Use advanced OneNote options to customize editing tasks, document display, printing preferences, and more.

Editing options

Show Paste Options buttons when content is pasted     Select this option to display the Paste Options button when you paste content. You can use the Paste Options button to override or modify the settings you make in this section of the OneNote Options dialog box.

Include link to source when pasting from the Web     Select this option if you want OneNote to always include a link to the source file when you paste in content from the Web. This option can be helpful if you want to remember where the Web content you pasted into OneNote came from at a later time.

Apply numbering to lists automatically     Select this option if you want OneNote to automatically number list items for you. For example, if you type the number 1 or the letter A, then a period, and then press the Spacebar, OneNote indents the text and creates a list. When you add more information and press Enter, OneNote numbers the next list item for you.

Apply bullets to lists automatically     Select this option if you want OneNote to automatically apply bullets to list items for you. For example, if you type an asterisk (*) and then press the Spacebar, OneNote indents the text and creates a bulleted list. When you add more information and press Enter, OneNote adds a bullet to the next list item for you.

Calculate mathematical expressions automatically     Select this option to. have OneNote automatically perform simple calculations directly on your pages. For example, typing 1+1= and then pressing Enter causes OneNote to display the answer 2.

Enable link creation by typing [[ ]] around a phrase     Select this option to create bookmark links around your text by typing brackets [[…]]. If you assign a bookmark to an item, the bookmarked item appears as a link in your page. The brackets do not appear in printed pages.

Linked Notes

Allow creation of new linked notes     Select this option to have OneNote automatically link notes you take in a docked window with what you're looking at, such as a Web page, a Word document, a PowerPoint presentation, or another OneNote page.

Save document snippets and page thumbnail for better linking to the right places in the document     Select this option to have OneNote automatically save document snippets and page thumbnails which helps you link to the appropriate places in your documents.

Select the Remove Links from Linked Notes button to have OneNote remove all links in your notebook from Linked Notes.

Pen

Disable the scratch-out gesture while inking     This option is available in OneNote 2013. Select this option to prevent deleting drawn or handwritten notes by using the scratch-out gesture.

Use pen pressure sensitivity     Select this option to have OneNote use variable pen pressure sensitivity for drawings and handwritten notes giving a more natural appearance.

Show Tablet PC Input Panel on OneNote pages     Select this option to have OneNote display the Tablet PC Input Panel when working in your notebooks. The Tablet PC Input Panel allows you to use writing tools such as a Tablet PC pen to add handwritten text or freehand drawings to your notes.

Automatically switch between inking, typing, and panning     When you're using a Tablet PC with a pen or stylus input, selecting this option tells OneNote to automatically activate the pen when you're using a stylus and if you're using the mouse, OneNote automatically switches to the Selection tool.

Enable automatic handwriting recognition     Select this option to have OneNote automatically recognize your handwritten notes using a pen and convert those notes into text.

Default OneNote application

Make OneNote 2013 (desktop) the default OneNote application for OneNote links, notes, and clips     This option is available in OneNote 2013. Select this option to have OneNote 2013 be your default application to use whenever you are working with links, notes, and clips.

Email sent from OneNote

Attach a copy of the original notes as a OneNote file     Select this option to have OneNote attach a copy of the original notes from your page whenever you send the page to others by using the Email Page command on the Home tab.

Attach embedded files to the email message as separate files     Select this option if you want OneNote to attach any embedded files in a page as separate file attachments whenever you send the page to others by using the Email Page command on the Home tab.

Add the following signature to emails and Web pages created in OneNote     Use this option if you want to always include a specific signature at the bottom of emails when you send a page to others through email. Enter in this box any specific text you want to use for your custom signature.

Battery Options

Optimize for the following battery life     OneNote regularly runs several background activities, such as search indexing, audio indexing, recognition of text in pictures, handwritten recognition, and notebook synchronization. When your computer or device is running on battery power, OneNote can improve battery life by reducing the frequency of those activities. You can choose between Maximum performance, Short, Medium, Long, and Maximum battery life

Tags

When using the Tags Summary task pane to create a summary page     You can search for tagged notes in your OneNote pages in the Tags Summary task pane by selecting Home > Find Tags. The two options below impact what happens when you create a summary page.

  • Show original tagged notes as dimmed     Select this option to have your original tagged notes dimmed in the summary page.

  • Leave original tagged notes unchanged     Select this option to have your original tagged notes unchanged in the summary page.

Show dimmed tagged notes in the Tags Summary task pane     Select this option to have OneNote dim any of your tagged notes in the Tags Summary task pane.

Passwords

Lock password protected sections after I have not worked in them for the following amount of time     Once you unlock password protection sections, they stay unlocked for a while. Select this option to lock all of your password protected sections after not working in them for a time frame listed in this drop-down list. From the list, you can choose time periods of 1 Minute, 5 Minutes, 10 Minutes, 15 Minutes, 30 Minutes, 1 Hour, 2 Hours, 4 Hours, 8 Hours, 12 Hours, or 1 Day.

Lock password protected sections as soon as I navigate away from them     Select this option if you want OneNote to lock your password protected sections as soon as you navigate away from them instead of using a defined time period.

Enable add-in programs to access password protected sections when they are unlocked     Select this option to allow add-ins to access unlocked password protected sections in your pages. If the section is not unlocked, add-ins can't access the content.

Text recognition in pictures

Disable text recognition in pictures     Select this option if you don't want OneNote to automatically attempt to recognize any text in pictures in your pages. OneNote supports Optical Character Recognition (OCR), a tool that lets you copy text from a picture or file printout and paste it in your notes so you can make changes to the words. It’s a great way to do things like copy info from a business card you’ve scanned into OneNote. After you extract the text, you can paste it somewhere else in OneNote or in another program, like Outlook or Word.

Display

Disable hardware graphics acceleration     Select this option to stop using the computer's graphics card for rendering three-dimensional shapes, shape effects, and text effects.

Printouts

Insert long printouts on multiple pages     This option determines how OneNote should handle inserting long printouts. Selecting this option tells OneNote to break up a long printout onto multiple new pages. If you want OneNote to insert long printouts into one page, clear this option.

Automatically set inserted file printouts in the background     Select this option to have every printout inserted into OneNote automatically set in the background. This locks the printout, allowing for easier drawing and annotating over diagrams, exercises, lessons, and more.

Other

Measurement units     Select your choice of measurement units in the drop-down list for OneNote to use in your notebooks. You can select Inches, Centimeters, Millimeters, Points or Picas.

Show add-in user interface errors     Select this option to display error messages from programs that customize the user interface. This option is especially useful for authors of software solutions, because it provides information for debugging customizations to the user interface.

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