OneNote Tip: You can check TODO boxes in the Summary Pane

I was working with tags associated with a  remodel project the other day and needed to search my Unfiled Notes section for all the TO DO items I had left for myself there. As usual, I went to the Home tab and select Find Tags - this gives me the summary pane of tags. It looked something like this:


Now the “Finalize paint colors” task I had here (right in the middle of this list) has already been finalized. I wanted to check this as done. Here's the tip - you don't have to navigate to the page to do this. You can check the box as Done right here in the Tags Summary pane.

To test this out, you can change the setting at the top of the tag pane so that the summary pane only shows unchecked items. Then when you check it, the pane will update immediately and remove it from the list.

Pretty nifty - this means I don't have to navigate around to check items as done.

Let me know if this tip helps you out.

Questions, comments, concerns and criticisms always welcome,

Comments (3)

  1. Alex Fung says:

    Does the Find tags function sort the result alphabetically? Having used it for 4 years+, I always thought it is random.

    It would be nice if it can keep the original sequence as in the source. I use tags to highlight key points, and use find tags to locate them, like a table of contents. But then it is completely out of sequence.

  2. JohnGuin says:

    Alex – no, the tags are not sorted.  We could do with some better tagging functionality – I'll forward this along to our design team.

    Thanks for using OneNote,


  3. Tim says:

    Make that work from the Summary Page you can generate!  If I mark it complete on the Summary Page, it should mark the original complete.  The same as it does from the Summary Pane!

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