OneNote Hierarchy

It’s hard to get past the very first step, as it will impact all decisions going forward – how to use the OneNote hierarchy.  Evernote has a fairly simple hierarchy:

  • Evernote
    • Notebooks
      • Notes

While within this structure, I was using two primary notebooks in order to adhere to “Keep It Simple”: Inbox and Processed.  Everything new came into my Inbox to be categorized and then moved out to Process.  This made searching for past documents fairly simple.

The OneNote hierarchy is similar, but with more options:

  • OneNote
    • Notebooks
      • Section Groups
        • Sections
          • Pages
            • Subpages

In the first attempt in the migration, I am attempting to replicate the Evernote experience as much as possible.  As the system stabilizes, I will begin to consider alternate structures.  So, the initial structure shall be:

  • OneNote
    • Notebooks
      • Randy’s Notebook
        • Section Groups
          • Sections
            • Inbox
              • Pages
            • Processed
              • Pages

A single notebook supports simple searches. If the search has to extend across notebooks, the search dialog has to be adjusted to specify where the search should execute.

Section Groups were avoided in order to support “drag and drop” movement of pages from the Inbox to Processed.  With Section Groups, a drag and drop results in a dialog popup to identify the drop point.

 

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