One of the new and (I believe) under utilized tools from Office 2007 is Microsoft’s OneNote application. OneNote is an organization tool. On the Microsoft Demo page it is described as a digital notebook. It’s meant to help you capture, organize and share information.
Some of the major features of OneNote include:
* capturing website and images
* not having to save (ever!)
* organization like file folders
* ability to share notes with other users on your network
* search function
* interaction with almost all other Microsoft Office programs
* Works particularly well with Outlook (setting tasks, saving emails, etc.)
Its hard to describe OneNote if you haven’t played with it before. The OneNote icon sits in your toolbar and at any time you can add a note based on what you are doing. There are also a number of shortcut keys that allow you to automatically use OneNote. My favorite is WindowsLogo Key + S. It allows you to take an instant screen shot of whatever you are working on.
Personally, I use OneNote to make my office paperless and save everything in one place. I used to takes notes in meeting on separate sheets of paper (wahtever I could find). The same about meeting with clients. If I managed to save the paper, I’d type it up later. Now I keep all of those notes in OneNote. If I’m somewhere that I can’t use a laptop, I’ll take notes on my phone and sync it with Outlook. Outlook notes can be easily transferred to OneNote.
I also use OneNote to help me blog. If I see an image I like, or an article I want to write about, I file it in my blog folder. It works so much easier than trying to keep everything organized in Word, with different documents and folders cluttering my desktop. Now I keep it all in one place, and it keeps me sane. The only thing that would make OneNote better would be an app for Blackberries!
Have you tried Microsoft OneNote? What did you think?