This article is designed to guide OneNote users through an overview of its features as a desktop application and a web portal via the Office website.
Either access point will be sufficient for using this guide. Choose one of the methods listed below:
- Access to Office 365
- For UO users, go to office.uoregon.edu, sign-in with your Duck ID and password, then select OneNote to proceed.
- OneNote Desktop application
- If you do not have the application, check the Program Files (Windows) or Applications (macOS) area to see if OneNote is installed.
- If it is not installed, UO users can download it via office.uoregon.edu, sign-in with your Duck ID and password, then select Install Office Apps, go through the installation process once downloaded, then open OneDrive from your operating system’s application folder.
- OneDrive access (default; highly recommended)
- Available via Office 365. OneNote saves progress by syncing to OneDrive for quick access to notebook files across all devices with OneDrive access (by web or by desktop or mobile application)
Each instance of OneNote will present different features based on each method below:
- OneNote for Windows
- The Windows desktop app has the most available features for OneNote.
- Allows for rich-text entry, list building, and web-formatted text heading levels
- Allows for insertion of tables, files, pictures, links, audio clips, stickers, Forms (from Microsoft Forms), meeting details (to connect to OneDrive), researcher tools, and math formula assistance (solving equations and graphing)
- OneNote Online
- It is nearly identical to the Windows desktop app in available features
- Allows for all other data entry except for researcher tools, math formula assistance
- Any files created or opened here will be saved to your OneDrive account
- OneNote for macOS
- Allows for most of the data entry methods described above but with fewer options
- Does not support Microsoft Forms compatibility, meeting details (with connection to OneDrive)
- No researcher tools are available and math formulas can be entered but with no additional assistance.
- Allows for most of the data entry methods described above but with fewer options
The versions will be mentioned alongside their respective features in the Primary Features section below.
Note: The OneNote Notebook window and Primary Features sections below showcase OneNote for Mac as it provides a baseline for the features of OneNote across current platforms and operating systems. Specific notes for features showcased in Windows and online versions are in development.
- Located at the top of the OneNote application window, the Ribbon will contain all of the primary OneNote content types and features. There are a few tabs that separate the content types and settings by theme. On the far-right side of this area, the notifications, sharing, and additional settings menus are contained.
- The left-hand side of the window will contain the Notebook Frame which shows any open synced Notebooks and the Sections and Pages within the selected Notebook
- Pages contain all entered content and content types in a OneNote file. All Primary Features (listed below) are entered on to a page and organized graphically according to the user’s desires.
- A Section is the Notebook’s container for pages. Notebooks can contain as many Sections as a user desires.
- A collection of Sections and Pages containing any entered content. Users may use Notebooks as a way to thematically organize their content.
OneNote Notebook window
The OneNote Notebook is where users can add take notes and organize thoughts using various content types and wide adaptability. The window will look like this:
- The Ribbon Menu will contain all of the primary OneNote content types and features. This section also showcases the notifications and sharing settings.
- The Notebook content frame will show each open synced notebook, associated sections, and respective pages.
- The Page Editor frame is where content is add to a page. Click anywhere to enter text and select the Insert tab to add other content types.
OneNote is designed to act as an online notebook for many types of note-taking styles, organizational methods, and offers wide adaptability of content. The following list is located in the Ribbon menu at the top of the application window.
The Home tab is the home for most of the primary features of OneNote which includes:
- Cut, copy, paste, formatting
- Text font and size, rich text formatting (bold, italics, underline, links) and web headings
- Content types that can be added to for note-taking
The Insert tab allows for tables, pictures, links, equations, calendar appointments, audio recording, arrows, and stickers. To use them, select the desired content type
- Tables, pictures, PDF printouts, files, links, equations, date(s), date(s)/time(s)
- Arrows, shapes, and audio recording
The Draw tab allows for mass selection of content on a page, freehand drawing tools (pen, marker, highlighter) and different line thicknesses.
- Selection and content spacing methods
- Types of drawing tools (eraser, pen, marker, highlighter)
- Colors and additional details for the drawing tools (pen is showcased here)
The View tab allows for adapting the active window to the user’s needs. Users can zoom in and out, add a password, change the color and style of the active page and to check for accessibility.
- Manipulation of OneNote display features
- Zoom and page width
- Security, paper style, and accessibility tools
Class Notebook tab
The Class Notebook tab may appear on some accounts. It is designed to have teacher-student interaction within the software however any correspondence and collaboration may only occur with UO-affiliated persons with @uoregon.edu email addresses.
If OneNote opens without any issues and is aligned to your OneDrive account, any changes made to the OneNote file will be available on all machines in which you access your file.
Note: The file and the order any of your OneNote notebooks are not going to match precisely across devices but the content will still save automatically and be in sync.
Opening files from other locations
OneNote like other programs will allow for files to be stored on a computer that is not synced via OneDrive.
