Why Every OneNote User Needs to Start Using Tags Right Now

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OneNote has dozens of amazing features that distinguish it from all other note-taking apps, but one of those features is subtle and easy to overlook. I’m talking about custom tags, which is one of those features that can truly revolutionize the way you keep notes.

Here’s the gist of it: OneNote is already quite organized thanks to its notebook/section/page hierarchy of notes, but sometimes you need to group notes together even though they aren’t in the same notebook or section. That’s where tags come in.


For example, maybe you have a notebook for Course Notes and sections for different courses, like Biology or Chemistry — but maybe you also want a quick way to find all lab notes from any course. Just create a “Lab Notes” tag, then tag all of your lab notes with it.

But tags can be used in other ways, too. You could use an “Unfinished” tag to quickly pinpoint essays and papers that need to be completed. Or use a “Resource” tag to mark notes that contain links to important websites and files. A “Definition” tag could show notes that define important terms.

There are many benefits to using OneNote, but tags are a must-use feature no matter who you are and what kind of notes you’re taking. That being said, if you’re a student, check out these special OneNote tips for students that you may find helpful.

Do you use tags in OneNote? If so, in what way? If not, will you start using them now? What other features do you like in OneNote? Let us know in the comments!

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