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Get to know OneNote

Microsoft Office OneNote® 2003 is a great new program specially designed for note taking. But in OneNote you can do more than on a pad of paper; for example, you can do research straight from your notebook. Learn about the basics of using OneNote and customizing some features so that it looks the way you like.

About this course

This course includes:

  • Three self-paced lessons and two practice sessions for hands-on experience.
  • A short test at the end of each lesson; tests are not scored.
  • A Quick Reference Card you can take away from the course.


After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Take notes with OneNote.
  • Personalize OneNote so that it looks how you want it.
  • Use Side Note for jotting quick notes.

Note taking is something that most people do. It might mean sitting in a lecture trying to keep up with the professor, taking minutes at a meeting, or even just writing a "to-do" list. How people take notes varies just as much: on paper, in a word processing document, on sticky notes, or in e-mail messages.

OneNote is here to help all note takers. No longer do you have to use stop gaps and workarounds; OneNote is specially designed for note taking.

To learn more about this course, read the overview information or the table of contents in the left column. When you're done reading this page, click Next to start the first lesson.

  • You can take this course by using a desktop, laptop, or Tablet PC. Although OneNote can be used on a normal desktop or laptop, the handwriting recognition capability of OneNote only works if you use a Tablet PC. There are some optional exercises in the practice sessions that are difficult to complete without a Tablet PC.
  • You can take the brief product tour that starts the first time you open OneNote at any time. However, if you haven't used OneNote before, just open OneNote and close the tour so that the tour doesn't interfere with the practice sessions.
  • You must have Microsoft Office OneNote® 2003 Service Pack 1 installed to be able to complete the practice sessions.
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