OneNote for Students – Getting the most out of OneNote [Interactive Tutorial]

Creating notes during classes, or researching a topic for a project or assignment will often involve having to gather information from a variety of sources and in a number of different formats. Thanks to OneNote, students are able to easily collate, organise, annotate, link, share and protect their work in their notebooks.

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OneNote is available at no cost to teachers and students through Office 365 Pro Plus Benefit

Part three of the ‘Student Basics’ interactive tutorial from OneNote in Education is titled ‘Getting the most out of OneNote’, and guides you through a number of the different features and functions, including:

  • Taking linked notes
  • Sharing your notes
  • Importing and exporting content

Linked notes can really help to give greater context to your shorthand notes by providing a quick and easy way to access related content without cluttering your more succinct notes. For example, if you’ve made notes while recording audio, click on the note to jump straight back to the point in the recording when you made that note to hear the relevant part of a lecture or class. You can also link specific notes you make in your OneNote to Internet Explorer, Word, PowerPoint, and even other OneNote pages.

It's easy to share notes and collaborate with other people using OneNote by making a notebook accessible on OneDrive or SharePoint. When sharing a notebook with others you are able to set whether they can simply read the notebook or actually edit it, and you can also include a personal message when sharing it. Once your notebook is on your OneDrive you can then share it with other people from your browser.

You can also share your notes with other people - even if they don’t have OneNote - by emailing them a copy of your notes directly from within OneNote. If you are sharing a notebook with other people but want certain sections to remain private, you can use password protection to secure those sections.

Notes and pages can be exported in a number of formats including PDFs, and sending your notes to Word can be very helpful if you need to do special formatting or editing. Conversely, you can send documents and files to OneNote using the 'Print to OneNote' function, and once in your notebook, the text can be easily searched and read.


All of this, and more, is covered in the interactive tutorial, which you can work through at whatever pace suites you. There are lots of other tutorials covering student scenarios and additional resources, which can be found at OneNote in Education.

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