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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    Making pages easier to sync with a mobile device

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    I was thinking of a tool to somehow send selected pages from my different OneNote notebooks to my Windows Mobile phone and went to talk with Dan Escapa ( http://blogs.msdn.com/descapa ) about some design choices I was facing. He was working on a very...
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    Hardware problems

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    Well, I had three hard drives die on me over the weekend. My personal laptop hard drive gave out. My Inspiron hung exactly when I inserted a CD to burn a backup of my files. Still, I managed to get my important files off of it by using it in a USB enclosure...
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    A tool to import texts from Project Gutenberg

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    Here's the tool I wrote to import "Project Gutenberg" (link: http://www.gutenberg.org ) texts into OneNote. The first link goes to the setup files, and the second has the code if you want to see that. Update as of April 6, 2009: the updated download...
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    Working with literature books in OneNote

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    One way I use OneNote with my tablet is to make comments on text. I generally have a column of text along the left side of the page and use my pen to write comments to the right side. Yes, I have lousy handwriting...
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    Resolving the bug testing found

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    I'm back from vacation and ready to resolve the bug in my little application with Outlook and OneNote.     To summarize, if a user sets the Outlook startup folder to be sticky notes, then OneNote will not start when Outlook is started. When the user...
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    Fixing a problem with my addin

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    Back to the bug with the addin which opens OneNote whenever you open an Outlook sticky notes folder.     When I look at this bug, I'm going to look at what I know and what I suspect (or can guess at). Then I'll get an estimate of the cost to fix the...
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    Corrupt File Problems – What to Do?

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    Sorry for all the problems with the ZIP files. I mentioned it in a posting - there is a bug in Office Live that corrupts compressed folders created with Windows XP when they get uploaded. Since I use Windows XP on the machine I created these powertoys...
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    Customer feedback results in another powertoy

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    I'm going to go off on a tangent here. Another role OneNote testers have is that of customer advocate. We are tasked with monitoring the OneNote newsgroup , the Customer Connection site, responding to customer feedback and using all of this information...
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    Looking at one simple test

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    So now I have an application to test and I want to get moving. My next step is to take each item from my notes and begin to work on a complete test plan, create my test cases, create automation and get buyoff from the developer and the program manager...
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    Finishing the review of the design

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    I think I beat step 2 of the design well enough that I can move on to the other elements. I'll look at steps 1 and 3 this time.         I have to ask if these are the only ways in which the note module can be opened in Outlook. It's not: there...
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