OneNote Tip: Change the notebook display name to save screen real estate

I was hosting a meeting this week and had OneNote on the display. I opened a notebook that was named "ttn" in my display and someone wanted to know what "ttn" was. Well, "ttn" is my shortcut for the OneNote Test Team Notebook. I often alter the display name just to save some screen real…

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Using Watson with Dogfood

One of the benefits we get from Watson and our internal usage of OneNote is that we get a different set of feedback from internal users when we have a new build of OneNote for everyone to use. It works like this: We build a new version of OneNote each day and in some cases…

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We shipped a lot of OneNote today!

Wow – we shipped a TON of stuff today. OneNote for the Mac, a free OneNote for Windows users, the Office Lens app and an entire server system for everyone! Here’s the information that I think is really great: There is a webinar for the Mac free for everyone tomorrow (English). You can sign up…

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Books on my reading list right now – Think Bayes and 10 Print

One of the challenges of working at Microsoft, or at any job really, is continually learning new ways to work at your job.  I am constantly faced with the challenge of learning new skills, studying new software testing techniques and always trying to improve the way we can analyze the quality of OneNote.  (I think…


Getting the version number for modern OneNote

Last week I mentioned a fix we made that makes tables load faster in the modern OneNote client. I wanted to follow up and show everyone where the version number of that client is displayed since one of the first questions I always ask folks is, "What version of OneNote do you have?" Here’s how:…


A second (final?) "beta" of the text file importer for OneNote 2013

Thanks to a slew of folks that helped test this, I am posting another version of the text file importer updated for OneNote 2013.  The ZIP file is down below my name and it has a readme for how to install it. Not much more to say here and http://blogs.msdn.com/b/johnguin/archive/2010/06/24/the-text-importer-powertoy-gets-updated-for-onenote-2010.aspx has a good introduction to…

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Making pages with tables load faster in OneNote

Way back in 2007 when I started this blog, I had an idea to take a look at a bug we fixed and write an article about that specific bug. As near as I can tell, I have never gotten around to doing this and have decided to finally get this done. At some point…

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