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OneNote 2010: The Ideal Note-Taking Tool for Todays Lawyer

July 21, 2011

If you ever dreamed of the day you could do away with printed three-ring binders full of paper and information, then OneNote is your dream come true. A notebook in OneNote is the equivalent of a binder, with each notebook section the equivalent of a paper tab, and the pages inside being places to write down notes and collect and organize information. But, OneNote goes beyond traditional note-taking pads and three-ring binders and far beyond other note-taking tools of the past.

OneNote combines the flexibility of a legal notepad with the efficiency, organization and accessibility of a computer. Lawyers and their staff can now write, organize, reuse and share their notes on any laptop, desktop or Tablet PC. It is ideal for lawyers, paralegals, law clerks, legal assistants and law students, who are assigned to the same cases, are in the same practice group or work on matters that involve more than one practice group and share information.

OneNote allows its users to collect a wide-ranging array of information, including text, graphics, Web pages, and video and audio files. It allows you to search not only text, but also text within graphic files and speech within audio and video files as well. Suddenly, all your information can be kept in one place that is easily searched, changed and shared.

“As more of our working life happens in the digital world, whether tethered to a desktop or roaming freely with a mobile device, OneNote allows you to gather, collect and organize information into one location,” says Tami Schiller, Learning Specialist/Futurist for Traveling Coaches. “Even better, OneNote is available to you on your desktop or from the cloud so your notes and research are always within reach.”

As lawyers become increasingly mobile, it is important to be able to keep information with you at all times. Now, you can share OneNote notebooks between your desktop and your laptop. If you need to collaborate with others inside or outside your firm, you can effortlessly share notebooks with other OneNote users, with OneNote automatically handling any changes.

Plus, OneNote does not require you to save your work before moving on to another page, or when closing a notebook. Additions or changes are automatically saved eliminating the worry of losing all your work and vast amounts of data.

OneNote can be used to compose trial notebooks or to manage client files. There are various legal-specific templates available from Microsoft’s OneNote template page (, including a trial notebook, legal client notebook, legal practice notebook, meeting minutes and more.

For a complete presentation and more information on everything from how to set up a notebook to how to make it work best for your individual firm’s needs, be sure to attend Tami Schiller and Rex Balboa’s educational session at the ILTA 2011 Conference. More Information

One Comment leave one →
  1. Mark manne permalink
    July 21, 2011 8:07 pm

    it seems like no one reallyis aware of Onenote. We are using it as a great “selling point” for our conversion to Win7 Office 2010. While it wil nto be part of our standard training, we will be offering non-mandatory classes on it.
    Since I discovered it, I use it almost every day.
    The Dock to Desktop feature makes it invaluable.

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