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.

August, 2007

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    Merge Pages in OneNote Powertoy

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    Time for another useful powertoy! This addin, written by our own Jeff Cardon, merges selected pages together. It is about as simple as it sounds: select the pages you want to merge and click the merge toolbar button. Some notes: there is a popup...
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    Yet another OneNote Powertoy

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    A great part of working in OneNote test is the people on our team. Take Jeff Cardon ( again ), for instance. He was wanting to know what types of addins people were requesting the most. I mentioned the method we tell users to use to make a page a subpage...
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    Knowing when to say "when" - Goodbye, X60 Tablet PC...

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    Goodbye, Lenovo Thinkpad X60. In addition to the problems I had in the past, I experienced a new one last week. The lenovo tablet has a sensor in it which determines the orientation of the screen. When a user flips it around, the screen re-orients itself...
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    Using the tablet as a tester

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    Tablet PCs are just great. I did not ever want a notebook of any sort for work since I hate being in meetings and seeing people spend time answering email rather than paying attention to the meeting. I never wanted to be one of "those" people. True...
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    Bug fix available for Vista users using Windows Offline Files

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    There is a fix from the Vista team for problems related to synching an offline file to a server and the file getting corrupted. Dan Escapa has the details on his blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/descapa/archive/2007/08/17/onenote-and-windows-offline-files...
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    Finding an easier way to reproduce a bug

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    We spent a good amount of time trying to reproduce the exact customer reported problem trying to repro the crash in the merge pages addin. Theo and I sent about 8 emails backs and forth, and three testers here donated our time to try to solve this problem...
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    The story of the bug with merge pages

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    Theo Buis found a bug in the merge pages powertoy. He lives in the Netherlands and the addin was crashing when he tried to merge pages. Since "owning" these tools is just as important as creating them - we want to respond to bug reports, questions and...
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    Getting the Gateway set up

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    I've had my Gateway for a week, and finally have it set up pretty much the way I intend to use it. It is what we call my dogfood machine. I'll wind up using it for the vast majority of my OneNote use, email, other office applications, etc.. It's like...
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    Using our powertoys to test OneNote & updating MergePages

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    ----edited info---- Jeff Cardon fixed a crashing bug in the merge pages addin. If you tried to merge pages in a read only section, the addin would crash (although OneNote kept running). You can get the update at http://johnguin.members.winisp.net/Shared...
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    What is it with the Netherlands?

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    First it was Theo Buis reporting a problem with merging pages and now Bart Wessels, a technology specialist in the Netherlands has some insight for us. Bart contacted me a few weeks ago about some of the powertoys I had released on this blog and mentioned...
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