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Microsoft OneNote

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This program organizes project information, but it takes time to master its many functions. The tabbed interface is intuitive with a mix of information panels and note-entry areas. Readability is good with full control of screen color and fonts. The program takes input in many forms such as documents, onscreen handwritten notes, and media files. Microsoft OneNote's outline and search functions collate and outline the project data. This program doesn't have a particular method of use; you are expected to build your project in a way that fits your method of organization. To help new users, Microsoft includes an introductory guide, which explains most functions. This program does require immediate registration to use and some functions are disabled until purchase. An irritation is that disabled functions can be selected, which forces users to cancel numerous registration dialog boxes. Though it is an 82MB download, this program is worth a look. Novice users and those with small projects would do well with a basic word processor, but anyone looking to take notes and collate research will find this a worthy program.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.0 stars

    out of 311 votes

    • 5 star: 176
    • 4 star: 48
    • 3 star: 37
    • 2 star: 8
    • 1 star: 42
  • Current version:

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    out of 169 votes

    • 5 star: 88
    • 4 star: 35
    • 3 star: 24
    • 2 star: 7
    • 1 star: 15
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  • 2.0 stars

    "What works one day doesn't work the next day"

    April 8, 2014  |   By BettyAndretti

    Version: Microsoft OneNote 2003

    Pros

    See Cons below.

    Cons

    Initially I began using, creating, and saving OneNote notebooks to Skydrive (now Onedrive), so I could us them across different devices. But after time they would no longer sync. I even went to the Microsoft store and their help desk technician couldn't determine what the problem is. I finally had to move my files off of OneDrive, and save them to my harddrive. Additionally, multi-page pdfs used to save to multiple pages in the OneNote (yes the multi-page checkbox is checked). Now all 30 pages of the pdf file are on one page in OneNote. I am extremely frustrated and ready to bag the whole program, which if frustrating because I wouldn't have bought my Surface Pro if I had known OneNote was so incredibly inconsistent.

    Summary

    Microsoft needs to provide relevant support for this product, and address these syncing issues.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Excellent program, bit clunky"

    October 11, 2013  |   By Peerseidon

    Version: Microsoft OneNote 2003

    Pros

    Personally I love bullet point so if you want to start them press - and then space and boom bullet list.
    It is so free form it is perfect
    the tabs allow you to have tons of different notes, without having them all open at the same time.
    Can open multiple versions of itself (view >new window) so that you can alt tab between them and copy and paste your old notes into a new outline
    customizable toolbar= heaven
    password protection allows me to keep a personal journal

    Cons

    A bit clunky, I notice my laptop runs pretty hard with my onenote on. Although my Note is absolutely massive, several hundred pages of notes
    Crashes kind of often (but it has never lost my data, not a single word)
    Skydrive is a bit difficult to get thru
    high learning curve, many of the best features arent shown to you

    Summary

    The note taking ability of OneNote is unparalleled in my experience. It is very free form and works imo better than word for everything. I am a law student and graduated undergrad with an engineering degree (so I know how to take notes).

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Awesome Program"

    April 6, 2011  |   By kiwichef07

    Version: Microsoft OneNote 2003

    Pros

    I like the fact that I can store and recall info in once place when and where I want.`

    Cons

    The curve ball in trying to set up a connection between OneNote on my SkyDrive and OneNote on my WIndows Phone 7. There are some hoops to jump through, but once you work it out, awesome.

    Summary

    I am using the trial version now, and have to save up for the Stand alone version of OneNote, here in NZ the exchange rate makes buying software a Thing you have to budget for ;), but Buy it I will, I really like this program and it intergrates with my Office 2007 seamlessly. Awesome.
    Cheers,
    Bill

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I recommend to any college student!"

    October 1, 2010  |   By Da Bob

    Version: Microsoft OneNote 2003

    Pros

    Very easy to organize. It even helps me organize things I forget to organize or set up!

    Cons

    When you tag a box it will tag both the 'header' and whatever else is in the box separately. This is inconvenient because when you search in your tags it separates the word from the definition.

    Summary

    You can start typing anywhere on the page, just as you would while taking notes with paper and pen.
    Symbols are easy to get, and tables quick to make.
    You have an unlimited paper size, meaning you can always write more to the left, right, down, up or even create a space where you didn't leave any; easy.
    You can tag items as ToDo, Contact, Website to visit, Definition, Important, etc. Even create your own!
    With these tags you can search within any of your notebooks, subjects, groups, or pages! When I go to study for a test I simply select my chemistry section, for example, and click search tags to find all of my definitions.
    Lastly, it connects to outlook, word, and all other of your Microsoft Office (2010 at least) programs. You can even "print" to it from ANYWHERE you print!
    It's amazing. Get it. Now. It's worth the price of the 2010 microsoft sweet alone!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "exceptional for distance,on-line learnig"

    August 21, 2010  |   By lberry2450

    Version: Microsoft OneNote 2003

    Pros

    easy to use, set it up the way that works for me, can have more than one notebook

    Cons

    so far like everything about it.

    Summary

    Very easy to go between, power pointe presentations, make and take notes while listening to audio tapes, and or watching videos, can record directly from one note sure makes it easy. Can also share thru sky drive with other class members, notes ect. every student shoulkd have this program..

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Without a trial key, this is useless"

    May 20, 2010  |   By chatombreux

    Version: Microsoft OneNote 2003

    Pros

    Great for people like me who have no printer. I can use THIS as my printer and then email the item to Kinko's to be printed there.

    Cons

    Trial key not provided, so software is useless.

    Summary

    It was nice of you to advise at the very bottom of the article that a trial key would be required. It was even nicer that you failed to provide information on how to obtain one. You failed miserably on this one!!

    Updated on May 20, 2010

    So - just how do you uninstall this useless thing? Control panel doesn't see it and it won't allow me to delete it.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Unable to use product"

    April 8, 2009  |   By MESCH25

    Version: Microsoft OneNote 2003

    Pros

    Unfortunately can't say anything at this time

    Cons

    Download page stated that is a Trial period download but no product key was provided. Unable to install therefore haven't been able to try the product.

    Summary

    If anyone has the product key or any other information other than the one found in the website, please reply to this review. Thanks.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "great tool"

    December 21, 2008  |   By vkjim23

    Version: Microsoft OneNote 2003

    Pros

    great tool

    Cons

    great tool

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  • 5.0 stars

    "great.............."

    December 10, 2008  |   By vinsana1

    Version: Microsoft OneNote 2003

    Pros

    great.............

    Cons

    great.......

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  • 5.0 stars

    "easy to use"

    March 20, 2008  |   By kvl1314

    Version: Microsoft OneNote 2003

    Pros

    is so good

    Cons

    i like noting dont like about microdoft

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