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If you're upgrading to OneNote 2010, your biggest adjustment by far will be the new and improved user interface. In this lesson, we're going to focus on the Ribbon. Ribbon appears across the top of your screen and it replaces the traditional menus and toolbars you might be accustomed to using in previous versions of OneNote. The Ribbon first appeared in some of the programs in the Microsoft Office 2007 suite, but this is the first time we see it here in OneNote. It's designed so that commands are easily accessible, so you'll spend less time searching for commands and more time actually getting your work done.
Notice for example that the Ribbon is broken up into several tabs beginning with the Home tab. Then there's Insert, Share, Draw and so on. Within a tab, you're going to notice that commands are grouped together logically, all the Clipboard commands, Cut, Copy and Paste for example, together in the Clipboard group. Basic Text commands all grouped together here in the Basic Text group. Whenever there's a group that displays some of the options, you'll see a More button such as we see with Styles and Tags. If we click the More button, we'll see all of the options available to us on a drop-down menu.
Let's say you wanted to insert something into your notes. Well, it makes sense then you go to the Insert tab. Click the Insert tab and everything possible that can be inserted into a note in OneNote appears on the Ribbon, at your fingertips. So, for example, if you wanted to insert a date and time stamp, you go to the Time Stamp group, click Date & Time and it's inserted at your flashing cursor. The Ribbon is also context-sensitive. So, for example, if we click the Home tab and then we go to the image on our note page here and select it by clicking, you'll notice that many of the commands that appear on the Ribbon are no longer accessible. They don't apply to working with a selected image.
When we deselect the image by clicking anywhere outside the image on our page, those commands are once again available to us. So you should spend a lot less time, searching for commands here in OneNote 2010. You'll have more time to get your work done, thanks to the new and improved user interface, specifically, the new Ribbon.
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