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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    OneNote Tip: Change the notebook display name to save screen real estate

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    I was hosting a meeting this week and had OneNote on the display. I opened a notebook that was named "ttn" in my display and someone wanted to know what "ttn" was. Well, "ttn" is my shortcut for the OneNote Test Team Notebook...
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    Using Watson with Dogfood

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    One of the benefits we get from Watson and our internal usage of OneNote is that we get a different set of feedback from internal users when we have a new build of OneNote for everyone to use. It works like this: We build a new version of OneNote each...
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    We shipped a lot of OneNote today!

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    Wow - we shipped a TON of stuff today. OneNote for the Mac, a free OneNote for Windows users, the Office Lens app and an entire server system for everyone! Here’s the information that I think is really great: There is a webinar for the Mac free for everyone...
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    Books on my reading list right now - Think Bayes and 10 Print

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    One of the challenges of working at Microsoft, or at any job really, is continually learning new ways to work at your job. I am constantly faced with the challenge of learning new skills, studying new software testing techniques and always trying to improve...
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    Getting the version number for modern OneNote

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    Last week I mentioned a fix we made that makes tables load faster in the modern OneNote client . I wanted to follow up and show everyone where the version number of that client is displayed since one of the first questions I always ask folks is, "What...
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    A second (final?) "beta" of the text file importer for OneNote 2013

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    Thanks to a slew of folks that helped test this, I am posting another version of the text file importer updated for OneNote 2013. The ZIP file is down below my name and it has a readme for how to install it. Not much more to say here and http://blogs...
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    Making pages with tables load faster in OneNote

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    Way back in 2007 when I started this blog, I had an idea to take a look at a bug we fixed and write an article about that specific bug. As near as I can tell, I have never gotten around to doing this and have decided to finally get this done. At some...
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    A tedious task for today

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    One of the challenges of testing around Office is ensuring all the code changes partner teams make are correctly applied to the branch of code from which OneNote ships. Considering the array of branches we use (a topic I internally call "branchology"...
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    OneNote Tip: Empty the notebook recycle bin to save space

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    I was cleaning up a laptop over this weekend and was trying to free some space on the hard drive. Since I had been using OneNote (of course) I decided to see if there was any way I could optimize the space it uses. I am a fairly heavy user of OneNote...
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    A high resolution fix for OneNote

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    One of the changes in the marketplace since we shipped OneNote 2013 was the rise of high resolution (QHD and higher) screens. Some companies have released laptops and such with screens that use 2580x1440 pixels, or 3200x1800. If you saw CES, even higher...
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