• Engineering OneNote Blog

    Try OneNote Instant Search!


    I wanted to pass on the following information from Olya Veselova who is another PM on the OneNote team. She owns some of our most favourite features such as: Outlook task sync, hyperlinks and search! She wanted me to share the following information about OneNote search:

    Try OneNote Instant Search!

    Try regular and phrase (quoted) searches.


    What to expect of OneNote 2007 B2TR Search



    • OneNote will find your notes even if they have not been indexed yet, because it always scans directly through any non-indexed items. So your search speed will vary depending on how many of your notes have been indexed.


    • OneNote searches only notebooks that are open


    Please report any issues to us!

    If your search is not working, please log a bug here:

    Then try the "How to fix search" instructions below, but please log a bug even if your issue was fixed.


    What information to include with the bug:

    Please include as much of this information as possible. The more you provide, the easier it is for us to fix the problem.


    • Do you have Windows Desktop Search 3.0 Beta 2?
    • How long ago did you install WDS?
    • Were you prompted by OneNote or Outlook to install it? (If by Outlook, was OneNote already installed at the time?)
    • Did you have previous versions of WDS on your computer before?
    • If yes, did you do an uninstall of the previous WDS version, or did you just upgrade by running the new installer?
    • Did you restart OneNote after installing WDS?
    • Did you restart your computer ever since installing WDS?
    • Did you see any OneNote error/warning dialogs related to WDS?
    • What is the indexer status?

      Start > Programs > Windows Desktop Search > click the dropdown icon on the right-hand side next to the help icon > Desktop Search Options. Include a screenshot of the Indexing Options dialog that comes up.


    • How many OneNote pages do you have? View > Pages Sorted By Date > Pages Found: count.
    • If you search for tt, how many pages does OneNote find? (these are any pages containing timestamp under the title). Was the search very quick?
    • For any pages that search for tt did not find - can you find other words from these pages? (Before searching for the word, please navigate away from the page, because OneNote will always search the current page regardless)


      More advanced:

      • Is OneNote using the indexer? Here is how to find out:
        • Turn on Indexer Info task pane by doing this: Paste the text below into Notepad, save the file, and then rename the .txt to .reg. Double-click the .reg file. This sets registry keys that enable OneNote search logging. Restart OneNote.


          Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00






          • View > Task Pane > click top of task pane > Indexer Info
          • Include a screenshot of the pane
          • Include the OneNote.log file which is in your %temp%\OneNote.log
      • How many pages have not been indexed yet?

        In Indexer Info pane click Quick Verify Index. This will take some time. When it completes, how many pages are listed in the yellow find control that comes up - this is the number of non-indexed pages.

      • Is OneNote still finding hits in these pages (as it is supposed to)?

        Use the yellow control to jump to one of these pages. Look for some word or phrase on the page. Then navigate away from the page - now search for that word and see if that page will be in the list of results. Please report to us if it is not.


    How to fix search:



    • Rebuild your index: Start > Programs > Windows Desktop Search > click the dropdown button on the right-hand side near the help button > Desktop Search Options > Advanced > Rebuild

      Then restart OneNote.


    We really want you all to test out search and make sure that you don't have problems. Please post your bugs on Connect as Olya suggests. Thank you much!

  • Engineering OneNote Blog

    OneNote Audio Search & Audio Search Languages


    I am not sure if everyone knows about OneNote's Audio Search but this is the information from the OneNote Guide:

    With the Audio Search feature enabled, you can search your audio and video recordings for words, just like you would search for typed text in your notes. For example:

    • Record phone conversations with customers, and later search for keyword of topics that you discussed
    • Record an interview and then search for specific quotes
    • Record voice reminders on a Windows Mobile Smartphone or Pocket PC. After you synchronize them with OneNote, you can search through your reminders.


    Important! Recordings must be made with a good quality microphone or phone that is close to the speaker's mouth. Audio recognition technology does not have perfect accuracy and is very sensitive to recording quality, ambient noise, and distance.



    You can enable the Audio Search feature in Tools > Options > Audio and Video.

