OneNote is a powerful notes application that lets you capture your ideas, whether in the form of text, photos, web clips or videos and share or collaborate with users from around the world. The application is a part of the Microsoft Office suite but you can access all your notes using the web app as well as the mobile app. OneNote has just got better with the announcement of the three major features; OneNote Clipper, email, and Office lens.
Saving stuff you browse on the web to OneNote has always been easy. But with the OneNote Clipper, you practically have a camera at your fingertips. This is a bookmarklet that will get added to the bookmarks bar and make saving any webpage to OneNote a breeze.
To install the OneNote Clipper, simply head over to this page and drag the Clip to OneNote button to the bookmarks bar.
The next time you browse a page and find that its worth storing away in your notebook, just hit the OneNote Clipper and it will get saved away in the Quick Notes section. (Note: You need to first sign in with your Microsoft account credentials.) You can access your notes just right after saving them from the icon that indicates that the page is saved. This will appear at the top left of the screen. Here’s a video that explains it all.
Email Your Notes to OneNote
The next big feature improvement involves sending content you want to add to OneNote via email. If you are browsing something on your mobile device and fancy saving the web page for reference for one of your projects, simply share the page via email to OneNote using the address email@example.com. Again, if you have just received a bunch of RSVPs for a party you are organizing and you want to collate that information in your notebook, just forward the email messages to firstname.lastname@example.org and it will get saved up for you in the app.
To set up this feature:
Navigate to http://www.onenote.com/emailsettings/ and add or select the addresses from which you want OneNote to accept email messages. Save and you’re ready to start emailing your notes to OneNote. See this video for more.
The third feature is the Office Lens for Windows phones. It is a scanner app that lets you take a picture of a whiteboard, document, business card, or other stuff to add it to your notes.
OneNote is certainly becoming more relevant in todays’ insane world where everything is happening way too fast for us to manage things on our own with any degree of efficiency. Under the circumstances, it makes sense why Microsoft has launched OneNote for Mac, but has also made it free for all PC and Mac users. Enjoy!