Since I got my new Surface Pro, I have been discovering the power of Microsoft OneNote. The app has been around for a long time, but my use of it has been experimental over the years. Much of my note keeping has been limited to the physical notepad and the digital notepad app that comes bundled with Windows. I have hundreds of text files stored that I use for references and reminders. It’s not an effective productivity tool, but it has worked up until now I guess. I recently attended the 2015 Microsoft MVP summit and one app I saw many people using on their tablet was OneNote. This gave me the idea to write an article detailing the benefits of using OneNote to capture content whether its handwritten notes, text, videos or audio.
Record Audio or Video with Microsoft’s OneNote
First, you need to have the OneNote desktop or Universal app installed, you can download it for free from Microsoft here. Once you have OneNote installed, fire it up. Another task I would suggest you complete is set up a Microsoft Account, so you can have access to your OneNote sections on virtually every device platform including OS X, iPhone or iPad, Android, Windows Phone, or OneDrive and keep them synced.
OneNote can be a handy tool if you regularly attend meetings, classes or lectures. If you don’t see yourself in that group, OneNote can be used to capture information from other sources. You could use it to capture events such as a football game if you are a coach, recitals, trips/vacations, and create a scrapbook if you wish. For this article, we are going to look at two specific features of OneNote, recording audio and capturing video.
Meetings tend to involve a lot of oral communication; capturing information by handwriting or typing can be boring and tiresome. With OneNote, all you need to do is use the Record Audio function. Audio is automatically captured and stored within a OneNote Section. Here is how you do that:
Click the Insert tab and in the Recording group select the Record audio button.
OneNote will begin recording audio. You can monitor the length of the audio from within contextual Audio & Video tab within the Playback group. Click Stop when you are finished.
To play back the audio recorded, point your mouse next to the clip file in the section and click Play.
Recording video is just as easy. Click the Insert tab and click Record video button.
You can monitor the recording from within the contextual Audio & Video tab. If you want, you can even pause the recording (same for audio), so if something confidential/off the record is being discussed, you can leave that out and resume recording.
When you are ready to play back your video, just hover the file icon in the section then click the Play button on the context menu.
If you would like to export your audio or video recording from OneNote, just right-click the file and click Save As and choose where you would like to save it.
OneNote is certainly a powerful and robust tool if you want to capture information beyond plain text files. Do you use OneNote? Leave a comment below and let us know.