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October 6, 2014

Office 365: OneNote on your Windows Phone

Whether you’re at school, at work, or simply walking down the street, there will be a time when you need to take a note to help you remember something later.

For those moments, use OneNote.

If you’re an Office 365 Home or Personal subscriber, you’ll have access to 1 terabyte of OneDrive storage, as well as the premium version of OneNote on your PC.

This in turn gives you access to more of the files stored on OneDrive, as well as the ability to import richer, more detailed notes from your Windows Phone.

Paper-based notebooks, while useful, are fairly limited in terms of what you can quickly take note of.


For instance, you could use your Lumia 830 to snap a photo of a team-building exercise, then instantly upload it into a OneNote notebook using the “share” option in the photo. The same applies to any videos you may have captured on your phone.

Additionally, you can add sound clips to your notebooks by pressing the “audio” icon within a note, making your notes a more media-rich experience.


Day-to-day, using OneNote on your Windows Phone couldn’t be simpler and we recommend adding a “new note” tile to your Start screen. You can do this within the OneNote app and tapping “pin new to start.”

Every time you tap this tile, a new note opens waiting for you to enter the content.

While each note is automatically time-stamped, it’s always a good idea to give your note a title–you’ll find that box at the top. After that, fill the note with words, pictures, audio, or a mix of all.

The useful “to do” option makes it easy to create tick boxes, ideal if you’re making a note of this week’s grocery shopping.


Other formatting/layout options include: list, increase/decrease indent, bold, italic, underscore, strikethrough and highlight.

If you’re looking for the “save” icon, you won’t find it. Your OneNote is automatically saved when you exit the app and if you have an Internet connection and logged into OneDrive, you’ll find it automatically synced with the cloud.

To access your other OneNote notebooks from your Windows Phone, depending on where you are in the app, tap on the text at the top with the back arrow. Just keep going backwards until you reach your desired destination.

For more ideas on how to get the best out of OneNote, read here.

Are you using OneNote? How do you use it?