with OneNote User’s -Thank You. Glad that you had the survey too shows that you are wanting feedback.. I have shared some of my own background information that may be useful and some comments (letting off steam! Apologies in advance!! ) for the Microsoft OneNote team for the future.
I am a Baby Boomer and hopefully I speak for a large group of people that have neither grown up with Computer Technology/Moble Phones/Apps/SkyDrive etc, nor had access to the new etiquette & language that seems to surround this aspect of modern life. Hmmm it is all somewhat a mystery to me?? I am glad that I have adult children that can explain things to me!!
Information technology and the World Wide Web has made information readily and speedily available to all. Everyday life has now become very, very complicated where time is at a premium and fast changes have to be assimilated each day. We have to process copious amount of information that has to be manipulated into a specific easily understood form, to be read, assessed, then informed decisions taken based on the known facts, and then stored in an accessible place where changes can be easily be made. Thank you Microsoft for the Office packages!!
So there seems to be 4 kinds of users 1 - Complete beginners that have a modicum of skill in using Word, Excel and eamail as stand-alone packages and are casual users. 2 - Pre-Intermediate that have a more in-depth knowledge of how each of the mentioned packages above work and can use the packages to a commercial workplace level. – 3 - The Intermediate User who can manipulate data between programmes easily and get frustrated with people who do not seem to understand? 4 – The Geek who understand everything and talks a completely different language to ordinary people.
As a pre-Intermediate, I was at there at beginning when computers were being used in the workplace, and so have a reasonable understanding of how computers and Office packages work when they were originally designed for the workplace. As computer technology progressed, computers and packages can be now be used in the home as a matter course, I cannot imagine life without them.
Because OneNote is probably the least known package in the Microsoft family that was originally designed for Students I guess, (with enormous potential for other groups of users), but it seems to have taken on a life of its own now and the support does not seem to have kept up.. I am the first in our family circle to use OneNote so do not have any word of mouth experience to gain information. I do not know anyone who is using or have used it before. I am spending a lot of time having to search the web for information
I like One Note very,very much. It is actually a wonderful concept. However, having started to use it for various projects that need to be organised precisely from the outset, I have struggled to obtain information to get the projects started and take full advantage of the OneNotes potential. The Getting Started Video has very, very basic information. The assumption is that people will experiment with the package – which is OK if there is plenty of time to do so! There seems no official Microsoft follow-on or reference source where really basic techniques can be obtained and explained in language that can be easily understood!!! Grrrrrrrr When I first used it I had difficulty in creating generating a new Notebook??!! Then understanding the Sections and Pages and Sub-pages (still do not understand that!!) I am still searching for things ranging from the ridiculously simple to the quite complicated. Plus it would seem that there is so much potential with this package that I am excited, staggered and stumped. I am soooooo frustrated. The creators took so much for granted and do not allow for things going wrong – typical geek thinking!
Anyhow, I suggest that with each package that is sold and downloaded that there should be a Basic Tutorial for a set project, with exercises available to show really basic techniques and all the available resources such as ie where templates are to be found, the different ways to import and edit documents from Word as a source document ( Question - is there a way of linking the source Word document with OneNote so that when the source document is changed then it will automatically change in OneNote?)
Apologies for the earhole bending and if there has similar comments and suggestions before.
@Rblack40: If by training you mean the content in my new book, it's basically thorough coverage of most of OneNote's features — aimed mostly at beginners. A walkthrough of the interface and features is provided, as well as a look at individual concepts like notebooks, pages, sections, note tags, and all the stuff you can put in a notebook and on a page. Throughout, I've attempted to match features and tips with as many real-world usage references as possible to help explain why something may be useful to the reader. Regarding your specific question, the book covers three OneNote & Word integration features: Save as Word document, Send to Word, and Send to Blog (which uses Word 2010's blogging interface and features). Since these features are pretty straightforward, they're only briefly covered. Also, success with these features depends entirely on what kinds of notes content you're sending to Word. Let me know if I didn't answer your question adequately. For a better idea about what else is covered in the book, you can peek at the full table of contents by going to http://amzn.to/qV0gEC and clicking the book cover picture to look inside. (If by training you were instead referring to OneNote training courses that are available here on Office.com, you can view the current course catalog at http://bit.ly/qRTZ4Y .)
@White Mist: Thanks very much for your detailed note. I appreciate being able to read about your background and experience to go along with your suggestions. First, in response to your specific question: When you insert a Word document in OneNote, there is no automatic update that happens between the source file and the inserted version in OneNote. It's like making a copy of the file, which then travels together with the notebook — independent of where the Word document was or is originally stored. One workaround to this is to store the document in a Web-based location like SkyDrive and then, instead of inserting a copy of the file, you merely link to it with a text hyperlink. Hope that makes sense.
I like your assessment of the current grouping of computer users. During my own journey through technology, I've been in each of those categories myself, but even now I still try to remember what it was like when I was just beginning. I agree that learning a new program (or even a new version of the same program) can often be a bit frustrating, especially when a lot of the basics are considered common knowledge. There is little consistency in the industry now, and the introduction of several different mobile platforms has made even basic interface design and navigation very different across versions of software. I regularly hear from friends and family that it's been hard for them to keep up with all of the changes.
Aside from your OneNote/Word question, I don't know what else you're trying to solve and what you've tried, so perhaps you can leave a follow-up comment and post a short list for me with some specific tasks or features in OneNote 2010 that you're unsure about or are having trouble with. Please understand that I can't offer personalized support here on the blog, but if I know of a solution, I'll try to at least point you in the right direction or consider your suggestions as the subject for future blog posts.
Thank you again for writing and for the thoughtful background about your situation and experience. I wish I could "meet" all of my readers in this way. :-)
Thank your for your reply Mr Oldenburg, much appreciated. Quick peek of contents at Table of Contents isneither available in Amazon.com nor Amazon.UK but have ordered your book anyway & will be delivered 5-11 October - Hurray!! Looking forward to receiving it. Will return if my questions are not covered.. Thanks for the training link - will get started.
Could anyone please tell me how many notebooks it is possible to create? I appears that I have reached the limit but I'm not sure. I thought it would be unlimited. Thanks
@suzarooze: The number of notebooks you can create is limited only by the size of your storage media. On a typical 320 or 500GB hard drive on your computer, for example, it should be rare that you'd ever run out of room for new notebooks, unless you already have little space left on that drive. A new, blank notebook only takes about 20KB of space. If you think you're running out of space, try deleting or archiving any large, unnecessary files on your drive to make some room. Remember that deleted files don't free up hard drive space until you empty your computer's Recycle Bin. If you store your OneNote notebooks on Windows Live SkyDrive, there's a 25GB limit on storage there. Still, unless you keep very large file attachments in your notebooks, this storage allowance should last you quite a while. :-)
hi i in 201 I would love to see live chat. blow your competitor out of the water.
care about us and we'll support you to making this a killer product.
A zoomable work area. Being able to zoom in and out would make it easy to create "mind maps" for quick brain storming sessions. It would also allow an overview of the links between ideas.
I'd like the ability to integrate/display sharepoint lists in OneNote shared notebooks. Also, the ability to source task lists from sharepoint task lists. I think the ability to share a notebook in sharepoint is awesome, but would like to see more integration into sharepoint.
I would like to find a way to send ideas / suggestions directly to the OneNote Team. Is that possible? I love the product, and I use it frequently. However, I feel that there are so many different areas where it needs to be improved. It's finally getting to where it is really useable on a daily basis. I just am getting into it, and I love it. But, there are just so many features that would improve its use, not just for me but also for everyone else. Any ideas on how to do this?