    The audio recognition process and indexing happens only when the computer is left idle and OneNote is running. It will take at least twice the length of a recording, so you'll have to let OneNote index for some time before you can begin searching.


    When Audio Search is enabled, use the regular search box (above the page tabs) to type your search term and then click View List to see the audio results at the bottom of the results pane.


    Why do I keep getting poor results (or no results at all)?

    You may be searching for a sound that occurs in too many words. For example, if you search for "Asia," you may get "information", "conversation", "ratio", "hey Sean", and so on.


    Here are some workarounds that might help you:

    • Longer words

    Try to recall one of the longer words mentioned in the recording. You will get best results with words of three or more syllables.

    Example: imagination; Microsoft

    • More words

    If you can only think of short words, try to recall an exact phrase that may have been mentioned.

    Example: Frank wrote;

    • Spell out the sound of unusual words

    If you are looking for an acronym or an unusually spelled word, spell out how it is pronounced

    Examples: em es en (for MSN); ex box (for XBox); area code four two five (for code 425)



    Visit the Office Online Help topic or article most relevant to this OneNote feature. Our site is frequently updated based on user feedback, so keep checking back!


    Olya might want to comment more on this as she is the owner of audio search but I also wanted to mention which languages are supported:

    1. English
    2. Japanese
    3. Chinese Traditional
    4. Chinese Simplified
    5. Korean
    6. German
    7. French
    8. Spanish
    9. Italian

    Enjoy everyone! In B2 & B2TR I believe it was turned off by default and in the final version it should be turned on by default. Please try it out!

  • Engineering OneNote Blog

    OneNote Web Exporter - Dave Tse's cool powertoy


    I am very happy to announce that one of the coolest powertoys I have seen is available for download!  It is the OneNote Web Exporter powertoy which will take a OneNote notebook and convert it into an interactive website.  This is what a notebook looks like in IE:

    You can read all about it here:

    Dave has a great set of documentation: feature overview, user guide, installation instructions and more!  I know Dave even has this automated on his machine so every night his machine generates a webview or our PM notebook and uploads it to SharePoint so everyone can view our PM notebook.

    But wait there's more!  Dave is hosting this on CodePlex which is a great community site that allows others to download, view and modify the source code of this project.  It is a living project that others can use to learn how to program against the OneNote API, to change for their own needs or just to see how it works.  If you have problems or issues just click on the "Issue tracker" link on the site and you can log a bug.  Sadly it doesn't work well with non-IE browsers as it uses MHTs which aren't supported fully by other browsers.

    I am super excited about this!  Nice work Dave, a virtual pat on the back!

  • Engineering OneNote Blog

    Some of the not-so good blog posts about OneNote


    Michael Harrison wrote a comment on my last blog post roundup post:

    There is definitely a lot of good in ON 2007. Could you comment on some of the not-so good?

    I am actually quite happy to see someone blog about the things they don't like about OneNote because at times I find that more interesting than the positive posts, trust me we like reading all feedback.  Okay I will reply on Michael blogs but I will write some comments here:

    1. I think the tag summary pages should link back to the source page.  The feature was unchanged since ON2003 when we didn't have hyperlinks.  I still think that summary pages are very useful and provide users a way to merge todo lists and other set of information (questions for exam, etc).
    2. Search bug isn't officially a 'bug'.  There is only one recognizer in the app and when you write something we display the top hit in the page tab (that is why is says Contact on the page tab) but we also have other high percentage hits which is why you see a search hit for "lon".  Same recognizer providing ranked results.
    3. Good feature idea, we do have crossout but the others would be nice additions.

    Please post your pros & cons we like reading everything you all have to say, also thanks again Michael for posting some of your pain-points and thoughts.

  • Engineering OneNote Blog

    Matlab to OneNote - Thanks to Stephen Lawrence


    I just got an email from Stephen Lawrence who shared with me a Matlab app/script which will publish to OneNote.  For example say you have the following in Matalb:

    fprintf('Hello World\n');

    And then you wanted to publish it to OneNote, you can with just this one command:


    Steve explains it all here:

    I took your Send file to OneNote powertoy code and adapted it for Matlab. I have attached my code below so that you can get an idea of how it works.

