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My Strategy to Switch from OneNote 2016 to OneNote for Windows 10

April 28, 2018

This post is inspired by an inspiring tweet from Craig McBain (@CVSTech) where he shared a big step he took recently to use OneNote 2016 less, and the OneNote for Windows 10 App more.

What He Did: “unpinning OneNote 2016 from my taskbar and pinning the OneNote app”

It is a big step, and a great idea!

I totally endorse it as a fantastic Step 1 because it is the best way to figure out what is missing/what you miss from OneNote 2016.

Tip: Remember to check that you have the same notebooks open in both versions of the program before unpinning so you don’t run back to OneNote 2016 because “you forgot” and need to get to that information quickly.

With this in mind, I’m sharing my (evolving) strategy below. I will update it as I continue down the process to consciously uncouple myself from OneNote 2016 and embrace OneNote for Windows 10!


My Strategy to Switch from OneNote 2016 to OneNote for Windows 10:

  1. Unpin OneNote 2016 from Taskbar.
  2. Create a page and track all features that are “missing”.
  3. Check the Microsoft road map to see if any of those features I desire are in the works.
  4. Connect with the community to find out if there are solutions, workaround, or plans.
  5. Change Windows 10 Default App settings back to OneNote for Windows 10.
  6. Delete OneNote 2016


Where are you on your journey to the best version of OneNote?

I invite you to share any and all tips or tricks to share with others on the same journey in the comments below!


Completely opposed to OneNote for Windows 10?

I am not opposed to conflicting view points in the comments below – I want to hear your passion! So please share any feedback about missing features in the comments below.
(Constructive language only please. I will NOT approve comments with hateful statements about myself or Microsoft.
Foul-mouthed troll language belongs under a bridge.)

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