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Five Storage Options That’ll Get Your Boot Collection Under Control

Boots! They are wonderful, but also they take up a ton of space. This roundup of five different boot storage options will help you pick a style that works best for both your space, and for your boot collection.

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Post-it Leaves the Office With New Extreme Notes

Have you ever looked at a Post-it Note and thought, “this is fine, but I wish it was more rugged.”

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This DIY Elastic Tool Holder Keeps Everything You Need Close at Hand

This DIY Elastic Tool Holder Keeps Everything You Need Close at Hand

You don’t need a lot of gear to build this elastic tool holder. A piece of scrap wood, some elastic stretch cord, and some heavy string. That’s about it. It’s simple, effective, and works great with a pegboard system for organization and accessibility.

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DIY Network has the full step by step on this project (linked below) but it’s super simple, whether you have the pegboard backing or not. Just drill some small holes in the scrap wood, run the elastic cord through the holes, and die them down to the spaces with a little twine or heavy string to keep them in place. Test the elasticity of the spaces between the holes to make sure you have enough room to secure and retrieve your tools, and when you’re finished, tie it all down nice and tight. That’s it.

Since the whole thing is mounted to a piece of wood, you can mount the wood on the wall of your garage or workshop directly, or if you’re using some pegboard backing like the photo above, you can use some more of that strong (or a couple of metal hooks or screws) to secure it to the pegboard. However you mount it, make sure it can stand the weight of the tools you have in it, and you’ll be good to go. At the end of the day you’ll have your tools where you can reach and replace them, and our of a cluttered bag or drawer.

Easy Elastic Hand Tool Storage | DIY Network

Photo by Emily Fazio.

Thanks to Jim for the tip!

Fences 3 Adds Support for High DPI Monitors and Full Windows 10 Compatibility

Fences 3 Adds Support for High DPI Monitors and Full Windows 10 Compatibility

Windows: Fences, one of our favorite apps for organizing your desktop, just got better with version 3. Now you can minimize fences to just their title bars so you can hide your desktop clutter while keeping everything easy to find.

There aren’t any dramatic changes to the trusty organization app but all the little improvements add up: it now supports high DPI displays, and you can also choose whether the fences are transparent or translucent, blurring the image behind them. The update is $4.99 if you’ve purchased a previous version or $9.99 for new users.

Fences | Stardock

The Roll Automatically Categorizes and Picks the Best Photos On Your iPhone’s Camera Roll

The Roll Automatically Categorizes and Picks the Best Photos On Your iPhone's Camera Roll

iPhone: If you have a big photo library on your iPhone, you know it’s a bit of a pain to track down specific photos or pick out a good one. The Roll can help with both of these problems.

The Roll’s main feature is automatic organization similar to Google Photos. The app scans your photos, then tags them with keywords based on what it thinks are in the photos. These are keywords like nature, cats, selfies, or whatever else. It does a surprisingly good job at this, but it can take a little while to scan your library (up to five or six minutes if you have a lot of photos).

Perhaps more interesting is the app’s algorithm that scans for quality. The Roll scans photos using a number of artistic principles like composition to generate a score for each photo. If you’re curious about how it works, they lay out the process over on Nvidia. Of course, it’s not perfect and aesthetics are a matter of taste, but it is useful if you have a lot of photos of the same thing. Since it’s limited to iOS, I don’t really see it replacing anything else for organization, but it’s still a useful addition for the scoring system alone.

The Roll (Free) | iTunes App Store via Gizmodo

Google Photos Adds Easier Search, Movie Editing Options, and More 

Google Photos Adds Easier Search, Movie Editing Options, and More 

One of the best things about Google Photos is that it’s easy to find a photo by searching, but today the service made it even easier to find that specific shot you’re looking for. They’ve also added editing tools for Google’s auto-generated movies that let you use your own music and add photos to them, and more.

From the Google Photos team, posting at Google+:

Rolling out now, the latest Google Photos update helps you find your photos faster with a new search bar. Start searching in one tap, or scroll down after tapping on the search bar to see faces, places, and photo types from your library.

In addition, Google Photos now offers the ability to customize automatically created movies with your own music, photos, and videos, so it’s easier than ever to make the perfect video after a holiday or trip. It’s also perfect for Mother’s Day – which you knew was coming up on May 8, right?

Some of this sounds like the same search we’ve come to know and love in Google Photos, but in addition to the usual search bar, now when you tap the search bar, you can type and look for something or see specific faces you often photograph, or choose specific media types (like video, movies, or animations) you can search through.