    I had to switch from creating Matlab XML to Matlab HTML...the result works well. All I had to do to publish my file in OneNote was type:


    in the command window.I got the resulting page:


    You can download the source for this by downloading it here: Matlab2OneNote.  Nice work Steve!  Thanks a bunch for telling me about it!

  • Engineering OneNote Blog

    OneNote doesn’t open a shared notebook on SharePoint on Windows Server 2008


    I just saw this message on our internal bug reporting listserv and I wanted to share.  The user was having trouble opening a notebook on SharePoint, the user was getting an error saying “OneNote cannot open the specified location”.

    The reason for the error was because the WebClient service is not enabled; which OneNote needs enabled for file-locks. Vista Server 2008 does not have this service enabled by default and if you are running Windows Server 2008 (2k8) you might have this problem.  To enable the service, go to Control Panel => Administrative tools => Services => WebClient and click Start (and probably make it automatic).

  • Engineering OneNote Blog

    March 2008 blog round-up


    Mike sends this out and I thought I would post it here, does anyone like these posts?  I think this one might be my last blog round-up posting unless you all want me to continue posting them, just let me know in the comments.

  • Engineering OneNote Blog

    Taking Meeting Notes in OneNote 2013


    This post was authored by Po-Yan Tsang,  Program Manager on the Meetings Team

    One of the most common scenarios for taking notes at work is during meetings - whether it is about tracking attendees, remembering what was discussed or listing out follow up items. However, meetings are often rushed and busy, and we wanted to make it as easy as possible to start taking notes and collaborating with other attendees. 


    Meeting Notes for an Outlook Meeting

    In OneNote 2013, you can start taking notes by going to Home -> Insert -> Meeting Details, which lets you choose from a list of current meetings in Outlook.  This automatically adds details about the meeting to your current page 

    And it’s as easy as that – you now have a page with all the details of your meeting, so you can get right down to taking notes and still have all the context about where the meeting was and who attended the event.

    We’ve also added some extra features to enrich and keep notes relevant: 

    • New Format - the participants list now has checkboxes by default, so you can track attendance
    • Up To Date Meeting Details - if you're you’re the meeting organizer and you make a change to the location or time, your notes will get updated when you send the update from Outlook. If you’re not the organizer, you can right-click on the page tab and select ‘Refresh Meeting Details’ to have it update.


    Meeting Notes for a Lync Online Meeting

    Similar to the Outlook meeting notes experience, you can also take meeting notes from Lync. Once you’ve set everything up, we will automatically update your notes page with:

    1. List of attendees
    2. Any files uploaded to the Lync Meeting
    3. Links to any other notebooks shared within this meeting.


    Sharing Meeting Notes with Others

    Why take notes on your own when you can get everyone to help out? Get others to help make sure you don’t miss an action item or a key decision in your notes. In OneNote 2013, set up a shared note taking space for everyone in the meeting is a snap. 

    Before a Meeting:
    1. In the Outlook meeting request, go to the Meeting Tab -> Meeting Notes -> Share notes with the meeting
    2. Select the notebook page you want to share with the meeting. Remember, this has to be in a shared location like SkyDrive or SharePoint.
    3. Now you can send out the meeting invite, which will have a link to your Outlook meeting


    During a Meeting:
    1. From OneNote, select the page you want to share with the meeting and go to File -> Share -> Share with Meeting
    2. You can choose an existing meeting here or create a new Lync Meeting
    3. Once a meeting is selected, a link to the OneNote page is shared with all the Lync participants



    We believe that taking notes is a significant part of the meeting experience and we've put a lot of thought into improving this experience and making it effortless in OneNote 2013. If you have feedback on any of the updates and additions to these features, please let us know in the comments below.


    Po-Yan Tsang
    Program Manager on the Meetings Team


  • Engineering OneNote Blog

    Going to PDC 2008 in LAX?


    It has been a _long_ time since I have blogged and I apologise for that, but we have been very busy here in Office and on the OneNote team.  Anyhow if anyone is going to be there please let me know and maybe we could have a little OneNote meet up somewhere near the convention centre one night.  Just a thought if there are enough people there it would be interesting. 

