Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Filling a Notebook with Text, Pictures, Clippings, and More
If none of the built-in pens are quite right, you can customize pens and highlighters,
choosing from a variety of colors and thicknesses.
When you select a pen from the Tools group on the Draw tab, the pointer changes to a
colored dot or brush whose color and thickness match the pen you selected. Use the pen to
draw or write in an unused area of the page, and your ink is captured in a container, where
it moves along with any text or graphics in the container. If you use a highlighter, your
markup is treated as a discrete drawing and does not move when you move the text. (To
highlight text, use the Highlighter button in the Basic Text group on the Home tab, as we
describe in “Formatting Text” on page 508.)
To switch from pen mode back to mouse/keyboard interaction, click the Select & Type
button at the left of the Draw tab.
If you intend to take handwritten notes or create anything more interesting than stick
figures, you’ll need a Tablet PC, a touch-enabled PC, or a digitizer and stylus. Although you
can add ink using a mouse, the results are rarely satisfactory, especially for handwriting
recognition. One noteworthy exception is the set of thick fluorescent-colored highlighters,
which work well for marking up printouts.
For more details about how to use ink with Office programs, see “Drawing with Ink” on
Engineers and math majors can use the Equation menu on the Insert tab to create valid,
editable math equations in OneNote. The tools are identical to those available in other
For an overview of math-related features, see “Entering Mathematical Equations” on page 120.
E-Mail Messages and Other Outlook Items
If you use Outlook, you’ll find a Send To OneNote button (in the Move group on the Home
tab) when you’re viewing a mail message in the message list or in a message window. Click
that button to send the entire message to OneNote, with the message header (Subject,
From, To, and Sent date) in a table and the text of the message itself just below the header.
If you select an Outlook appointment, meeting, task, or contact, you’ll see a Linked Item
Notes button (where Item is the item type) with a slightly different button image. Clicking
this button allows you to send relevant details from the current item to a OneNote page
with a link back to the original item. (If you’ve already created the item in OneNote,
clicking this button returns you to that page.) A Notes section at the bottom of the item allows