The new search tool even suggests specific places you’ve been to recently, so you can jump right to all the photos you’ve taken at that location.

In addition to the search upgrades, Google’s auto-generated movie recaps are always great, but you could only choose music they offered and you couldn’t really edit them—now you can use your own music in those brief movies, and splice in photos from other trips, or add shots from the same trip Google didn’t think to include. All in all, some nice improvements.

The update is rolling out now to all users, so keep an eye out for the latest version for your device. Hit the link below to read the full announcement.

New redesigned search experience, customizable movies, and more | Google+

The Best Calendar App for iPhone

The Best Calendar App for iPhone

You have tons of options for calendars on iPhone, many that are free, but when it comes to the best, we recommend Fantastical 2, even if you have to shell out $5 to use it.

Fantastical 2

Platform: iPhone (and iPad)
Price: $4.99
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Features

  • Compatible with Google Calendar, iCloud, and Exchange
  • Quickly add new events with natural language (“Lunch with Alan tomorrow”)
  • Notification Center support
  • Map view for event locations
  • Week view in landscape mode
  • Integration with Facebook events
  • Widget support
  • Quick Actions on iPhone 6s
  • Light and dark themes
  • Reminders integration with notifications

Where It Excels

A lot of things are great about Fantastical 2, but what separates it from the pack the most comes down to its design. Fantastical 2 is incredibly easy to use, fast, and it’s powerful enough for most people. As a basic calendar, you can view your events on a calendar and they’re visualized in a readable and easy to understand way. You can add new events without a lot of taps and the natural language entry means you can type out an event just like you’d say it out loud.

Fantastical also offers up just enough options for viewing your calendar to make it useful for a variety of people. You can check out a list view in portrait mode that offers both a week ticker and a month calendar at the top, or flip your phone to landscape view to see a more detailed look at your week. These three views make it pretty easy to glance at your calendar to get a gist of your schedule at any given moment.

Fantastical 2 is updated consistently with new features, but more importantly it’s always kept up to date for new versions of iOS and any new features that might come along with a new iPhone (like Quick Actions on the iPhone 6s) or in the operating system itself (like widget support). Finally, Fantastical 2 is just as reliable as Apple’s built-in options, which, when it boils down to it, is one of the most important aspects of a calendar. Syncing always works, crashes are very rare, and notifications always happen when they’re supposed to.

Where It Falls Short

The most obvious downside of Fantastical is the $5 price tag. While paying for the app means you’ll get continued support and you don’t have to worry as much about the app getting acquired by another company (which are oddly common in calendar apps), not everyone wants to shell out cash for a calendar app. We do cover some free options below though.

Beyond that, Fantastical is missing some of the social or third-party integrations that you’ll find in other calendar apps. While it does support Facebook events, that’s pretty much it. You won’t find detailed views of your weather, Evernote reminders, or anything else here. On one end, that means Fantastical is a solid calendar app on its own, but on another, it means you can’t auto populate your calendar using other services.

The Competition

You have a lot of good competition in the calendar space on the iPhone, so if you don’t feel like shelling out the $5 for Fantastical, don’t worry.

Let’s start with Sunrise Calendar (Free). Sunrise Calendar was our previous pick for the best calendar on iPhone. It’s free, supports the big three calendar services, integrates weather forecasts, and links up with tons of other services. The problem is the app’s now dead after Microsoft acquired the team who made it. A lot of the Sunrise features are now being integrated into Microsoft’s Outlook app, but the iOS app for Sunrise will never get updated again.

Any.Do Cal (Free) is another decent free option, but it hasn’t seen an update in a year. Cal is a little more fun and playful then Fantastical, integrating a lot of images into its design as well as working well with the Any.do to-do list app. As a calendar, it does everything it needs to, but doesn’t go too far out of its way to do anything new.

Finally, as far as free options go, it’s worth mentioning Google Calendar (Free). If you’re deep into Google’s ecosystem, the Google Calendar app is great. It shows you events from Gmail, to-dos, and even gives you little added features like flight information. The problem, of course, is that most of the usefulness relies on other Google services, so if you’re not using any of them, Google Calendar is far less useful.

