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Nota Bene: Tips and techniques for Microsoft Office OneNote (A blog by Michael C. Oldenburg)

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  • Blog Post: Now available: An updated 64-bit print driver for OneNote 2007

    Many of you have been trying out the Microsoft OneNote 2010 Beta since its release last week and I hope you’ve been enjoying the test drive. One of the main questions that we've repeatedly been asked is whether or not OneNote 2010 has native support for the “Send to OneNote” print driver on 64-bit Windows...
  • Blog Post: Things to know when running OneNote 2007 on Windows 7

    Today, Windows 7 finally arrives in stores. In my personal opinion, it’s Microsoft’s best-ever operating system. I’m not saying this because I work at Microsoft. I’m saying it because I’ve been personally using and thoroughly testing Windows 7 ever since its early builds were made available. The improvements...
  • Blog Post: OneNote is a trial lawyer’s best friend

    For as long as I’ve worked on the OneNote team here at Microsoft, I’ve never grown tired of hearing from real-life customers who sometimes take the time to tell us their stories about how technology and Microsoft Office products have changed and improved their lives. This month, it’s my distinct pleasure...
  • Blog Post: How OneNote 2007 helps ‘Halo’ game developer Bungie

    Game developer Bungie is one of the biggest names in the computer and console gaming market. The Kirkland, Washington company has 140 employees and is best known for its trilogy of Halo games, which are among the most successful video game titles ever released. The most recent installment — Halo 3: ODST...
  • Blog Post: Is “narrow-casting” a good idea for OneNote Help content?

    You may remember me first mentioning my colleague Joannie Stangeland back in the spring, when she decided to launch a podcast-style “how-to” video series called A Writer’s Guide to Microsoft Office . At first glance, this might have seemed like a run-of-the-mill video series, but Joannie decided to experiment...
  • Blog Post: Head back to class with OneNote

    Summer’s nearly over. Students and teachers have begun preparing for their long march back into their classrooms. Over the years, many students and teachers who already rely on OneNote in school have told us that they wish OneNote 2007 were standard issue in every classroom. The word about OneNote...
  • Blog Post: Gain and share OneNote knowledge on Facebook

    Ah, Facebook. You either love it or hate it, right? Well, now there’s another reason to love it. Microsoft OneNote now has its very own fan page on Facebook, which means you now have an easier way to get free tips about your favorite program, share ideas about the ways you use OneNote, and get answers...
  • Blog Post: Discover and learn easy time-savers in OneNote 2007

    If you’ve used any Windows program for a while, you’re likely to have figured out some of its keyboard shortcuts by now. Keyboard shortcuts are the combinations of special keystrokes that can give you much quicker access to commands than if you were to click through the long trail of menus, toolbars...
  • Blog Post: Never miss a deadline with OneNote!

    The newest episode of the video series A Writer’s Guide to Microsoft Office — created by my colleague Joannie Stangeland and produced by yours truly — is now available. As did her premiere episode, Joannie’s latest video shines the spotlight on OneNote 2007, which she uses together with Outlook 2007...
  • Blog Post: A first look at OneNote 2010

    If you missed the big Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview announcement last week, you might not have heard about some of the exciting new and improved features that are in store for OneNote 2010. To get a sneak peek at some of these, check out this video, hosted by my colleague Ayça Yuksel: ...
  • Blog Post: Download more free OneNote calendars for 2009 (and 2010)

    Back in January of this year, I provided shortcuts to the newest calendar templates for your OneNote 2007 notebooks. Since then, the Templates team at Office Online has been busy creating more free templates for you to download — including a full spectrum of customizable 2009 calendars and even a couple...
  • Blog Post: OneNote. Share the love.

