Microsoft OneNoteContinuing last week’s Useful Tools discussion, this is number 2 on my lists.
I was fortunate to have OneNote included in my Microsoft Office Suite. Apparently it’s not always, but is available for purchase separately also.
I discovered OneNote before Scrivener. OneNote is more freeform breainstorming tool and I love it for the way you can stick absolutely anything on the page. Images, links, text. And you can rearrange them however you want. You can have any number of tabs each with any number of separate pages, resizable to your specs, and you can color code them. it’s like spreading your bits of info and pictures and ideas over a large corkboard, with a table in front of you and little drawers and baskets and piles wherever you want them. You can colour code files and tabs at leisure.
On the left you have easy immediate access to every “Notebook” you create–no fishing for files on your computer, and you can change in between them as frequently as you want. Along the top is the “Ribbon” that all Microsoft Office users are all ready acquainted with.
OneNote saves to your computer if you wish but it lives on the SkyDrive Cloud (google) and is therefore accessible to you anywhere there is internet. You can work with your documents on the computer program, or online, or even on a mobile app, (although these two are simplified,) so you can add notes or check them on the fly.
I love OneNote in the preliminaries of an idea, the collecting of bits and bobs that help gradually form a concrete story in my mind. The images seen on the internet, the scribbles I come up with when just about falling asleep, or when I’m commuting. I can write whole documents or snippets. It’s like a giant, easy to use, mind mapping game.
Q & A —This is in answer to someone wondering about OneNote: Okay. The online and app versions are pared down versions. You can still view and edit in them but the main program is part of Microsoft Office.
However not everyone’s Office suite includes OneNote. Fortunately mine did, but I discovered it by accident. When I originally installed Microsoft Office on my PC I did not see any option for One Note.
If you have the Microsoft disc for your suite, you can shove it in the disk drive, poke around and see if you have the option of OneNote there and add it to your installed suite. It can be bought separately off the website, too. I came across some OneNote reviews online when I first looked into it, followed directions and found mine like this (I didn’t’ have the disk):
When you normally go to uninstall a program on your computer, in control panel, it just shows the program name and “uninstall” option. When you do this to a program suite like Microsoft, and click uninstall another window pops up that says Uninstall, Repair or Modify. When you click modify it gives various options to uninstall portions of your choice, or add an install. This is where I found the option to install OneNote; I ran the install and voila.
Not 100% straight forward, but it worked.
“To know is nothing at all. To imagine is everything” -Anatole France