Powertoys from the OneNote test team for 2009

The test team has been very busy this year working on OneNote 2010 (you can get the beta here: http://www.microsoft.com/office/2010/en/default.aspx). While we have not had a tremendous amount of free time to create powertoys, I can still dig up the ones that we gave out this year.

  1. Adapx Page Expander: http://blogs.msdn.com/johnguin/archive/2009/03/09/a-powertoy-to-make-using-adapx-pens-for-onenote-a-little-easier-for-me.aspx. This merely expands a page from a given size to infinite in each direction.

  2. The AutoHotKey script: http://blogs.msdn.com/johnguin/archive/2009/04/02/a-really-great-tip-to-make-getting-information-into-onenote-much-easier.aspx. Not really from the OneNote team – Jordan Knight gets credit for this one. A little setup work is required, but the payoff is very nice.

  3. Highlighted Text finder: http://blogs.msdn.com/johnguin/archive/2009/08/24/a-beta-powertoy-for-onenote-2007-to-extract-highlighted-text-from-a-page.aspx. In Beta since it only works for English text, but finds and extracts highlighted text from a page.

Like I said, not a tremendous output. But OneNote itself is so great, what else do we need to add 🙂 ?

If you want to write your own addins, a great starting point is the OneNote Developer Center at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/office/aa905452.aspx. The schema reference is a must read as well – it would have saved me a few hours had a I read through it before starting on some of my addins.

Questions, comments, concerns and criticisms always welcome,


Comments (8)

  1. I can’t get any of the links to work.  They all return 404.  I’m particularly interested in the AutoHotKey script.  I loves me some AutoHotKey!

  2. wilsonch says:

    The links are truncated. I got to them by noting the date in the URL (like "2009/04/02") and then going to the archive manually from the "Archives" menu in the lower right hand side of the screen.

  3. JohnGuin says:

    Thanks – I fixed the links.  They should work now.

  4. Alvin says:

    Oh, and also can we do something about the "print to OneNote" quality to be more than 1200dpi?  ’cause alot of things I print to OneNote come out a little blurry

  5. JohnGuin says:

    Can you use the email link near the top right to send me a copy of an image that prints "blurry?"

  6. GaryC says:


      Did you get a copy of an image that prints "blurry"?  I "upgraded" from the Beta 2010 OneNote last night to the off the self retail version of Office 2010.  I also bought a stand along OneNote 2010 package for my work computer and upgraded from OneNote 2007 to OneNote 2010.  On both machines the print to one note results are extremely disappointing.  I've been using OneNote as both my personal and my technical engineering notebook and this has made it unusable for practical purposes.

    Gary Coryer, Senior Engineer

  7. JohnGuin says:

    I did get it and filed a bug.  We are investigating.  I don't have a better update yet, but again, thanks for the report.