  • Engineering OneNote Blog

    Using HTTPS to sync with SharePoint on Vista


    Consider this: on Windows XP you could sync to a SharePoint server in the cloud such as Office Live using just HTTP. Now when you upgrade to Windows Vista if you try and do this exact same thing you will get an error. That is due to changes in the Vista security model. From one of the developers on the team:

    Vista does not allow access to an authenticated server that is using basic authentication over HTTP. The basic authentication scheme transmits passwords in the clear. Hence for security reasons, one must now use HTTPS thereby encrypting the contents including the password.

    So if you are using SharePoint in the cloud make sure to connect via HTTPS.

  • Engineering OneNote Blog

    My One and Only OneNote


    I love this team & I love OneNote! This morning I was sitting in my office doing some work and my coworker said, "Are you listening to that song too?" "No I said," and then he told me that our test manager, Mike Tholfsen, had send out a song he wrote for OneNote and it was sitting in my inbox. I just couldn't believe it, I know that Mike had a guitar in his office and he claimed he made a song about Outlook, but this was just too cool. I listened to the song and then a bunch of other people came into my office and we were all listening to it. I have to admit I was even humming it throughout the day, I really enjoy it.

    This was just too cool not to share it with you all, so without further ado, I present: My One and Only OneNote (mp3, 3.37megs)

    My One and Only OneNote


    Let me tell you 'bout my favorite application
    A software notebook for the modern age
    One place for all of your notes
    Put any type of content on the digital page

    A flexible tool that works the way you do
    Organize your stuff how you want to
    Brainstorms or meeting notes or doing web research
    Capture, find, share and re-use

    No other software can make me feel this way

    My one and only OneNote
    My one and only OneNote
    My one and only OneNote
    It's the one for me

    Use a shared notebook for group collaboration 
    Or start a live sharing session with your friends
    Like a rich wiki with merge and replication
    Everyone's in sync when the meeting ends

    Tables, tags, clippings, instant search and lasso
    Drawing tools, embedded files and hyperlinks
    XML APIs and caching all your data
    Outlook integration and digital ink

    No other software can make me feel this way

    My one and only OneNote
    My one and only OneNote
    My one and only OneNote
    It's the one for me

    It's part of the 2007 Office System
    Download OneNote for a 60 day trial
    Give it a chance and I promise you
    It will change the way you work and leave you with a smile

    No other software can make me feel this way

    My one and only OneNote
    My one and only OneNote
    My one and only OneNote
    It's the one for me

    Music and Lyrics by Mike Tholfsen ©2006 – Permanent home here

    Nice work Mike! Enjoy everyone and please post your feedback below

  • Engineering OneNote Blog

    Latest blog postings about OneNote


    Mike, our Test Manager and singer/songwriter for My One and Only OneNote, sends us a round-up of the OneNote blogs and I just copy and paste them here to my blog and then I read them. This is the most recent round-up:

    Thanks Mike!

  • Engineering OneNote Blog

    Submitting OneNote 2007 Beta2 Bugs


    We here on the OneNote team value your customer feedback and we strive to collect as much as possible.  I cannot tell you how important it is for us to hear your voice about what problems you are having and what you would like improved/fixed.  Now more than ever is your chance to give us this feedback for OneNote 2007 Beta2 which was just released today. 

    We have created a Microsoft Connect website to help you all submit bugs and feedback.  (NOTE: if you were in the Office 2007 Technical Beta you do not need to use this, continue to use the same bug submission tools.)  This is in addition to the OneNote public newsgroup, the advantage to the Microsoft Connect site is that it connects your bug directly into our bug tracking system.  Additionally you can upload files so we can see your feedback and problems.

