Category Archives: OneNote

OneNote Embedding

Here is a list of sites supported for OneNote Embedding.

ClickView

DailyMotion

Docs.com

Flipgrid

Geogebra

Giphy

Microsoft Forms

nanoo.tv

Office 365 Video

Office Mix

Power BI

Quizlet

Repl.it

Scribd

Sketchfab

Slideshare

SoundCloud

Spotify

Sway

TED Talks

ThingLink

Trello

Vimeo

Vine

Wizer

YouTube

Here are two examples: YouTube and Power BI
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Just copy the Share link and paste it into OneNote. It understands what to do. DO NOT put the IFRAME code. That is for HTML pages.

OneNote Audio linking ideas

This article is for those who already use OneNote and know how to incorporate audio recordings while taking notes. As you know, OneNote Audio linking works automatically while you are capturing notes.  If you want to know what was being spoken at the point where you noted down something, just click the play button which appears next to each item on mouse hover.

OneNote Audio linking

In this article, we will use this feature to get some additional benefits.

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Handwritten notes to Tasks

OneNote works well with a stylus to capture handwritten notes. But did you know that you could convert the Handwritten notes to Tasks? Here is how.

Handwritten notes to Tasks in OneNote

Select the handwritten note (click, touch, lasso select). Right click (extended touch) if required. From the toolbar open the Outlook Tasks dropdown. Choose the deadline. Choose Custom to enter specific deadline and / or delegate the task using Assign Task option. That’s it.

Handwritten notes to Tasks - Toolbar

Now go to Task folder in Outlook and check the Task entry. The handwriting is automatically converted to text. The reference to the original handwritten item in OneNote is automatically embedded. Do not delete it. This reference helps Outlook mark the equivalent action item in the OneNote Page as complete.

Handwritten notes to Tasks - shown in Outlook

When the task is marked as complete in Outlook, the equivalent task (handwritten text) in OneNote will be marked as complete automatically (a green tick mark).

Handwritten notes to Tasks feature works with Desktop version of OneNote. This is an amazing example of integration across the Office platform.

For learning more about OneNote read these articles.

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OneNote as a presentation tool

It may not be an obvious usage scenario, but I use OneNote as a presentation tool all the time. It simplifies explanation of complex ideas. Therefore, I thought of sharing the method on the blog. Those of you have attended my session will have noticed this already.

Benefits of using OneNote during a demo

Here are the reasons. Of course, I could have used a blank presentation as well. But you will soon realize why OneNote is a better option.

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Beautiful handwritten notes using OneNote

If you have Surface and the Pen (or similar laptop with pen/stylus), you can create beautiful handwritten notes using OneNote.

What exactly are beautiful handwritten notes using OneNote?

Well, you need to see the notes to believe it.
Of course, it will not improve your handwriting!
But whatever strokes you use, will look more natural and realistic. Have a look.

beautiful handwritten notes using OneNote

To enable this feature, activate the check box Use Pen Pressure Sensitivity in OneNote. In fact, it is ACTIVE by default on devices which support a pen. That means, you will benefit from it anyway.

The real question is, when do you need to deactivate this feature?
Well, I have found one scenario – when you are drawing diagrams and not using handwriting. If you draw diagrams, you want all lines to look similar. The line width should not change based upon pen pressure. See the difference.

Drawing using a pen in OneNote

For intricate art, pen pressure is really useful.

Drawing using pen in OneNote - with pressure sensitivity active

You can, and should change this option based upon your needs.

Improve battery life while using OneNote

Here is what I learnt recently. OneNote can affect battery power consumption. You can improve battery life by changing a simple setting.

Improve battery life – setting in OneNote

Go to File – Options – Advanced. Scroll down to Battery Options.
Choose Maximum Battery Life from the dropdown.  That’s it.

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While we are at it, might as well save some disk-space. Go to File – Options – Save and Backup section. Change the backup copies from 2 (which is the default) to 1. Nowadays, all the notebooks I create are stored in OneDrive. In that case, we don’t really need a local backup. Therefore, I chose to store no backup at all. But it is your personal choice.

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By the same logic, I have also disabled the backup of notebooks which are stored in SharePoint (which also includes OneDrive).

How to manage a Teamwork with OneNote Tags

You are working with an external agency on a project. There is a simple to-do list to be executed. There are three people involved. We want to keep track of who is supposed to do what and the status – pending or complete. Here is how you can do it using a shared OneNote notebook. Of course, OneNote does not provide any reminders. But it can help in time-sensitive situations everyone is actively monitoring the task list.

The Solution – use multiple OneNote tags

Create the task list. Put a To Do tag – which is just a textbox. But wait. We have different people responsible for each todo item. So we need checkboxes which LOOK different – one per person. The default checkbox is right on top of the tag list. But down below there are more… Use the Discuss with <person> and Discuss with Manager checkboxes to identify the person responsible.

OneNote Tags     OneNote Tags

You can also create custom icons. Inform each person which icon indicates their work and that’s it. Whoever finishes the work marks the related checkbox as complete. Page History will show who did what when.

OneNote Tasks

Try it out and let me know if it works for you!

How to paste as text in OneNote

Paste as text is a simple yet useful thing. If you copy paste from anywhere into OneNote it takes a little longer than usual, especially if it is from a browser page. It also shows progress bars like Contacting the server. In addition, OneNote automatically pastes the URL of the web page at the bottom of the content pasted.

In most cases this is a good thing. But in some cases, you KNOW that you just want to paste as text. In such cases, you have to click Home tab – Paste Special and choose Keep Text Only. If you need this option often, you cannot add it to QAT. Adding the entire dropdown to the QAT defeats the purpose. It still remains a two click operation. But of course, there is a solution.

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