Largest FREE Microsoft eBook Giveaway!

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Figure 1 & 2 from the site https://logs.msdn.microsoft.com

Check it out!   Tons of Free Microsoft eBooks.  The list of all books and the download selection is located at the link below.

https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/mssmallbiz/2017/07/11/largest-free-microsoft-ebook-giveaway-im-giving-away-millions-of-free-microsoft-ebooks-again-including-windows-10-office-365-office-2016-power-bi-azure-windows-8-1-office-2013-sharepo/ 

Note from Eric:

It’s that time of year again, and today I am kicking off my annual FREE MICROSOFT EBOOK GIVEAWAY extravaganza! And this time, I’m posting MORE FREE EBOOKS in this post than I ever have in any of my previous giveaways! Based on this, you will notice something different about this year’s post… In previous years, I included images of the eBook covers next to each item; however, I would also get feedback from people on the amount of time to load all of the images. So, this year I decided to streamline the list to make it easier to get to the eBooks you want. You will now find a simple list, organized by category, with the download links in the Format column so you can choose which format you want to download.

  1. How many can you download?
    • ANSWER: As many as you want! This is a FREE eBook giveaway, so please download as many as interest you.
  2. Wow, there are a LOT listed here. Is there a way to download all of them at once?
    • ANSWER: Yes, please see the note below on how to do this.
  3. Can I share a link to your post to let others know about this giveaway?
    • ANSWER: Yes, please do share the good news with anyone you feel could benefit from this.
  4. I know you said they are “Free,” but what’s the catch?
    • ANSWER: There is no catch. They really are FREE. This consider it a, “Thank you,” for being a reader of my blog and a customer or partner of Microsoft.
  5. Ok, so if they are free and you’re encouraging us to share this with others, can I post a link to your post here on sites like Reddit, FatWallet, and other deal share sites to let them know, or is that asking too much?
    • ANSWER: Please do. In fact, I would encourage you to share a link to this post on any deal site you feel their users could benefit from the FREE eBooks and resources included below. Again, I WANT to give away MILLIONS of FREE eBooks!
  6. Are these “time-bombed” versions of the eBooks that stop working after a certain amount of time or reads?
    • ANSWER: No, these are the full resources for you to use.
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How I Use OneNote

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Figure 1 – My Technology notebook showing multiple sections

Thank you to the folks that have emailed me and asked me how I use OneNote in my daily work. 

I am happy to answer that question.  OneNote has a tiered organizational system that begins with notebooks, and divides the notebook into sections, and then lets you record notes in each section by page.

I have several notebooks.  However, the one that I use the most is my TECHNOLOGY notebook.  You can see how I break down the sections in Figure 1 above.

Below, in Figure 2, is a sample of the section – Dynamics GP – and an illustration of the different pages that I have in that section.

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Figure 2 – Sample of pages from my section on Dynamics GP in OneNote

Everyone will arrange their information differently.  This is the arrangement that works for me.  Why I like OneNote so much is that it is online, and I can pull it up from any of my devices, or from a browser at a client site.  While it is easy to say that one should remember all the things that you have done on a software, I have learned that if you only do something once a year, sometimes you need to go back and look at the steps and rules.  I am often changing my pages because process and steps get updated during the passing of the year, either because the software was updated or because of third party add-ons that change the process.

Why I love working with OneNote

1) With OneNote Clipper, I can take articles or information from the internet and store it until I am ready to clean it up and add it to my notebook.

2)  If I am working on a research project, I can create a notebook for the research, copy it in, and then categorize it, and then wipe it out when I am done.

3) I don’t use them often, but the drawing tools are pretty good and let me create quick work flows or mind maps.

4) I love the fast SEARCH function.

5) The VIEW toolbar lets me pin my OneNote info so it is easy to get at.  See Figure 3.

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Figure 3 – The VIEW Toolbar in OneNote, highlighting the DOCK to DESKTOP feature

As with starting anything new, using OneNote does require some practice and you may not get it right the first time.  I didn’t. The trick is to wipe it out and to start over until you get it right for the way that you work.

More on OneNote

Note: use CTRL+Click to go to sites

OneNote for Beginners
Insert online videos into OneNote 2016 for Windows
New Features Added to OneNote
How To Move from Evernote to OneNote
New Features in OneNote At January 2016

Microsoft Now Has Quick Start Guides For Office 2016

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I will be the first to admit that I like having manuals to read for specific information.  Microsoft has now authored documents called Quick Starts for Office 2016.   You can see the documents at https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Office-2016-Quick-Starts-25f909da-3e76-443d-94f4-6cdf7dedc51e.

Here are the different versions available.

Resources Online

Download in PDF

Read in Office Sway

For Mac users, the following Quick Start guides exist.  The Office 2016 guides are available to download in PDF.  They include Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and OneNote. 

Skype for Business, Mac, and Mobile

Thinking about whether to upgrade to Office 2016?  Take a look at the resource guides to help you decide. 

New Features Added to OneNote

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Figure 1 – Graphic from https://www.onenote.com/clipper

As you know, if you read my blog, I am a fan of OneNote.  One of the reasons I am a fan is that in Dynamics NAV, you can send information from NAV to OneNote.

The features that Microsoft  added in July are making me an avid supporter of OneNote.  The first feature is INK EFFECTS.  The feature allows users to jazz up  notes and drawings with new ink effects like rainbow, galaxy, gold and silver to make anything that is  written is more unique and even more fun.