In the paid space, the biggest competitor to Fantastical is Calendars 5 ($6.99). Calendars 5 is a very capable app that includes natural language input, a task manager, and a variety of view options to glance at your calendar. The week view in Calendars 5 is good, better than Fantastical’s in some ways, but the rest of the interface is a bit lacking. Calendars 5 is also a universal app, so if you use your iPad a lot, it’s great to just purchase one app instead of two.

Week Calendar ($1.99) is another app that once sat in our App Directory. It’s packed with a ton of features, including multiple views, your choice of navigation app integration, templates, widgets, and more. It’s also quite possibly the ugliest option available, but that hasn’t prevented it from being one of the most popular calendar apps out there.


Lifehacker’s App Directory is a new and growing directory of recommendations for the best applications and tools in a number of given categories.

How to Choose the Perfect Backpack for Comfort, Organization, and Style

How to Choose the Perfect Backpack for Comfort, Organization, and Style

I’m a backpack addict, and trust me: The wrong backpack means you’re stuck with an uncomfortable, awkward bag, all day. A few simple choices will make sure you choose the best in comfort, style, and convenience. I’ve found some common ground through my many, many backpacks that can help you choose yours.

Strap Comfort 101: Never Ignore the Seams

Have you ever worn a backpack that sagged on your back and just didn’t rest nicely like you wanted it to? Padding can help, but bags often sag because of how their straps are sewn onto the bag. Adjustable straps can help here, but you also need to pay attention to how the bag was built.

Most backpacks have adjustable straps, and you shouldn’t buy one that doesn’t. Unfortunately, those straps loosen with use and you’ll have to readjust them regularly. To make sure you get it right every time, mark the straps where they’re most comfortable. Fill it up your usual carry, put it on your back, and then adjust the straps to a place where you feel comfortable walking around. Before taking the bag off, mark the location of the straps with a marker or, if you dare, cut a small notch in the side. (See below for an example.) I like the notch better because you can’t see it easily and therefore won’t harm the look of the bag, plus you can feel exactly where to adjust the straps. That’ll save you some neck strain. As you carry your bag around, you can mitigate some slack by carrying your backpack short distances by its top handle, and you should definitely buy a backpack with a top handle.

How to Choose the Perfect Backpack for Comfort, Organization, and Style

That’s great if you have a bag already, but if you’re shopping or a new one, look at how the backpack straps are sewn into the top. When the straps look like they were just sewn on and hang off the top, they’ll loosen at the seams over time, and cause your sagging problem. If the straps look like they were folded a bit and form a curve, you will get better support from the bag. Check out the picture below for an example.

How to Choose the Perfect Backpack for Comfort, Organization, and Style

Bags with nice straps might cost a little more, but your back will thank you for it in the long run.

Bags with all the right straps:

Consider Color Carefully (or Always Go Gray)

Backpacks mostly come in black, but you’ll still find plenty in a variety of ugly and beautiful colors alike. Even a puke-green rucksack can work for you if it suits your style. When choosing the right color, do yourself a favor by focusing on how it matches the way you dress rather than whether or not it looks good alone. Backpacks can occupy anywhere from about 20-50% of the visual space your body fills (rough estimate obviously, not statistics) depending on your size, so if you throw that puke-green rucksack against your black business suit or dress, it’ll probably stand out, and maybe not in the way you intended.

How to Choose the Perfect Backpack for Comfort, Organization, and Style

However, if you wear black to work, you can get away with a lot of different colors so long as they don’t clash with any other accents in your repertoire. For men, that often just means a choice of ties or shirts. Women have more options, but with black garments you don’t have much to worry about. Only scarves, jewelry, or other accent clothing really conflicts. Either way, if you like black, consider a black bag. It’ll match no matter what.

That said, most jobs let you wear business casual or casual clothes, so this may not be an issue. That, of course, leads to more color in workplace clothing, so if you want to make sure your bag will always match your look, get a gray bag. Generally speaking, gray blends well with everything without causing too much contrast like black can. Darker grays like charcoal tend to work better, just so long as they’re a bit lighter than pitch black.

How to Choose the Perfect Backpack for Comfort, Organization, and Style

Of course, if you want to get colorful, you should go for it. Before you do, just brush up on your color theory so you can find something that compliments your style.

Bags with great gray and color options:

Know Your Storage Scheme

A traditional backpack has a front pocket for quick access and then just a giant empty space for whatever you want to do with it. For some people that’s fine, but most of us prefer a little more organization. Before you choose a bag with helpful storage slots and pockets though, you need to understand what works best for you.

