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If you need to write mathematical equations in any of your notebooks in OneNote 2010, you'll be happy to know there's an equation editor built right in to give you a helping hand. We're going to take a look at it right now, but we're going to start with this text file. We're just going to click-and-drag across the entire bit of text in this Notepad document, and copy it, Ctrl+C, or you could go to the Edit menu and choose Copy from there, right-click and choose Copy, however you like to copy content. Once you've got a copy, we'll switch over to OneNote and we'll make sure in the TwoTrees notebook we've got the Budgets tab selected.
Over on the right-hand side, we're going to click right on 10/11 Budget tab. That selects the page so we can add a subpage by clicking the drop-down, New Subpage, and now we're ready to paste our content. First let's type in the title, Compound Interest. Down below we'll just click once, and Ctrl+V is your keyboard shortcut for pasting, and now we're ready to add the equation just off here to the right. So, when you click to the right, you'll see your flashing cursor and you're ready to start entering your equation. Now, if you only have the regular keyboard, you'd be missing out on a lot of symbols and structures and so on.
So, when you go to the Insert tab on the Ribbon, you'll notice in the Symbols group here, we've got something for creating equations. Now, there is a button right at the top, which will insert a blank equation, when you're ready to start typing and using some of the tools. If you want a head-start though, you can go to the drop-down, click there, and you'll see a whole bunch of predefined equations that will give you a nice little head-start. For example, as we scroll down, if you wanted to add a quadratic formula, you've got a sample right here.
Click once and it's inserted right there where your cursor was flashing and you're ready to start manipulating this, making changes as necessary. Notice on the Ribbon, the Equation tools are highlighted on the Design tab. So, you've got a number of options. You can go back to that drop-down for equations if you wanted to change it up, or if you prefer, start working with some of the symbols that are available to you, and if you expand this you'll notice there's quite an extensive list. Or you could go over here to the Structures area and you can see we've got Fractions and Scripts and we've got Operators over here and Matrices.
So, lots of different options for creating very complex mathematical equations if you need to. But we're just going to click on the border here with the four-sided arrow. Press Delete to delete that. We'll click again in an empty space off to the right here and we'll try another method for creating an equation. We'll go to the Insert tab again, but this time we'll click directly on the button itself, not the drop-down. It's the Pi symbol. When we click, you can see it just says "Type equation here." Again, we've got all of our tools, so you can start from scratch here, inserting different structures and accessing the symbols.
Another cool option is to use Ink. So if you're on a tablet PC, for example, or if you've got a tablet attached to your computer, you can do an Ink Equation. When we click here, it opens up our Insert Ink Equation dialog box and we're ready to start writing. So, in this case, if you've got a tablet, you're ready to start going. So, let's write a couple of things here. I'll do a capital P. Now, it may not look perfect to begin, but it's pretty smart at figuring out what these codes are supposed to be, what these symbols are.
You can see it's starting to take shape here. Let's do a round bracket and we'll do the number 1, plus R divided by N, and there is our round bracket. Then we'll do an N and a T up here. You can see it's getting close, so we might have to come down here and erase some things if we want it very neat, just click to erase it. Then go back to the Writing tool and try to fix that up with an N. Looking better.
Once it looks the way you want it, just go down to the Insert button, click there, and it's inserted for you, so you're able to actually write the equation using a tablet and the Ink technology that's built into OneNote here. So, if you do need to create equations in OneNote and you need those complex symbols and structures, they're all at your fingertips, thanks to the equation editor here in OneNote 2010.
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