The second feature is OneNote Web Clipper.  The information below comes from https://blogs.office.com/2016/07/21/onenote-july-roundup.

Our OneNote Web Clipper is better than ever. We have a number of new features on our Web Clipper for Chrome, Safari, and IE to give you more control over your screen clippings before you send it into OneNote.

Preview—Ever wonder exactly what was about to show up in OneNote once you clipped? Problem solved! Now all clipping modes—full page, region, article, recipe and product—provide a preview so what you see is what you get.

YouTube and Vimeo support—You can now clip videos from YouTube and Vimeo pages into OneNote.

Highlight text—When you clip an article, product or recipe you can highlight sections of text, and those highlights will be saved to OneNote.

Clip multiple regions in one go—Clip multiple regions of a webpage and save them all in a single OneNote page.

Use your own title—Change the title of your page in the preview window before sending it to OneNote.

Articles your way—Change the font size and type in your article to improve readability before you even clip it to OneNote.

Update to the latest version to see all the new features or download the extension at www.onenote.com/clipper.

I love the web clipper and have it on my Chrome browser.  I use it almost every day to clip and pop information into my OneNote. I use it to keep track of things I think might be good information  in a blog. Smile

How To Move from Evernote to OneNote

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Image from https://www.onenote.com/import-evernote-to-onenote

I have used OneNote for a long time.  However, because it was easier to link in Evernote, I kept some important stuff in Evernote since I could access it from my iPad or from my Samsung phone. 

Microsoft has been making it very easy for us to switch everything to OneNote because OneNote is now so accessible from any device.  I wanted to see how easy.

Using the Microsoft OneNote Import Tool

I downloaded the importer, and I let it chug.

It immediately found my Evernote – but just the one. I have two Evernote accounts so I thought it might find both of them.

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Image from import tool

As I continued, I received the message below telling me how the content will be organized.

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Image from import tool – Evernote to OneNote

The import to OneNote happens quite quickly.

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Image from the import tool – how the content from Evernote is moving.

When the import was complete, I did get the SUCCESS message below.  (I love this!)

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Image from the import saying that I am successful

However, it actually took about twenty minutes for all my notes to import. 

I downloaded the Android App for OneNote while I was doing the move between Evernote and OneNote.  I was surprised that all of the notebooks were up on my phone before they were fully imported according to my desktop.  It did put each of my folders into different notebooks which is a bit confusing at first. 

If you switch to OneNote from Evernote, let me know how it goes for you.

Cheers!

New Features in OneNote At January 2016

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Figure 1 – Image comes from https://blogs.office.com from the OneNote Whats New In January 2016 article

I was delighted to read that OneNote is getting a facelift.  The Microsoft Office team has announced the new features available in January 2016 in their blog https://blogs.office.com/2016/01/29/onenote-whats-new-in-january-2016/.

For those of you that want to see features only, here they are.

  • Insert shapes on Mac
  • Search all OneDrive notebooks on Mac and iOS
  • Publish notebooks publicly on Docs.com
  • Me-me-me-me (at work, works!)
  • Crop shop
  • Forget-me-now
  • Firefox and Safari users rejoice—clip with abandon
  • Office Lens built in

I hope that these titles intrigue you so much that you go and read the blog. :0

Remember, if you are a passionate OneNote user, you can make suggestions about the features that you would like to see.  Use this link:

Suggestions: OneNote UserVoice

Details on Learning Tools for OneNote

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Figure 1 – Picture from http://blogs.office.com

The Microsoft Office blogs has more information on OneNote Learning Tools.  You can read more at https://blogs.office.com/2016/01/19/learning-tools-for-onenote-improves-learning-for-all/.

Here is what I consider relevant:

Download the Learning Tools for OneNote public preview version today at onenote.com/learningtools.

We designed reading and writing solutions that leverage what works for people with learning differences and for other users based upon research. We are delivering a mainstream tool that benefits all students; it is a great example of inclusive design because it builds on solutions for people with learning differences but it works for everyone and is non-stigmatizing. This matters for students and educators for a few key reasons:

  1. Our ability to read impacts our ability to learn and our lifelong earning potential.
  2. OneNote is growing, and educators are advocating for OneNote because it helps students get organized and gain their independence.
  3. Most importantly, Microsoft can improve learning outcomes through enhanced reading and writing tools.

Learning Tools for Microsoft OneNote

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Figure 1 – Toolbar picture is from https://blogs.office.com/2016/01/19/learning-tools-for-onenote-improves-learning-for-all/.

When I have some free time, I like to catch up on my reading about technology… whatever comes up is what I focus on, when I do my search.  Today, I was captivated by the post on  January 19, 2016 By Anthony Salcito – Vice President, Worldwide Education, Microsoft. 

Anthony was talking about how at,  ” Microsoft we think a lot about these individualized learning experiences and how immersive and inclusive technology can help empower every student on the planet to achieve more”. 

What he is talking about is the Minecraft learning tools, and more importantly to me, the OneNote Learning Tools. I quote from his blog:

It is designed specifically to improve reading and writing experiences for all students, including for those with learning disabilities like dyslexia. Learning Tools incorporates special text formatting and other features that can make classroom activities easier, including advanced dictation, focus mode, and immersive reading.

You can click on the link below to read more.

https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2016/01/19/microsoft-invests-in-new-and-expanded-version-of-minecraft-for-the-classroom-opens-public-preview-of-learning-tools-for-onenote/