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Craig Pringle pointed to a handy feature of OneNote today that I have totally missed before.  I use OneNote very heavily and have never seen what Craig pointed out and it is going to be a huge time saver for me.  What I often do is […]

Onenoteontop_thumbCraig Pringle pointed to a handy feature of OneNote today that I have totally missed before.  I use OneNote very heavily and have never seen what Craig pointed out and it is going to be a huge time saver for me.  What I often do is take notes in OneNote while referring to information in another program or window and I have always toggled between the two windows while doing so.  It works OK but it’s a pain to keep jumping between OneNote and the other window while taking notes.  Craig points out that in OneNote you can tell it to keep the OneNote window on top of other windows meaning you can take notes on your OneNote page while keeping the other program open for reference.  Talk about a big time-saver in this situation!  Thanks for pointing out the obvious to us, Craig!

  1. Oh, golly, yes, a must have. Additionally, there’s a free utility from Where’s James that will pin ANY program to the top (which I use on the calculator, Windows Explorer, well, really ANY), that works with XP. Why oh why isn’t pin to top a regular, ordinary part of Vista??? (And please don’t say it’s a driver issue.)

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  2. My fave for this job is a little freeware app called DeskPins:
    http://users.forthnet.gr/pat/efotinis/programs/deskpins.html

    …and I agree, this feature should be in the OS.
    t

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  3. The “Keep Windows on Top” option is deactivated (grey) on my OEM copy of OneNote. Does the function only work with certain types of documents? I tried with IE, PDF, and OpenOffice docs.

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  4. nomo, you have to have a particular note active before it is accessible I noticed.

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  5. is it just me or is somebody else lost too? I don’t seem to get this post…

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  6. Thanks for the response, James. Now I understand: the OneNote window cannot be set “on top” if it is maximized — resize the window, activate the Keep Window on Top function, then switch to another application. Looks promising. Seems more practical in portrait mode.

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