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.

February, 2010

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    A neat tip for user name with OneNote (and other Office apps)

    Here's a quick tip I found after playing with my user name that works for me to help make my changes in a shared notebook a little easier to see with OneNote 2010. As a side note (no pun intended), the maximum initials length you can have in Office is...
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    A challenge with helping OneNote users

    One point of confusion that can come up when we try to help OneNote people with questions is understanding the exact question being asked. For instance, I saw this question on the discussion group : "If I am typing a series of notes as separate ...
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    Optimizing a test virtual disk for distribution over our internal network

    Last week, someone sent me a Vista image to copy to my machine to use for testing. This image is a virtual hard drive for use with HyperV, so all I needed to do was copy the file, create a basic virtual machine and start it. Due to some hardware problems...
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    Yesterday was “one of those days”

    Sigh. I had been running Windows XP on my tablet to help get coverage with OneNote on that operating system. I tried to get Remote Access working so I could log in from home, but the driver for it was removed from the internal page. They (our internal...
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    Nothing at all to do with testing

    Amazing the odd things that bring up memories of college. I was taking a literature class and one of the books we had to read was Robinson Crusoe . The teacher was animated about this book and to generate interest, he went on a near screaming tirade about...
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    A nice tip for a Windows theme to work with OneNote 2010

    Sigh.  Somehow or other I have seem to have lost my permissions to install our internal builds of Office 2010.  This means I can’t upgrade to our latest versions.  And, naturally, I only found out I lost permissions after wiping the OS...
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    Follow up on the monitors

    A couple of weeks ago I mentioned Gary had some extra monitors sitting in his office. I wanted to know why he had so many of them and what they would be used for. Here’s the picture of what he has set up now: Starting at the bottom left is his netbook...
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    Not the only OneNote tester with a funny name

    Way back when, I mentioned my name was not " John Guin ". If you don't want to jump back and review the article, I was making up a name to test our Find by Author feature in OneNote 2010 (and also our XML import API and other related features...
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