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  • Blog Post: Tip o’ the Week #269 – Clip to OneNote, once more

    Time moves on. Things that are news soon turn into things in history : 20 years ago , Microsoft Bob came into the world. Bob was ahead of its time in some ways, foretelling some UI principles and ideas that later became more refined. It also indirectly gave us Comic Sans , too (though the font never...
  • Blog Post: Tip o’ the Week #265 – Sorting pages in OneNote

    As has been mentioned before on ToW, OneNote is the kind of application that lots of people really love; it has a legion of fans who take to getting things done & their stuff in order, and are increasingly able to access it from all sorts of places. OneNote has built-in sync capabilities with OneDrive...
  • Blog Post: Tip o' the Week #260 – Scan cards to OneNote

    Business cards are still a big part of business culture – even if many of us primarily communicate via email, the ceremony of handing over a little card with your name on it, at the start of a face-to-face meeting, is still quite important. Some countries, such as Japan , have very particular etiquette...
  • Blog Post: Tip o’ the Week #219 – OneNote takes flight

    In case you missed it, OneNote had some interesting news a few months ago. The application has a great following amongst fans who crave being organised (at least some GTD aficionados too) , more so than maybe any other application (even Outlook). If you’re a user of OneNote, make sure you check out the...
  • Blog Post: Tip o' the Week #98 - OneNote calendar front-end

    Here's a doozy of a little application that provides a great front-end to OneNote 2010, from Omer Atay of the OneNote development team. In short, it's a separate app which shows a calendar view of all the OneNote pages you've written, arranged by date. If you have several notebooks open (maybe a Work...
  • Blog Post: Tip o’ the Week #175 – a ‘tastic OneNote add-in

    Regular ToW readers might recall a previous mention of an add-in to OneNote which provides useful additional functionality, perhaps most notably OneCalendar – which gives you a calendar view, with the titles of OneNote pages which were edited on that day… hover over the title to see a preview of the...
  • Blog Post: Tip o’ the Week #176 - F(u)11 screen ahead

    This week’s tip might seem a little obvious to some, yet partially unknown to others. Internet Explorer has offered the capability to display a page in full-screen mode, since IE4. Just like the “ content, not chrome ” ethos of the “ Metro ” Modern UI design language, reducing the various window borders...
  • Blog Post: Tip o’ the Week #92 – Take and Share better meeting notes

    Be the scribe OneNote is a great audit tool. When you’re in meetings with customers and partners why not offer to take the notes on your tablet, slate or laptop and then when the meeting is done simply save the notes as a PDF to create a simple, (almost) non editable version of the notes that you can...
  • Blog Post: Tip o' the Week #188 – Writing on Windows

    Owners of the HP Revolve 810 laptops (as many in Microsoft recently received through the new laptop refresh) can get hold of an HP Executive Pen as an option, to enable on-screen scribbling and the likes. Before everyone starts celebrating by dancing in the streets, it’s worth noting that the Executive...
  • Blog Post: Tip o' the Week #37 - Quickly create a new task

    If you’re super-efficient and use Outlook’s tasks functionality a lot, here’s a tip that might help you create a new task in double-quick time. Obviously, you can create tasks directly from Outlook itself (clicking on the New Items ribbon menu option, by pressing CTRL-N when you’re in the Tasks view...
  • Blog Post: Tip o' the Week #109 - SkyDrive on the move

    Everyone should know about SkyDrive - the free Microsoft service that gives users with a Live ID (including MSN, Hotmail etc) a 25Gb storage space online, accessible ostensibly from anywhere? Well, it's just been made more convenient to access SkyDrive files from mobile devices, thanks to SkyDrive Mobile...
  • Blog Post: Tip o' the Week #52 - OneNote on 3 screens & a cloud

    After the first year of ToWs, let’s start the 2nd with a short celebration of a cool feature in OneNote – not revolutionary, but the kind of thing that makes one smile when encountering it – somebody really thought about how OneNote was likely being used. Try typing a sum – like 52x1045= (that’s the...