Useful OneNote Tips


OneNote is a simple, yet powerful, note-taking application from Microsoft. Evernote is its competitor, OneNote is more of a digital notebook with powerful control over how you organize your content. OneNote helps you to do a lot of things like taking quick notes, listing to-do tasks, managing your ideas and research, etc. It is one of the most underrated Windows applications as useful as it is.

Here are a few tips to get the most out of OneNote, if you are already using OneNote to manage your note-taking requirements.

Creating To-Do Lists :


To-do lists may look simple, but they are very important if you want to stay managed. It informs you about your daily activities. Moreover, most of us start our day by making a list of all the important things we should do on that day. OneNote is not only used to perform simple and complicated note-taking tasks but can also be used to do the simplest of things like creating an easy to-do list.

To create a to-do list, enter the task you want to make a list, and press the keyboard shortcut “Ctrl + 1.” With this action, OneNote automatically adds a checkbox to the line. After that, press the Enter button, and you can ready to write another to-do task.

Clip Webpages :


Web page clipping may sound ordinary at first. But you will find it really useful once you start using it. For instance, I use OneNote web clipper all the time when I’m researching a topic. Or it can be even used to quickly save an online transaction for future reference. You can easily clip web pages with just a few clicks using OneNote. Install the Chrome extension, and you are good to go. The OneNote web clipper is not as advanced as the Evernote web clipper. But it is good enough for the basic usage.

Besides clipping web pages, you can also take quick screen-caps using OneNote. To do that, right-click on the OneNote icon in the taskbar. Select the “Take Screen Clipping” option. Alternatively, you can also use the “Win + Shift + S” shortcut.

Add Audio and Video to Your Notes :


OneNote is not only used for adding a bunch of text, but you can also embed just about anything like images, photos, audio and video, math equations, and many. All you have to do is take the help of the Insert menu on the ribbon.

Additionally, There is an obscure thing about OneNote. Actually, you can make your added audio and video files searchable. So that you can search and find the words you want in the audio and video file. However, this feature is disabled by default.

If you want this feature enabled, open the “File” menu and tap on “Options.” In the options window, select the “Audio and Video” option from the left sidebar. In that, select the “Enable searching for audio and video recordings for words” checkbox.

Capture Text from Images :


So you have an image of a document or you’ve just taken a screenshot of a web page. Now you want to capture all the text in the image. For these kind of activities, you don’t actually need any additional OCR (Optical Character Recognition) software.  Because it can be achieved in a couple of clicks. To start, add the image to the section, right-click on the image and then select the “Copy text from Picture” option.

This action will copy all the text from the image to the clipboard. Since the text is copied to the clipboard, you can paste it wherever you want.

Password Protect OneNote :


This may not work for everyone. If you are sharing your notebook with another person, then you might want to password-protect certain sections of a notebook. To password-protect a section in your notebook, right-click on the section. Then select the “Password protect this section” option.

These are the OneNote tips which are really useful and are even simple.

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