Category Archives: OneNote

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!