Tagging in OneNote

OneNote is the quintessential notepad because you can use it just like you would a pad of handwritten notes, but it’s much more powerful. For instance, when I take notes by hand, I draw stars next to notes I need to remember. Similarly, in OneNote, I can use predefined tags, or create my own, so…

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Add popular commands to your Office 2010 ribbons

The Office team has compiled customers’ favorite commands across all Office 2010 applications, which you can download to add as a Favorites tab in Access, Excel, InfoPath, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, Project, Publisher, Visio, and Word. For example, the Favorites tab in Word puts Save, Send, Properties, Spelling & Grammar, Quick Print, Word Options and other…

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Let Office read documents to you

Too busy to read all of the documents on your To Do list? If you want, you can have your Office applications read them to you. This will work in any Office 2010 program except Access. First, click the arrow icon to the right of your Quick Access Toolbar on the Office application for which…

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Save time with OneNote 2010 linked notes

One of the best features you may have missed in Office 2010 is the tight integration between Outlook and OneNote. Open up an appointment in Outlook 2010 and you’ll see a small OneNote button: Click it to open a linked meeting notes section (the first time you use it, you’ll be prompted to select where…

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Casual Friday: Use OneNote TripBooks to help plan your vacation

The OneNote team invited 40 travel bloggers to create OneNote documents covering major travel destinations. You can preview them online via SkyDrive and then download local copies to customize in OneNote 2010. Download the free OneNote TripBooks and then make them your own by adding your specific vacation plans, checklists, flight numbers, local phone numbers,…

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Manage templates in OneNote 2010

If you struggle with creating and applying templates in OneNote, the Template Manager add-in has been updated to work with OneNote 2010. This unsupported tool from OneNote team member Jeff Cardon lets you create and apply templates with relative ease. Once you install the appropriate version (32-bit or 64-bit depending on the version of Office…

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Combat procrastination with Office

I like to log tasks and track my activities in Office apps, whether it’s building a schedule in Excel, converting emails into tasks and reminders in Outlook, or even jotting notes in OneNote. This helps my productivity in a few ways – it helps me break down larger tasks into smaller ones and keeps me…

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Close Office application misfires while they load

Have you ever mistakenly launched the wrong Office application? I know I have – sometimes my mouse slips and I click the wrong icon locked on my Windows 7 taskbar, or I’m rushing and mix up the Outlook and PowerPoint icons. The good news is that, if this happens, Office 2010 users don’t have to…

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Ribbon Hero 2 makes learning about Office features even more fun

You might remember how Ribbon Hero, introduced last year, made learning about Office features as you work seamless and enjoyable. But it wasn’t really a game, even though it did track your score and progress. Now Ribbon Hero 2 is here, and it really is more of a game – but one that teaches you…

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Office 365 public beta is now available

The cloud-based version of Microsoft Office and related services, called Office 365, is now in public beta. This means you can sign up to try the subscription service, which offers your favorite Office applications plus SharePoint, Exchange, and Lync services via the Web using most devices. This delivers unprecedented access to your documents, e-mail, calendars,…

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