Word isn’t scrivener and never will be. One important function it’s missing is the ability to tag, label and comprehensively annotate individual elements of a manuscript in fine detail. As we’ve discussed before you can make margin comments – and for some projects they will be good enough. But what if you need more?

Then you have to turn to the companion app in Office for Windows, OneNote. This is often ignored because people simply don’t understand what it’s for. It’s a notebook app basically, a place for storing photos, pdfs, note, reminders… pretty much anything you like. Preferably in the cloud on Microsoft’s free Skydrive service where they will be synced to all you PCs, tablets and even phones.

OneNote has a special mode for working alongside the other Office apps. You click this little icon — the sidebar one, fourth along — at the top of the window.

Then the page you’re working on turns into a sidebar at the edge of the screen like this — Word on the left, the OneNote bar on the right.

I find this really useful for making more substantial notes on a document as I work on it, not just brief comments.

 

Read more at Making OneNote and Word partners in writing | David Hewson.

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