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Microsoft OneNote 2003 [Old Version]
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- Capture and use notes on laptop or desktop computers or Tablet PCs
- Versatility of paper notes; efficiency of digital organizational tools
- Capture info in multiple ways; store in one place; easy to use
- Be more productive anywhere you work with notes
- Great for in meetings, classes, phone conferences, and more
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From the Manufacturer
OneNote 2003 combines the freedom and flexibility of paper notes with the efficiency and power of digital organizational tools. Be more productive with OneNote 2003 anywhere you work with notes--in meetings, at your desk, presentations, classes, phone conferences, or brainstorming sessions.
Top Customer Reviews
Many people will complain about it's lack of features compared to a normal word processor, but you really have to take OneNote for what it is. It's a note taking program. It's not going to make you do better in your classes, it'll just help you do it faster. And to me, that's really valuable - as I'm sure any college student will tell you.
The first thing you will deal with when you open OneNote is setting up how you want your notes to be organized. I decided to make a few folders - one for classes, one for personal, one for home & car maintenance etc. I will only go into detail about the most important one: Classes. In my classes folder I have a new "project file" or tab for each subject. For example, one tab reads Personal Finance M04, another reads Photography 10, you get the idea.
Underneath these tabs I have a blank writing space and another set of tabs on the right hand side. With the tabs on the right hand side I organize my class meetings and subjects we cover. Depending upon the class, I will make a new tab on the right for each subject (example: Investments, Estate Planning, Taxes). In other classes that do not follow a strict subject form I label the tabs with the date of the class.
Actual Note Taking:
OneNote works in a different way to normal word processors. A way which is much better because your notes are usually not printed.Read more ›
One of the best features (that makes this surpass Word for any type of note-taking situation) is that you do not need to save, EVER. I have accidentally lost power on my PC and not lost any information. It's quick to load, and loads to the last "page" in your notebook that you were using, which makes getting started fast really easy.
The only thing I have trouble with figuring out how to incorporate drawings or mathematical formulae easily, since I do not have a tablet PC. I find that I can do well with a science class like Biology, which isn't all that Math intensive, but for Math I haven't found a good solution. (I'm still using paper and pencil for Calculus.)
All in all, however, this is a sleek program, that runs swiftly and is a great tool for note-taking.
The main reason I bought One Note was because I had 30-40 seperate word documents that I accessed regularly. It was cumbersome and inefficient. One Note fixed that.
Also, One Note has a good search tool, and also I like the formating options. I only gave it four stars because I wish that they included Excel tables with some basic calculating capabilities.
If you need a program to take notes, consolidate various documents and get organized, I'd recommend it.
As you can tell, I am a HUGE fan. I seriously don't know what I would do without OneNote. I don't even use its really crazy features, like the tablet PC ability or the ability to plug in a microphone and synch your notes with the recording (some of my friends do it, though, and it's wicked cool!). Whatever they are charging for it, if you are a student, buy it. It is well worth the price.
On the good side, if you are in a situation where you need to write a lot of notes (aka very small documents) and want a way to organize them beyond the file/folder organization of the standard operating system, then this is a great product. I am personally using this to organize my notes for my son's homeschooling.
On the other hand, as with any Microsoft product, there are many areas where the features are lacking.
Stationary / Templates
There is no way to organize your templates. They are automatically added to the first "template section" and there is no way to rename or organize them into other sections -- logically. You can open the templates as OneNote files and move stationary pages from one section to another -- which is a major pain. The sections are also not presented in any logical order. They are not alphabetical, they are not by date, and they are not by size. The only logic that I found was that the personal ones are displayed first and then the system ones. So if you only have one personal stationary section, at least you know your personal stationary templates will be added there.
If you have plain text notes, this feature works fine. But if you have ANY type of formatting, (eg. using a tab to create columns) the formatting is completly lost when you try to publish. This is true for ALL publishing types (MS Word, Mail, and HTML).
Send To OneNote from IE
First, the icon is missing in IE.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It does everything the latest version does insofar as meeting my needs. It must be used with 32 bit system. The price is much more affordable. I use it for everyday purposes. Read morePublished 4 months ago by James F. Saulino
I actually got this given to me free as a 'bonus' from Microsoft right after it came out of beta, and due to a degree I was working on at the time, installed it and played with it... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Melanie C
Yes, my version is 2003 since I am running XP, but I am enrolled in an online class where the instructor is using the latest version. Read morePublished on June 6, 2013 by Smartpage Books
I bought this program to put down some of my bedtime stories for posterity. I only wish my great-grandmother could have had a tool like this at her disposal, she would have beaten... Read morePublished on September 5, 2011 by Vicki L. Russell
This works well for many things that I do. I bought it for a genealogy project at home, then because it was so easy to use, I bought it for work.Published on September 28, 2009 by Nathan Ruble
Not generally worth it. Too much effort to integrate into daily routine for it to be worth it...Published on December 20, 2008 by Jim
Having been through graduate school collecting copious notes on secondary literature, and collecting stacks and stacks of notes, I've been looking for a product -- and played with... Read morePublished on January 22, 2007 by Erik Eisel
I used MS OneNote daily at work to keep track of documentation and to save and organize canned emails. Read morePublished on October 17, 2006 by A. W.