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Microsoft OneNote 2003 [Old Version]

by Microsoft
Windows 2000 / XP
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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Product Features

  • 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

System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows 2000 / XP
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B0002HE2IW
  • Item model number: S26-01031
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 8, 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,186 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Product Description

OneNote 2003 is the note-taking and management program designed for use with Microsoft office. It's like a paper notebook built into your PC. No more frustrating searches through sticky notes, index cards or scraps for those important notes - it keeps your information organized. Capture all your information in one place, so you don't drown in e-mail, meetings, presentations, classes. Deploy and manage information across your entire organization or enterprise, with the advanced technologies

From the Manufacturer

Capture, organize, and reuse your notes on laptop computers, desktop computers, or Tablet PCs. OneNote 2003 gives you one place to store all your notes and the freedom to work with them how you want. It helps you capture information in multiple ways and then organize and use it according to your needs.

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.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
240 of 242 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Take It For What It Is December 7, 2004
By Devin
I've been using OneNote for about two months now. I'm a college student and I don't have a tablet pc - I use a normal Toshiba 15.4" wide screen laptop to take notes on. I used to use Microsoft Word or OpenOffice to take all my notes simply because that was all there was. After finding out about OneNote and using the free trial I found it to be very useful for me.

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.
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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very efficient and easy to use January 11, 2005
By ali
This is a very well thought out program, that makes it much easier to stay organized and take notes quickly. I find that I am able to type far quicker than I can write, so taking notes is much easier on the computer. Plus, afterwards, it's a lot easier to reorganize or rearrange digital notes than paper notes. You can click anywhere and start typing, just like you can do in a "real" notebook.

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.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Does exactly what it says it does December 8, 2004
By Dave
I've been using this program for almost a year and like it. It's simple, well designed and customizable. The best way to explain One Note is to say it's like MS Word and Excel combined... it's a Word Processor with Spreadsheet "tabs".

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.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a lifesaver December 12, 2005
I'm in grad school, which means long classes, long lecturs, and extensive note-taking. I started taking a laptop to classes last year to give my hand a break, and I decided to try OneNote. My primary motivation was that I absolutely abhor Word's auto-formatting - I spend more time wrestling with its ideas than taking the important class notes. OneNote COMPLETELY solves that problem. You can click anywhere on the screen and start typing. You can search throughout all your notes for a particular word or phrase. You can use the "pen" feature to copy your prof's lame diagrams right in to your notes! You can make sections and folders and subpages, color-coding them as you wish. You can flag certain items (like exam tips or assignment deadlines) and OneNote will create a list of your flagged items from everything in your notes, so you can see the important stuff all on one screen. You never have to worry about saving your work - it's automatically saved. It's easy to navigate.

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.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
This is a definitely a Microsoft product -- good and bad. It has enough features in it that makes it worth the purchase, but Microsoft definitely did not take the time to get out all of the kinks.

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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPER Great software for projects, writing, notes, diaries and more!
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 more
Published 5 months ago by Melanie C
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Came fast and fits what it was intended for!
Published 5 months ago by Mcgoo
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best to come out of Redmond, Wa.
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 more
Published 22 months ago by Smartpage Books
5.0 out of 5 stars Works for me
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 more
Published on September 5, 2011 by Vicki L. Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars One Note 2003
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
2.0 out of 5 stars OneNote
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
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm looking for a product like this, just not sure this is the one
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 more
Published on January 22, 2007 by Erik Eisel
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have Organizational Tool for Any Professional (or Gamer)
I used MS OneNote daily at work to keep track of documentation and to save and organize canned emails. Read more
Published on October 17, 2006 by A. W.
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love OneNote
This product is great for anyone who takes extensive notes or just needs to get themselves organized. Read more
Published on August 6, 2006 by J. Meunier
1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't get it to work at all
I downloaded the trial version. The features look great but I couldn't get the program to work. It wouldn't even let me type anything on the page.
Published on April 13, 2006 by ozmoore
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