    Here are directions to getting to the Microsoft Connect site:

    1. Click on "Available Programs"
    2. Sign-in with your Passport / Windows Live account
    3. Look for "OneNote 2007 Beta2". Click "Apply"
    4. Read through and agree to the Terms of Use and click "I Agree"
    5. Please go through and quickly fill out some information on the Registration page.  This information is valuable to us so that we can get back to regarding the bugs that you submit and click "Register".
    6. Now you will be on the landing page for the OneNote 2003 & OneNote 2007 Beta2 site.
    7. On the right hand side look for "Feedback"
    8. Then on the top of the page you will see a Submit Feedback link, click it.
    9. Now you can log whichever bugs that you want for OneNote 2007 Beta2, make sure to select OneNote 2007 as the version.
    10. In the future please use to get to the OneNote site


    In the future once the Microsoft Connect v2 comes out we will have a way for you to register for the same OneNote site and the "OneNote 2007 Beta2" program and then submit bugs through there.  The feedback page will prompt you for which program you submitting bugs, but in the meantime this will work for you.  Check back for any updates!


    More information about Microsoft Connect:

    Diary of a Feedback Madman

    Microsoft Connect Feedback Blog

    (Update: to submit setup or migration bugs please go here for directions: Submitting bugs about migration or setup.  2006-05-24 @ 17:45 PT)

  • Engineering OneNote Blog

    Sending error reports in Windows Vista :: Watson on Vista


    Awhile ago I blogged about Submitting Watson Crash information and now I wanted to update this for Windows Vista. Here is how a crash goes in Vista and where you can get the Watson Crash information so that we can diagnose your problem and you can submit a bug on OneNote's Connect site.


    The crash!

    This is what it looks like when you get a crash, to send information to Microsoft please click on "check online for a solution". I think my Vista build thought it was offline even though it was since I was connected via remote desktop!


    Then you will see this dialog as Windows prepared the report to send:



    Then please click "Send information" to send the report:


    Now this information will be sent to Microsoft (and the OneNote team). Eventually you can actually get a solution back from Microsoft telling you how to fix the problem so you don't see it again. Since you are beta testing software there aren't any solutions yet : )



    You will need to get the Watson bucket number from Windows. In my earlier post I talked about Event Viewer (eventvwr) and you can still do this in Vista but you will get a UAC prompt and instead you can use this new tool in Vista called Problem Reports and Solutions. To find it just click Start and then type "problem reports":

    Note: this is also in the Control Panel


    Then on the left you will want to select "View problem history":


    You will end up in a window like this:


    And you would open the option for any OneNote crashes:


    Your bucket number is on the bottom there and this is what you would want to send us to submit a OneNote bug on the OneNote Connect site.


    Of course you can still do this with Event Viewer:


    Note that they no longer say source = Microsoft Office 12 instead you can find the two crashes right next to each other.


    So that is how you can get us Watson info off of Vista machines. Please let me know if you have any questions!




  • Engineering OneNote Blog

    Bridging the gap, getting others to love OneNote too


    The other day I got an email from an old high school friend, Rob who uses OneNote and reads this blog (hi Rob). It was pretty cool to get in touch with someone I knew because of OneNote and to hear that they liked it was even better! It got me thinking about something that we are thinking about on the OneNote team: bridging the gap. Let's look at the current OneNote users:

    #1 Avid Fans – people who grok OneNote

    One great think about working on this team is that we have a large amount of users who are in love with OneNote and use it all of the time. We know based on the customer improvement program that OneNote is open longer than all Office apps except for Outlook. Just think about it from my own usage as well as talking with customers they leave Outlook and OneNote open all day long! I can't live without those apps open, whereas I only open Excel or Word occasionally (though I tend to keep Word open for a while as I write specs and such).

    The avid fans already love OneNote and know what it is all about. They can see the value in keeping track of things, using tags, taking meeting notes and more (heck people use OneNote in so many different ways).

    #2 People who use OneNote because they have to

    Then there is a second class of people out there, albeit much smaller who are 'forced' to use OneNote. These are people who are using OneNote because they have to so that they can be part of a community or share with others. Some people on their team are using OneNote and they too do because they need to use it. For these people we have found that they only use OneNote occasionally and don't really use it much for their own personal information or research.