Note: OneNote is designed for the cloud: one file accessible via multiple entry points and synced to a central repository. OneNote will still work if files are isolated to one computer or device but syncing will need to be done manually in that case.
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This article is a statement from the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Leo Howell, regarding HIPAA Data in Microsoft OneDrive
Office 365 (O365) has been vetted and approved by the Information Security Office for storage of sensitive data including HIPAA covered data. The University has a current Business Associate Agreement with Microsoft, in which Microsoft has agreed to take responsibility for addressing security of the cloud environment in which our data is stored. However, the security provided by Microsoft does not account for user-level actions in sharing, downloading and printing documents in O365. To ensure that sensitive documents are always protected, owners of documents in O365 should follow the guidelines below:
OneDrive is part of the Microsoft site-license agreement that provides the Office suite of applications (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) and Office 365 Online (the same applications but online). It is a web-based file storage (or cloud-based storage) solution provided for free to University-affiliated persons.
This article is designed to guide users through the features of OneDrive for faculty, staff, and students at the University of Oregon:
Navigating to OneDrive at UO
Go to office.uoregon.edu and sign-in with your Duck ID and password.
Click on the OneDrive application button to proceed.
If you would like to download the Office applications for your desktop or laptop, click on the Install Office apps link on the upper-right of the screen above.
Installation and Configuration of OneDrive Application
Install the OneDrive application by going to the OneDrive site and clicking Download. Open the file from your downloads folder on your computer to initiate installation. Follow all the prompts it gives you to proceed.
Go to Office 365 website, sign-in using your @uoregon.edu email and password, then select the OneDrive icon.
From the OneDrive screen, select the Sync button in the options menu.
Note: If you do not see the Sync button, ensure that no other files or folders are selected as the options menu will dynamically change.
A dialog box will appear which will start the OneDrive application from your browser (it may ask for permission to do so) then follow the steps to setup OneDrive.
Enter your @uoregon.edu email address in the field then click Sign In.
Select the Work or school button to proceed.
Click on the Choose OneDrive Folder Location button to select the desired folder for OneDrive syncing. You can create a new folder then designated it if you choose to do so.
Once this process has been completed, you will have a OneDrive folder set up. This folder can be accessed like any other file or folder in your computer’s file system in any program designed to view it (like any of the Office applications, Adobe Acrobat, etc.)
To create new files, click on the New menu from the Home Screen
Select the desired option to proceed. You can choose from selecting a Folder, Word document, Excel workbook, PowerPoint presentation, OneNote notebook, Forms for Excel, or a link.
Select the Upload menu to upload a file or folder.
Select the file or folder from your computer’s file system to proceed.
Select the file or folder you wish to share, then select Share from the menu, the Share icon, or the three-dot Options menu > Share to proceed
Select the desired audience with whom you wish to share. If you select the Specific People option, you must enter their email address(es) individually (or comma-separated if multiple) and click Apply to proceed.
Note: You can allow recipients to edit the file or folder if you wish. Select the checkbox if you wish to allow that capability.
The shared files will remain in the same place on your home screen and it will appear in the recipient’s Shared with me folder.
Sharing with other users
Click Upload then choose either File or Folder…
Click on the desired sharing tier and whether you would like them to edit the file or folder, then click Apply to proceed.
The file will be available in the recipient’s Shared with me section on the OneDrive home screen.
Connection to OneDrive from applications
OneDrive is accessible from your desktop through the OneDrive folder or on your mobile device through the OneDrive app (iOS, Android)
OneDrive for Windows and macOS is accessible through the Office 365 home page (once signed-in with your Duck ID and password). Click on the Install Office apps button and choose Office 2016 to begin the download.
For installation on iOS or Android, click the appropriate link below:
Once downloaded and installed, sign-in with your Duck ID and password to access your OneDrive and Office applications.
Connection via Office
Once OneDrive is installed on your computer, it will appear as a folder within your computer’s file system. When you are going to save a file in one of the Office applications, you may select OneDrive as the location to save your file. It will be accessible to any authenticated, OneDrive-enabled computer or device.
Connection via Office 365 Online
Clicking on a file in OneDrive will grant you a preview and options for it.
Along the top of the frame, the file location within OneDrive is visible along with the following:
- Accessibility Mode: Puts the previewed file into a different view (similar to Track Changes) with any heading levels visible in the margin.
- Edit Document: You can choose to edit the file in the associated desktop application or through the web browser.
- Print: Allows printing to any connected printer.
- Share: Similar to the sharing features described above (see Primary Features > Sharing Files).
- Options Menu: Allows for translation of the file, file download, downloading as PDF, embedding the file for a website, and an accessibility checker assistant.
If you clicked editing the document in the browser, you can switch to the desktop application version by clicking the Edit in (application) link in the ribbon menu:
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