Making MS OneNote work 

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Microsoft OneNote, which is an integrated part of Microsoft Office 2010, is arguably the forgotten application. Even though a great many MS Office users probably know that it exists, and that they installed it as part of the suite, quite a proportion don’t take advantage of it. The Plain & Simple book Microsoft OneNote 2010 by Peter Weverka, and which was published last October, will enable the uninitiated to get to grips with this most useful program as well as enabling existing users to make the most of its features both as a standalone application or as a cooperative tool.

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OneNote is a digital notebook that, once you have learned how to use it, is able to provide a single place where you can gather all of your notes and information. These notes can be moved, arranged and re-arranged as needed and even quickly searched. Furthermore, the search facilities enable one to find what one is looking for as well as bringing together related items.

Early chapters cover what’s new in this version of OneNote and then the one on getting started sets the scene on OneNote basics. It provides an explanation on the notebook/section/page hierarchy and describes how to open/close notebook as well as navigating around. This is followed by the section on creating sections, section groups, pages and page groups as well as sub-pages.

The various forms that notes can take as well as normal typing are covered. These include handwritten (and converting them to text), and placing images from a scanner or digital camera within the notes. This can be extended to creating links to web pages and files. Equally important, it shows how to position notes on the page so as to make the information much more clear and more readily understood.

Formatting of text, preparing tables, spell checking and making drawings are all included. This will be particularly important to those who have upgraded from older versions of Windows and are new to the ‘ribbon’. Moving, copying and merging pages and sections within a notebook are also covered to show how one’s notes can be reorganised as needs change. There is also a section on housecleaning within OneNote.

The book explains how links can be set up to provide shortcuts from one place to another so as to navigate around OneNote as well as resources -- such as such as Word or web pages -- so enabling the use to make use of the power of this application. Furthermore, it explains how OneNote can be used cooperatively with others with shared notebooks -- often very useful in the real world -- as well as providing a useful introduction to the OneNote Web App which is a free (albeit somewhat abridged) online version of OneNote 2010.

Although there are major similarities with the other programs in the Microsoft Office suite, it is not easy to get to grips with OneNote. Listed at £18.99, but available on Amazon from £8.99, this Plain & Simple book provides the much needed assistance that will enable many to actually make serious use of this useful application.

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