Tips for Sharing and Collaborating in Microsoft OneNote

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A lot of people use Microsoft OneNote for taking notes, but did you know it has tons of ways for you to share and collaborate on those notes with others?

Run through this quick slideshow to see if OneNote for desktop, web, or mobile can become even more powerful productivity tools for you and your team or community.

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Collaborate in Real-time in Microsoft OneNote

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Show Authors in OneNote Online. (c) Screenshot by Cindy Grigg, Courtesy of Microsoft

Real-time collaboration means more than one person can be editing the same document at the same time, and the online version of Microsoft OneNote allows you to do this with notes.

Edits should show up immediately, though some syncing delays have been reported by some users. 

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Share OneNote Notebooks Privately Through a Document Link

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Get a Sharing Link with Microsoft OneNote. (c) Screenshot by Cindy Grigg, Courtesy of Microsoft

Share OneNote files as private links you send to specific recipients, who do not need to own OneNote to view your files. 

Select File - Share - Get a Sharing Link. You will be able to specify whether those you share with can edit or only view your work. 

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How to Disable a OneNote Link After You Shared It

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Disable Sharing Link in Microsoft OneNote. (c) Screenshot by Cindy Grigg, Courtesy of Microsoft

Once you have shared a Microsoft OneNote link, you can rescind it by disabling the link.

To do so in the desktop version, for example, select Share - Get a Sharing Link - Disable.

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How to Share OneNote Notes to Bluetooth

Share OneNote notes from one Bluetooth-enabled device to another. On my Android tablet, I selected Share - Bluetooth.  

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How to Send OneNote Notes as an Emailed Link Notification

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Email OneNote Links to Others. (c) Screenshot by Cindy Grigg, Courtesy of Microsoft

You can also have OneNote just share an email notification with recipients you would like to share them with. That way, you don't have to send the link yourself. It's included in the email notification. 

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Share OneNote Notes to Google Drive, Gmail, and Google+

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Google Drive Logo. (c) Courtesy of Google

Share OneNote notes to Google Drive, Google's cloud environment for Gmail, Google Docs, Google+, and more. 

Depending on your mobile device, you should see this as an option under Share. I was not able to find this option in the desktop version.

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How to Share OneNote Notes to Wi-fi Direct

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Sharing Options from OneNote Mobile. (c) Screenshot by Cindy Grigg, Courtesy of Microsoft

Share OneNote notes from one Wi-Fi-enabled device to another. On my Android tablet, I found this option under Share - Wi-Fi Direct.  

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How to Share OneNote Notes to LinkedIn

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Share OneNote to LinkedIn. (c) Screenshot by Cindy Grigg, Courtesy of Microsoft

You can share OneNote notes with your LinkedIn social network for professionals.

Click the share button in the upper right for mobile or select File - Account - Add a Service - Sharing - LinkedIn in the desktop version. 

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How to Share OneNote Notes to YouTube

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Share OneNote to YouTube. (c) Screenshot by Cindy Grigg, Courtesy of Microsoft

Share OneNote notes to YouTube, an online video site you may be interested in sharing to. 

Do this by selecting File - Account - Add a Service -  Images & Videos - YouTube.

 

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How to Share OneNote Notes to Facebook

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Share OneNote to Facebook. (c) Screenshot by Cindy Grigg, Courtesy of Microsoft

Share OneNote notes socially to Facebook. 

Options vary by device but I was able to select File - Account - Add a Service - Sharing - Facebook in the desktop version. In other versions, look for this under the Share option in the upper right.

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How to Share OneNote Notes to Flickr

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Share OneNote to Flickr. (c) Screenshot by Cindy Grigg,Courtesy of Microsoft

Share OneNote notes to Flickr, an online image gallery site you may use. Do this by selecting File - Account - Add a Service -  Images & Videos - Flickr.

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How to Share OneNote Notes and Notebooks to Twitter

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Share OneNote to Twitter. (c) Screenshot by Cindy Grigg, Courtesy of Microsoft

Share OneNote notes socially to Twitter.

For example, select File - Account - Add a Service - Sharing - Facebook in the desktop version. In other versions, find this under the Share option in the upper right.

Notice, however, how long these sharable links are. Since Twitter limits your characters, you may want to send that through a service such as TinyURL before hitting Post.  

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How to Share OneNote Notes to Evernote

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You don't have to commit to one note program. Here's how to share your Evernote notes to Microsoft OneNote. (On my Android tablet, I could do this by selecting Share - OneNote. You may need to sign in to your Microsoft Account before the file is shared.)

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How to Share OneNote Notes to Google Keep

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Google Keep Note Taking Application. (c) Screenshot by Cindy Grigg, Courtesy of Google

Share OneNote to Google Keep, another popular online note-taking tool. (On my Android tablet, I selected Share - Google Keep. I had to scroll down the list of options to see this one.)

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Set Up Meetings in Outlook Right from OneNote

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Updating Microsoft Outlook Meeting Details from OneNote. (c) Screenshot by Cindy Grigg, Courtesy of Microsoft

You can easily organize and run meetings right from OneNote, by sending a note page or shared notebook with the agenda, for example, to recipients via Outlook. 

The advantage is, as the creator of the meeting, you are updated on all changes to the documents but also meeting changes will be updated in OneNote as well.

During the meeting, you can assign tasks and reminders that will show up in OneNote and Outlook. link to other slide

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Share Microsoft OneNote Notes to Online Meetings and Microsoft Lync

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Share OneNote Notes with an Online Meeting. (c) Screenshot by Cindy Grigg, Courtesy of Microsoft

If you conduct meetings online via Microsoft Lync, you can share your OneNote notes by selecting File - Share - Share with Meeting.

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Share Microsoft OneNote Notes to Microsoft SharePoint

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Share OneNote Notes to SharePoint. (c) Screenshot by Cindy Grigg, Courtesy of Microsoft

You can share your OneNote notes to SharePoint in the desktop version, but you need to first add it as a service. Go to Account - Add a Service - Storage - SharePoint. 

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How to Share OneNote Notes to Dropbox

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Dropbox Logo. (c) Image Courtesy of Dropbox

Share Evernote notes to a cloud storage account you may already be using: Dropbox. 

From the Share menu, simply scroll and select Dropbox. You may be asked to login to your account.