Happy Friday-before-Memorial-day-weekend! You are not going to believe this, but we are on day 3 of Sunshine with more expected for the weekend. I don’t think there are any people in the country who are more deserving of some sunshine than us up here in the Pacific NorthWest. With a bit of luck, we’ll be able to dry out and absorb some Vitamin D! I smell a BBQ in my future!
Anyway, to lead us into the weekend, here’s another installment in our continuing series “101 Uses for OneNote.” Hopefully, you’ll learn something new and if you do, be sure to tell the rest of us all about it.
For those of you in the business of design, think about all the software you use. My personal list includes all of Adobe Creative Suite 3, EditPlus 2, and Microsoft Office OneNote.
Wait a sec… did I just say OneNote?! Yes, I did!
If you’ve ever been in the situation where you needed to eye-drop a colour from somewhere, or make a measurement, or simply grab a snippet of something on your screen, you’ll understand the importance of your computer’s Print Screen function. But Print Screen is a hassle. After all, it prints the whole screen, leaving you to crop out the unecessary parts. That’s where OneNote comes in!
Among all the cool note-taking functionality OneNote offers, it also comes equipped with a nifty screen clipping function that allows you to take a screenshot of any part of your screen simply by clicking and dragging your cursor over the desired area (similar to how you would select an area in Photoshop). And voila – no cropping required! OneNote gives you the option to save the screenshot to your clipboard (ready to be pasted somewhere) or to place it into a new note within OneNote. It even comes handy with a keyboard shortcut (windows key + s… sorry Mac users)!
I personally love the convenience of being able to take custom-sized screenshots whether I’m using it within design, word processing, or even instant messaging (MSN lets you simply “paste” the image into the message box and then sends it as a file to your buddy).
Gone are the days when all genealogy pedigrees were kept on paper charts, when all correspondence was done by snail mail, and when all your research was copied neatly onto lined paper and piled on top of the foot-tall stack of genealogy papers. Now that there is genealogy software for pedigrees, such as PAF, Legacy and RootsMagic, family historians no longer need to keep everything on hard copy. But finding a good genealogy notes software program is difficult. Try out Microsoft Onenote for keeping your research organized, and you’ll never go back to paper.
Microsoft OneNote is basically a digital notebook; you can have different notebooks, different sections within each notebook, and different pages within each section. The only limit to how much you can keep in your notebooks depends on the size of your hard drive. The real beauty of using Microsoft Onenote for your genealogy research lies in the fact that you’ll be able to pinpoint pieces of information literally in seconds. The notebooks organize the research so easily that there is no longer any shuffling through masses of paper to find one line of notes
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Ok – if you think you are going to have a slow weekend, then you should definitely check out this post from John Guin over at Microsoft.
I’m including his screenshot as a teaser!
Here’s what it looks like when I play it back:
Tell us the interesting ways you use OneNote!