A OneNote 2010 powertoy to bulk erase ink

A math teacher from Canada sent me a request a couple of weeks ago for help. He had some pages that had pictures and ink on them, and wanted a way to select and delete only the ink on the page. He has some content on the page, then adds in (presumably in class for an explanation), and then wants to select and delete all the ink on the page so the students can have a clean page with which to start.

I thought this sounded like a good case for a powertoy and came out with the "OneNote 2010 Bulk Ink Eraser." You can download the setup files from the link below my signature.

Some notes about this toy:

It is a fairly powerful toy. If there is ink on a page, it gets deleted, so I wanted to make it a little hard to use to prevent accidentally destroying your data. I decided to go with an older style command bar addin, so the icon shows under the Addins tab:


That icon is supposed to be 4 of the pink erasers - to signify bulk erasing. It's hard to tell, I know, but I have no UI design skills.

Undo if actually supported. CTRT+Z will bring the ink back.

To install, exit OneNote, extract the files from the ZIP file and run setup.exe (not the MSI).

There were some interesting cases around how the code works that I will go over next. I will also post the code next time as well.

I do not want to port this back to OneNote 2007. There is a little workaround in that version to do the same thing - CTRL+A a few times to select all content on the page, then invoke the "Treat all ink as handwriting" command, then press DELETE.

I will be out all next week on recruiting, so I will have the code sometime past that.

Thanks for the pointer to this, Kelvin.

Questions, comments, concerns and criticisms always welcome,


Comments (11)

  1. cdD says:

    Great addin, thanks!

    It would be extremely useful to be able to delete only highlighting, but I don't know if it would be possible.

  2. The ink eraser works great. but it gets rid of any other icons for other powertoy add ins. If I uninstall the inkeraser add-in they appear again and work fine. (page, section sort and privatizer)

  3. John says:

    I noticed this too.  Let me investigate.

  4. Thank You. I really appreciate the work you do to increase the functionality of this software.

  5. Cactus says:

    Hi, Do yu have a tool to erase Date and time on my netbooks.

    Thanks a lot.

  6. John says:

    What do you mean by date and time?  The stamp under the title, or the time that you added information?  If the latter, you could try blogs.msdn.com/…/notebook-cleaner-and-privatizer-powertoy.aspx to see if it helps (I don't have a machine to check this right now).

  7. Laura says:

    Hi!  I'm very interested for this power toy for OneNote 2013.  I tried the above directions, but the add-in isn't showing as an option.  Can you please help me troubleshoot?  Thanks!

  8. John says:

    I never updated this for 2013.  I have the code, though, if someone wants to update it…

  9. Laura says:

    Thanks for your quick response.  Any chance that you'd be interested in updating it?  đź™‚

  10. JohnGuin says:

    I simply don't have the time.  But I have the code if anyone else wants to step up to update this toy…

  11. Mitch Capper says:

    Hi John,

    I am not sure if you will still get notifications on this or not but if so I would be happy to update the toy and post it on github.  I don't see a direct way to contact you but, you can reach me at https://github.com/mitchcapper .

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