The basics of using the OneNote app in Windows 10

OneNote in Windows 10 is probably the best note taking app available right now for the platform. If you can’t afford to purchase Office 2016, worry not, OneNote comes freely installed.

Here’s the thing, compared to the version that comes with Office 2016, this one is basic stuff, but who needs an advanced OneNote experience for jotting down a few notes here and there? Not most of us, and probably not you.

OneNote app in Windows 10

OneNote app in Windows 10

To find the OneNote app, just fire up the Start Menu, for it should be there. However, if it is not, go into “All Apps” then scroll down until the app is visible.

Click on OneNote to open it and you should be good to go.

The first thing you should see once the app is fully up and running, are a few notes added in by Microsoft. These default notes are Microsoft’s way of getting users familiar with the app. If you have the time to waste, we suggest reading through them all.

One of the many things you might notice is the fact that OneNote is purple in color. The problem is; it cannot be changed to another color, and doesn’t adopt the color profile of your operating system. It means that if you’re not a fan of purple, you’re stuck.

How to create a note using OneNote

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Click on the hamburger menu on the left-side, you should see something called Notebook. Under it will be your very own section to add your notes, and the name should be the email address of your Microsoft Account. Beside the Notebook option, you’ll see a Plus button; clicking on it will allow you to create more notebooks.

Open your notebook to access where your notes will be saved for the foreseeable future. Each note added will be uploaded to OneDrive, so they will always be available even if you choose to change your computer. You can even access them from your mobile phone via the OneNote app for Windows Phone 8, Windows 10 Mobile, Android, and iOS.

Within the same notebook, users can create different Sections, some might call this tabs. A new section creates a blank page for notes to be separate from the others in the same notebook. We like this, but we envision folks creating new notebooks instead of new sections.

You can also password protect sections of OneNote as follows: Right-click and select Password Protect This Section. Set a Password and hit OK. To access or unlock the section, click anywhere in the Note section and a box will appear. Enter the password to access the section.

Users can also add images to their notes, along with other files. This can be done by clicking the Insert tab, then clicking either the File option or Picture option.

There’s also a Draw tab, and from here, users can draw symbols among other things and add them to their notes. For example, as you can see, I drew a stick man because I have excellent drawing skills. I’ll be up there with the best 200-years from now, mark my words.

In terms of the Settings, users can gain access to this aspect of OneNote by clicking on the hamburger button again. Click the word settings, and it will bring up a bar on the right-side of the display. Click on Options to change how to sync files and notes, and if you want to touch to zoom.

Overall, we have a great note taking app here in OneNote. Basic, simple, and fast. Not to mention, everything is saved to the cloud, so you’ll never miss a beat.

If you do not use the OneNote app and want to uninstall it, you can use our 10AppsManager for Windows 10 to do so easily.

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Vamien McKalin possesses the awesome power of walking on water like a boss. He's also a person who enjoys writing about technology, comics, video games, and anything related to the geek world.

One Comment

  1. David Lerman

    When I right-click on a section name (in the Windows 1o version of OneNote), the dropdown does contain a “Lock protected sections”, but it is grayed out. How do I password protect the section, and how do I “Protect” sections?

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