Learning Tools for OneNote supports more languages and themes and is now generally available

Today, we are moving Learning Tools for OneNote out of preview (announced in January) and into general availability (English only). Learning Tools for OneNote was initially released as a customer preview back in January of 2016. The concept came from an internal Microsoft “Hackathon,” where a group of people who were passionate about inclusively got together to design tools to help people with learning differences. The result was a set of tools that ultimately help all people. The Hackathon project won the grand prize, and the prototype was built into a product and released earlier this year.
Since the initial release, we’ve been amazed and humbled by the positive reaction from students, teachers and many others from around the world. We’ve seen press reviews such as Jordan Shapiro’s in Forbes, “Learning Tools For Microsoft OneNote May Be One Of The Most Disruptive Education Technologies Yet,” and the Dyslexic Advantage Community named Learning Tools a “Top Dyslexia App of 2016.”
More importantly, we’ve seen the results and impact from people who have been using Learning Tools. We’ve seen reading speeds dramatically increase, as seen in this video with Special Education teacher Lauren Pittman. We’ve heard stories of dyslexic students who insist that they only want to read materials using Learning Tools and a teenager with learning differences express a passion and desire to read for the first time in his life. We’ve seen Learning Tools being used by emerging first-grade readers in Florida, as seen in this video. A teacher in Macedonia uses Learning Tools to teach English to her young students. English Languages Learners (ELLs) have also been using Learning Tools widely. We believe Learning Tools speaks directly to Microsoft’s mission of empowering every person on the planet to achieve more.
New improvements for Learning Tools
In addition to the general availability of Learning Tools for OneNote, we’ve added a new set of capabilities, including:
•Localized user interface—Localization of the Learning Tools toolbar in over 35 languages.
•Dictation—Four new dictation languages (Spanish, French, German and Italian).
•Color themes—Now includes new yellow, green, blue and pink, which have been specifically designed and tuned based on research.
•Switching reader languages—Improved the ease of switching between text-to-speech languages in the immersive reader.
•Multiple language support—Ability to read back multiple languages on one page, such as English, Spanish and French on the same page.
•Speech controls—Simplification of speech controls and a new menu for all of them.
•Easy download—Easy instructions to download more text-to-speech languages. This will depend on your Windows version.
Localization of the Learning Tools toolbar in over 35 languages.

Localization of the Learning Tools toolbar in over 35 languages.

Dictation—Four new dictation languages (Spanish, French, German and Italian).

Dictation—Four new dictation languages (Spanish, French, German and Italian).

Simplified audio and speech controls, improved ease of switching between text-to-speech voices and easy instructions to download more text-to-speech voices.

Simplified audio and speech controls, improved ease of switching between text-to-speech voices and easy instructions to download more text-to-speech voices.

Color themes—Now includes new yellow, green, blue and pink

Color themes—Now includes new yellow, green, blue and pink

We hope that you enjoy these new improvements for the new school year! You can download the Learning Tools General Availability at www.onenote.com/learningtools, or if you already have it, you will see an update button appear within the add-in (see below).


And don’t forget: Office 365 Education, including OneNote and Learning Tools, is free for students and teachers! Get yours at Office.com/education.


OneNote July Roundup

This month the OneNote team is pleased to release new capabilities to enhance inking, clipping content from the web and working with others. We have a lot of great things to share with you, so let’s dive right in.

Inking with OneNote

Ink effectsSometimes a simple color isn’t enough to get your idea across. Now you can jazz up your notes and drawings with new ink effects like rainbow, galaxy, gold and silver to make anything you write more unique and even more fun. We were inspired to create these new ink effects in response to requests we heard from students when we visited their classrooms. During beta testing, we were pleased to see the smiles brought to everyone’s faces—young and old alike. Ink effects are now available for Office 365 subscribers in OneNote on Windows 10.


Inking in OneNote for MacToday, we’re launching ink in OneNote for Mac for the first time, bringing to life one of our top user requests. Now you can write, draw and highlight with tools on the new Draw tab using your mouse or trackpad. You can also use your third-party drawing tablet or display that uses a pen or stylus to write, draw and erase –just like pen and paper. And we’ve added lined pages and grids as a background option to help keep your new handwriting and drawings neat and tidy. If you’re a big fan of drawing and writing with ink, OneNote works great with the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil as well. These new tools for Mac let you express yourself in a whole new way, as you think with ink. Get OneNote for Mac in the Mac app store today.


