Day 4 – Sharing

When it comes to sharing content, OneNote offers the following alternatives :

  • sharing online (either single page or whole notebook, but not yet individual section),
  • sending by mail,
  • printing (including to the PDF printer),

I have always been puzzled that when it comes to sending a note which contains sub-pages, either by mail, or to the printer, OneNote desktop won’t include the sub-pages automatically : you first have to expand the sub-pages, select the range of pages you want to send, and then select the intended way of sending (printer or mail).

Disappointment : it’s no better in OneNote for W10 unfortunately !

In OneNote for W10, there is a new feature called “Multiple Select”, so I thought I could at least do it the old way… Nope !

Note that the first two notes were not selected, but two additional notes, below the sub-pages were included in the multiple select !?


Buggy : this may be a bug (and obviously it’s not happening consistently), but it’s pretty annoying indeed !

I also noticed that the first selected page (in a multiple select) shows a border. I am sure it was not intended, or didn’t catch the purpose yet :

This time the multiple select worked well ! but note the gray border around the selected page (the first of the multiple select)…


Finally, when printing a page with lots of stuff, the output may be spread over several sheets. In OneNote desktop, although the options are not numerous, it tries to fit the content into a single page, and let you choose the orientation and paper size (so you can choose A3 if needed).

Disappointment : There is no such options in OneNote for W10…

Coming back to the « digital » way of sharing notes (that is, through the Cloud), I am aware that OneNote for W10 offers a wider range of options than its elder brother : namely, to share individual pages.

Expectation : Now that Sections (and Section Groups) are smartly handled in OneNote for W10, I am eager to get the ability to share individual sections as well. That would really be a game changer !


But sharing involves two ways : sending and receiving !

OneNote for W10 is now able to receive much more content than ever, in a convenient way, thanks to the « Send to OneNote » printer.

It’s an add-in available in the Store, which brings the ability to « print » from any UWP App or win32 Program directly to OneNote for W10 (the same feature existed in OneNote desktop, and was lacking in the « modern » version).

Patience : be aware that you need Windows’ Creators Update to install it !

The short description highlights accessibility improvements, instead of the feature of the add-in


The translation in French is difficult to understand : why not simply say : « requires the latest Windows 10 update (Creators update) » ?!


I was nevertheless able to test it my other PC, and it works well !

Difference : The only difference I noticed is that the resulting pages are stored in a note container, and each page appears as a picture. When you use the « Send to OneNote 2013/2016 » printer, the pages are stored on a page (or several for long printout), and the « images » are set as background. This prevent from moving then accidentally, when you annotate them. But some users may prefer the other way round.


Finally, I also use to copy content from the web, and paste it into OneNote.

Lack of customisation options : The text (or single word) copied from the web always comes with a short description and a link to his source. That may be useful when doing extensive search on the internet, but I use an ERP (« Enterprise Ressource Planning » software) whose data, when copied, are interpreted by OneNote as web content, so I’d like to be able to disable this feature like I did in OneNote desktop…


We are done for today !

Come back tomorrow for more.

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