[Downloadable] OneNote Binder Tailored for Academic Researchers and Writers

Link to the binder: http://tinyurl.com/zcqvu95 or https://app.box.com/OneNoteBinderForResearchers.

NOTE: I’ve made this post a sticky: That means it stays at the top of the blog. Newer blog posts show up below it.

[ADDITION] OneNote PRINTING HELP: To the end of this post I’ve added instructions on how to PRINT OneNote items from OneNote 2010 (other versions may differ).


OneNote is now available for Windows, Apple, and Android devices.

I have created a OneNote binder tailored for academic researchers and writers. The video below previews it. Once downloaded, you can customize and tweak it as you wish.

OneNote is a powerful, robust tool because OneNote mirrors the layout of a physical binder of notebooks, syncs across computers via SkyDrive/OneDrive, and allows for such features as:

  1. Automatic versioning of OneNote pages
  2. Tagging of content in OneNote (including creation of custom tags) and searching by tags
  3. Password protecting of tabs and sections
  4. Dragging-and-dropping into OneNote
  5. Adding screen clippings to OneNote
  6. Printing to OneNote via the OneNote printer
  7. OCR
  8. Deep searching across notebooks, in one notebook, or in one section (including Boolean searching and use of quotation marks to search for exact wording)
  9. Searching for words in audio and video notes/content
  10. Inking (handwriting)
  11. Handwriting to text conversion
  12. Nesting of notebook sections groups
  13. Nesting of subpages under pages, with the ability to collapse and expand subpages
  14. Notebook sharing and real-time collaboration with others
  15. File attachment
  16. Page templates
  17. Docking to desktop
  18. And more . . .

The learning curve is not bad, and OneNote can become even more powerful for users who read about how to use OneNote, view video tutorials, learn keyboard shortcuts, and add in OneNote add-ins of choice.

One of the best introductory videos about OneNote that I’ve encountered is the YouTube video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuTBdonbYZo. If you already know the basics of OneNote, you might advance to about time stamp 17:44 of the YouTube video for some of the more advanced features and tips.

I’m pairing OneNote with my Livescribe Pulse pen (see this video to get the gist), my Windows laptop (see this video to see OneNote paired with a tablet), and my Windows Nokia Lumia 1020 smart phone to work smart, especially in terms of going “analog” more often when it’s more prudent to hand-write than to work on the computer. See this post and this video and even parts of this wonderful book for more about the importance of balancing analog versus digital working modes for learning and creative/academic work.

OneNote is an application to consider among options such as EverNote and Devonthink. Some people use OneNote in conjunction with EverNote or Devonthink, while others replace EverNote or Devonthink with OneNote. It is helpful to search the internet and read blogs and comments about the differences between OneNote and other similar programs and about different ways of using OneNote in conjunction with other programs.

Trying to figure out how to print an entire section or particular pages in a section from OneNote 2010?


  1. Click on the desired section tab. Look at the list of pages down the right-hand column.
  2. Select the pages you want to print, while holding down the
    1. the CONTROL KEY to select individual pages one at a time or
    2. the SHIFT KEY to select the first and last page you want . . .which will THEN result in selecting the first page you clicked, the last page your clicked, and all pages in between.
  3. Click on “File” at the very top of the OneNote program. Then click on “Print.”
  4. Click on “Print Preview” to format things or scroll through what will be printed . . . and/or click “Print” to print.
  5. IMPORTANT: If you need a PDF printer, install the free program CutePDF Writer onto your computer, and you will now have a PDF printer installed as an option for printing any time you print any document.

I hope that helps!


19 thoughts on “[Downloadable] OneNote Binder Tailored for Academic Researchers and Writers

  1. Thank you for this information. You’ve inspired me to consider OneNote in a new way. When I migrated my Evernote notes into OneNote I didn’t have a clear plan for how I might use it. Typically I would use OneNote as sort of a “catch all” for my random thoughts, then later (if I remember) I’d do a search for key words and sort of randomly browse my writings.
    You’ve given me a nice idea for a couple of strategic templates I can turn to in order to better focus my writing ideas.

    Thank you!


  2. Thank you so much for everything! I’m working on a Mac, and like others, experienced difficulty with the download. I was able to use the tiny url to open the notebook, but it says I do not have permission to edit it. Also, I was able to download the file from Box, but it was not recognized as usable by OneNote. Could you possibly email the notebook file to me?

  3. I was able to download the binder but after unpacked Onenote could not find any sections. Is it still a complete onenote pkg?

    • Hi, Marc. This is Mickey.

      Yes: It is still a OneNote package file. I am thus not sure why it was blank when you downloaded it.

      Can you download it via this NEW LINK: http://tinyurl.com/zcqvu95?

      Please let me know if you are still unable to access it.


  4. Hi Mickey,
    I’m just learning to use OneNote and discovered your OneNote binder for academic researchers and writers. Thanks so much for the powerful tool! It’s brilliantly organized and looks very useful.

  5. Hello Mickey,

    I’m working on a mac. Tried to download the file, but onepkg file extension is not recognizable and can not be opened on a mac. Also tried your other link: notebook opens, but I can not save.

    Any ideas?

    • Hi, George. I apologize for the VERY late reply. I have had to stop blogging in order to finish writing projects.

      Can you download it via this NEW LINK: http://tinyurl.com/zcqvu95?

      Please let me know if you are still unable to access it.


      Thank you!

  6. Hi Mickey, for some reason I am unable to find the Box Widget. On the left column I see nothing. It’s a blank column. Would you mind kindly emailing the binder plug in please? (for “boolean find” function). Thanks very much.

    By the way these tools are pretty good too if you are interested: http://www.onenotegem.com/
    I think they are free for trying.

  7. Hello,
    I have been unable to download the binder notebook files, as well.

    Please e-mail me a copy. I am grateful for your assistance.

    p.s. This is a great blog and a new resource that will assist me in so many ways.

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  9. Thanks so much for this! This is an awesome utility for us graduate students in need of some organization. Coming from a Mac (where there are tons of resources for academic workflow), this was a breath of fresh air.

    Having trouble downloading the binder though — any chance you could e-mail a copy to me?

    Thanks! 🙂

    • Hi, Shannon.

      I have placed the OneNote binder here at this blog’s Box widget. To find it and download it, please scroll down the left-hand column of this blog’s home page.

      Best regards, Shannon!

      P.S. I just got your email that you received my email containing the OneNote binder attached, and you were able to download it successfully. Great!

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