- Let OneNote reflect your style and workflow settings
- Personalize notes by changing default font settings in Microsoft OneNote
- Function key tools in Microsoft OneNote by configuring default display options
- Personalize Microsoft OneNote with a background and color theme
- Get started faster in Microsoft OneNote by changing the paper size for notes
- Set a default custom zoom in Microsoft OneNote with Window to fit the page width
- Update your Microsoft OneNote experience by changing your language settings
- Make notes easier by customizing the Microsoft OneNote tool menu ribbon
- Streamline tasks in Microsoft OneNote by customizing the Quick Access Toolbar
- Collaborate with Microsoft OneNote with other programs that use Dock to Desktop
- Multitask like a pro with Microsoft OneNote with multiple windows
- Quick access to your favorite Microsoft OneNote notes
- Customize the color of notes in Microsoft OneNote by setting the page color
- Organize more in Microsoft OneNote by customizing section colors
- Align objects in Microsoft OneNote with custom color rules or gridlines
- Simplify your Microsoft OneNote experience by hiding note titles
- Get more control over your notes in Microsoft OneNote by changing notebook properties
Let OneNote reflect your style and workflow settings
Microsoft OneNote 2016 has several options that you can customize to maximize your user experience and experience. Below we share 18 easy ways to customize OneNote.
Keep in mind that the desktop version gives you most of the options on this list (unlike the free mobile or online version, although many of these settings apply to them too).
Personalize notes by changing default font settings in Microsoft OneNote
Desktop versions of Microsoft OneNote allow you to specify default font settings for notes. This means that future notes will be created with your updated default settings.
Using the font you like best can make OneNote much easier and maximize your experience because the font is more automated: you only have one less thing to format each time you start collecting your ideas.
Go to File .
A dialog box will open OneNote Options . Make sure the tab is selected Occur often and then find the section Default Font .
Select Font size and font color .
If you’re happy with your choice, click OKAY.
Function key tools in Microsoft OneNote by configuring default display options
You can change the order in which certain navigation or organization tools appear in Microsoft OneNote. This can help you more effectively capture your ideas in note form.
Select File > parameters: > Show to set options, such as whether to display page tabs, navigation tabs, or a scroll bar on the left side of the interface, whether new pages have rows or not.
Personalize Microsoft OneNote with a background and color theme
In the desktop version of Microsoft OneNote, you can choose from a dozen illustrated background themes for the top right corner.
You can also choose from several color themes for the program.
Select File > account and then select the appropriate options.
Get started faster in Microsoft OneNote by changing the paper size for notes
Microsoft OneNote notes are created with a default size, but you can change this. Your future notes will follow this standard format.
This can be a great setting if you’re used to a different program, such as a different note size. Or, just like on a smartphone, you can annotate your desktop by reducing the width of the note.
Select Vision > Paper Size to change properties such as width and height.
Set a default custom zoom in Microsoft OneNote with Window to fit the page width
By default, OneNote notes scale wider than the width of the note, meaning you’ll see extra space around the edges.
If this is disturbing, you can use the Fit Page Width to Window setting.
To enlarge the image to fit the width of the page, select Vision > page width .
Update your Microsoft OneNote experience by changing your language settings
Microsoft OneNote can be used in many different languages, although you may need to install additional downloads depending on the languages you want to use.
It makes sense to set the default language you use most. For this:
Select File .
Select parameters: .
Then in the OneNote Options dialog box, select Language .
Change your language settings and click Okay .
If you don’t see your language in the list of available languages, click How do I get additional display languages and help on Office.com?
Make notes easier by customizing the Microsoft OneNote tool menu ribbon
In Microsoft OneNote, you can customize the tools menu, also known as the ribbon.
Select File > parameters: > Customize ribbon . Once you’ve done this, you can move certain menus from the main bank to your own instrument bank.
Options include showing or hiding tools, or inserting dividers between tools, which can create a more organized look.
Streamline tasks in Microsoft OneNote by customizing the Quick Access Toolbar
In Microsoft OneNote, the Quick Access Toolbar is located in the top right corner and contains image icons for using certain tools you use often. You can customize which tools appear there, making common tasks easier.
Select File > parameters: > Quick Access Toolbar . Then move the desired instruments from the main bank to your own bank.
You can also click the down arrow on the Quick Access Toolbar to add or remove buttons. just choose desired menu items to add them. A check mark appears next to the element and is displayed on the toolbar. Select the item again to uncheck the box and remove it from the menu.
Collaborate with Microsoft OneNote with other programs that use Dock to Desktop
Microsoft OneNote can be pinned to one side of your desktop thanks to the Dock to Desktop feature.
This makes the program easy to access when working on your projects in different applications. You can even pin multiple OneNote windows to your desktop.
Select Show > Attach to desktop or New pinned window .
Multitask like a pro with Microsoft OneNote with multiple windows
You can multitask by opening more than one window in some versions of Microsoft OneNote, making it easier, for example, to compare or link notes.
Select Vision > New window . This command duplicates the note you are active in, but you can always switch to a different note for each new window.
Quick access to your favorite Microsoft OneNote notes
When working in multiple windows, it can be annoying when a smaller window hides behind a larger one.
Use the Microsoft OneNote feature to keep this smaller window on top.
Find this function Save note on the right side of the menu Vision .
Customize the color of notes in Microsoft OneNote by setting the page color
Changing the page color in Microsoft OneNote goes beyond cosmetic preference – it also makes it easier to keep track of different files, such as when working in multiple windows.
Or maybe you prefer one default page color over the other as it makes the text easier to read.
To apply this setting, select Vision > Colour .
Organize more in Microsoft OneNote by customizing section colors
In Microsoft OneNote, notes can be organized into sections. You can color-code these sections to make it even easier to find your notes.
To recolor your section tabs:
Right-click the area you want to recolor.
Then select Section color.
Select the desired color from the menu that appears.
You can also choose: Not if you don’t want to use any of the available colors in the color picker.
Align objects in Microsoft OneNote with custom color rules or gridlines
By default, the Microsoft OneNote interface is blank white. This is great for general notes, but if you need to work with images and other objects, you can display and adjust rule lines or grid lines. They are not printed, but serve as a guideline when creating or designing notes.
You can even change the color of the lines, or have all future notes include your custom line settings.
Find these options on the tab Vision .
Simplify your Microsoft OneNote experience by hiding note titles
If you don’t want to see the note title, time, and date in a particular Microsoft OneNote note, you can hide them. However, this will remove the title, time and date, so pay attention to the warning popup.
To hide the page title and information:
Select Vision .
Then select Hide page title .
A dialog box will appear warning you that this is permanent. Select Yes (but remember that once you delete it, you can’t get it back).
Removing the page title does not remove the title from the section tab. To rename (or delete) a section tab, right-click the tab and select rename .
Get more control over your notes in Microsoft OneNote by changing notebook properties
Microsoft OneNote notebooks have several properties that you can customize, such as display name, default save location, and default version (2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, etc.).
To change these properties, right click notebook name and choose Properties .