    #3 People who used OneNote and rejected it

    These are the people who knew about OneNote, installed it and still didn't like it. Maybe they evaluated OneNote for a collaboration project on their team or maybe they just wanted to see what this OneNote program actually was installed on their computer. They ran the application took a look around and said to themselves, "This isn't right for me." They closed the program and never used it again. More on these people later…

    #4 People who have never used OneNote

    Then the final classification of people out there who have never used OneNote before and maybe they haven't even heard of it before. I guess when you think about the world population as a whole this bucket #4 is pretty big, eh? But there are a large amount of computer users who just haven't heard about OneNote before and therefore they haven't used it even though they may or may not have a need to use OneNote.


    Okay now that I have outlined what I feel the main 4 buckets out there I wanted to touch on a couple of them:

    Telling more people

    With regards to bucket #4 I wish that more people knew about OneNote. Often times we hear from customers who say that they wish OneNote was marketed more to them. Interestingly there were marketing campaigns (for example: and it was given to college students across North America during recruiting events as well as partnership with laptop manufactures (such as Toshiba). However there still isn't a lot of awareness about OneNote which I hope is solved now that OneNote is part of a SKU. Still though we need to reach out to more people so that they know what OneNote is and that they have a great tool for their needs.

    Bridging the Gap

    Lastly we need to bridge the gap. How many people out there are in buckets #3 & #2? How many people use OneNote and just reject it? And from our standpoint why are they rejecting OneNote? I am sure there are a large number of people out there who just don't use OneNote because it isn't for them. They don't want to keep meeting notes and maybe they don't keep things and file them away. I get that and I wish them well even though I still think OneNote would make their lives better : )

    There are still people for whom OneNote would be a great solution but they don't use OneNote. Why? Is the question that I want to know! Was it something small like when you typed it didn't act as you wanted? Did you want a save button? Was Word really better for you? How come?

    Call to arms for fans: when you tell people about OneNote, why do they reject it? What is their feedback? "I just don't need that" or was it "I didn't like X feature" or "Y feature was missing so I couldn't use OneNote". Or if you yourself rejected OneNote let us know why (though I wonder why you would be reading a OneNote blog, hehe). If you have feature ideas please submit them to our OneNote Connect site. If you have testimonials about why you don't like OneNote or how your coworkers/friends didn't like OneNote please email those testimonials to me or post a comment below.

    If any of you have read Crossing the Chasm (Amazon) there is a lot of discussion about this from moving from early adopters to mainstream usage. I firmly believe that OneNote is a tool for everyone and we just need to bridge that gap and cross it.

  • Engineering OneNote Blog

    Creating a C/C++ Add-In which works with OneNote!


    I thought I would take some time today and write up how to program a C/C++ add-in that works with OneNote 2007. Here are the directions I had and downloads below.

    1. Open Visual Studio and create a new C++ project.
    2. For my example I am creating a Win32 Console App:

    3. Now I want to add the OneNote2007 header file, OneNote12.h. You can find that attached with this document. Make sure to copy it to the folder with your C++ source files as well as add it to your header files like this:

    4. Add a new #include for OneNote:

      #include "OneNote12.h"

    5. Now just connect to OneNote like you would any other COM API. Please see here for an example:


          IApplication* piOneNote;


          CoCreateInstance(__uuidof(Application), NULL,

              CLSCTX_LOCAL_SERVER, __uuidof(IApplication), (void**)&piOneNote);




              BSTR temp;        

              HRESULT hr = piOneNote->GetHierarchy(NULL, hsNotebooks, &temp);

              wprintf(L"%s", temp);


    A huge thanks to Ilya Koulchin for his help with this, I couldn't have done this without you!


    This should be all that you need to get this working, but if you need anything please let us know!

  • Engineering OneNote Blog

    Creating OneNote single file packages, archiving & notebook templates


    I am not sure if I have blogged about this before but you can easily create single file archives for entire notebooks, sections or pages in OneNote. This will include all of the embedded files, the notes, audio & video and section groups, everything all together like a zip file. We call them OneNote Packages, or single file package, the file extension is .onepkg.

    Why would you create .onepkg files? Well there a few reasons why you might do this. First of all you can easily archive an entire notebook for future keeping. You can also use these to send a notebook or collection of notes to another colleague. Finally you can create notebook templates for projects or other repeatable projects.

