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OneNote 2010 Update Improves SkyDrive and Sync Features

Microsoft has pushed an update to OneNote 2010 KB 2553290 that makes it simpler for items stored in SkyDrive to be accessed right from the OneNote 2010 client.

The easiest way to update OneNote 2010 with these new features is to run Windows Update on your computer. Click Start > All Programs > Windows Update to check for all available updates. However, if you prefer, you can manually download today’s updates directly from the Microsoft Download Center (links below).

“After you’ve applied the OneNote update, the new Open from the Web feature becomes available. To use this feature, click the File tab on the ribbon and then click Open,” reveals Varun Srinivasan, OneNote program manager.

“While you’re signed in to your SkyDrive account, you’ll see on the right side of the screen a list of any notebooks on SkyDrive that are not currently open in OneNote 2010. With a single click, you can now open any of these notebooks without first having to manually navigate to the SkyDrive website,” explains Srinivasan.

OneNote 2010: Improved SkyDrive: Open from the Web

Microsoft has also addressed a number of issues around notebook synchronization and error troubleshooting. “As before, you can quickly access the sync interface by right-clicking the name of a shared notebook on the navigation bar and clicking Notebook Sync Status on the menu that appears. (Alternately, click the File tab on the ribbon and then click the View Sync Status button that appears on the Info page.),” says Srinivasan.

“When the update has been applied to OneNote 2010, you’ll no longer see the Errors tab in the Shared Notebook Synchronization dialog box. The updated sync interface has a unified appearance that shows you synchronization progress, status, and any errors that may have occurred during synchronization — all in one place,” Srinivasan said.

To sync all notebooks, click the new Sync All button near the top right corner of the dialog box. To sync only specific notebooks, click the Sync Now buttons in the list next to the notebooks you want.

OneNote 201: Enchanced notebook synchronization

He notes, “When you click the little triangle that appears just to the left of a dimmed notebook icon in the list, additional details about the synchronization status of that shared notebook are displayed. If an error is listed, it will be shown with a new Get Help button next to the error message. Clicking the Get Help button will open a Web page site that displays a current list of any known solutions that may relate to the issue your shared notebook has encountered. Both SkyDrive and SharePoint sync errors will be documented on this site.”

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