It’s easy to scatter thoughts and ideas about the place – a scrap of paper here, an obscurely named text file there. Before you know it, your computer and desk are littered with disjointed ramblings, leaving you wondering how you can pull it all together into the gem of an idea you had before.
Microsoft OneNote – a relatively recent addition to the Office family – is the tool for keeping everything you jot down in one place. And the 2010 version contains a raft of useful new features. Notes are easier to take from within other applications, either via Linked Notes support in Word, PowerPoint and Internet Explorer, or by docking OneNote to the desktop. Navigation is improved too, with an improved Navigation bar, plus multi-level groups for your notes and an improved search feature that learns as you use it.
OneNote now works better as a collaborative tool as well, with new features to help with the sharing of notes: recent changes are now highlighted for everyone to see, plus you can retrieve discarded notes from the Notebook Recycle Bin or revert to an earlier page view.
OneNote is one of those programs you need to train yourself to use – but once you start getting to grips with it, you’ll never rely on a post-it note or random text file again.
This is the non-commercial version of OneNote, which can be installed on up to three computers. Professional users should take a look at OneNote 2010 instead.