10 Resources and Add-Ins for OneNote 2013 - dummies

10 Resources and Add-Ins for OneNote 2013

By James H. Russell

OneNote wasn’t the most popular application until recently, having more of a cult following than being known as a go-to app. Resources for OneNote 2013 are not many at this point, and some of those that exist — even those from Microsoft — aren’t always updated as often as you would hope. Still, there are some good resources for OneNote out there.

Microsoft’s OneNote blog

Although Microsoft’s OneNote blog currently isn’t updated very often, the site does have a good repository of webinars, tips, videos, and how-to articles that give you information about OneNote from the horse’s mouth. Chances are that Microsoft will eventually update the site and perhaps start doing so more often, so this is a good blog to keep bookmarked and access every so often to see if anything new is up.

Office.com OneNote templates

Even though Office.com currently includes zero templates specifically for OneNote 2013, chances are this will change in the near future. OneNote 2013 has just been released, and templates are likely to show up on the site at some point. That said, there are plenty of OneNote 2010 and OneNote 2007 templates available for you to use, most of which probably work just fine with OneNote 2013.

The best advice regarding how to use templates for OneNote 2007 or 2010 is to just try them. Download them from the site, extract them to your chosen location, and open them and work with them. The Wedding Planner template for OneNote 2007 opened just fine in OneNote 2013. Most likely they don’t support the latest features of OneNote, but that doesn’t mean you can’t add those features yourself.


OneNote on Facebook

If you want to Like OneNote on Facebook, write on the wall for the application, and find tips and comments from others who dig OneNote, check out the Facebook page.

Microsoft updates this page more often than it does so on Twitter at the official Office blog.

OneNote on Twitter

Twitter is home to two major OneNote-related accounts from Microsoft. @Office is updated often and includes some OneNote-related posts. @msonenote, the official Microsoft OneNote Twitter account, tweets at least major updates to the software.

Engineering OneNote blog

Despite the blog’s name, it includes information about some of the more killer features of OneNote, as well as new add-ins.

OneNote testing blog

The one Microsoft-led blog that is actually updated on a regular basis, this blog is written by Microsoft OneNote tester John Guin. He includes a lot of information about OneNote resources as well as information on add-ins.

Clip to OneNote add-in

Clip to OneNote is a browser extension for Firefox, Chrome, and Opera that lets you clip web pages or fully formatted portions of pages to OneNote within your browser. The extension also has a version for Mozilla Thunderbird. IE already has these capabilities, and the extension’s author simply wanted to add the capability to Firefox.

The add-on adds a menu item to the context menu in your browser (or Thunderbird when viewing a web page) so that you can simply right-click a web page or selection of a web page and choose to clip it to OneNote.

Clip to OneNote is not exactly the easiest add-on to install; essentially, you will have to download two extensions — a “listener” and the actual extension — before the add-on will work. You also have to set a communication port for Listener to listen on.

If you have no idea what this refers to, the default port 2866 should be fine. If there is a conflict, the add-on should notify you and come up with a different port for you to try.

You can find Clip to OneNote on Facebook.

Onetastic and OneCalendar

Onetastic is a comprehensive add-on for OneNote that includes a lot of really cool features, including those giving you the ability to do the following:

  • Create menu or desktop shortcuts to your most-used notes.

  • Crop photos within OneNote.

  • Customize styles in OneNote like you can in Word.

  • Use macros in OneNote for functions like you can in Excel.

OneCalendar is a separate application from OneNote that allows you to view your notes on a calendar based on the date they were created or updated.

Both Onetastic and OneCalendar are free.

Outline and Outline+

Outline is a third-party version of OneNote for iPad that includes a lot more features than OneNote for iOS does, as of this writing. Outline+ includes more features — including ink, according to the Outline website — and allows you to create more than the 30 notes you’re limited to with Outline, but you have to pay $14.99 for it.

Gorillized Corporation, the makers of Outline, have also announced that a version will be released soon for Mac OS X that will allow viewing only on a Mac.

Office Labs and OneNote Blog

Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) is made up of engineers that use Microsoft technologies to develop applications and other engineering-related settings. Although not updated often, this blog is run by a Microsoft employee Chris Pratley and has some good OneNote content.