A good bug report with the Replace the Outlook Sticky Notes folder with OneNote

    One of the bugs discovered with the powertoy to start OneNote instead of opening the Outlook sticky notes folder came onto my plate looking like this:   Install the addin Start Outlook Open the sticky notes folder Click the folder again   Result: 2 instances of OneNote get started   Expect: Just one…

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Finding an easier way to reproduce a bug

  We spent a good amount of time trying to reproduce the exact customer reported problem trying to repro the crash in the merge pages addin.  Theo and I sent about 8 emails backs and forth, and three testers here donated our time to try to solve this problem.  After the big clue that Theo…

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What is it with the Netherlands?

   First it was Theo Buis reporting a problem with merging pages and now Bart Wessels, a technology specialist in the Netherlands has some insight for us.  Bart contacted me a few weeks ago about some of the powertoys I had released on this blog and mentioned he was coming out to Redmond.  One thing…

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The story of the bug with merge pages

Theo Buis found a bug in the merge pages powertoy.  He lives in the Netherlands and the addin was crashing when he tried to merge pages.  Since “owning” these tools is just as important as creating them – we want to respond to bug reports, questions and even feature requests – we started trying to…

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Yet another OneNote Powertoy

  A great part of working in OneNote test is the people on our team.  Take Jeff Cardon (again), for instance.  He was wanting to know what types of addins people were requesting the most.  I mentioned the method we tell users to use to make a page a subpage involves cutting, pasting, creating new…

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Using our powertoys to test OneNote & updating MergePages

—-edited info—-Jeff Cardon fixed a crashing bug in the merge pages addin.  If you tried to merge pages in a read only section, the addin would crash (although OneNote kept running).  You can get the update at http://johnguin.members.winisp.net/Shared%20Documents/mergepages_setup.zip.  Thanks to Theo Buis for pointing this out!——      One of our MVPs, Kathy Jacobs (link to…

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Merge Pages in OneNote Powertoy

  Time for another useful powertoy!  This addin, written by our own Jeff Cardon, merges selected pages together.  It is about as simple as it sounds: select the pages you want to merge and click the merge toolbar button.   Some notes: there is a popup dialog which explains Undo is not supported.  You can…

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Getting the Gateway set up

 I’ve had my Gateway for a week, and finally have it set up pretty much the way I intend to use it.  It is what we call my dogfood machine. I’ll wind up using it for the vast majority of my OneNote use, email, other office applications, etc..  It’s like living with perpetual alpha and…

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Creating an addin to test OneNote

I hope to show what it’s like to be a tester on the OneNote team. I transferred from 10+ years in Outlook to OneNote last November. The transition was hectic and I had to ramp up on a new product (which I love) and a new team (which I love) very quickly. In the spirit…

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