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Posted by Jerry
Aug 6, 2012 at 09:36 PM

 

Greetings from a long-time reader of this forum, posting for the first time.

dg wrote:
> For OneNote, the most important outlining shortcuts are Alt-LeftArrow, Alt-RightArrow, Alt-UpArrow, and Alt-DownArrow.

Thanks, dg, the shortcuts are very useful. I found that using OneNote 2010 I had to add the Shift key to the shortcuts listed above.

Jerry

 


Posted by dg
Aug 7, 2012 at 02:20 PM

 

>> Thanks, dg, the shortcuts are very useful. I found that using OneNote 2010 I had to add the Shift key to the shortcuts listed above.

You’re absolutely right! My bad…the recommended MS outlining keys should have been listed as

Shift-Alt-RightArrow
Shift-Alt-LeftArrow
Shift-Alt-UpArrow
Shift-Alt-DownArrow

thanks for pointing out my oversight.

Another couple useful outlining keyboard shortcuts are to collapse or expand sections. Again, these work no matter where the cursor is on the line.

  “Shift Alt +”  for expand
  “Shift Alt -”  for collapse

 


Posted by Stephen Zeoli
Aug 7, 2012 at 03:06 PM

 

I am very gratified that my reviews have generated this kind of discussion. I’m certaininly learning a lot myself (both doing the reviews and reading the comments here and on my site).

As for OneNote’s short cuts, those are helpful to know. I will say that having to add the shift key to the process reduces the usefulness in my opinion, because it requires me to remove my fingers from the home row of the keyboard. Still, it is better to have these short cuts than not.

Thanks!!!

Steve Z.

 


Posted by Daly de Gagne
Aug 8, 2012 at 02:03 PM

 

Steve, I am very much enjoying your reviews.

I have one request. You said you were choosing to review Whiz Folders over MyInfo because the former seemed to be more writer friendly, whereas MI was more PIM focused.

It is true that MI has more of a PIM focus.

However, I don’t think that makes it any less writer friendly. In fact, I find it is better for writing because of its metadata capabilities (columns), which enable me to see at a glance which notes have been worked on, what stage of revision I may be at with regard to a specific article, etc.

As well, the comments feature is quite important as a writer in terms of seeing information about an item at a glance, without having to open a specific note.

Two areas where Whiz Folders beats MI is with having multiple open, editable windows, and being able to have it appear as a single-pane outliner. MI has multiple open windows as a feature, but editing can only be done in the main window; Petko has said that in the next major version of MI he will add editing capability for subsequent windows.

A concern I have with WF is that it does not have an auto-save feature, which MI does. MI also has a ruler, which is very handy on occasion.

So my request is that you please consider including MI as a program to be reviewed.

Thanks for considering my request, and thank you indeed for this splendid series of reviews.

Daly

Stephen Zeoli wrote:
>I am very gratified that my reviews have generated this kind of discussion. I’m
>certaininly learning a lot myself (both doing the reviews and reading the comments
>here and on my site).

 


Posted by Dr Andus
Sep 6, 2012 at 03:31 PM

 

Hi Steve,

waiting for the next instalment with bated breath! (I just thought you needed a bit of encouragement :)

 


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