For example, lots of tiny pockets may sound great, but for me at least, very little that I’d actually carry around fits into them well. I also don’t carry 20 pens so I don’t need a bunch of pen slots. I like spaces for things like hard drives, external batteries, notepads, note cards, business cards, and things like that. As a result, I have a highly variant storage scheme. I need pockets and spaces of all shapes and sizes—plus a couple of slots for a pen.

How to Choose the Perfect Backpack for Comfort, Organization, and Style

To figure out what you need, grab some paper and put your pocketable objects on top of it. Go ahead and trace all those rectangles—it gives you a visual representation of your stuff. You can even take that paper with you when buying a new bag to check if the pockets will suit your needs. If that all seems a little tedious and nutty to you, just lay your usual carry out on the table and take a photo. You won’t be able to match it up when backpack shopping, but you’ll at least have a reference for what you plan to store in case your memory fails you.

Bags with great and/or clever storage schemes:

Never Neglect Quick Access Pockets

I love quick access pockets (QAPs). Who wouldn’t? When you need something and it’s just a quick zip away, that’s always better than digging through deep pockets to find what you’re looking for. Too many small pockets cause their own problems, but you’ll rarely find a bag with too few fast methods for getting your favorite stuff.

How to Choose the Perfect Backpack for Comfort, Organization, and Style

Pay attention to the size of the quick access pockets on the bag you’re interested in buying. A spacious pocket is good, but one that’s too deep makes it hard to get your hand inside your bag, and easy for small items to get lost. Top pockets are particularly bad about this in bags with fold-over tops. You can get by if you only stuff a few thin, small items inside, but once you load that pocket up with too many goodies you’ll have trouble getting around the bulk. Good bags hide the quick access pocket inside the bag and use one zipper for full access. Furthermore, pockets in the posterior—the part of your bag that rests against your back—rarely work out because they make the bag feel stiff or bumpy, since you can feel the contents right against your back.

How to Choose the Perfect Backpack for Comfort, Organization, and Style

My favorite quick access pockets are the ones on the sides of the bag. You can access them easily when wearing your backpack, and if they add any bulk to the bag it’ll be towards the bottom. In some cases, it can even provide a helpful foundation. If you do want a bag with a topside quick access pocket, however, look for one that doesn’t have its own zipper and/or doesn’t take up too much space.

Bags that do quick access pockets right:

Commute in Comfort

How to Choose the Perfect Backpack for Comfort, Organization, and Style

When you shove everything you need for the day in a bag, you might not like how it feels against your back. Imagine going to the drug store, picking up a variety of items, storing them in a thin plastic bag, and then tying it to your back for the walk home. That probably wouldn’t feel very good. That’s why some backpacks have padding, and you should invest in one that does.

How to Choose the Perfect Backpack for Comfort, Organization, and Style

You don’t need a crazy amount of padding to make your back feel better and you can easily figure out how much works for you. If you can fill up the bag and it doesn’t lose its form against your back, congratulations—it’ll do! But you do want to consider the type of padding as well. Backpacks can create a lot of heat against your body (especially if you have a laptop stuffed in there) and most of us don’t want damp, sweaty clothing when we get to work (or anywhere). You can’t prevent this entirely, but breathable mesh makes a difference. Basically, when seeking the ideal padding on your bag just look for holes. If you see puffy padding with holes, like the example above, you’re golden.

Bags that do padding right:

Stay Charged

You probably have a fair number of gadgets you’ll need to carry around in your backpack, too. You probably put them in your bag every day and take them out every night to charge. That’s fine, but I highly recommend finding a battery with an interior space for an USB battery (like this one above) to have a little extra power on the go. That way you don’t need to take your items out of the bag and plug them in to charge, and you can charge your gadgets while you walk around, or keep your bag secure and near you.

How to Choose the Perfect Backpack for Comfort, Organization, and Style

If you want to step things up though, you can build battery charging directly into your bag. It’s surprisingly not difficult, and I did it a while ago with a small messenger bag. This way you can plug your devices into your bag to charge, and then just plug the whole bag into the wall when you get home. Most people will find this overkill, but if you find charging all your devices as annoying as I do, you’ll appreciate a single-plug solution.

Bags that make charging easier:

Pick a Bag That Makes You Happy!

More than anything, just pick something you like! Don’t stress about finding the “perfect” bag. Trust me, it doesn’t exist. Even if it did, your needs would change over time and you’d have to adapt your bag to fit, or replace it entirely. Have fun, pick something you enjoy, and keep these tips in mind so that it’s one you’ll want to keep around for a long time.


