Improvements in OneNote: Comparing 2007/2010/2013

The very first change you notice in the 2010 and 2013 versions of OneNote, compared to 2007, is the addition of a beautiful ribbon that has all of the features on it.    When you select any of the tabs, the ribbon changes but the notebooks stay where you are, allowing for easier and quicker option selection.

Microsoft OneNote 2007

Microsoft OneNote 2007 – Traditional file & toolbar structure

Microsoft OneNote 2010
Microsoft OneNote 2010 – new ribbon,                                                                          part of the Microsoft Fluent UI (User Interface)

Microsoft OneNote 2013
Microsoft OneNote 2013 – same new ribbon, sleek new look

Also new starting with 2010:

Improved access to information

OneNote 2010 provides virtually uninterrupted access to notes by allowing you to view and use your notebook files anywhere — at work, home, or in transit.

  • Sync to Windows Live   You can access notebooks from any computer. You can also synchronize notebooks by using shared folders, Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, and USB drives.
  • Microsoft OneNote Web App   You can access and edit notebooks from a Web browser, even on computers on which the full version of OneNote is not installed.

Microsoft OneNote Mobile 2010   By using a compact version of OneNote on a Windows Mobile-based smartphone, you can access and edit your notebooks stored on Windows Live (SkyDrive) and SharePoint.

One of my favorite new features for 2010/2013 is the docked OneNote, which allows for OneNote to be open alongside any other program, making it perfect for note-taking, research or brainstorming.

OneNote Dock

OneNote Dock

Other new features include:

  • New content is automatically highlighted.
  • Author information for any added or shared content is identified by a color-coded bar and the author’s initials.
  • Version support lets users see when and by whom changes were made to a notebook. Changes relative to earlier versions of the notebook are automatically highlighted.
  • Faster synchronization of pages so that changes are displayed to all authors in near real time.

If you are still using OneNote 2007, I strongly encourage you to upgrade to 2010 or 2013!   You will be very happy with the increased organization and productivity.

Best of Success,


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