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OneNote is a fantastic note-taking app, and it’s totally free unlike Evernote. While OneNote works great for simple text notes, it gets way better when you start embedding media and using advanced features.
But there’s one group of people that OneNote might frustrate: programmers.
Having one place to assemble all your notes on new techniques, optimization, to-do lists, etc. is great, but what if you want to jot down bits of code? Without proper formatting and syntax highlight, it can be quite the mess.
That’s where GitHub user elvirbrk’s NoteHighlight2016 comes in. Available as a free add-on for OneNote, it adds a new tab on the Ribbon that lets you insert formatted code into OneNote pages.
Head to the releases page and look for NoteHighlight2016.msi under Downloads (use the x86 version if you’re on 32-bit Windows). Click it to download, then run the installer once it’s ready. Next time you open OneNote, you’ll see a new NoteHighlight tab at the top Ribbon.
Select this tab and you’ll see several languages like C#, PHP, Java, and Python. Click the box for the language you’re using and paste the source code in. Then click OK and you’ll have a nice, formatted block of text right on your page.
This is far better than pasting a screenshot of code or dumping it in without formatting. Programmers will surely appreciate this, and it makes keeping your OneNote notebooks tidy that much easier.
With this add-on, it’s not hard to see why OneNote is a great note-taking app for programmers.
For more tips like this, check out our complete guide to OneNote.
Is this a better solution for adding code to OneNote than you were using before? What do you think of this tool? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!
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