Friday, September 16, 2011

Microsoft OneNote - For a successful school year and beyond




Hopefully most of you got the chance to check out my Microsoft Office 2010 post with some great back-to-school tip and fantastic Microsoft Office giveaway. Packed inside Microsoft Office is OneNote. I know some of you maybe asking yourself what OneNote is, so and I wanted to come back and touch upon some of OneNote uses and key features, to let you all in on what a wonderful and helpful program OneNote is. I even have some great free template downloads to get you started!

So what is it about Microsoft OneNote that is so great? Where do I start... One Note can gather your notes, drawings, and audio commentaries and even share them with other users of Microsoft OneNote over the Internet. If your like me and lack of organization has held you back, you have met your match with OneNote. Never be left disorganized, scrabbling to find those important note as SO much more.

See information in Microsoft OneNote is saved in 'Pages', which are organized into Notebooks. You can think of it as your own personal tabbed three ringed binder, placed online with the ability to share your info. However unlike a traditional binder, OneNote can be used directly for making/taking notes, and also to gather material obtained from other applications. With OneNotes student planner you can capture and organizing class research, notes, and ideas! Come study time, it’ll be easy to search your notes for a word, tag, or date.

Microsoft OneNote is not just for the student, you can organize just about anything in OneNote. As a blogger, I am learning to organize and schedule in OneNote. I tend to get scattered very easy and previously kept my notes, posting dates, contacts in a paper notebook and spreadsheets. Of course I have been known to sit down with a spreadsheet for an hour and not hit save - with OneNote your sessions are saved automatically!

Planning a wedding? Have a binder full of your resources? Try out the Wedding Template on One Note and customize it to your liking. Your OneNote wedding notebook will become your best assistant. Collect images from around the web, copy and paste directly to OneNote, research honeymoon location, keep track of bridal party sizes, seating charts and more. Of course you can share sections of your notebook with the groom, Mom, or even in coordination with your wedding planner.

As you can see the uses for OneNote are endless. If you have yet to checkout Microsoft OneNote and would like to get started here are a few free templates to get you going.

  • Student Planner–Students will feel on top of their game with OneNote keeping important materials safe and streamlining the creative process of projects.

  • Travel Planner– Planning a trip is half the fun! By capturing hotel reservations and activity itineraries in OneNote, you’ll start soaking up your next vacation as soon as you download.
  • Home DIY Project– OneNote is an open canvas, so feel free to drop-in endless images of inspiration and think out loud through the remodel of your dreams.
  • Wedding Planner– Bridezilla who? Be on top of every detail for your big day by organizing your vendor contracts, seating chart and guest list in OneNote.
If you have tried OneNote, or are a regular user of Microsoft OneNote, I would love to hear your thoughts.

5 comments:

Closer to Lucy said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Man I need something like this so badly.

I'm a mid-life return to school hot mess and have been looking for something to organize my notes and sticky pad scratches. I was a mess to begin with, now they expect me to turn stuff in on time and everything....this school thing is hard work :0)

Sammy said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

My daughter started College this year. This sounds like something that could be really useful to her. I know she uses Microsoft Office, I wonder if she has tried this out.

Pam said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

My daughter is starting college this year too. I know this will help her with taking notes and writing reports. I could use this too! It would help me keep up with my blog stuff.

Christine said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

It is unbelievable how much advance there has been in school paraphernalia since I was in college.

Samantha said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

i am SO old school- still with the pen and paper, LOL

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