Category Archives: OneNote

Whiteboards of the future

I like paper, but I hate to use it. Probably that is more my fault because I tend to be a little bit messy and paper doesn’t support that type of people. For me it’s easier to keep order and structure in a digital way and I think many younger folks will understand what I mean.

In my other blog posts I already mentioned that I think that a pen based tablet is the best thing a student can buy. But students with Tablet-PCs is only one side of the medal. The other side which will change over time are things like room setup in schools, university and even in offices.

Whitebords for example will become digital. I love to use whiteboards but they have one big flaw: They can’t save or share natively. So after you did that awesome brainstorming you have to make sure to make a photo of the whiteboard so you can save it.


In the long term I believe that Whiteboards will be replaced by big touchscreen (which have pen support) like we can see on the photo above. If I remember correctly that was a 80’’ PPI Display.

But in the meantime there is one nice feature which came with the last update of the OneNote (MX) Windows 8 App which helps you to save the work on the whiteboard in a very cool and modern way.

OneNote Whiteboard

As you may know you could always insert photos with the integrated cam of a tablet and instert them into your page in OneNote. The new thing is now you can choose a whiteboard mode. When selected you can take a picture like before from any angle but now OneNote automatically recognizes the whiteboard and makes a smooth and plain picture into OneNote and corrects the angle to a 90°.

That’s a very cool feature I hope many of us use till every room has one of that monster Tablet-TVs like in the first Picture.

Real life screenshots

You know that situation. You are sitting in the university or more general in a talk and the speaker didn’t share his slides in advance, or doesn’t bother sharing at all? I really hate that but I have a got a pretty neat solution for that problem.

I use my Surface Pro most of the time and if I find myself in that situation I use the Win8 camera app and take a photo, crop it and insert it into OneNote.

OneNote Kamera

The reason why I do this because I have made the experience that you can best memorize content if you add information to it. Of cause you could do it like all the people how use regular paper but you will definitely have an advantage if your notes link to the slide of the speaker.

So if you use the OneNote [Windows Store] App (I really think they should find a better name for that) it’s even a lot quicker as you just have to press on the radial menu -> chose camera and you can take a photo from the OneNote app, which is a super-fast way to do it.

If you want to add an high quality picture because the speaker uses font size 8 on his slides a way often do is: I take a picture with my Lumia and upload it to SkyDrive (manually). The advantage is you’ll find the picture pretty fast in the “uploads from mobile devices” –folder and can insert it.

Printing on virtual paper

There’s one thing that frustrates many first time OneNote users. As you might now it is really easy to use the “Send to OneNote” virtual printer to get almost every content into your digital notebook.

OneNote Printouts 1

When you print something to OneNote you probably notice that you can chose where you want to store your printout. This is a very handy feature and you shouldn’t chose the “Don’t ask again” Checkbox.Because after using OneNote for a while you’ll  notice that you have several different notebooks, for example for work, university, hobbies and so on. A nice feature is that OneNote shows you what your recent picks where so most of the time you find the right place for you printout very quickly. If not, all you have to do is scroll down and pick the right place step by step.

And here is the point where first time OneNote users usually freak out because in the standard settings OneNote puts each printout paper on a single OneNote page and there are only very limited use cases where that makes sense. But there is a really simple solution where OneNote asks you every time if you want to insert your printout on multiple pages or a on a single page.

All you have to do is to click on File and then go to Options. In the options you have control to a lot of settings, you want to go to Advanced because there is the checkbox causing all the trouble.

OneNote Printouts 2

After you deselected the Insert long printouts on multiple pages OneNote will ask you every time how to insert a printout.

OneNote Printouts 3

Personally I print presentations I listen to on a single page. Because you can scroll along very easily and the presenter is very unlikely to jump. However if insert a scientific paper or parts of textbooks into OneNote I use the multiple pages insert because it is very easy to jump from page to page.