May, 2007

  • Engineering OneNote Blog

    Can't see all of your notebooks? Rename them to something shorter!


    As you start to get create and open more notebooks you might have a cluttered navigation bar on the left, something like this:


    If this is the case for you I have a tip for you: rename your notebooks to something shorter.  You can right-click on a notebook and choose Rename, then you can choose a shorter name for your notebooks and you can view more of them on your navigation bar.  See what this looks like afterwards:


    Works great for me, you should try it out but results will vary depending on your screen resolution.

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    Appending pages, the keyboard way and a bit slower


    The other day I got an email from a user who had a question:

    Do you know of a workaround that would enable me to select a whole bunch of side notes/notes and merge them into one page?

    I thought this was a good question and there is no way to do this in OneNote currently, though it is a pretty cool idea.  I did share with the user what I do to do this, since I often combine notes just like they mentioned.  Since I love the keyboard this is how I do this:

    1. If you are on a clip and you hit Ctrl-A until you get the whole outline
    2. Then Ctrl-X to cut it
    3. Then Ctrl-Shift-A to select the whole page
    4. Then Del to remove the page
    5. Then I navigate to the page I want to go to (typically in the same section) so Ctrl-PageUp/Down to move up down the section.
    6. When I am on the destination page I hit Ctrl-T to move my IP to the title area
    7. Then I Ctrl-V to paste and since I am in the title area it appends it below all other content on the page.
    8. Success

    It works for me and I just wanted to share this with everyone.  Hope that helps...take care!

  • Engineering OneNote Blog

    Appending notes on a page: Ctrl-T, Ctrl-V


    Just a trick that I wanted to share with everyone, something I have known about for about a year and I just realized that perhaps no one knew about these shortcuts other than myself and the developer to wrote this.

    As you know each page in OneNote contains a title (well you can remove it, but most pages do).  You can only put ink & a line of text in the title area; so that means you cannot put in images or more than one line of text.  Okay Dan now please get to the point...

    Because of this if you have an outline, lines of text, a webclipping or more in the clipboard you can 'paste' it in the clipboard and it will append it to the bottom of a page, below all of the other outlines & content.

    I think this is a great shortcut, often I want to put some content below what I have on a page and I don't want to mess around with clicking in the right place so I just hit Ctrl-T to go to the title bar, then Ctrl-V to paste and now my content is on the bottom of the page!

    Please try it out in a couple test pages; I think it is great and works well for me.  Hope that helps you all!

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    Cool review of OneNote 2007


    I was just reading this review of OneNote 2007:

    Gather Your Thoughts from Digit - Your Technology Navigator with the tag line: Microsoft Office OneNote can help you organise yourself, in your own unique way

    I think they really capture the spirit of OneNote when they say things like there is no wrong way to use OneNote or a right way to use it either, you just use it.

    The review goes on to cover a lot of the features and explains key benefits.  Thanks Robert!

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    OneNote & Storyboarding....


    I was go through my mail and I saw an email Kathy Jacobs, a OneNote MVP, where she blogs about OneNote & Storyboarding.  You can read all about it here:

    Storyboarding + OneNote = A Grand Idea

    A very interesting post...

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    OneNote Training Video


    A couple weeks ago Mike Tholfsen, the OneNote Test Manager, did a LiveMeeting demo for some sale representatives but during his presentation he did an overview of all of OneNote.  If you would like to learn more about OneNote and have an hour to spare I recommend you check out the LiveMeeting video:

    Microsoft Office System Webcast: OneNote 2007 Tips and Tricks for Sales Representatives

    Sadly there are a bunch of steps you need to follow such as: register online, sign in with your Passport account, choose confirm, view online, enter email & name, then click the media play icon or download it for offline viewing.  BUT once you get through this it is a great presentation!  Thanks for forwarding Mike!

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    OneNote Mobile Languages


    Question: In what languages is OneNote Mobile supported?

    Answer: OneNote Mobile is supported in the following languages:

    1. English
    2. French
    3. Italian
    4. German
    5. Spanish
    6. Dutch
    7. Swedish
    8. Brazilian Portuguese
    9. CHS
    10. CHT
    11. Japanese

    The actual OneNote Mobile code doesn't require one language or another since it is just a sync provider and the only localized language is the UI language for the device install.  That means if the language you speak isn't on this list you can still install one of the versions you see above and still take notes which will sync with your PC.

    In fact I heard this from someone who wanted a Danish version of OneNote Mobile:

    Today I received the English version of OneNote 2007. After the installation I succeeded in synchronizing it to my mobile phone.

    And do you know that..... I then removed the English version from my PC and installed the Danish version again and the synchronizing still works.


    Just another question I got via email that I wanted to blog about to a search engine got it and others would find the answer.  Take care!

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    OneNote Training links


    Recently I got a question from a customer who wanted to get some training on OneNote 2007. I looked around and got the following information from the OneNote Test team and I can't agree more with their recommendations. First, I would recommend spending 30 minutes reading the OneNote Guide (that Olya worked so hard on and did an excellent job); the guide gives you all the information that you need right within OneNote. Also, please check out Office Online which is continually updated with new and improved content.


