OneNote Daily Journal – OneNote PowerToy Contest Winner

OneNote Daily Journal – OneNote PowerToy Contest Winner

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I would like to feature another of the OneNote PowerToy Contest winners: Andy Gray and his OneNote Daily Journal PowerToy.

I am just taking this from Andy's site:

 

The OneNote Daily Journal PowerToy permits a user to quickly jump to date-organized pages in OneNote, creating them as needed.

Motivation
Many people like to keep a daily work log, journal, or "Daily Record of Events" (in FranklinCovey parlance).  With its powerful note features, a hierarchical binder metaphor, search capabilities, note flags, and ink support on Tablet PCs, OneNote is ideal for this task in many ways.  However, navigation to a designated journal page can require several mouse clicks, particularly if you have previously navigated to other folders and sections within OneNote.  The Daily Journal PowerToy makes access to a journal page for the current day as effortless as the creation of a new Side Note.

Functionality
The OneNote Daily Journal PowerToy facilitates creation and navigation of date-organized pages in OneNote.  When the feature is invoked, it creates (if necessary) and displays a page in OneNote corresponding to today's date.  The first time that the Daily Journal is run on a given date, a new page will be created and displayed; on subsequent invocations on that same date, the previously-created page will be displayed.

For example, if on August 4, 2005 you press Windows+J on the keyboard, or click the icon in the notification area of the task bar and select Daily Journal, then OneNote will display the corresponding page for that day, e.g.:

The pages are created at {Notebook path}\Journal\2005\August\2005-08-04; that is, in the OneNote notebook path, there is a root folder (e.g. "Journal"), containing a subfolder named by year (e.g. "2005"), containing a section named by month (e.g. "August.one"), containing a page named by the date (e.g. "2005-08-04").  Since the pages for a month are grouped into a single file, and the files for a year are grouped into a folder, individual months and years can be archived easily as desired. User options are provided for specifying the root folder in which journal pages are created, and naming sections and pages (e.g. user-specified text with date format strings).

Nice work Andy!

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