“Printing” to Microsoft OneNote

Earlier I wrote a post comparing Microsoft OneNote to Evernote.  Many people commented about wanting to learn more about the “print” feature of OneNote, so today I’m going to show you how it works.

But before I do that, I’d like to make a quick point: Just as with genealogy programs, everyone has their preference.  One program isn’t ‘better’ than another one – different programs will serve the needs and wants of different people.  Personally, I believe that we need a little competition because it will force some of these companies to constantly improve and add new features.

So how in the world do I “print” something to OneNote?  Let’s say I was surfing on WikiTree.com and I did a search for any profiles with the Dugger surname.  Then let’s say that I wanted to keep a copy of the page but I didn’t want to print it out on paper for fear of losing the page.  Here is what I’d do:

First, go to the page you want to print.  I’m using Chrome as my browser, so I go to the Wrench menu in the upper right hand corner and select print.

From Elyse’s Genealogy Blog

Once the print menu appears, select “Send to OneNote”.  Then click “Apply” and then “Print”.

From Elyse’s Genealogy Blog

Microsoft OneNote will then automatically open up and the page you ‘printed’ will now appear in the “Unfiled Notes” section of OneNote.  From here, you can simply drag and drop it into any notebook or section you’d like.  You can then highlight, draw, or write text all over the document.

From Elyse’s Genealogy Blog

It is just that easy!  I love this feature of OneNote and I use it all the time!

If you are having issues with OneNote, I suggest that you check out the Microsoft Office Blog to see if your questions can be answered.

Disclosure: I work for WikiTree as the WikiTree Evangelist.  The above images are screen shots from my computer screen, which feature pages from the WikiTree website.

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6 Responses to “Printing” to Microsoft OneNote

  1. Sue McCormick

    You posted above: “One program isn’t ‘better’ than another one – different programs will serve the needs and wants of different people. Personally, I believe that we need a little competition because it will force some of these companies to constantly improve and add new features.”

    I applaud the statement and agree with you whole-heartedly. I have been trying to tell people this all during the approximately 27 years that there has been a “War” between supporters of MS-Dos/Windows vs Macintosh (Apple). I applaud the addition of Linux to this mix (although I don’t here folk warring about Linux). We want more than one computer system, because then people strive to make things better and we all benefit.

    Maybe folks will listen to you better than they have to me.

    Sue

    • Thanks Sue! I wasn’t even thinking broadly about PC vs Mac. I was just thinking about genealogy programs and about how you have super committed fans in the RootsMagic, Legacy, Family Tree Maker, and all of the others. People really fall in love with their software.

  2. HI, thanks for writing about this feature. I have checked on the Microsoft site and still can find out why I don’t see the OneNote printer featured in my computer. Is this only available on the 2010 version? Thanks.

  3. Thank you, I will give it a try.

  4. I like to print to PDF and then move the file into the appropriate folder. But I just tried One Note and I see the advantage in being able to write on the file. But I find One Note a bit more confusing than just using PDFs. I’ll have to play with One Note a bit to see. But thanks for the good idea.
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