Microsoft's OneNote has a nifty new screenshot feature

Microsoft has been pushing OneNote to help grow the adoption rate, first by making the product cross-platform, and then by making it free. This means that OneNote is everywhere and the Redmond-based company hopes that it will become your preferred note taking application.

One of the cool new features that has come to the product is the ability to easily save snapshots of a webpage directly into a notebook. By sending an email to me@onenote.com with a single URL in it, OneNote will turn that into a snapshot and save it into your notebook automagically. If you send an email with multiple URLs in it, OneNote will save a snapshot of the URLs and not hundreds of screenshots.  It really is that easy, and Microsoft provided several applicable examples for the feature:

  • Browsing the web on your smartphone? Hit “Share”, pick Email, and send it to me@onenote.com.
  • Find an article in a news reader app? Share it via email and type me@onenote.com.
  • Friend emailed you a funny link? Forward it to me@onenote.com.

You do have to setup this feature, which you can do so by going here, but once you register the corresponding information, you can quickly add content to OneNote without having to open the app up. While not the most revolutionary feature to come out of Redmond, it's a simple little trick that can save OneNote users a few minutes of time.

Source: Microsoft

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OneNote IS my default note taking appervice (app/service). Yet I find that I am creating pages for small notes under quicknotes. I would much prefer a sticky note (like Google Keep) feature for quicknotes and would love to have a whiteboard and pagination view.

xankazo said,
"This means that OneNote is everywhere and the Redmond-based company hopes that it will become your preferred note taking application."

It hasn't become her preferred note taking application. ---> Danah Boyd (http://www.winbeta.org/news/da...hone-her-primary-smartphone)


She also prefers to spell her name without capitalization (danah boyd) citing an "aesthetic appreciation" for the spelling of her name. She also prefers not to capitalize the letter "i."

So yeah... Who gives a #### what she thinks?

xankazo said,
"This means that OneNote is everywhere and the Redmond-based company hopes that it will become your preferred note taking application."

It hasn't become her preferred note taking application. ---> Danah Boyd (http://www.winbeta.org/news/da...hone-her-primary-smartphone)

OneNote was always my preferred notes application since OneNote 2003, it worked like a charm on my first Tecra M4 tablet 10 years ago, and it still works like a charm on my Surface 3 and on all my desktops

AmazingRando said,
If I'm opening my email client to send a URL, why not just mail it to myself?

A nice addition though.


Cause this puts it right into onenote..
If you are doing it this way, obviously your end goal is to get it there :) So this just saves one step lol.

Also from the looks of it, it includes the contents of the page, which might be important if the page can change or be deleted.

sweet. i think this will make my windows 8 share button usable. hah!
but i still thinking about theory of changing the share button into a notification button, Only if user open the charm in the desktop. just sayin

Alvin Nukman said,
sweet. i think this will make my windows 8 share button usable. hah!
but i still thinking about theory of changing the share button into a notification button, Only if user open the charm in the desktop. just sayin

If you have Windows 8, you can add snapshots directly into OneNote via Share button already... Even from desktop. And you can add comments or chose specific notebook where you want to put it.

You can nearly do the same on WP8.1
But you can also just mark the whole page and copy and paste it into onenote. will put the same formatting in there.. quite cool

Being able to take snapshots (not screenshots) of email in Outlook would be a nice addition also.

68k said,
Being able to take snapshots (not screenshots) of email in Outlook would be a nice addition also.

I don't have my W8.1 tablet in front of me...but, can't you just print or send the email to OneNote, using the charms bar?

Maybe this little old thinking, but i think if microsoft develop and design OneNote more like Courier approach by using the Surface pen, it will be good and add the plus point for the surface owner. just sayin, OneNote always reminds me to Courier -that legendary windows tablet concept that people talk about-

Microsoft Courier tablet (by Neowin Youtube channel) : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmIgNfp-MdI

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