This is the first in a series of loveletters, I mean blog posts, about how I use OneNote. No, seriously, I love this thing. I'll also be talking about:
but I want to start with the toolbars.
Why the toolbars? Partly because having the right ones is important - if you're on a Tablet PC, you've got a limited amount of screen space, and you only want to display toolbar buttons for the actions that you use the most. But mostly because setting up Office toolbars is one of the most annoying and counter-intuitive UI tasks known to man, and deep down I just want to vent.*
So which are the right toolbars to use? I argue that it's best to create your own - I did that after I found myself frequently using buttons from four or five of the standard toolbars. And I created two: a horizontal toolbar that I use everywhere, and a vertical toolbar for the pen actions that I only use on my Tablet PC. To do it yourself:
Phew. That wasn't so bad, was it? Now you can hide the standard toolbars and revel in all the screenspace that you just created!
More OneNote 2003 resources:
*To be fair to the Office UI team, giving a user good visual cues as to how to manipulate toolbars is hard!