20 Cool Features that make OneNote 2007 ROCK!

Written by Cornelius J. van Dyk on . Posted in Blog

So here are the 20 features that makes OneNote 2007 ROCK!  Some of these are kind of repetitive in concept so I’ll boil those down to a more “main concept” post later.  So without any further adieu, here are the 20 features that make it ROCK!

  1. Live Session Sharing – Allows geographically disparate users to whiteboard together i.e. work on the same note pages at the same time.
  2. Tables – The addition of tables makes it possible to highlight tabular information more precisely than before.
  3. Calculator – Write up any calculation and end it with an = sign.  Press SPACEBAR and vuala OneNote automatically fills in the answer for you.
  4. Drawing Tools – OK, so this is why OneNote is so much more useful with a tablet PC than a laptop.  Nobody is going to be drawing with a mouse, but a pen is an entirely different story.
  5. Templates – You can now turn pages into templates so if you like to customize your starting page, you can do so.
  6. Video Recording – On top of the audio recording that you were able to do before, you can now also record video.  The indexed notes mean you can simply select a note you took during the recording to jump directly to the location in the video/audio file.
  7. Drag & Drop Page Organization – Easily rearrange your pages by simply dragging them from their current location and dropping them where you want them to be.
  8. Hyperlinks – Link to any URL.
  9. Encryption – Tab sections can be assigned password which then encrypts the content using 3DES for security.
  10. Multi Computer Sync – Edit the same workbook from multiple computers and OneNote will sync when it’s connected.
  11. Mobile – Now support for mobile devices.
  12. Quick Side Notes – Instead of launching OneNote, the system tray icon now launches a quick note window.  The quick notes are collected in a grouping in OneNote.
  13. Web to OneNote – Using Tools/Send to OneNote in IE you can send entire web pages, even just the selected text to a OneNote Quick Note.
  14. OCR – Using any image that you past into a note, right click the image and select “Copy Text from Image”.  The clipboard now contains the text and it can be pasted anywhere.
  15. OneNote Printer – A special printer is added to your printer list that enables you to print anything directly to OneNote.  Once in OneNote, you can annotate and edit over the top of the printout.
  16. Send to Word – OneNote content can be sent to Word.
  17. PowerPoint Integration – You can insert PowerPoint slides into OneNote and annotate over the top.
  18. Excel Integration – The addition of tables allows you to copy any table from Excel and past it to OneNote.
  19. File Attachments – Any files can be attached and edited from a page.
  20. Lasso – This is kind of a free hand selection tool.  It allows you to select ink content and move it around the page.




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Cornelius J. van Dyk

Born and raised in South Africa during the 70's I got my start in computers when a game on my Sinclair ZX Spectrum crashed, revealing it's BASIC source code. The ZX had a whopping 48K of memory which was considered to be a lot in the Commodore Vic20 era, but more importantly, it had BASIC built into the soft touch keyboard. Teaching myself to program, I coded my first commercial program at age 15.

After graduating high school at 17, I joined the South African Air Force, graduating the Academy and becoming a Pilot with the rank of First Lieutenant by age 20. After serving my country for six years, I made my way back into computer software.

Continuing my education, I graduated Suma Cum Laude from the Computer Training Institute before joining First National Bank where my work won the Smithsonian Award for Technological Innovation in the field of Banking and Insurance. Soon I met Will Coleman from Amdahl SA, who introduced me to a little known programming language named Huron/ObjectStar. As fate would have it, this unknown language and Y2K brought me to the USA in 1998.

I got involved with SharePoint after playing around with the Beta for SharePoint Portal Server 2003. Leaving my career at Rexnord to become a consultant in 2004, I was first awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award for SharePoint in 2005, becoming only the 9th MVP for WSS at the time. I fulfilled a life long dream by pledging allegiance to the Flag as a US citizen in 2006. I met the love of my life and became a private consultant in 2008. I was honored to receive my ninth MVP award for SharePoint Server in 2013.

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