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Getting Started with Microsoft OneNote 2013

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This book is about Microsoft OneNote - the unsung hero of the Microsoft Office family.
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I hope you don’t take this the wrong way, but this book has been written for normal people. If you’re a fiendish technical wizard, then this might not be ideal for you, as I’ve promised my Doctor that I’m going to cut down on fiendish behaviour, as it’s not good for my blood pressure. It’s also true that if you’re absolutely terrified of all things to do with technology, and break out in a cold sweat at the mere mention of computers (and yes – I do mean you Dad!) then this might not be ideal for you. I’d suggest a pencil and paper in that instance – I’m sure you’ll be happier. If you’re in either of those categories, I’m not saying that you shouldn’t read this – I’m just pointing out that it’s not really targeted at you, so it might be a little hard work.

No – I’m writing for people who are keen to understand how to use some of this new-fangled technology stuff to make their lives easier, and who are happy to be guided through some of the important steps that will make that happen. If that’s you, then welcome on board – buckle up and enjoy the ride.

Far too many software books are written with a presumption that the reader already knows whatever the writer knows, and that’s the key reason why most software books never hit the mark. I realise that I’m setting myself up to be shot down in flames here – it’s always a difficult tightrope to walk between confusing people and boring them, but it’s one that I always have fun with in the training room, and I’m going to do my best to translate that here.

I’m deliberately not going to tell you absolutely everything there is to know about OneNote – I’m not going to walk through every possible button you could ever press and every single setting. There’s a lot in there that you won’t need, and there’s also a lot in there that you’ll find for yourself along the way. What I’m keen to do is tell you what you need to know to get started.

If you find that there are sections of this book that are telling you things that you already know, then feel free to skip them. I promise I won’t be hurt. Much.  Having said that, it might be worth scanning through that section anyway, because I’d be surprised if there wasn’t something in there that you’d find useful. The other side of that scenario is also important to discuss – if you find that there are sections of this book that you’re just not ‘getting’ then don’t worry about it. Each of the sections can happily stand on their own, so feel free to move on to the next section, and come back to it later. In my experience, you’ll generally find something later on that will make the earlier confusion seem a little less confused and you’ll be able to go back and view the section with clearer eyes.

On with the show.

  1. About Your Author
  2. About This Book
  3. What is OneNote?
    1. It’s not just about the PC
    2. Real World OneNote Use
  4. What’s New in OneNote 2013
    1. Brand new features
    2. Enhancements to existing features
  5. The Default Notebook
  6. Creating a New Notebook
    1. OneNote’s Hierarchy
  7. Structuring your Notebook
  8. Adding Content
    1. Adding content directly
    2. Bringing stuff in from other places
  9. Formatting
    1. Using The Ribbon
    2. General Formatting Stuff
  10. Creating Tables
  11. Summary
About the Author

Mike Gurner

I’m Mike Gurner, otherwise known as Rosoft Mike. Say Rosoft Mike quickly ten times if you’re not sure why and all should become clear.

I’ve been showing people how to get more from Microsoft Office applications since I first sat in front of a copy of Word for Windows 2.0 back in 1992 or thereabouts. I should have realised what I was letting myself in for when Microsoft set their stall out by choosing to name the successor to Word 2.0 the considerably less than logical Word 6.0. Anyway, Microsoft Office products have been a significant part of my life for a long, long time, and I’m generally rather fond of them.

What started as a hobby for me became a job in 1999, then my own business (Rosoft Training was founded back in 2001) and then a way of life. I’ve been delivering Microsoft Office training courses, writing articles, newsletters and books on Microsoft Office, providing Microsoft Office consultancy services to business and generally doing my best to show the world that “Software Shouldn’t Be Hard” from that day to this. I was one of the first Microsoft Office User Specialist Authorised Instructors in the UK and am an active member of the Microsoft Certified Trainer programme. I presented at the Microsoft Certified Trainer Summit in Bucharest in July 2014 and generally try to keep myself busy and active in the Microsoft Office world.

Microsoft make products that are capable of fantastic things. Truly. In case I sound like some sort of evangelist, let me add some balance to that statement. The products are capable of fantastic things, however most people never get near to their full potential. Microsoft are not very good at making their products easy to use, which is something for which I’m extremely grateful. Without that fatal flaw in the majority of their products, I wouldn’t have the career that I have, and you wouldn’t be reading this.

What excites me most about helping people get more productive with Microsoft Office is that the gulf between how most people use the tools and how they could be used is pretty wide. That gives space for some genuinely huge leaps in productivity and capability for most users. I hope you’ll enjoy this book and would love to receive your feedback on what you find in here – please feel free to contact me at