Believe it or not, but there is a big yellow ball clearly visible in the sky over here in Seattle. Can it be true? Thank goodness I rode my bike to work today because these are the weather conditions that render Seattle-ites unable to drive more than 5 miles an hour:
1. Snow/hail/sleet etc
2. Rain (any amount)
3. Sun (they are blinded and perplexed)
Which means that it is only tolerable to be out in a car when it is overcast/cloudy – which, thankfully for us, tends to be most of the time between October and July. That’s a lot of time for people to stricken with SAD!
Anway, enough about that (by the way, talking about the weather is a legitimate topic of conversation here). For those of you who like short lists of tips, here are 6 simple OneNote tips I found on the Endless Scholar blog – pictures and all.
1. Insert Space to Widen the Page
You probably know you can make the page longer by inserting space, but did you know you can make the page wider by inserting space? Click the “Insert/Remove Space” button and move the cursor to the edge of the page. You should see the insert/remove line change to a vertical bar instead of horizontal.
2. Open the Pen Toolbar
The default OneNote set-up doesn’t have the pen toolbar exposed. The first thing I recommend for people with a Tablet PC to do is bring out the toolbar (View—>My Pens Toolbar) and find a nice home for it. You can even dock it on the bottom of the screen if that works best for you.
3. There are Lefty Settings!
For us poor lefty’s out there, forced to sit in awkward lecture seats, at least OneNote thought of us. In the Options panel, the Display category will have all you need to make OneNote lefty-friendly.
4. Changing the Ink Color
In Journal, you can select a bit of ink and right-click to format the ink to a different color. This doesn’t work in OneNote, but don’t fret! Simply select the ink and select the desired color using the color wheel in the toolbar.
5. Name Pages Faster
It’s probably the perfectionist in me poking through, but when I write out the title of a page, it’s not always recognized right away, or it’s recognized slightly wrong. A quick fix for this is to just ink the title, select the ink, and convert to text. You’ll quickly know if it’s right or if it needs tweaked to fit your exact naming scheme.
6. OneNote SideNote: Keep-Window-on-Top
If you haven’t enabled the OneNote SideNote, you should (Options Panel—>Other). This gives you instant access to a notepad with all the benefits of OneNote. My favorite way to use this is with the keep-window-on-top option. This should be default, but if it’s not, it’s the little push-pin on the top left corner. This is great for research, homework, or shopping lists ^_^.