How you can give feedback or report a bug with OneNote

Update – as of October 2012, the web site below is offline.  You can email me feedback, criticisms or suggestions while we get a different system up and running.  Just use the link in the upper right corner to get in touch with me. — Every so often, I get an email or report on…

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Saying “goodbye to our intern” leads to a reason why a bug did not get fixed in Office 97

Anirudh Saraf is winding up his internship this week. He’s been pretty busy while here – diving into the subtleties of Hyper-V, learning how to get machines working on our network domain, moving into Windows Server 2008, learning our automation system and some of the tools we have, getting some of our automation running in…

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Triaging our "tools" bug list

  Last week we took a look at bugs we have opened in the “Tools” branch of our bug database. For OneNote, “tools” is a catchall for a wide range of differing areas: automation bugs, performance work needed, bugs with out test tools (which is probably the most straightforward use of this bucket), automation backbone bugs…

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OneNote Powertoys from the PM team, and a one question survey about them

  A few astute readers pointed out I (intentionally) missed a few addins the OneNote team finished last year.  Here they are:    Search and Replace  http://blogs.msdn.com/descapa/archive/2007/06/23/onenote-search-and-replace.aspx    Send to OneNote  http://blogs.msdn.com/descapa/archive/2007/02/15/send-to-onenote-2007-powertoy.aspx    Sort Pages  http://blogs.msdn.com/descapa/archive/2007/02/17/sort-pages-powertoy.aspx    Sort Sections  http://blogs.msdn.com/descapa/archive/2007/03/03/sort-sections-powertoy.aspx   Blake Handler sent me this list, and keeps a TERRIFIC archive of all the…

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Tracking a bug with video and seeing it change into a tip for OneNote users

  Gary Neitzke and I both discovered the same “bug” with OneNote last week.  We both entered a bug with repro steps (the step by step directions on how to get a bug to occur) like this: Create a new page in any notebook Open the page setup taskbar (via File | Page Setup) Change…

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Money times money = ?

  Over on the OneNote Discussion Group, there is a comment about Napkin Math and its order of operations.  In short, some users are noticing that simple formulas like: 1/2*4= shows as “0.125” in OneNote and not “2”.    Fair enough – it’s a bug in OneNote, we are tracking it and hope to have…

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A bug with the powertoy in development

  We’re polishing the tools I wrote about last time and getting ready to release them next week.  The “bug bash” went well.  We found some good corner cases to cause some different crashes, got new sets of eyes to provide feedback and generally had a good time.  We’ve been fixing bugs and verifying the…

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Sharepoint notebook problems and another hint

  One bug report we’ve been trying to track down has to do with sections from Notebooks on Sharepoint servers getting marked read only.  One cause has been isolated, and David Rasmussen has the details here.  It involves how your computer is set up to use a proxy server to make an internet connection, and…

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Table trouble

  I had to relearn the lesson of paying attention to details recently.  I was writing some code to work with OneNote’s table XML via extensibility, and could not get my code to work correctly.  After a couple of days of working on this in my spare time, I was just about ready to give…

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Brouhaha with verifying my math script during automation week

  I tried to get my automation script for payment verification as part of the napkin math area checked in.  One of the testers on my team rejected it.  Here’s why.   First, remember the equation I was using: pmt(0.05;36;30000)=1813.033713614259   Ultimately, this is a hard coded string that the script enters on a page (up…

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