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Working with OneNote on Multiple Devices

This article takes you through a typical day’s scenario and shows you how easy it is to keep track of all your tasks using multiple versions of OneNote on different devices, such as OneNote 2013 on a PC, OneNote Mobile on an Android phone, OneNote for Windows 8 on a Surface Pro, and OneNote Web App on an iPad.

  1. 8 a.m.: You boot up your Surface Pro computer and open OneNote 2013. You move to your Work notebook and open a page in this week’s section to remind yourself of today’s tasks.

    You see that you have the following tasks:

    • Stop by your friend’s house (while he's out of town) to verify that the hired landscaping contractor is removing gophers in preparation for laying sod for a new lawn.

    • Attend a meeting downtown at the local chapter of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

    • Shop for a present for your mom at the local electronics store.

    • Buy ingredients from the grocery store so you can make dinner for your date tonight.

    You mark each task with the To Do tag so you can check them off as you accomplish them.

  2. 9 a.m.: You stop by your friend’s house and see the contractor in front of a gopher hole with a baseball bat in his hands. You manage to convince the man to buy some gopher killer pellets instead to put down the holes.

    Moments later, you bring out your Android phone, bring up OneNote Mobile, and check off your first task. You create a new one indicating you need to inform your friend of the matter.

  3. 10:30 a.m.: You settle in your seat at the PETA headquarters with your Surface Pro tablet on your lap and your digital pen at the ready. You open OneNote for Windows 8 and start a new note. You open a subpage of your daily To Do page for the meeting notes.

    The meeting commences, and you and several other attendees have a heated argument over whether it’s ethical to feed lasagna to cats. During the meeting, you write “Research lasagna!” in OneNote and tag it with a To Do tag.

  4. 11:45 a.m.: You get a call from your friend about the yard, and you inform him that the gopher problem is being dealt with.

    After the call, you open OneNote on your phone and mark the task of informing your friend as done.

  5. 1:30 p.m.: You stop by the local electronics store and start looking around for a gift for your mother.

    You remember you jotted down the item you want to buy her in OneNote—but you realize your Android phone is dead. However, there is an iPad on display that's hooked up to the Internet, so you use the Safari web browser on the iPad to summon the OneNote Web App. You log in to your Outlook.com account and access your notes. Chagrined, you see in your note that you were going to buy your mom an iPad. You check off the item on your list of tasks, log out, and sheepishly buy an iPad.

  6. 2:20 p.m.: You stop by the grocery store and pick up ingredients for lasagna, use your recharged Android phone to check off the task, and go home to cook.

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