Introducing Microsoft Office OneNote 2003

Applies to

Microsoft Office OneNote® 2003 Service Pack 1

Microsoft Office OneNote 2003 is an easy-to-use note-taking program in the Microsoft Office System. OneNote provides a single place to electronically capture, organize, reuse, and share notes on a laptop or desktop computer, or on a tablet PC. You can use OneNote to take detailed notes or to simply jot down thoughts, ideas, and reminders wherever you are—at your desk, in meetings or classes, while attending lectures and presentations, or during interviews and phone conferences.

Take notes the way you want

OneNote is specifically designed for taking notes. Instead of forcing you to learn a specific note-taking method or a complicated interface, OneNote lets you concentrate on gathering, using, and sharing information in the way that works best for you.

Example of typed and handwritten notes in OneNote

With OneNote, you can start typing or handwriting notes anywhere on the page. The flexible page format lets you move blocks of text, pictures, and drawings wherever you need them. If you tend to scribble your thoughts on sticky notes or paper napkins, you can use OneNote in much the same way. If you're a more detailed note-taker, you can take advantage of outlining and other features in OneNote to organize your thoughts in a structured way.

Get the most out of your notes

No matter how you take notes, OneNote helps you keep all of your notes in one place. Your OneNote notebook can contain pages, sections, and folders in which to organize information, and you can add space for additional notes where and when you need it. You can easily search your entire notebook for specific notes. You can keep your personal notes private and share other notes with colleagues or friends, even if they don't have OneNote installed on their computers. You don't even have to remember to save your work the way you do in other programs—OneNote does that for you automatically while you work.

With OneNote, you can:

  • Gather information from a variety of sources, including the Web, documents, and email messages.

  • Flag important information by task, keyword, or subject.

  • Record audio or video clips while taking notes.

  • Apply stationery to pages and create new stationery of your own.

  • Jot down information quickly in side notes—small OneNote page windows.

  • Import notes from other programs and Microsoft Windows®-compatible mobile devices.

  • Capture screen clippings and paste them into your notes.

  • Host or participate in shared note-taking sessions, or broadcast your notes to an audience.

  • Protect personal information in your notebook with a password.

  • Share your notes in email messages or publish them on a website.

  • Take notes in your own handwriting and draw sketches on a tablet PC.

Learn more about OneNote

For examples of how to use OneNote, open the Helpful Tips section that is created in your notebook when you run OneNote for the first time.

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