    How do you create .onepkg files? Easy! Just open OneNote 2007, go to the notebook/section/etc that you want to archive and choose File-->Save As. In the resulting dialog change the Page Range to whatever you want to save, typically Current Notebook. Then choose Save as type: OneNote Single File Package (*.onepkg) and then type a file name, like this:

    Choose Save and you will have the file for your package!


    How do I create new notebook templates? You can easily install new notebook templates by storing your .onepkg files in the following folder:

        %userprofile%\Application Data\Microsoft\Templates

    Just place the .onepkg in there and then it will appear in the new notebook wizard when a user choose File-->New Notebook. You can also store them system-wide, like when you are deploying OneNote to many computers, by storing the file here:

    %programfiles%\Microsoft Office\Templates\1033\ONENOTE\12\Notebook Templates

    Note that the 1033 folder is for English, check your local computer for your LCID = language ID.

  • Engineering OneNote Blog

    Restoring the OneNote Guide


    When you first open OneNote 2007 you are greeted with the OneNote Guide. I would encourage all of you to leave this open and take some time to read though it. There aren't that many pages and you will learn a great deal about OneNote 2007 and what features are available.

    However if you to close it and you want to reopen it here are two ways to do this.

    If you didn't delete the OneNote Guide notebook folder then you can do this:

    1. Open OneNote
    2. File-->Open-->Notebook
    3. Go to Documents\OneNote Notebooks
    4. Find the OneNote Guide folder and click on it
    5. Click Open
    6. Success!

    If you deleted the OneNote Guide notebook folder then please do this:

    1. Open OneNote
    2. File-->Open-->Section
    3. Go to %programfiles%\Microsoft Office\OFFICE12\LCID\
      The LCID is the folder for your language & locale; for EN-US this is 1033
    4. Double click on ONGuide.onepkg
    5. Unpack the notebook by going through the wizard
    6. Success!

    I just wanted to pass on this information for those of you who want to get back to the OneNote Guide even though you closed it or deleted it; just an easy way for your to restore the OneNote Guide. If you have questions let us know!

  • Engineering OneNote Blog

    Do you miss tab in OneNote?


    One of my favourite features in OneNote 2007 is that when you hit tab it auto inserts a table for you, I have found this to be the best way to start making tables.  I have only once wanted to enter an old fashion tab in OneNote and I did it by copying and pasting from Notebook/Windows Run dialog.  Anyhow it looks like Olya Veselova, OneNote PM, has blogged something new: Workaround for "turning off" the TAB key creating a table instead of a regular TAB in OneNote.  Here is her tip:

    Create an Auto-correct rule that turns your chosen character sequence (e.g. "\t") into a regular TAB:

    1. Open Notepad and type one TAB. Select it and copy it.
    2. Go to OneNote and click Tools > Auto-correct Options...
    3. In the dialog, put your desired sequence of characters (e.g. \t, or \tab, or TAB, or <t>, or whatever you like) into the "Replace:" field.
    4. Paste the TAB that you copied from Notepad into the "With:" filed. Click Add.

    Now, any \t followed by a SPACE will be replaced by a regular TAB.

    Check out the full post here: Workaround for "turning off" the TAB key creating a table instead of a regular TAB in OneNote. Nice post Olya!

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    Include OneNote in Start menu search results - WDS OneNote


    If you are using Vista you might have fallen in love with the new start menu which automatically includes Windows Desktop Search results when you search for something.  This enables you to search for programs, files and emails all from the same place.  The other day the OneNote PMs where in a meeting and someone said that they didn't see OneNote hits in the search menu results and I told them that this wasn't the case as I use it all of the time.  We I found the difference, I had changed a start menu search option which included the OneNote files and by default the option was set differently.  I wanted to share this with you all, here is how to set this up:

    Include OneNote hits in Vista start menu search results:

    1. Right-click on the taskbar and choose properties:
    2. Start Menu tab and then the “Customize..” button
    3. Scroll down to “Search files” and set it to “Search entire index”
    4. Click Ok & Ok.
    5. Success!

    For example I have an ING Direct account and I never remember my account number so I just type this into the search results and hit enter:



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