OneNote — An Introduction

Several years ago I stumbled upon a very basic note-taking software and decided that I needed to use some sort of note-taking software.  The idea of being able to record my thoughts, ideas, tasks, projects, and everything else in one place for quick reference really intrigued me.  OneNote came highly recommended as a unique and high-quality note-taking program, so I decided to check it out along with other software packages.

I downloaded the 2007 trial and got started.  When I first started using OneNote, I got really excited.  I don’t know about you, but I really loved not having to remember everything by recording it in an easily accessible place.  After organizing many things into an intuitive pattern and being able to retrieve them easily, I was hooked on the idea of note-taking software.  They have a OneNote Student version and I wish I’d gotten it when I was in college.  It seems like it would really work well for that purpose.

What does it actually do? It organizes your notes differently than most other note-taking software packages (I’ve tried a TON of them, but I’ll get to that later).  Well, different good?  Or different bad?  Just different.  It really depends on your preferences.  I like it.  You may not.  Basically, your OneNote works like a giant, 3-tier filing system that is quick and easy to navigate.  When I had the program open, I would have multiple “notebooks” open.  Within each notebook are sections and within those sections are pages.  Its very easy to just jump and start using.

I generally liked OneNote, but it wasn’t perfect for my needs and I still wanted to know how it stacked up against the competition. So I set out to compare it to its competitors.  I looked at dozens of different programs.  I will discuss later the results.

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