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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You don't need to micromanage the recycle bin in OneNote
A few months ago I wrote a tip about emptying the Recycle Bin to save space ( http://blogs.msdn.com/b/johnguin/archive/2014/02/17/onenote-tip-empty-the-notebook-recycle-bin-to-save-space.aspx ) While that is valid, there are a couple of points that have been mentioned by readers since then that I...
30 Jun 2014
Check out Linked Note Taking with OneNote and Powerpoint
Check this out - our own program manager, Alex Simmons, wrote a guest post over on the PowerPoint blog about using OneNote 2010 while taking meaningful notes on slides. Well worth the read! Questions, comments, concerns and criticisms always welcome, John
14 Apr 2010
A nice tip to create desktop shortcuts to OneNote pages
Saw this over on the discussion group: too good to not pass along. Pete Wood gives a good step by step for creating desktop shortucts to OneNote pages at http://voato.com/office/create-desktop-links-to-onenote-pages-and-paragraphs/ Update 10/11/13: that post is gone, so I wrote an update on my blog...
10 Apr 2010
An example of lightweight To Do management with OneNote
A question I get now and then is "Does the OneNote team use OneNote to get work completed?" The answer is "Of course!" (and it is interesting that I get asked this) and here is one example. A few years ago we were tracking our automation work to do list of work items. In a very simplistic way, I created...
1 Apr 2010
Super OneNote power user tip: Moving outlines one pixel at a time
Kim sent me an email wanting to know if it was possible to fine tune the position of outlines on a page. She wanted the fine tuning to be one pixel at a time, and she also wanted this functionality to be accessible via the keyboard. After poking around a bit, here's how to do it. First, turn off the...
17 Sep 2009
Free OneNote "cheat sheet"
Check this out: Lifehacker found some free cheat sheets for many office products (and other apps) at http://lifehacker.com/5360395/customguide-provides-quick+reference-sheets-for-microsoft-apple-and-adobe-products . The reason this jumped out at me was the image they used in their preview: OneNote...
16 Sep 2009
A quick test and tip for OneNote audio search
Looking through the newsgroup this weekend showed this comment : basically, this person was having some difficulty getting audio search working well. I had some problems with this in the past and wanted to share a tip to possibly get this working better for you. First, the quality of the audio should...
31 Aug 2009
A registry key for OneNote worth backing up
Looking through my Sent Items folder in Outlook for the past few weeks, I realized I had asked and told a few people about this registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0\OneNote\OpenNotebooks I've had to modify the contents of this key a few times for troubleshooting recently and...
9 Jul 2009
Changing the format for the Inserted Date and Time in OneNote
I saw this question posted last week on a previous post I had discussing the Date/Time format in OneNote. I also got a few emails asking this same question from different users so I figured this may be interesting to write about. "I am having trouble figuring out how to change the format of the time...
11 May 2009
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...
14 Aug 2008
A OneNote Tips blog has started
This is great news: Jeff Cardon, the fellow who brought us the Print Manager powertoy, the CRM addin for OneNote and more useful powertoys than I can list here has started a OneNote tips blog over at here: http://blogs.msdn.com/onenotetips [update: new link] Be sure to subscribe to this one. He...
25 Apr 2008
A few Outlook tips
Since I was on Outlook for so many years, I have been asked many, many questions on it. I want to share my top tips, and offer one warning about a feature in Outlook as well. Let's jump right in. Create a rule to delay sending all items by two minutes. We jokingly call this a "career saver"...
27 Mar 2008
Top 5 OneNote tips, and a nice little win
A request I get face to face is "What is a way to get more out of OneNote?" I don't think I've ever gotten this in email - must be something about the way people interact. So after a year of using it far more than I ever did before, though, I want to share my favorite tips. If you are in a hurry, you...
24 Mar 2008
Still "living in the OneNote cache"
Last week when my tablet died I lost the hard drive which held the most important notebook I use in my day to day work. I was fortunate enough to have shared the notebook and connected to it from a second machine. Here's what I immediately did to ensure I would not lose my data. 1. Went to the machine...
7 Mar 2008
Some soon to be updated documentation for napkin math
I had an old machine give out on me earlier this week. The memory on it had started giving parity errors, and the hard drive finally went out completely - fdisk simply would not even run any more. This particular machine had been the machine I use to write automation scripts, so I had to recreate all...
21 Feb 2008
Using existing tools to make reading books with OneNote easier
I found a really great service which helps me catch up on my long overdue list of books I want to read. The website is www.dailylit.com and they have a fairly large collection of public domain and new books which they "get" to you. Their method of delivery is pretty neat. You can set up a book to be...
14 Jan 2008
Tracking a bug with video and seeing it change into a tip for OneNote users
Gary Neitzke and I both discovered the same "bug" with OneNote last week. We both entered a bug with repro steps (the step by step directions on how to get a bug to occur) like this: Create a new page in any notebook Open the page setup taskbar (via File | Page Setup) Change the Page Body...
7 Jan 2008
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