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.

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  • Blog Post: Table Sum toy updated for OneNote 2010

    I got a couple of user requests recently to update the table sum powertoy that I wrote for OneNote 2007 to work with OneNote 2010. Always happy to oblige, I updated it and here you go. If you just want to install it, the link for the download is below my signature at the bottom of this page. Since...
  • Blog Post: Source Code for the updated Table Powertoy for OneNote

    Just a short note today. Below my signature is the download file for the updates Brad Covell made for the Table of Contents / Table Sorter powertoy for OneNote. If anyone improves this further, feel free to ping me. If it really takes off, maybe we can even get someone to post it on codeplex.com....
  • Blog Post: Powertoys from the OneNote Test Team for 2010

    Every January, I compile a list of the powertoys the test team gave out the previous year. This year, there are a few new ones (table sorting, bulk import images and remove ink from a page) for OneNote 2010 and a section color changer for OneNote 2007. Several updates for getting some of the more popular...
  • Blog Post: Source code for the Bulk Ink Eraser powertoy

    The source code for this powertoy is attached below my signature at the end of this column. It's really just the inkeraserclass.cs file- everything else is just the setup/interface for it. The code here was fairly straightforward but still took some time for me to understand how to get all the ink...
  • Blog Post: An addin to help Visual Studio users with moving code to OneNote

    David Tinney sent me this really nifty addin for Visual Studio 2008. It lets you copy code with formatting from Visual Studio into OneNote. It’s been a popular request from those folks out there that write a lot of code and I’m glad to see this type of addin get created. Here's the short...
  • Blog Post: Calendar/Planner addin updated

    Two events came together to get me to update this powertoy. First, a reader was trying to use this with OneNote 2007 but wanted to customize the date format used. Since I just use whatever format you have defined in Windows, changing the format of the date for this powertoy is the same as changing the...
  • Blog Post: Some quick notes on updating OneNote 2007 addins for OneNote 2010

    I was asked how to do this and wrote up some "down and dirty" notes on what I found works well. Assuming you have a toolbar based addin, here's the steps to get it working for OneNote 2010 (and only on OneNote 2010): Find and replace “2007” strings in schema namespaces to “2010”...
  • Blog Post: Equations and TEX support for OneNote 2007

    Couldn't miss the chance to pass this along. Dragonshorn Studios released a TEX (equation) editor addin for OneNote 2007. You can get it at http://dragonshorn.info/?page_id=372 I have not yet installed or played around with this yet, but it looks very interesting. Questions, comments, concerns...
  • Blog Post: An addin for importing from a "Digital Notepad"

    Looks like Johan de Konig has written an addin to import ink from a Digital Notepad device from WALTOP. WALTOP makes a variety of digital surfaces (according to their website). You can read about the addin here: http://www.johandekoning.nl/index.php/2009/12/08/top2onenote-addin-making-my-digital-notepad...
  • Blog Post: A powertoy to make using Adapx pens for OneNote a little easier for me

    I managed to get my hands on a Capturx pen a while back from AdapX. If you haven't seen these pens, they are pretty nice - you can use their pen and their notebooks to take notes and sync the data to OneNote. It works well, but one aspect of the page their software created always bothered me. If you...
  • Blog Post: List of powertoys from the test team for 2008

    The end of the year means it is time to recap the powertoys the test team created during 2008. While not as many as last year , we still managed to produce a handful of addins. We have (maybe not obviously) been much more busy testing and such and it shows with our output for the last year. Still, there...
  • Blog Post: A small update to the OneNote Table of Contents Powertoy

    Over the in the OneNote Discussion Group , Mike made this request for a change to the Table of Contents Powertoy: "I have downloaded and used the TOC power toy. Again a great thing! However, is there any way to make the power toy produce a table of contents which reflects the actual order of the pages...
  • Blog Post: Reading the OneNote schema documentation helps prevent bugs

    As I was working on the Calendar Page Make r powertoy for OneNote, I hit a problem at one point with trying to get the size of the columns in the table correct. I wanted my table to look like this: Time of Day A really wide column to hold the events Hopefully, you can...
  • Blog Post: A Calendar/Planner powertoy for OneNote!

    I was reading the newsgroups again the other night and "SubSeaGuy" made this post: "I want to create a custom calendar. Rather than typing in the date on each page of which there would be 365, is there a way to import the page name. The example would be to create the dates (day, dd-mon-yyyy) in say...
  • Blog Post: OneNote Favorites updated with user requested feature

    Shu Chen updated his Favorites addin again. You can get the updated version at the bottom of this page. He updated his addin based on these comments from Richard: "...MOVING the OneNote Folder from its position in IE Favorites into Links stops it working properly because the program seems to lose...
  • Blog Post: A new OneNote Favorites Powertoy

    Shu Chen, a tester working on OneNote, created an alternate Favorites addin for OneNote. It works much like the IE favorites model. You click the star icon with a green plus sign to add a page, section or notebook to the favorites list, and click the bare star to open the favorites list or navigate back...
  • Blog Post: A summary of the OneNote powertoys from the test team for 2007

    I was getting ready to post this list of the addins the OneNote Test Team worked on in the year 2007 as a nice summary of what we had done when I noticed two things: People on this alias may not be subscribed to my blog (shame!) but would want this list. The test team had a hand in a great number...
  • Blog Post: How to create a "floating" toolbar in OneNote

    Gary Neitzke took a few minutes to create a draft of how to create a "floating toolbar" with your addins for OneNote. This is the tecnique he used for the image rotator . I keep putting "floating toolbar" in quotes for a reason. This really isn't a toolbar, and it can't be docked like normal toolbars...
  • Blog Post: Notebook cleaner and privatizer powertoy

    People that publish shared notebooks in some environments have a couple of requests which need to be addressed. First, suppose you are an administrator creating a section or some pages in a "New Employee Orientation" notebook which will be shared with all new employees at your company. OneNote keeps...
  • Blog Post: Task Requests from OneNote Meeting Notes powertoy

    The "Week of OneNote 2007 Powertoys" continues... One of the most frequent requests we hear for new OneNote functionality is "more integration with Outlook Tasks." Frustratingly, it always seems like no two people agree on what this means. A few users have wanted a method to assign tasks to others...
  • Blog Post: Powertoys in development

    I dropped a few hints last week about what we (the test team) has been doing recently. And one other hint was my lack of entries for a week in mid-November - I was on vacation. Vacation typically means long travel times, and what better way is there to fill the hours crammed onto an airplane than writing...
  • Blog Post: Sharepoint notebook problems and another hint

    One bug report we've been trying to track down has to do with sections from Notebooks on Sharepoint servers getting marked read only. One cause has been isolated, and David Rasmussen has the details here . It involves how your computer is set up to use a proxy server to make an internet connection, and...
  • Blog Post: An easier way to troubleshoot addins for OneNote

    I got fed up with attaching a debugger to addins in OneNote. The typical process (as suggested by Dan Escapa) is to have your addin open a dialog when it starts, then attach to the running process while the dialog is onscreen. That got annoying rather quickly and I started to look for an easier way to...
  • Blog Post: Table trouble

    I had to relearn the lesson of paying attention to details recently. I was writing some code to work with OneNote's table XML via extensibility, and could not get my code to work correctly. After a couple of days of working on this in my spare time, I was just about ready to give up. I wound up in the...
  • Blog Post: An addin to manage printouts to OneNote

    I was talking with Jeff Cardon the other day about an addin I was creating to take slides decks printed to OneNote and break them up into one slide per page. He had been thinking (and doing something) about it as well, and came up with this - an addin to completely manage items printed to OneNote. This...
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