How Do You Use It?
OneNote is meant to be an accessible and moldable workspace where you can enter and easily move information, images, tables, and graphics. The system utilizes a hierarchical structure of organization to categorize and sort information into user-friendly and intuitive groups. The largest unit in the system is the “notebook" which can be uniquely named and follow one of nine templates- which include personal, client, business, and blank options. Each notebook is comprised of sections, which are the next level of organization. These sections sit along the top of your notebook screen and are accessible as tabs. You may add as many tabs as you like to your notebook and can name them and color code them according to your needs. Each tab holds pages and subpages, the two most specific forms of organization in the system. Pages and subpages are basically blank slates for the user to add and move around information, video, audio clips, spreadsheets, to do lists, free write, take notes, and add images.
To illustrate this system in action, let’s look at an example notebook called “Home Restoration." Inside this notebook, there are six tabs with the titles “Ideas," “Budget," “Contractor Information," “Pictures," “Timeline," and “DIY Projects." Under the tab “Contractor information" there are three pages named “Roofing," “Floors," and “Cabinets." Under each page there is a subpage for various contractors with their contact information, estimated costs, and list of workers. Under the “Budget" tab, there is a front page that has a spreadsheet in it listing total costs each month, while there is a page for each month that breaks down more precisely what was spent where. In the “DIY" section there are pages that have video clips from a favorite home project website, while the “Ideas" tab has pages with different random notes written all over the place and images pasted in from websites and online magazines.