OneNote Web Clipper
Our OneNote Web Clipper is better than ever. We have a number of new features on our Web Clipper for Chrome, Safari, and IE to give you more control over your screen clippings before you send it into OneNote.
PreviewEver wonder exactly what was about to show up in OneNote once you clipped? Problem solved! Now all clipping modes—full page, region, article, recipe and product—provide a preview so what you see is what you get.
YouTube and Vimeo supportYou can now clip videos from YouTube and Vimeo pages into OneNote.
Highlight textWhen you clip an article, product or recipe you can highlight sections of text, and those highlights will be saved to OneNote.
Clip multiple regions in one goClip multiple regions of a webpage and save them all in a single OneNote page.
Use your own titleChange the title of your page in the preview window before sending it to OneNote.
Articles your wayChange the font size and type in your article to improve readability before you even clip it to OneNote.
Update to the latest version to see all the new features or download the extension at www.onenote.com/clipper.


Sharing Notifications Email service
Never miss an important notebook edit again. For consumers using a Microsoft account, our newly improved sharing notifications means you’ll receive an email letting you know that someone has made a change to your shared OneNote notebook—helping you stay on the same page.
Users now will receive a maximum of five emails a day from the Sharing Notification Email service. Each email includes changes from all of your notebooks. The cadence of emails may change as we continue to improve our services. To manage your notification settings, visit www.onenote.com/sharenotificationsettings.


It’s been a big month here at OneNote, thanks for taking the time to read up on everything new you can do. One last thing, in the next few weeks, we’ll launch our new OneNote importer tool for Mac to help even more people import with confidence.



OneNote 2016 Quick Start Guide

New to OneNote 2016 or upgrading from a previous version? Use this guide to learn the basics. Become an expert in:

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1. Accessing your work across all devices
2. Organizing information tables
3. Creating wiki-style hyperlinks
4. Copying text from pictures
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And much more!
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Take your OneNote Class Notebooks wherever you go with the new “Save a copy” feature

As OneNote Class Notebooks become more popular, we’re often asked how a student or teacher can take their digital books with them when leaving school. Students graduate or change schools and would like to be able to bring the portfolio of work with them. Teachers change schools or take on a new role and also want to keep their Class Notebooks. Based on talking to lots of teachers and students, we launched the new “Save a copy” feature for Class Notebooks.
To see how this works, just follow these simple steps:
1.Sign in to OneNote Online, our web version of OneNote.
2.From the Notebook list, click Class Notebooks to display all your Class Notebooks.
3.Right-click to select a Class Notebook and then select Save a copy.


4.Click Next. You are prompted to sign in to a consumer Microsoft account. If you don’t have one, go here http://www.live.com to sign up.


That’s it! Your OneNote Class Notebook is copied to the consumer OneDrive and is available for you to use elsewhere.
This is just the initial rollout of the Save a copy feature. In the near future, we will add the ability to choose any notebook type, not just Class Notebooks. We will also roll out the Save a copy feature to your own OneDrive for Business, which will allow students to save a copy of their Class Notebook from a teacher’s OneDrive for Business to their own OneDrive for Business.
As usual, reach out on Twitter at @OneNoteEDU with questions or send us an email at ClassNotebook@onenote.uservoice.com.



When you have an active cursor in a OneNote tab, usually the command CTRL+A selects all text in the window. In OneNote, when you enter CTRL+A the first time, the text in one line is selected (whichever line the cursor is active). When you select CTRL+A a second time, all of the text in the tab is selected.


When you want to add a file into your OneNote notebook, you can easily do that with this shortcut. You are able to add many types of documents that are saved on your computer. In the video, we’ve inserted an image to help illustrate the final result of a shrimp cocktail recipe.

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When you want to insert a screen clipping, as opposed to an image file you might not have saved on your computer, use this shortcut to quickly add a screenshot to your notebook. Once you hit this command, the screen will appear frosted, and then you can select the portion of the screen you want to capture. Note that you need to have your windows arranged appropriately before you hit the keyboard command. You’re not able to rearrange the windows once you input the command.


OneNote can compile a lot notes in a lot of different places. Say you need to search through all of your documents for any mention of one specific word, this command will expand your search throughout all notebooks and tabs in OneNote.


OneNote serves as the home base for many Office 365 users. When you have notes that are ready to share with others, or you need to loop in someone else before finalizing a project, a shortcut to Outlook is always appreciated. With this shortcut straight from the keyboard, you can send all of your text in a tab and have it automatically load in the message of a new Outlook email draft.

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Happy Eat What You Want Day!

By Kelly Cronin
May 11th is national Eat What You Want Day - so you can put away the organic quinoa salad wraps and whip up your favorite, yummy meals (or just some delicious treats and pretend they count as a meal for today).  With OneNote, finding recipes online and storing them all in one place has never been easier.  In honor of this awesome springtime holiday, Managed Solution wants to show you how we're celebrating Eat What You Want Day with some of our favorite recipes, as well as tips and tricks for using OneNote in the kitchen!


