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What is OneNote

What is Microsoft OneNote – A Quick Guide

What is Microsoft OneNote – A Quick Guide

If you work, play, or even look for recipes on your computer, then chances are you could use Microsoft OneNote. As one of Microsoft’s newer technologies, very few people actually know about it, even if they’ve purchased Microsoft Office which includes OneNote. So, what is OneNote? And why do millions of people have it languishing about on their computer instead of using it?

What is Microsoft OneNote

Microsoft OneNote is a free form note application. This means that you can make a note of the whole page, you can paste in clips as reminders, you can create a calendar, you can paste in video to watch later, you can paste in ingredients for a recipe, and you can even put in photos.  Creating a mood board, a collage, a to-do list, a blackboard, a packing list with check boxes, or a shopping list is all possible. You can also doodle and draw, insert audio recordings or MP3 snippets, arrange photos, save items from a web page, insert web page clips, and more!

Basically OneNote is an all in one virtual notepad that you can do anything with! Because it has a Windows, Android, and iOS version, you can also take it with you on the go to turn your computer lists and notes into mobile ones. You can then use a stylus to draw, write, and more. Best of all, your lists and notes can sync between the two devices so that you can write anything anywhere and have it wherever you go.

Do I have Microsoft One Note?

If you have Microsoft Office or Microsoft 365 then yes you do have OneNote! Just search for OneNote on your computer to bring it up, or if you have Skydrive, click Create and then “OneNote Notebook’.  If you do not have Skydrive or Microsoft Office then you’re out of luck. But don’t worry, EverNote is pretty close to Microsoft OneNote and can do almost all of the same things OneNote can plus a few extras.

What is One Note

How to Use Microsoft One Note

Depending on what you plan on using OneNote for, you can get started in a variety of different ways. The first step should be to sign in with your Microsoft LiveID so that your notes sync wherever you sign in with internet. There are a lot of different ways to use OneNote and here are a couple of ideas. First, if you’ve never used OneNote before, it will give you a list of ideas and instructions the first time it launches. You should pay attention and use this info to your best advantage.

When you open OneNote it will automatically open all of your notes on the tray to the left hand side. You can choose one by clicking on it and it will open a new note. Each note can have nearly unlimited tabs so you can basically use one for school or work, one for planning a vacation, one for a mood board, one for recipes, or etc.

For example if you wanted to create a recipe book or a book for a single recipe, you could click ‘create a new section’ in a tab that you already have, or create a new tab altogether by clicking ‘File’ – ‘new’ and then choosing a name and location for your new Notebook. You will then be able to access it from the side panel whenever you open OneNote.
From there, all you have to do is fill it up by typing, clicking, or pasting anywhere you want. Consider snapping a screenshot of a webpage and pasting it in, pasting in links, adding in video, or whatever else you want.

A couple of things to keep in mind include that you should name your notes to make them come up in search. You should also set the privacy settings for each note if you plan on using any notes on a network. Finally, you can change the settings of each note so that it either shows up on all of your OneNote devices, or just one, whatever you want.

Want more information? Feel free to ask a question about your OneNote and we’ll be glad to answer it for you.

Don’t have Microsoft Office? Check back for a full list of the best Microsoft OneNote alternatives.

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