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OneNote Favorites in Full Screen

Posted by anirudhsaraf on May 22, 2008

I am always looking for ways to quickly find information. Users of EverNote are familiar with the tagging system, where you apply tags – homework, physics, computers – etc. to notes. That way you can look at notes, categorized according to these tags. This can complement the existing structure of notebooks/section groups especially when you have pages across notebooks, sections and pages.

Bring in the OneNote tags feature. It is one of those features which hold the potential to change the way you use OneNote. If you use OneNote to collect data, the tagging feature can make it a snap to find it again, and is specially helpful for review work. More on that later.

Jeff has a wonderful write up on how to use tagging in OneNote. I recommend reading that here if you are unaware of this feature. Now to create easily accessible favorites, create tags with which you want to classify your favorites, or simply create a tag called favorites. Now go to the page title and add the tags to your page. It will look something like thisimage



Now to view pages tagged with favorites, call up the tags summary ( accessible in full screen mode) option.

In the tags summary pane you can view all your favorite pages under the favorites tag. You also have a bunch of sorting options ranging from viewing only the current notebook to viewing recently tagged notes.

Thus tagging pages with these tags, in combination with the tags summary pane can provide an easy way to create favorite pages, which are easily accessible in the full screen mode.

This feature is also very useful for reviewing notes, but a more detailed write-up on that later.

2 Responses to “OneNote Favorites in Full Screen”

  1. Anonymous said

    I know that my question probably does not belong in this section, but I am wondering why people cannot just convert .pdfs or whatever file type documents they have into onenote rather than having to print documents to onenote?! It is SOOO annoying to have to print poorly created .pdfs to onenote because it takes FOREVER!

    My slight rant, sorry. I really hope they will eventually make the conversion option available; I just do not understand why the creators would think that idea (printing) would make sense although a user can convert a word document to .pdf or vice versa; why not keep the consistency?!

    • anirudhsaraf said

      IMHO, printing is just a generic solution to implement. You write a print driver and anything that can be printed can be brought into OneNote. Beside, printing gives you finer control over how and where you want the pages to go. Conversion on the other hand take away a lot of the options.

      However, having said that I do agree that the printing does take a long time and should be made a background process so that I can continue along with my work while the printing happens.

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