Parmesan Crusted Tortellini Bites

Source: thecozycook.com

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  • Create a page for each new recipe, with the title of what you want to make.  You can insert the link of where you got the recipe from, so you can always go back and double check that you have all the ingredients and directions down correctly.
  • Make a "To-Do-List" for all your ingredients.  This keeps them organized, so you can check off each one as you grab it at the grocery store.  Use the OneNote App on your phone at the store to check it off as you're shopping, and it will update your list on your computer, too!
  • Have trouble remembering what steps you've already done? Cross out each line as you go, that way you won't have to struggle to remember whether you've added one or two cups of cheese already.

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Nutella Buttercream Frosting

Source: lifeloveandsugar.com

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OneNote has a variety of different Tags you can choose from, to highlight, note, or remind yourself of certain things. Want to use this recipe for your Mom's birthday? Put a reminder at the top!
Use these tags to signify what's important in the recipe. Always forget to only add 2-3 tbsp of milk instead of all 4? Use the highlighter tool to make sure the measurement catches your eye. If you're sending the recipe to someone else, you might want to let them know what a key step in the recipe is.  For example, when you make this frosting, it will not come out right until you add that last cup of powdered sugar, so add a critical tag next to that step.


Chicken Fajita Pasta

Source: kevinandamanda.com


If you have a really wordy recipe, the highlighter tool can be really handy to help you pick out which ingredients you need for each step.  Instead of spending your time squinting at the recipe, quickly check to see what you need and when you need it.
Easily insert multiple items on OneNote, including PDF documents, word documents, file attachments, images, links, equations, and even audio recordings. Sometimes trying to remember what a recipe is just based off the name can be hard - so add a picture to show what the food ends up looking like! It will inspire you to make your version just as eye-catching (and yummy, too!)
Adding an audio recording is an awesome way to put feedback about recipes that you might not be able to describe with text.  If you want to remind yourself to add more pepper next time, but your hands are too sticky to type all that, just use a quick audio recording on your OneNote. You can always play it back later and write down what you say, or simply leave it as it is.  Want to really get fancy? Try recording your whole cooking process - you'll be a Top Chef in the making!


Happy Eat Whatever You Want Day - go forth and indulge.



12 Fun Ways to Use OneNote Outside of the Office


In today’s post, we’re sharing a collection of fun ways to use OneNote outside of the office. The possibilities are endless, but these are our favorites.
Check out some of these awesome videos on how to use OneNote for more than just your business operations.

Making To Do Lists of All Kinds in OneNote

This is certainly a process that helps out in a business setting, but many of us create checklists for all sorts of things in life. Using OneNote to create to do lists can come in handy with things like preparing for your children’s school year, planning a move, and in many of the tips later in this post.

Going Shopping With a Plan on OneNote

Once you’ve mastered the art of OneNote tags, using the to do list function to create shopping lists will become second nature. Office 365 makes it easy to share lists with others, so having a list that all family members makes it easier to keep track of your needs (i.e. you don’t end up with three cartons of milk when you only needed one).

Clipping Content From the Web to OneNote

What do you do when you want to save content from the web? Maybe you have a system of bookmarks, or you use a social tool like Pinterest, or maybe you even copy and paste to a Word document. Instead, try out OneNote! It’s easy to take screenshots and even save an entire page using the OneNote Clipper extension.

Recording Audio Reminders in OneNote

While OneNote is obviously a natural choice for taking written or typed notes, you can also use it to capture and create audio and video recordings.

This function lends itself well to a work or school setting, but why not try using it in your personal life as well? You can record quick notes for yourself while you’re multitasking and come back to them later.


Bonus Fun OneNote Ideas:

  • Planning a wedding, with OneNote as the digital binder that collects all sorts of information
  • Tracking family information, like wifi network IDs and license plate numbers
  • Planning meals, using templates for lists, recipes, and notes
  • Collecting recipes, with Bing and the OneNote clipper
  • Traveling, with OneNote serving as your travel notebook that stores photos, notes, lists, and directions
  • Writing your collaborative screenplay or novel, with outlines and drafts in one spot
  • Researching genealogy and your family tree
  • Managing your personal finances or family budget, with embedded spreadsheets

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Microsoft's March Updates

By Kirk Koenigsbauer as written on blogs.office.com
This month, our updates include a tool for migrating Evernote notes to OneNote, enhancements to PowerPoint Designer and new languages supported in Office for Mac and Skype Translator. We also have updates for our commercial customers using Skype for Business, Project Online and Office 365 video. Read on for more.

