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: Source code for the text importer for OneNote

    Way back when, the server that held the source code for the text importer got shut down. Since this blogging platform limits me to one attachment per post, I had to post the executable for everyone. I have received enough requests to let me know that this is a popular enough addin that people want the...
  • 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: OneNote Spy (omspy) for OneNote 2010

    Ilya created the OneNote OM Spy tool back in 2007. Here it is updated for OneNote 2010. It works much like the original , so I don’t think I need to post a new image or anything like that. There is one change - you can choose which schema you want to use with the dropdown along the top of the window...
  • 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: A bulk image importer powertoy for OneNote 2010

    "Vince" wrote to me a while back and asked if there was any way to update the text importer to import JPG files. It seems he had hundreds of these files for an anatomy class and was getting frustrated with copy/pasting them one at a time into OneNote. It turns out it was fairly simple to make the...
  • 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: 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: Powertoys from the OneNote test team for 2009

    The test team has been very busy this year working on OneNote 2010 (you can get the beta here: http://www.microsoft.com/office/2010/en/default.aspx ). While we have not had a tremendous amount of free time to create powertoys, I can still dig up the ones that we gave out this year. Adapx Page Expander...
  • 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 beta powertoy for OneNote 2007 to extract highlighted text from a page

    Based on a few requests I received last week, I decided to investigate a powertoy to get the highlighted text from a page. And to be specific, this powertoy gets ONLY the highlighted text and nothing else. The search functionality I wrote about last week did not work for everyone. For the few whose needs...
  • 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: A new powertoy (nee test tool) used to find OneNote pages with embedded files

    FDO stands for "File Data Object." This probably only means anything to us, but I wanted to point it out to be complete. If you click the FDO button and it turns gray and gets disabled, check this out to ensure you have the .NET programmability support for OneNote installed. It's not fast, and...
  • 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: Some updates to the OneNote Calendar/Planner powertoy

    Well, my "well tested" calendar/planner had an easy to fix but obvious problem - it always sent the calendar pages to Unfiled Notes. I had copied and pasted code from my text importer and that was the cause. The text importer application used the name of the folder which held the text files as a new...
  • 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: Code for image rotator and some upcoming work for test

    I got a request a few days ago to see about posting the code for the image rotator powertoy. Gary agreed to go ahead and release his code and you can get it here now. The link is at the bottom of this entry. Another request that comes up every so often on the newsgroups is to restore the sample notebooks...
  • Blog Post: Sudoku Addin for OneNote beta is available

    Carlos Rivera has been working feverishly over the last few weeks to polish Sudoku for OneNote addin, and I'm proud to announce he has released his beta version today! You can get it here (the link is also below), or over at the codeplex site ( www.codeplex.com/onom ) if you want the code. Remember...
  • Blog Post: Favorites powertoy for OneNote update, and developing a test matrix

    Two things are happening. First, Shu responded to you and updated his Favorites addin. In his words, here is the update: I just implemented a new version (1.6.1) of the OneNote Favorites AddIn based on some of the valuable blog feedback. The new updates are: 1. OneNote Favorites Center...
  • 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...
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