OneNote Testing

What it is like to be a tester on the Microsoft OneNote team and day to day life as an SDET in Office. Plus a few tips for using OneNote and an occasional powertoy.

January, 2013

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    A simple tip for working on multiple monitors

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    This question came through my email this week: "I am using Windows 8 and want to dock OneNote to a different monitor. Is this possible and how can I do it?" The answer is yes, this is possible. It's actually a feature in Windows 8 - these steps...
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    OneNote 2013 (and the rest of Office) now available

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    Just a quick note that OneNote and all the rest of the Office applications are now available for everyone. You can download the trial version and give it a whirl at http://office.com/try. This is what we've been working on for the past little bit of...
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    The OneNote 2007 text importer executable

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    Thanks for bearing with me. It seems like all the old ISPs I was using to host some of the OneNote 2007 powertoys are now gone from the web. Once this happened, I started to get emails and postings on this blog from folks that wanted these old applications...
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    OneNote Tip: Restructuring my blog archive using subpage

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    Maybe it is obvious but I keep my blog articles in OneNote. I've been doing this since OneNote 2007. At that point I had my notebook on a thumb drive so I would always have it with me wherever I went. When we added Skydrive support for OneNote 2010, I...
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    A former OneNote tester is writing a book and you can help!

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    Patricia Walsh was a tester on the OneNote team until around a year ago. She left us after setting what I believe to be a world record for Class 6 athletes in the Iron Man Triathlon. She completed the Houston Tri last year in 11:50. Anyway, that was enough...
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    I have 5 monitors and 6 computers in front of me right now

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    One of the goals of getting a machine set up that has the capability of running many virtual machines is that I would not have as much physical hardware in my office any longer. As I write this, I have my VM server up and running and it is running 5 virtual...
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    Updating a help article based on a test pass

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    One of the many tasks that testers perform is verifying our help files are accurate. The timing behind this is pretty tricky since our traditional model requires that the help files are ready at the same time OneNote is ready. Since we have the potential...
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    Updating a pair of tools

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    This week I am checking in some changes I am making to a pair of tools I use regularly. I wish the tools had some great names, but they don't, so please bear with some short descriptions. We have a server we use to hold all sorts of debugging data from...
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    Automation as inoculations

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    One of the books I have been reading is Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012 : adopting agile software practices : from backlog to continuous feedback [sic] which is quite a mouthful of title, if nothing else. (The tester in me is going to go on...
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