19 – OneNote

onenotelogoUP 27 places. Now hard on the heels of Evernote!

OneNote is note-taking software for capturing all of your ideas and to-dos on the go, brought to you by Microsoft Office.

Website Cost Availability
  onenote.com/ Free Download
Past Overall Rankings
2015: 46 2014: 68 2013: 69 2012: 71 2011: 100 2010: 85= 2009: – 2008: 66= 2007: –
Top 100 Tools for Personal & Professional Learning 2016 Top 100 Tools for
Workplace Learning 2016
Top 100 Tools for
Education 2016
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Comments from some of those who selected OneNote as one of their Top 10 Tools in 2016

” I use OneNote to organize my lesson plans, take notes at faculty meetings and in-services, and collect ideas I discover. It allows me to create multiple notebooks, with multiple tabs, and different sections in each tab. I can type, write by hand, highlight, add images and PDFs, and search though hundreds of pages of text and handwriting to find the information I need. It is cross-platform, and automatically syncs between phones, tables, computers, and a universally accessible web interface. I can very quickly share single pages or entire notebooks with others, even if they don’t use OneNote themselves.” Chris Johnson, Primary/Secondary (K12) teacher, USA

“the most versatile tool out there. Organize, Collaborate, Share, Draw, Record. In the classroom it can’t be beat. Teachers and students can work together on assignments.” Michele Brown, Trainer/Instructor, USA

“I use this as a CPD log – I store all of my notes from learning activities and reflections from conferences etc here – it is powerfully searchable and the design makes it very easy to dip back into.” Simon Gosney, L&D Manager, UK

“so easy to use, interacts with all Microsoft products, awesome search functionality, supports collaboration and organization” Ann Gall, Instructional Designer, USA

“I had been an Evernote advocate, but the Window 10 version of OneNote has won me over. ” L&D Advisor, USA

“An extremely versatile tool for keeping notes and records of everything: Works particularly well when placed on Microsoft OneDrive = Access via my computers, Surface, iPad, iPhone — whatever” Ulrik Gerdes, University/College teacher, Denmark

“still the best note-taking application on the Windows platform. Unbeatable in combination with SharePoint or OneDrive, and a tablet pc with a digitizer pen (like the Surface). It is fully cross platform with a nice and stable client for OS X! ” Jan Van De Belle, Consultant, Belgium

Previous comments

“Class Notebook Creator creates online notebooks for your classroom and students. Best way to go to a paperless classroom.” Michele Brown, 2015

“it’s handy at work with colleagues” Natalie Raeber, 2015

“the best note-taking application on the Windows platform. Unbeatable in combination with SharePoint or OneDrive, and a tablet pc with a digitizer pen (like the Surface). It is now fully cross platform with a nice and stable client for OS X!” Jan Van Belle, 2015

“I began using OneNote early last year for note taking for work and school. Utilizing cloud storage and the cross-platform applications, I’m able to access my notes on my computer, phone, or iPad anywhere and anytime.” Rob Wiltbank, 2014

“A notes management system, by far the most useful in its category”  Brij Bhushan Huria 2013
“Superior notetaking, research and eportfolios”  Jason de Nys 2013

“super tool to keep organized and you can sync your notes too! Reminds me of a virtual bulletin board and notebook combined” Christina Carboni 2013

Pre-2013 comments

“This must be the forgotten jewel in the suite of Microsoft Office programs. I don’t understand why it isn’t far more popular. It is fantastic as a rough and ready repository for all kinds of nuggets and jottings.”  Patrick Mayfield

“A great tool that helps me keep my notes organized. Because it’s on a tablet PC, it’s easy to add drawings and diagrams to notes.”  Pattie Mascaro

“Simply an amazing program that I have only been using since January and wish that I had been using for the last 5 years.  I am reducing my paper use tremendously.”  Harold Shaw”This is easily the most important application I use. It is so simple, yet so versatile — I have completely eliminated the need for post-it notes, scraps of paper, short text files, word docs, etc., to keep track of ideas, projects, goals, research, websites to investigate, and much more. It complements one’s email/calendaring application beautifully. OneNote must be one of the most poorly marketed applications ever, as few people besides students and Tablet PC users are very familiar with it — even though it is great for all computer users, and even can be used collaboratively through shared notebooks on a network share. By now I know many people who use it, and I have yet to meet someone who tried using it for a few weeks who didn’t get addicted and then swear by it going forward”  Thomas Stone