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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    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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    Half past Bold?

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    No idea who came up with this clock idea, but it is cool and hanging on the wall near our team coffee machine: Questions, comments, concerns and criticisms always welcome, John
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    Follow up from the Coursera class

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    The 4 week Coursera class we took for Data Analytics is done. We took several approaches to this class and wanted to cover as many test bases as we could. Perhaps obviously, we were looking to brush up or in some cases develop some basic data analysis...
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    OneNote Tip: Making tables from pasted text

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    I hit this situation last week and I am not sure if everyone knows this tip for making tables from pasted text. Here's what happened. I had a database that I queried for some data and got 4 results. I copied the results list from the database UI and pasted...
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    Trying to narrow down a set of reproducible steps

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    We had a small test pass last week using the Windows Phone version of OneNote. We had four testers co-authoring in a shared notebook and we each were using a different phone. I'll just call the phones alpha, beta, gamma and delta since we found no problems...
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    The “InkBias” registry key in OneNote

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    This week I was contacted by a fellow using OneNote and he had a couple of questions about inking. First, he wanted some help changing pen thickness (which was relatively easy to answer) and then he had a question about the "InkBias" registry...
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    A partner team contacted us about a bug today

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    I want to take a bit to describe one facet of working with partner teams. This type of activity happens very frequently and is critical to getting Office, as a suite, ready. There is not much technical detail here and I want to focus on the process. One...
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