Microsoft OneNote Reviews

Is best in class for native screengrabbing button

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Doesn't matter if you use any of these which I also have extensively used for years / tested almost every workflow and extension you can think of related to onenote / its competitors:

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Small Laverna iconLaverna
Small Google Keep iconGoogle Keep
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Small Google Drive - Docs iconGoogle Drive - Docs

OneNote has an evolved form of the native windows Small Snipping Tool iconSnipping Tool which is by far its best feature and the reason you should use onenote, even if you don't use it at all

Pressing WIN + S key to screenshot something natively in a windows PC is only achievable by onenote. I use it almost everyday. Nothing remotely comes close to its sheer simplicity and function

Pairs really well with other apps that I use like (which are my picks for best-in-class) as well

Small Greenshot iconGreenshot
Small ShareX iconShareX
Small Dynalist iconDynalist
Small Microsoft Paint iconMicrosoft Paint
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very handy for making crappy-but-effective UX doodles / diagrams so I can draft proposals in no time at all

[Edited by Kagerjay, July 07]

[Edited by Kagerjay, July 07]

[Edited by Kagerjay, July 07]

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OneNote rocks

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Pretty amazing what you can do with OneNote. I tried it a couple of times -- and at first, could not warm up to it.

Then more than a year later, I decided to give it a full, open-minded evaluation. I ended up loving it, and closing down 10 other places where I was storing important information. Now, all that information is in one place.

Keep in mind that the Windows version has the most capability, with the exception of searching all notebooks, where the Mac version has the edge.

Don't forget: For Windows, you want the full featured Windows version, NOT the Windows "app" version, which has far fewer features.

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Requires a Microsoft account

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I was very disappointed to see it requires a Microsoft account to even get it started, so I uninstalled right away. I want locally stored notes ONLY, no "cloud" bullshit for me. Guess I'll look into Zim instead.

You can make local notes without any clouds, just like with Zim

Which would be ok if no Microsoft account (or any other type of external account) was required at all. I'd very much like a 100% local account-free operation mode.

I think CherryTree is a closer and better alternative to OneNote than Zim and I have tried them both.

Thanks for the tip, I'm checking CherryTree out right now and it appears to be really nice!

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Brilliant note taking application.

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I've been using OneNote for many years now. What I find great, is that it can be used to make simple notes and lists, but on the other hand can be used for much more advanced uses like capturing audio and video, online screen clippings, embedding spreadsheets, exporting to PDF etc. It really is good at taking notes or remembering literally anything.

It is structured in the following way. You have Notebooks. Within a Notebook there are many Sections. Within a Section there can be many individual Notes. This three tier system I find works very well. For example, you can have a Notebook called 'Holidays'. Within 'Holidays' you could have sections such as 'Spain', 'USA', 'Australia' etc. Within each of those destinations, which are Sections, you would have your Notes for each, such as Packing list, Places to Visit, Maps of local area etc.

What is also great now is that it is not part of the paid Office suite (Office 365 for example). It is a fully featured app for Free. I think Microsoft made a wise choice with that as having it part of the paid Office made it unavailable to many.

Overall a top program, well worth trying if you haven't ever used it. Also, OneNote is available on nearly all Desktop platforms, Mobile and on the Web.

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Absolutely essential for me. Love it!

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Onenote is an amazing piece of software. For any time of information gathering or note-taking, scrap-booking style brainstorming. Easy to use and plays well with many applications. Never need to save, as it's running in the background using a low level of resources. Easy to copy or move, and very easy to share with others (collaborate as well; so you will see who made changes to what areas). Each page will nicely keep a history of changes where you simply right click on a page, and you can see the many iterations a page has gone through, seeing exactly what changed and when, and select the state of that page from any point in its timeline.

If you use the Getting Things Done philosophy, I find this particularly useful for collection of all non-actionable reference items. Much better than Evernote imo.

The way it is simply set up as a school-type notebook, makes it naturally very logical to use; in terms of what a new book should be, its sections and pages hierarchy, and then a bonus to have pages that can be nested in a hierarchy as well. OCR abilities built in are surprisingly good. The search function is amazing; incredibly fast and accurate.

Those who have never checked this out should give it a try. I truly think that short of Outlook, OneNote should really be the flagship product of Office. If you like Outlook... then Outlook and OneNote are a killer combo!

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Looking good.

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Just looking around and it will take notes fine.
Also the offline capabilities for the free versions is far better then Evernotes

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This one was my number 1, until ...

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I could no longer sync between my Android phone and my Windows desktop computer.
A real shame, because other than that it's an excellent choice. I normally prefer Google services, but Google Keep, it's counterpart competitor, it's not nearly as complete in terms of tools/features. For now I'm using WizNote, better than Keep too, not sure I like it better than OneNote yet, but it does sync just fine.
Hopefully Keep will catch up with OneNote soon.

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Microsoft OneNote

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I really would like to clean my computer of this application. I never really understood what is this for or how it works. Currently I am using Zim on windows. On the Mac VoodooPad is still better than Zim, but Zim is free and VoodooPad is Mac only. So Zim is a good option for Windows.

Do you have any link where to download ZIM?

@PeresGil thanks a lot!

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Seems pretty cool, but...

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I'm tempted to use this in my lectures, to note-take with PDFs. Unfortunately its PDF handling is awful - it rotates all landscape PDF's 90 degrees, so everything is sideways. Unbelievably, there is no option to rotate a PDF back to normal.
This program has a lot of potential, but Microsoft ruined by messing up its PDF handling.

One suggestion I can give is, instead of using Insert > File Printout, open the file first and then use Print command in the application (e.g. Adobe) and choose your orientation there. This will do the same insertion, but with the correct orientation.

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