OneNote now helps you make the move from Evernote

Earlier this month, we released a tool that will help you import your Evernote notes into OneNote, and the response has been overwhelming. To date, more than 10.5 million Evernote pages have been moved over to OneNote. If these were stacked pages of standard print paper, it would reach a height of approximately 3,500 feet—which exceeds the Burj Khalifa (the tallest skyscraper in the world) by almost 800 feet. We believe this success has a lot to do with OneNote’s unique capabilities, including a free-form canvas where you can mix text, images, documents, handwriting, audio, video and more; free offline access; and unlimited monthly uploads. Download the OneNote Importer tool for Windows and get started today. We’ll deliver the Importer tool for Mac in the coming months.

Search in OneNote for handwriting in photos

OneNote already lets you search on handwritten notes made with a pen or finger and digital ink. Now OneNote can search on handwritten notes and whiteboards contained within images you’ve added to OneNote using Office Lens, as well other tools such as the OneNote Clipper, me@onenote.com and Livescribe. Soon we’ll also support handwriting recognition for images you add directly into OneNote on any device. These improved handwriting search capabilities help you get the most out of capturing information to collect and organize in OneNote.

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Enhancing the power of PowerPoint Designer

Four months ago, we launched PowerPoint Designer, an intelligent new design assistant to help you create beautiful slides in seconds. As detailed in this PowerPoint blog, we’re excited to announce three new ways we’ve made Designer more powerful to enhance your PowerPoint experience and give you greater visual impact in less time.
  • Multiple images—Until now, Designer could provide design recommendations when you inserted a single image into a PowerPoint slide. Now Designer can suggest designs for when you insert multiple images. You’ll see design suggestions for up to two images for all PowerPoint themes, and up to four images when using the specific Office and Gallery themes.

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  • Color extractor—Designer now extrapolates the most prevalent color option from inserted images and applies that in a thoughtful way to your overall theme. This works with the new Gallery theme and will roll out to the other native PowerPoint themes in coming months.
  • Facial recognition—Now Designer can recognize which images include faces and make intelligent cropping decisions to prioritize them when making design suggestions.
We’ll keep improving PowerPoint Designer based on what we learn from your feedback. Stay tuned for even more enhancements to Designer in the future, including design suggestions for additional elements such as bulleted text, data points, lists and more. Learn more about using Designer here.

New language support in Office for Mac and Skype Translator

There has been strong customer demand for right-to-left language support in Office 2016 for Mac. We are pleased to announce that Office 2016 for Mac now supports Arabic and Hebrew and provides right-to-left language support in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. Outlook will follow within a month. Learn more about how to get started here.

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Skype Translator also now supports Arabic. This means that even more people around the world can speak another language without learning it, helping to break down language and communications barriers in everyday life. Skype Translator now supports a total of eight spoken languages (Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese (Brazilian) and Spanish). More than 50 written languages (including Arabic) are also supported, so you can still text others around the world, even if you don’t speak the same language. Make sure you’ve downloaded the latest version of the Skype for Windows desktop app to get started!

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Expanding Skype for Business meetings experiences and voice services

Earlier this month, we announced a number of ways we are expanding the reach of Skype for Business meetings and voice services in Office 365. We’ve almost doubled the number of countries—now at 32 and counting—where customers can buy dial-in conferencing as part of their Office 365 subscription. This allows them to use Skype for Business Online for all of their meeting needs. Also, our PSTN conferencing service will expand to include local dial-in numbers in more than 60 countries by the end of March and nearly 100 countries by the end of June.
The new Cloud Connector Edition of Skype for Business Server will be generally available starting in April. All versions of Skype for Business Server allow customers to use Office 365 Cloud PBX with the carrier calling services of their choice. Now the new Cloud Connector Edition makes it even easier for customers to quickly connect existing phone lines and phone numbers to Office 365. Check out the blogfor more details on these and other Skype for Business announcements!

Introducing Office 365 Project Portfolio Dashboard and Office 365 Video viewer statistics

We’re excited to announce that Office 365 Project Portfolio Dashboard will soon be available for commercial customers to add to Project Online through the Office Store! Customers will also be able to view these dashboards using a new iPad app. These apps come pre-configured with powerful dashboards that allow business leaders, portfolio managers and project managers to gain insights into areas such as resource utilization, project portfolio performance, costs, active risks/issues and key milestones.

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In addition, video viewer statistics have rolled out to Office 365 Video for our commercial customers. Gain insights on what’s working, how and when in your videos, by tracking how they are viewed and understanding trending patterns as they are shared by email, Yammer, or discovered within Office Delve. You can see aggregate data on how many people have watched your videos, how long they watch them and what the drop-off rates are over time. Learn more about viewing statistics for a video in Office 365 Video.

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As always, learn more about what’s new this month here: Office 2016 and Office for Mac. If you’re an Office 365 Home or Personal customer, be sure to sign up for Office Insider builds to be the first to use the latest and greatest in Office productivity. Commercial customers on both Current Channel and Deferred Channel can also get early access to a fully supported build through First Release.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]


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