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Format and Edit Your Notes Faster with Keyboard Shortcuts
Quickly add tags and rich formatting like checkboxes and special headings to your notes, or insert special objects like tables or files with keyboard shortcuts. There are a ton of them available
, but some of the ones I use the most are pictured above.
Actually, four that are not on that list have to do with creating new notes:
- Add a new page at the end of this section: Ctrl + N
- Add a new page below the current tab at the same level: Ctrl + Alt + N
- Add a subpage below the current one: Ctrl + Shift + Alt + N
- Turn the current page into a subpage or promote it to a higher level: Ctrl + Alt + ] (right bracket) or Ctrl + Alt + [
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Clip Web Pages into a Research or To Read Notebook in OneNote
With OneNote installed on your computer, Internet Explorer gets two convenient page clippers: Send to OneNote and Link to OneNote. It preserves the formatting of the page, timestamps when you clipped it, and adds the source URL.
If you’re not using IE, though, you can use the built-in “Send to OneNote” option in the Print menu of your browser (or other program) or do what GeekGirlBarbie writes on Hackerspace
You can print any web page to OneNote, but personally, I don’t like the way OneNote handles the printing to OneNote. However, I found a really easy way around this: Use the Readability “Read Now” bookmarklet, then the Bring to OneNote extension. As an added bonus, any article I use the Readability “Read Now” bookmarklet link on, gets automatically saved to my Readability archive as well.
Insert Audio, Video, Math Equations, Links, Photos, and More
One of the best features of OneNote is its support for embedding just about anything—and, as I mentioned above, making it searchable. Don’t be shy with the insert menu! Some ideas:
- Scan in handwritten recipes and magazine recipes to OCR them
- Take audio recordings of a lecture and search for key terms later
- Add screenclippings and search the text within them later
You’ll need enable searching within video and audio recordings, though. It’s under File > Options > Audio and Video
For those with a screen that supports a stylus:
- Draw mind maps
- Turn your chicken scratch into text
- Write notes over scanned-in or clipped pages
Change the View to Fit Your Workflow
In the normal OneNote view, you see all the notebooks, section tabs, and pages. OneNote’s view menu, however, offers other options that might be more appropriate for what you’re doing. The full page view (F11), for example, maximizes the workspace—great for taking notes without distractions or if you have limited screen real estate. The Dock to Desktop option is great for side-by-side note-taking and web browsing.
Use Templates and Add-Ins
Templates and add-in extend OneNote’s functionality. Click on the down arrow on the page menu and then “Page Templates…” to see what’s available or download more
. There are templates for students, work, and so on. Under the Blank templates, there are even ones that will change the page size to a 3×5 index card or postcard. You can adjust the template applied to a page and then save it as a new time-saving template.
Like the other Office programs
, there are also a few add-ins available for OneNote specifically.Onetastic
(free) works with OneNote 2010 and 2013 and, as the name implies, is fantastic. With it, you can view your OneNote pages on a calendar, crop and rotate images within OneNote, create your own macros, pin pages or sections, and lots more.