    • Read the OneNote 2007 Guide notebook: Since "doing" is sometimes the best form of learning, our #1 recommendation is to boot OneNote and read the "OneNote 2007 Guide" notebook. You already have it in your list of notebooks but you may not have even noticed it. Everyone gets this by default and it has been hand crafted by the team to let you know what OneNote is, why you might want to use OneNote, and then chock full of interactive scenarios and features. We promise you that if you go through the OneNote guide completely, you'll be a pro.


    • External OfficeOnline Videos and Help/How-To articles (see below)


    Video Demos

    Help & How-To Articles


    Templates & Community Links



    And of course if you want to fly me somewhere exotic I will be more than happy to help you with OneNote! Just kidding but in all seriousness if you need anything please just leave a comment or send me an email.

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    April blog round-up for OneNote


    I can't believe that it is May already‽ I hope that everyone has been having a pleasant spring; I often look at the weather back east and I can't believe how warm and spring like it has been compared to Seattle which hasn't had the warmest of days (however yesterday & today have been great!). Well I just wanted to post the last month's blog posts that were collected by Mike Tholfsen the OneNote Test Manager:

    1. The Greatest Invention in Human History?  I vote for Microsoft OneNote
    2.  Getting Things Done: Using OneNote Exclusively - GTD is the Organizational system of "Getting Things Done" by David Allen.  It's all the craze these days, a bit like Steven Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  Similar to the "Take Back Your Life" program
      1. Set up
      2. Organize
      3. Processing
      4. Collection
      5. Screen Shots:
      6. Deferred Items
      7. GTD with OneNote: emails and Outlook
      8. GTD with OneNote: Out and About
    3.  I need Office OneNote 2007 to live.
    4.  Onenote to Wordpress - Publishing my e-Lab-book
    5.  Have I told you lately, that I love OneNote 2007?
    6.  I use a program called OneNote 2007 (a rare writer's gem from Microsoft) which is fantastic.
    7.  OneNote is the top note-taking and organizing software available to college students; I've used it for 3 years now and I can't imagine how I would've lived without it.
    8.  Great Tool for Managing Personal Projects
    9.  OneNote takes the clutter on your desk and puts it on your computer
    10.  Why i love Microsoft OneNote
    11.  The improvements over OneNote 2003 are significant and provide a much more organized interface to store your notes
    12.  OneNote: My Favorite Time Saving Tech Tool
    13.  the machine comes with Microsoft's OneNote, it makes the tablet ROCK!
    14.  Keeping Notes - Onenote and Evernote for Realtors


    Thanks a bunch Mike! You rock and thanks to everyone else for giving us feedback that we all read and take the time to comment on; it is great to have a strong user community like you all!

  • Engineering OneNote Blog

    Folder of txt files to OneNote - Thanks John!


    I just saw on John's blog that he posted another powertoy see what he has to say:

    One request I saw on our newsgroup was a customer who had thousands of TXT files which he wanted to import into OneNote. He had apparently used Notepad for years to store data on his hard drive. Fair enough. But now he wanted to migrate to OneNote and was stuck. The only solution he had was to open them one at a time and copy and paste into OneNote. Clearly not ideal. Another person wanted to see some sample code to simply add some text to a page in OneNote.

    I decided to write another powertoy to help both of these users. It will allow you to navigate to a folder on the hard drive and import all the TXT files in it to OneNote. It will create a new section with the name of the folder on the hard drive as the section name. And here I hit a snag. I never really liked the behavior of putting all new information into Unfiled Notes by default. While it makes sense most of the time, in this case I really saw a need to control where the imported text files would go. I decided to implement a tree control to let the user choose which notebook the files would be imported. So now you can choose into which notebook you want the imported files to go. And the second fellow who wanted to see the code for this can download the source.

    Looks like John is doing powertoys for hire : )  In all seriousness this is super cool, check it out:  Customer feedback results in another powertoy.

  • Engineering OneNote Blog

    Debugging a OneNote Toolbar Addin (C#)


    I was just asked this question internally and I thought I would share with everyone:

    Can I debug the OneNote add-in within Visual Studio? I tried to attach OneNote.exe but it did not stop at any breakpoint.

    I wanted to let people know that you can debug one of these powertoys, here's some notes for debugging a C# OneNote toolbar addin:

    1. When OneNote runs your toolbar addin your app is not running on OneNote.exe instead we are using COM and a DLL surrogate.
    2. The app which has the DLL surrogate is actually DllHost.exe
    3. You want to attach the debugger to the DllHost.exe process when you addin is running
    4. Since the addins normally start/stop quickly you can add MessageBox.Show command at the beginning of your code
    5. When you click on the button in OneNote you will see your message box popup, during this pause attach your debugger to DllHost.exe
    6. Debug away!

    If anyone has any problems or needs help please let me know.  I answered this internally and I wanted to make sure external people knew about this as well.  Take care!

    Note: a lot of the credit goes to David Tse who gave me these details.

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