Head back to class with OneNote

Summer’s nearly over. Students and teachers have begun preparing for their long march back into their classrooms. Over the years, many students and teachers who already rely on OneNote in school have told us that they wish OneNote 2007 were standard issue in every classroom. The word about OneNote’s many benefits in school has traveled fast,…

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Download more free OneNote calendars for 2009 (and 2010)

Back in January of this year, I provided shortcuts to the newest calendar templates for your OneNote 2007 notebooks. Since then, the Templates team at Office Online has been busy creating more free templates for you to download — including a full spectrum of customizable 2009 calendars and even a couple of early designs for…

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Download the new “Green Living Ideas” notebook for OneNote

In celebration of Earth Day on April 22, I’ve put together a new “Green Living Ideas” notebook for OneNote 2007 that you can download for free. You can use it to list, organize, and keep track of a variety of “green living” ideas, reminders, and opportunities. The notebook contains five suggested sections, all of which you can…

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Lost your job? Let OneNote and Office help!

Early on in my technical career, I worked for a medium-sized company that was enjoying a period of brisk revenue growth. Almost immediately, the company began spending recklessly on lavish office perks, designer furniture, equipment, spendy retreats at resorts, and never-ending catered meals. (Sounds almost like the current banking crisis, doesn’t it?) A colleague of…

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Learn from a pro: Real-world draft management in OneNote 2007

Some of the best computer tips out there aren’t ever “in the manual,” so to speak. We search the Web to see if someone before us has solved a problem or found an easier, better, and faster way of doing something we want to do. More recently, the convergence of blogs, broadband, and high-quality video have…

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Download free 2009 calendar templates (or make your own!)

Happy New Year, everyone! As any seasoned user of OneNote 2007 will tell you, the beauty of OneNote is the ability to keep everything together in one place. Calendars are no exception, whether you keep them with you for quick lookups or you link dates and events to specific pages in your notebook. The Office…

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Take OneNote to class!

Here in the hallways at Microsoft, there’s a particular utterance that can be heard with ever-increasing frequency: “Wow—I wish we’d have had something like OneNote back when I was in school…!” I’m one of the many people who feel this way. Aside from laptop computers and the Internet, OneNote is the one innovation that could have changed my…

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It’s that time of year again…

This month’s collection of tips on the Microsoft At Work Web site (shown below) gives a shout-out to one of my previous blog posts, in which I shared some tips about using OneNote for holiday and event planning.   If you missed my original blog post, you can still read it here:  Survive the holidays with OneNote…

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Free download: Office 2007 Help updates (including OneNote!)

When we mention “Help” in the software publishing world, we don’t mean technical support or maintenance (that’s generally called “Support”). Instead, the collective term “Help” refers to the free published content that ships with most commercial or professional software programs. This content can serve as a reference (like the printed manuals that used to be…

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With shared notebooks, collaboration is not just a buzzword

Wikipedia defines “collaboration” as follows: “Collaboration is a recursive process where two or more people work together toward an intersection of common goals — for example, an intellectual endeavor that is creative in nature — by sharing knowledge, learning, and building consensus.”  Back in the 1980s, IBM may well have dubbed their revolutionary new machines…

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