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OneNote 2010 New Features
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Merging two sections when using file sharing


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OneNote 2010 New Features

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Video: Merging two sections when using file sharing

On the occasion when you share a notebook using a file sharing solution such as Live Mesh, Dropbox, and others, it's possible that you can end up with two forked copies of a section. This can happen when changes are made on two machines at once. OneNote can't actually merge simultaneous edits when working on these systems and copy files around underneath OneNote. So you now have the added ability to manually merge any two sections, if you ever get into this situation. Here in our conference 4 notebook, we do have a couple of sections that are very similar.

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OneNote 2010 New Features
1h 15m Appropriate for all May 19, 2010

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In OneNote 2010 New Features, David Rivers demonstrates the new and enhanced features in Microsoft's robust application for gathering and sharing information. The course reviews OneNote 2010 interface features, including the Ribbon and Backstage View, and workflow enhancements such as quick filing, linked notes, and Word styles. It also teaches new and improved ways to collaborate on notebooks with others. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Customizing the Ribbon interface
  • Using the Quick Access toolbar for commonly used commands
  • Applying preset styles
  • Locating content with fast search
  • Merging notebook sections
  • Showing and hiding note authors
  • Using highlighting to find changes
  • Saving OneNote content to PDF or XPS
Subject:
Business
Software:
OneNote
Author:
David Rivers

Merging two sections when using file sharing

On the occasion when you share a notebook using a file sharing solution such as Live Mesh, Dropbox, and others, it's possible that you can end up with two forked copies of a section. This can happen when changes are made on two machines at once. OneNote can't actually merge simultaneous edits when working on these systems and copy files around underneath OneNote. So you now have the added ability to manually merge any two sections, if you ever get into this situation. Here in our conference 4 notebook, we do have a couple of sections that are very similar.

We've got our To Do List that we are looking at now and it's made up of a few different pages. We also have another section To Do List and you can see 2 in brackets, and when we go over there, there is only one page for Equipment and it would be great if we could merge this into our To Do List. That's very simple. Actually just go to the Section tab at the top, right-click, this is the fastest way, you'll see Merge into Another Section and when you select this, you get to choose the section you want to merge this into. And in this case, it's our To Do List, so we select it and we click Merge, and you can see what I want here, are we sure we want actually merge these two together. So you have an option here if you click the wrong tab or wrong section for example. You could cancel out of this, but we selected the right one.

That are listed right here, To Do List (2) into To Do List, so we click Merge Sections and the merge was successful. Do you want to delete the original section? So that's the next step. That's automatic here and yes, we'll delete it. I'll click Delete. It removes that second To Do List section. We are left that out To Do List section now that has a new page which is Equipment. It was merged into our current To Do List without any problems at all. So on the rare occasion when two sections are created when using a file sharing solution, just tell OneNote which two sections you want merged and OneNote will take care of it.

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