Nest Folders Inside of Folders in Apple Notes from the Mac App

Nest Folders Inside of Folders in Apple Notes from the Mac App

Nesting folders is one of the simplest, most common ways to organize files. For some bizarre reason, you cannot nest folders in the Apple Notes app on iOS. MacSparky points out that it’s possible from the Mac app though.

In the Mac app, this works exactly as you’d expect. Open Apple Notes, then drag an existing folder on top of another to nest it inside. When you open up Apple Notes on iOS, the nested folder will be where it’s supposed to be, even though you can’t actually organize it that way on iOS.

Nesting Folder in Apple Notes | MacSparky

How to Master Microsoft Office OneNote

How to Master Microsoft Office OneNote

Microsoft OneNote has been one of our favorite note-taking apps for years, and it keeps getting better. The app is completely free to install on your Mac or Windows desktop and lets you format notes any way you wish in an intuitive digital notebook interface. Here’s how to get started with OneNote and take your notes to the next level.

This post is part of Microsoft Office Week, a series at Lifehacker where we offer tips to get started with or master Microsoft Office. Want more? Be sure to keep an eye on the Office Week tag page throughout the week.

Get Up and Running with OneNote Quickly

How to Master Microsoft Office OneNote

In addition to the familiar Office ribbon, OneNote’s interface mimics a spiral notebook. Each note is a page in OneNote, listed by default in the right sidebar. Pages are stored in sections of the notebook, which you can navigate between using the colorful tabs at the top. You can have an endless number of notebooks, stored either in OneDrive, if you’re using the free version of OneNote, or anywhere on your hard drive, if you’re using the paid edition.

For this guide, we’ll assume you know most of the basics of OneNote, such as how to add a new page or create a new tab. If you’d like a refresher, check out Microsoft’s Quick Start guides to Office.

How to Do the Most Common, Essential Tasks in Microsoft OneNote

OneNote is all about capturing information and helping you keep it all organized. On the surface, it works just like a basic word processor, but with handwriting support, multimedia embedding, and other powerful features, it’s more than just a notes app.

Organize Your Notebooks and Sections

How to Master Microsoft Office OneNote

I love OneNote because it helps keep all the random bits of information related to a project all in one place and visually organized. We’ve mentioned some of the features below previously, but here are a few tips to make the most out of this notebook metaphor.

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Create a hierarchy of notes: Drag a note to the right in the list to make it a subpage of the note above it. You can collapse all the subpages with the arrow at the right of the top note to make scanning all your notes easier.

How to Master Microsoft Office OneNote

Create section groups: If you have a ton of sections in a notebook, consider grouping some of the related sections. Right-click on a tab and choose “New Section Group.” Then you can move individual tabs to the new group. For example, you might have a Recipes notebook and create a section group for desserts, and, within that group, sections for pies, cakes, cookies, and so on.

How to Master Microsoft Office OneNote

Use tags freely within a page: Unlike other notes apps where you add tags for the entire note, OneNote lets you tag individual parts of the note. So, for example, you can mark a paragraph with a question mark tag for further researching, create a list of checkbox tags for things you have to do, and tag other parts of your notes with custom tags, such as people’s names or project names.

How to Master Microsoft Office OneNote

Tags become even more useful when you use the “Find Tags” button in the Home tab to search across your notebook or notebooks for a specific tag. Click the “Create Summary Page” in the Tags Summary pane that opens when you’re searching for a tag, and OneNote will create a (refreshable) list of everything you’ve tagged in one page.

Automatically create new pages, linked together in a master list: If you’re working on a project that you know will require several pages of notes, here’s a killer shortcut: Type two square left brackets followed by the title of the first note you want to make and then type two right square brackets at the end. OneNote will instantly create a new note with that title and a link to it in your current note. Repeat the brackets shortcut to add more new linked notes.

How to Master Microsoft Office OneNote

Password-protect a section: Right-click a tab and choose “Password Protect This Section” to protect sections with sensitive information in them.

Save Anything to OneNote

How to Master Microsoft Office OneNote

Getting information into OneNote is really easy:

I think Evernote still has a bit of a leg up on OneNote when it comes to web clipping, but with OneNote you still have numerous options for quickly getting your information into the app.

