I’ve had an ongoing love/hate relationship with OneNote. It’s an amazing, versatile container for information of all shapes and sizes, but at times, it’s a convoluted mess to manage a collection with such a vast and nebulous scope. While I’ve done a decent job of adopting it as the go-to tool for my personal data horde, I’ve been only marginally successful in convincing my family and colleagues to use it consistently.
OneNote just wants to be your “everything” locker, and consequently, it offers myriad avenues for transporting your precious stuff into its hungry maw. You can insert a screen clipping, use the Send to OneNote tool, email a note to yourself (firstname.lastname@example.org), and so on. Over the years, however, I came to rely heavily on using OneNote as a virtual printer, because any Windows application that could print – particularly IE – could easily send its print-ready output to OneNote. It was a pretty excellent solution for online payment receipts, where you really need a printout instead of just a link back to the page.
Windows 8 debuted the OneNote app, which could leverage the Share charm to receive content, but only if the sending app understood how to work with charms. Which is to say, none of them. It’s was kind of a nightmare.
So, I was cautiously optimistic to learn that in Windows 10, Microsoft has once again changed up the way users are supposed to send stuff to OneNote. I’m trying to move to the lightweight touch-first Office apps wherever I can, but OneNote Mobile doesn’t provide the virtual printer. The previous sharing framework is now defunct, so what’s an aspiring note-clipper to do? It took me a few minutes to figure it out, but the answer lies in Edge’s new Web Note feature.
On any page, click the icon to start new Web Note.
The colorful Web Note toolbar is displayed. You can use the tools to markup the page easily. When you’re done, just click the icon.
You’ll see a panel with output options, but the default destination is OneNote (perhaps, it’s no coincidence that the toolbar is OneNote’s signature purple color). Choose a section and click Send.
That’s it! The next time you fire up OneNote, your new web note is there to greet you.