Paste Directly as Text in OneNote

This is a simple yet useful thing. If you copy paste from anywhere into OneNote it takes a little longer than usual, especially if it is from a browser page. It also shows progress bars like Contacting the server. In addition, OneNote automatically pastes the URL of the web page at the bottom of the content pasted.

In most cases this is a good thing. But in some cases, you KNOW that you just want the plain text. In such cases, you have to click Home tab – Paste Special and choose Keep Text Only. If you need this option often, you cannot add it to QAT. Adding the entire dropdown to the QAT defeats the purpose. It still remains a two click operation. But of course, there is a solution.

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Double click to select all sub-pages in OneNote

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OneNote can have pages and sub-pages. Multiple sub-pages can be selected quickly by double clicking on the Main Page. If the main page is not the currently selected one, triple-click on the main page. (First click is for selecting the page and remaining two clicks are for selecting sub-pages. That makes it a total of 3 clicks!). Notice that you can also collapse and expand sub-pages.

Sub-pages are useful for managing sub-topics to main topics. It is also useful in case of recurring meetings with the same customer or similar topic. In case of students, sub-pages can also be used for assignments associated with specific lectures.

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OneNote Handwriting Search: On Android, iPad in 25 languages!

OneNote is going from strength to strength – that too across all kinds of devices. Many of us have handwritten notes. Handwriting search was limited to notes viewed on PC / Windows Tablets earlier. Now it is available on Android and iPad as well.

The only pre-requisite is that the content (the OneNote Notebook) must be stored on OneDrive. If you already have handwritten notes, those will be searchable immediately. If you have actually captured notes just now using Android or iPad, (of course you need a stylus for this), you need to wait for few minutes for the notes to be made searchable.

Try it out. It is amazing.

One Precaution: Make sure you take the notes horizontally. If these are tangential or angled, the recognition is not very effective.

Also remember that the processing of handwriting happens on the OneDrive server. Therefore, you need internet connection for this kind of search to be available.

Read this article to know more about using handwriting in OneNote.
Writing notes in OneNote: Practical Guidelines