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Save Audio, Video, Photos, and More Than Just Text

You can embed just about anything into a OneNote note, and, here’s the kicker, OneNote will likely make that audio, video, scanned receipt, or other object searchable. Add these objects anywhere you want on the page. You can have a photo to the right of a checklist, an embedded Excel spreadsheet with Outlook task reminders beneath it, or a YouTube video above your meeting notes.

Click on the Insert tab to see your options, or try just copying and pasting the item into a page.

How to Master Microsoft Office OneNote

If you insert a screenshot or photo into a page, OneNote can be an awesome markup tool. For example, when I was planning a trip to Disney (which is like having a second job), I added this crowd calendar to my planning notebook and highlighted where we were going each day.

How to Master Microsoft Office OneNote

OneNote is also amazing for math geeks. In the Insert tab, click Symbols > Equation and pick an equation to enter, such as the area of a circle. You’ll find a new Design tab that lets you format math equations in OneNote, with a catalog of math symbols and also the ability to handwrite a math equation.

How to Master Microsoft Office OneNote

Additionally, OneNote can calculate math for you. For example, if you type in something like “$15*365*10=” (without the quotes), once you press the spacebar, OneNote will fill in the answer. Go ahead and type in “PI=” (without the quotes) and then the spacebar in OneNote. Cool, right? Other math functions OneNote works with: cosine and sine, square root, and logarithm. See this Office support page for more fun math tricks.

Finally, if you have a touchscreen PC or, better yet, a stylus-supporting device like the iPad Pro or Surface Pro, you’ll probably love OneNote’s inking support. Not only can you draw or handwrite anywhere on the page with a variety of colors and thickness options, OneNote can convert your chicken scratch into text or turn misshapen shapes into a standard shape.

How to Master Microsoft Office OneNote

Also, your handwritten notes, like your audio and video recordings from within OneNote, will be searchable. It’s like magic!

Work Faster in OneNote with These Keyboard Shortcuts

When you’re quickly typing up notes in OneNote, you don’t have time to mess with the mouse. OneNote packs over 100 keyboard shortcuts, but these are the ones you’ll likely use most often:

  • Ctrl+Alt+D: Dock the OneNote window so you can use it side-by-side with another app, like your browser
  • Ctrl+Shift+C: Copy the formatting of selected text (use the Format Painter)
  • Ctrl+Shift+V: Paste the formatting of the selected text
  • Alt+N: Open the Insert menu, with additional shortcuts highlighted. For example, after pressing Alt+N, the insert menu shows you can now press A to insert and start recording audio or press R to create and insert a screen clipping
  • Ctrl+1: Add, mark, or clear the To Do tag
  • Ctrl+Alt+N: Create a new page beneath the current one at the same level (pressing Ctrl+N creates a new page, but puts it at the bottom of the page list)
  • Ctrl+Shift+Alt+N: Create a new subpage beneath the current one
  • Ctrl+T: Create a new section
  • Ctrl+E: Open the search box

Because OneNote uses rich text formatting much like Microsoft Word and other word processors, other universal text editing keyboard shortcuts also apply, such Ctrl+K to insert a hyperlink or using the control and arrow keys to move the cursor a word to the right or left. Check out our list of these text selection shortcuts here.

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Additional Reading for Pro Users

OneNote’s a powerful tool for collecting your thoughts, taking meeting notes, saving stuff from the web, and more. There’s more to the program than we can cover here, so check out these additional resources:

  • Do more in OneNote with Onetastic: The free Onetastic add-in gives you tons of new features, such as custom styles, a calendar view of your notes, and the ability to create macros in OneNote. It’s a must-have for OneNote fans, and Office has a 15-minute webinar showing how to use it.
  • Apply a template to a OneNote page: Use a consistent layout or apply a background to your pages with OneNote’s built-in templates or create your own page templates. Here’s Microsoft’s tutorial on page templates.
  • Set up a GTD notebook for task management: If you’re a Getting Things Done fan, incorporate that system into OneNote with this notebook and tagging example.
  • Migrate from Evernote to OneNote: If you want to move your notes from Evernote to OneNOte, Microsoft has an importer tool for that. Right now it’s only available for Windows, but once your Evernote notes are imported, they’ll be available in OneNote on all your devices.
  • Send notes to OneNote with Cortana/Siri/Google: Not only can you have Cortana show you your OneNote notes, you can quickly create notes with your voice in Windows 10, iOS, and Android.

If you’ve got other tips or special notebooks or uses for OneNote, share them with us in the comments.