I have been using OneNote for over ten years to keep notes and information organized. It is fantastic for taking screen clips of forms I fill out online or clips of terms and conditions in case I need them later. There are very few days that I don't use OneNote in one way or another.
Top 5 Ways I Use OneNote
- To organize all the information I have in notebooks: blogging, social media, ideas for my bathroom remodel, places I want to go in England and Europe, my family history research, classes I teach at the local library, recipes I find online, WordPress info, general business information, client information, etc.
- To save web articles - I don't always have time to read everything I come across online, so I clip it to OneNote and it is ready for me when I want to read it.
- To clip parts of webpages - it is sooo easy to clip a picture, a form, a confirmation, whatever and add it to a notebook.
- Use the search function to find the information I want. OneNote can search the text in pictures and clippings.
- OCR - turn text in pictures or clippings into editable text.
OneNote is FREE
Since Spring 2014, Microsoft has made OneNote free! (About two months after I paid for it!) It is also available for PC, Mac, iPhone, android, etc. All FREE!! I have it on my Kindle Fire tablet.
If you don't already have OneNote, you can download it for free from the Microsoft site here. This is the 2016 version. WARNING! You CANNOT install OneNote 2016 without UNINSTALLING previous Office programs on your computer. Even if you don't go all the way to install it, it might cause problems with your computer. It deleted the icons on my start menu for Office 2013 programs. I still have Office 2013 on my computer, but I had to set up the icons again manually.
Check your computer first before downloading because you may already have OneNote and not know it. Download the Blogging notebook and click to open it. If you have OneNote2013 it will open.
If you have Office 2013 but don't have OneNote 2013, you can download it here. This is NOT a Microsoft site. I was able to download and install OneNote 2013 without any crapware or malware, but still YOU should be careful. Make sure you know what you are clicking and agreeing to. Don't just click where it tells you to.
Video and Blogging Notebook, also Free
Below is an introduction to OneNote and a notebook I put together of information on blogging that I refer to often. I am still using OneNote 2013, but 2016 doesn't look that much different and should have most of what I am showing in the video. For OneNote 2013, you will also need to download and install Onetastic. It is an add to OneNote that was developed by a Microsoft engineer on his own time. It only works with 2013. You will also need to add OneNote Clipper to your browser. The video will show you how.
Download the Blogging Notebook here.
SORRY about the BSR watermarks in the four corners on the video. I HAVE paid for a license, but for some reason, not yet solved, I can't make a video without the watermarks.