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Microsoft OneNote 2016

Self-taught course


The skills acquired by working through this publication will enable you to effectively use Microsoft OneNote 2016 to research, capture, organise and share information.

Target audience

Anyone who wants to learn the basics about Microsoft OneNote 2016


The course assumes little or no knowledge of the software. However, it would be beneficial to have a general understanding of personal computers and the Windows operating system environment.

Topics covered

Getting To Know OneNote 2016

  • What Is OneNote?
  • What Can You Do With OneNote?
  • Setting OneNote 2016 As The Default App
  • Starting OneNote In Windows 10
  • Signing In To OneNote 2016
  • The OneNote Screen
  • Understanding Backstage View
  • Opening A Notebook
  • Showing And Collapsing The Ribbon
  • Using The Ribbon
  • Navigating With The Notebooks Pane
  • Working With The Notebooks Pane
  • Understanding OneNote Views
  • Changing The View
  • Closing A Notebook
  • Exiting OneNote

Your First Notebook

  • Understanding OneNote Files
  • Creating A New Notebook
  • Typing A Note
  • Creating Pages
  • Creating Subpages
  • Creating Sections
  • Creating Section Groups

Sections And Pages

  • Renaming Sections And Pages
  • Working With Page Groups
  • Moving Sections And Pages
  • Copying Sections And Pages
  • Inserting Space On A Page
  • Deleting Sections And Pages
  • Using The OneNote Recycle Bin
  • Deleting Unwanted Notebooks

Adding Content

  • Copying And Pasting Content
  • Inserting Pictures
  • Extracting Text From A Picture
  • Inserting Screen Clippings Into The Current Page
  • Inserting Screen Clippings With Send To OneNote
  • Attaching Files
  • Understanding Audio And Video Files
  • Linking To Other Pages
  • Linking To A Web Page
  • Sending Web Notes To OneNote
  • Adding OneNote Web Clipper
  • Using OneNote Web Clipper

Working With Linked Notes

  • Understanding Linked Notes
  • Starting A Linked Notes Session
  • Ending A Linked Notes Session
  • Starting Linked Notes From Word Or PowerPoint
  • Viewing Linked Notes
  • Removing Note Links
  • Disabling And Re-Enabling Linked Notes
  • Using The Research Pane

Using Quick Notes

  • Understanding Quick Notes
  • Creating A Quick Note
  • Keeping A Quick Note Visible
  • Reviewing Your Quick Notes
  • Moving Quick Notes To Existing Notes

Formatting Notes

  • Formatting Text
  • Using Bulleted And Numbered Lists
  • Checking The Spelling
  • Applying Styles To Text
  • Adding Paragraph Spacing

Working With Note Containers

  • Resizing A Note Container
  • Merging The Contents Of Note Containers
  • Moving A Note Container


  • Creating An Outline
  • Selecting Levels In An Outline
  • Collapsing And Expanding Details
  • Moving Content In An Outline

Working With Tables

  • Inserting A Table
  • Adding Content To A Table
  • Selecting Content In A Table
  • Inserting Rows And Columns
  • Deleting Rows And Columns
  • Formatting A Table

Using The Drawing Tools

  • Understanding Pen Mode
  • Inserting Shapes
  • Drawing With The Pen Tool
  • Selecting Shapes
  • Modifying Drawings
  • Converting Ink To Text
  • Creating A Favourite Pen

Tagging Notes

  • Tagging Content
  • Creating Custom Tags
  • Modifying Tags
  • Removing Tags From Notes
  • Finding Tagged Notes

Searching Notebooks

  • Searching The Current Page
  • Using Quick Search
  • Using The Search Results Task Pane
  • Turning On Search And Text Recognition


  • Understanding OneNote Templates
  • Creating A New Page Based On A Template
  • Creating A Custom Template
  • Setting A Default Template
  • Deleting A Custom Template

Formatting Pages

  • Specifying Paper Size
  • Changing Print Margins
  • Setting Page Colours And Rule Lines
  • Adding A Background Picture

Printing And Exporting

  • Understanding The Print Dialog Box
  • Printing With The Print Dialog Box
  • Printing From Print Preview
  • Exporting OneNote Content
  • Exporting Content As A Word File
  • Exporting Content As A PDF File
  • Exporting Content As A Web Page
  • Sending Pages In Different Formats

Security Features

  • Locking A Section With A Password
  • Locking All Protected Sections
  • Unlocking A Protected Section
  • Removing A Password
  • Setting Password Protection Options
  • Setting Backup Options

Sharing Notebooks

  • Understanding Sharing Notebooks On OneDrive
  • Creating A New Shared Notebook
  • Sharing An Existing Notebook
  • Inviting Others To Share Your Notebook
  • Opening A Shared Notebook
  • Viewing New Or Changed Content
  • Searching Shared Notebooks By Author
  • Viewing Page Versions
  • Synchronising A Shared Notebook
  • Changing Permissions And Removing Users
  • Using Sharing Links
  • Accessing Shared Notebooks On The Web

Integrating With Outlook

  • Emailing OneNote Pages
  • Sending Email Messages To OneNote
  • Inserting An Outlook Meeting Into A Note
  • Creating An Outlook Task From A Note
  • Sharing A Meeting With Others

At the completion of this course you should be able to:

  • start OneNote and open and navigate notebooks
  • create a new simple notebook
  • work with sections and pages in a notebook
  • add various forms of content to a notebook
  • gain an understanding of working with linked notes
  • create and use Quick Notes
  • apply formatting to note text
  • work with note containers
  • create and work with an outline
  • work with tables
  • use the drawing tools to create basic drawings
  • create and work with tags
  • search in notebooks
  • create and work with a custom template
  • apply page formatting
  • print and export notebooks
  • work with the security features in OneNote
  • share and work on shared notebooks
  • work with the Outlook integration features in OneNote

Watsonia workbook with 130 topics. Files for the exercises are provided on a CD or can be downloaded here


Approximately 15 hours

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