Microsoft has been improving OneNote since its launch in Office 2007. OneNote allows you to organize documents and information in notebook (as in paper notebook) like fashion, but keeping everything electronic. You can create color coded tabs like you would on a multi-subject notebook, helping to increase organization. Instead of carrying paper documents to court including possible exhibits, witness testimony, and depositions, you can add all of your electronic files in the office to your OneNote notebook. All items added are even full text searchable, which makes finding information faster than going through paper documents. OneNote also is not as picky about formatting as word. You can insert comments or additional information at any point on the “page” by simply clicking where you want to type. And with a touch-enabled notebook, tablet, or convertible, you can also hand write on the page as if you were writing on a piece of paper.
Getting started with OneNote is easy. It comes with every edition of Office 2013 and 365. Microsoft includes a sample notebook so you can see what the program is capable of doing. Another good tip for getting started, is to start small. Don’t expect to instantly be able to go 100% paperless when you are using one note. Start with one category, like depositions. When you start to become more comfortable with the program, expand to two or three more document types slowly until you have a notebook containing all of the necessary digital files.