    Ever wanted to convey to your friends, family, or co-workers what’s so great about OneNote? This entertaining new video cuts to the chase: It’s the sharing! Pass it on! ;)
  • Blog Post: A “Send to OneNote 2007” print driver solution for 64-bit Windows

    Okay... to be fair to our Marketing folks, the truth is out there: It’s always been out there. This is what you see printed on the spine label of any Office 2007 retail package that contains OneNote 2007. You can read this label if you happen to hold an actual product box in your hand at...
  • Blog Post: Download the new “Green Living Ideas” notebook for OneNote

    In celebration of Earth Day on April 22, I’ve put together a new “Green Living Ideas” notebook for OneNote 2007 that you can download for free . You can use it to list, organize, and keep track of a variety of “green living” ideas, reminders, and opportunities. The notebook contains five suggested sections...
  • Blog Post: Lost your job? Let OneNote and Office help!

    Early on in my technical career, I worked for a medium-sized company that was enjoying a period of brisk revenue growth. Almost immediately, the company began spending recklessly on lavish office perks, designer furniture, equipment, spendy retreats at resorts, and never-ending catered meals. (Sounds...
  • Blog Post: Love OneNote? Show your support!

    Each month, as I go through customer comments and feedback here on my blog and from the articles on the Office Online site, there’s a recurring theme that we on the OneNote team never grow tired of hearing: Our customers really love OneNote. If you count yourself among those of us who can’t...
  • Blog Post: Learn from a pro: Real-world draft management in OneNote 2007

    Some of the best computer tips out there aren't ever “in the manual,” so to speak. We search the Web to see if someone before us has solved a problem or found an easier, better, and faster way of doing something we want to do. More recently, the convergence of blogs, broadband, and high-quality video...
  • Blog Post: Revisiting sticky notes: Computer or paper?

    In my previous post , I aimed the spotlight at one of OneNote’s hidden features: electronic sticky notes, a.k.a. Side Notes. Like many of you, I work on a computer every day. I constantly aim to fulfill the personal computer’s original purpose: To make the machine do as much work for me as possible...
  • Blog Post: Do yellow sticky notes make you want to scream?

    Okay, let’s face it. It’s hard to hate yellow sticky notes. Like Velcro™ and the World Wide Web, they’re arguably one of modern civilization’s coolest inventions. Even so, if you’re in the habit of reaching for a sticky note each time you have a fleeting thought, you already know that they can quickly...
  • Blog Post: Download free 2009 calendar templates (or make your own!)

    Happy New Year, everyone! As any seasoned user of OneNote 2007 will tell you, the beauty of OneNote is the ability to keep everything together in one place. Calendars are no exception, whether you keep them with you for quick lookups or you link dates and events to specific pages in your notebook...
  • Blog Post: Take OneNote to class!

    Here in the hallways at Microsoft, there’s a particular utterance that can be heard with ever-increasing frequency: “Wow—I wish we’d have had something like OneNote back when I was in school...!” I'm one of the many people who feel this way. Aside from laptop computers and the Internet, OneNote...
  • Blog Post: It's that time of year again...

    This month’s collection of tips on the Microsoft At Work Web site (shown below) gives a shout-out to one of my previous blog posts, in which I shared some tips about using OneNote for holiday and event planning. If you missed my original blog post, you can still read it here: Survive the...
  • Blog Post: Free download: Office 2007 Help updates (including OneNote!)

    When we mention “Help” in the software publishing world, we don't mean technical support or maintenance (that's generally called “Support”). Instead, the collective term “Help” refers to the free published content that ships with most commercial or professional software programs. This content can serve...
  • Blog Post: With shared notebooks, collaboration is not just a buzzword

    Wikipedia defines “ collaboration ” as follows: “Collaboration is a recursive process where two or more people work together toward an intersection of common goals — for example, an intellectual endeavor that is creative in nature — by sharing knowledge, learning,...
  • Blog Post: What do you want to see in a OneNote 2007 book?

    Over the past few months, I’ve been asked by some of my readers if I can recommend any good books about OneNote. In short, the answer is a reluctant “No.” If you do a quick search in Amazon.com’s Books section for “OneNote 2007” (include the quote marks in your...
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