How to Change the Look of OneNote

By Carl Hose

Microsoft OneNote is a complete note-taking package that allows users to combine text, images and sounds to take notes on anything. The software allows users to create separate notebooks for different projects. Using OneNote makes taking notes, compiling research and keeping track of inventory a simple process. OneNote also allows you to customize its interface to suit the way you work. Changing the appearance of OneNote is easy and can help make your note-taking environment more personal.

Step 1

Open OneNote and decide which aspects of the interface you'd like to change. Go to the "Tools" menu and select the "Customize" option to make changes to your toolbars. Here you can add or remove items from the existing toolbars, remove entire toolbars or display toolbars you use most frequently.

Step 2

Click on "Tools" and choose "Options." Here you can choose to have ruled lines on all of the pages you create. This gives the pages you create the appearance of real notebook paper. It may be preferable if you use a pen mouse when taking notes with OneNote. You can also choose where to display the navigation scroll bar in OneNote using this dialog box.

Step 3

Go to the "Tools" menu, select "Options" and check the tab box if you want to have page tabs appear on the left for your notebooks. With the box unchecked, there are no page tabs available. Page tabs make it easier to navigate through large documents.

Step 4

Change the section colors of your notebooks by going to the "Format" menu and selecting the "Section Color" option. You can choose from several different colors here or choose to display no color on the sections of your notebooks.

Step 5

Add a task pane to your OneNote work space by going to the "View" menu and clicking the task pane option. A task pane keeps track of all the current tasks in a document. Use this option if you prefer to monitor tasks and when they are accomplished.