Ink to Text is another tool within the Draw tab in OneNote.  It allows you to write on OneNote’s whiteboard surface, even in cursive, and convert your handwriting to typed text.  This of course works best with either a stylus on a touchscreen or the pens on a smart board, but just to show it can be done, I’m using my mouse on a desktop in the videos in this post.  Speeded up, of course. Welcome to Day 10 of 365 Ideas for Office 365.  this week we’ve been looking at OneNote, specifically the amazing things you can do with tools under the Draw tab,Read More →

Microsoft has been steadily adding features to the Draw tab across all their programs, online and desktop.  Most new features get their start in OneNote and spread form there.  As with everything else in OneNote, the specific features vary somewhat between OneNote 2016, the OneNote app and OneNote online, and as usual, the online version offers the fewest overall features, but it does have some amazing tools for math that we will examine in another post soon. So let’s get drawing. Welcome to Day 7 of 365 Days of Ideas for Office 365. Today we will scratch the surface of the Draw tab in OneNote,Read More →

In case you don’t know, Microsoft OneNote is a digital binder.  It’s great for note taking, organization, and portfolio.  It has some of the best accessibility tools imaginable (how many other digital platforms have both text to speech and speech to text built in? And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.) Welcome to Day 6 of 365 Ideas for Office 365. This week we will transition from ideas for PowerPoint to OneNote Notebooks. If you’ve never used it, here’s what it looks like, in all three versions (OneNote 2016 program, OneNote app, and OneNote online.  There is also a more advanced type of OneNoteRead More →

There are many ways you can format images within PowerPoint.  One of my favorites is the Remove Background tool. Welcome to Day 5 of 365 ideas for #Office 365.   We’re wrapping up the first week, which has highlighted some nifty tricks in PowerPoint Simply select the image, and click on the Format tab.  (You won’t see the Format tab until you select the object you want to format. Click on Remove Background, in the far left. This opens the image in a window with these controls.  PowerPoint uses artificial intelligence to initially estimate what is background and what isn’t.  Sometimes it just gets it rightRead More →

Merge Shapes There is a unique and useful tool in PowerPoint that allows you to select multiple shapes and merge (combine) them in 5 different ways, with varying effects. You can choose Union Combine Fragment Intersect Subtract Welcome to Day 4 of 365 Ideas for Office 365.  (You didn’t think I’d make it this far, did you?) We’re continuing week One’s focus on PowerPoint gems. Types of Merges Union is like laying one on top of another and gluing them together. Combine is similar, but it deletes anywhere that one shape overlaps the other. Fragment breaks them into three pieces- the part of shape 1Read More →