Changing your user initials in Office programs

A colleague pointed out this option to me the other day, and it’s a good one to share. In Office programs like Word or OneNote, the system often uses your initials to note who made changes. But perhaps you need to change your initials for some reason (duplicate of someone else, you don’t like them, etc.). Here’s how you do that…

Making quick video recordings in OneNote

Let’s say you want to create a quick video of yourself, either to let your team know something, or perhaps just as a reminder to yourself to take care of some items. OneNote has a basic video recording function built in, and it’s perfect for those basic types of videos (not screen captures… just whatever your vidcam is picking up). Here’s how it works…

Fixing your quirky spelling errors in Office

Admit it… you have a few(?) words that you always misspell or mistype when working on a Word document, a PowerPoint deck, an Excel file, a OneNote notebook, or an Outlook email. And, for whatever reason, the program decides that your quirky spelling isn’t important enough to fix for you automagically. Well, you can actually add your own spelling quirks to Office so that you don’t have to wear out the backspace key fixing your errors. And yes… this is a case where you can fix it once, and *all* the programs will pick up the change!

Password-protecting OneNote sections

OneNote is a great tool for taking notes, storing information, and a million other things. A team OneNote notebook can do wonders for keeping everyone on the same page. However, there are times when some of the content in your OneNote notebook needs to be locked down for security and privacy purposes. This is where password-protecting a section in your OneNote notebook comes into play.

Audio recording in OneNote

If you’re in a meeting and you want to have a record of what was said, you can use OneNote to make an audio recording and save it automatically to a OneNote page. In addition, you can also take notes that will automatically have pointers to that specific part of the recording. Here’s how it works…

Optical Character Recognition (OCR) in OneNote

There’s nothing more frustrating to see some interesting writing on a page, and you can’t copy it into a Word document as it’s actually part of an image (like an image caption). But with OneNote, you can use the built-in Optical Character Recognition (OCR) feature to get the text in the image turned back into real text you can copy and paste. Here’s how…