Join David Rivers for an in-depth discussion in this video What is OneNote?, part of OneNote for Mac 2016 Essential Training.
- If you're still hearing about OneNote, and wondering what exactly it is you're definitely not alone, so before we dive into the features, and functions of OneNote 2016 for the Mac let's first get a good understanding of what it really is, and what it can be used for. First of all, OneNote could be considered a hidden gem that can be a useful tool for any person who needs to take notes, or gather information in any scenario on any computer or mobile device. By definition, Microsoft OneNote is a note-taking software program that can work in conjunction with other programs in the office suite, or all on its own and give you anywhere, anytime access to those notes from your computers and mobile devices.
But OneNote is so much more than that. You can create multiple notebooks such as one for business purposes, and one for personal use. Each notebook can be broken down into sections such as for individual projects, brainstorming, record keeping, and so on. Inside those sections you can create pages and subpages as well. OneNote's appearance and controls kind of resemble a trimmed down version of Microsoft Word, so you'll pick it up quite quickly.
And this is no coincidence, as the program is designed to compliment Office, and integrates seamlessly with its components. But, of course, there are things that you can do with OneNote that you simply can't do with Word, or the other office apps. For example, you can move pages of notes, or portions of notes around as you see fit, and this is one of its greatest strengths. Other cool features include flagging notes that become readily accessible via a task pane, great for to-do items.
You also have the ability to share notes, and collaborate with others via a variety of online and offline options. There's also the ability to incorporate handwriting, audio and video clips, and there's an outstanding screen clipping feature for grabbing existing content. You can even insert entire files into a notebook like an Excel spreadsheet, or even a Word document. Of course, having all your notes organized, and in one place means you'll never waste time trying to find what you're looking for.
Built-in search functionality will easily find that web address you jotted down months ago, and it will do it with lightning speed. You can even find text embedded in the images thanks to OCR, or Optical Character Recognition. So what's the verdict? Well, OneNote is an excellent, easy to use tool for students, writers, professionals, really anyone looking for a way to capture content, and organize notes.
Note: While the interface has changed, the features and functions described in the course are accurate. We're working to post a revised course soon.
- Creating, deleting, and sharing notebooks
- Adding pictures, audio, video, and file attachments to notes
- Formatting notes
- Linking notes
- Using tabs
- Creating tables
- Syncing notebooks
- Tracking authors and page versions