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In OneNote 2010, you have a number of options for formatting the background of your page, sometimes to add visual interest, sometimes for color coding, or even to help you stay organized. We're going to use our TwoTrees9 notebook here in the User Conference section. And our Conference Overview page is currently selected which has a plain white background. Let's go to the next page, which is an untitled page. And you see it has the same template. We've got that image down the left- hand side, but it's the same blank page.
And let's just give it a title. Let's type in Notes. So, here's what we're going to take some freehand notes. We click down below and we might want to start typing our notes, but let's say we want to use Pen Mode. In that case, it might be handy to have rule lines like we'd see in the notebook that we are writing on. In that case, we go up to the View tab on the ribbon and in the Page Setup section, we're going to go to Rule Lines. Now, if we just click the button, you're going to get the default. Let's go ahead and click it and you can see this is a fairly wide rule.
Go up to the Undo button and just undo that. And this time, we'll go to the Rule Lines drop-down just below the button to see the other options. And you can see we've got some like narrow rules, so if you want more lines, you can choose that one, or if you want the college-rule, go ahead and click the second one. Or maybe you're going to use this page for creating drawings, not notes at all. In that case you might want grid paper and there are grid lines to choose from. Small, then you can see we got medium, large, and extra large here.
Let's go to the medium grid, and there's your rule lines. In this case, they're grid lines and this will be great for trying to maintain scale in a drawing, for example. You can also work with these lines, if you want to change the color. Right now, they're very light blue. Let's go to the drop-down for Rule Lines and change the Rule Line Color. There it is, the default with a checkmark, Light Blue. But we can go to something different, maybe Red for example. And when we choose that it changes the lines, and in this case let's just type in Drawings instead of Notes for the title of this page.
Now, we can also change the page color itself. The color in the background behind those grid lines is still white. Let's go to the Page Color drop-down and you'll see a palette here of a number of different colors. They're all faded so that they're not going to be too dark and you'll be able to see what you type. But as you hover over these, you'll see the name of the color and we've got Red already for our grid lines. So let's go to a nice light blue here, the very first one in the top left corner is Blue and has a very light blue shading, but it does adds some interest to the page, and it might be useful too in color coding your pages so you know exactly what you're working on.
So, just part of the page background involves rule lines, grid lines, and changing your page color.
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