How to take notes with Microsoft OneNote

Many people today need to keep track of notes, whether it be meeting notes, to brainstorm ideas or just keeping a journal where they can refer back to. OneNote, Microsoft’s note-taking application is now pre-installed on Windows 10, giving you access to a fully-featured note-taking application for free.

OneNote is a cross-platform note-taking application which makes it truly versatile. It works on Windows, Mac, iOS, Android and even has a web version making it super easy to access your notes anywhere, anytime.

OneNote has text formatting such as:
  • Bullet points
  • Numbered lists
  • Checkboxes
  • In and outdenting
  • Bold, Underline, Italics and Strike-Through
  • Highlighter function
  • Font size and selection
Other features include:
  • Attaching files:
    o Pictures, audio and video files
    o Word, Excel, PowerPoint files
    o And many more
  • Insert links that can play within a note like a YouTube link
  • Inserting and managing tables
  • Drawing capabilities
  • Note linking within a note to create a Wiki and linking to other notes within other OneNote notebooks or sections

Collaboration is also very easy with other users of OneNote. Simply share a note or notebook and they have access to read and edit should you allow them. If the user you share the note with doesn’t have a Microsoft account they can still open the note or notebook online and work on it, making it very easy to share and collaborate with users outside of OneNote.

Today a lot of people tag notes because of varied content. If saving the note is limited to just the parent folder and section according to OneNote’s filing system it can be difficult at times to locate it. OneNote’s tagging feature is better than most in the sense that the tags can be inserted within the note content, not just attached to the end of a note, making it much easier when trying to find the tagged content.

If you are looking for a note-taking application, try OneNote, it’s fully featured, on your machine already if you are using Windows10, and can be downloaded for any of your other devices.


By Craig Loxton

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