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  • Published:
    28 June 2014
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  • Audiences:
    Information workers
  • Technology:
    Microsoft Office 2013 suites
  • Credit towards certification:

Microsoft OneNote 2013

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Skills measured

This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below. The percentages indicate the relative weight of each major topic area in the exam. The higher the percentage, the more questions you are likely to see on that content area in the exam. View video tutorials about the variety of question types on Microsoft exams.

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Manage the OneNote environment (25–30%)
  • Manage page layout
    • Combine and rearrange containers, collapse and expand paragraphs and lists, insert background images, work with templates, set page layout options
  • Configure OneNote Backstage
    • Configure notebook settings and properties, pin notebooks to lists
  • Create a OneNote notebook
    • Create new notebooks, create notebooks on OneDrive, create notebooks on a network, create local notebooks
  • Personalise OneNote
    • Set default fonts and sizes, change display settings, manage proofing and language settings, set research and translation options, set page format options, customise workspaces, customise the ribbon, expand/collapse panels

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Share and collaborate with other users (15–20%)
  • Share OneNote notebooks
    • Share notebooks on OneDrive, share notebooks on SharePoint, share notebooks on a network, synchronise shared notebooks across devices
  • Share OneNote content via email
    • Send notebooks via email, configure OneNote email options, invite others to view notebooks, send pages via email in shareable formats, send to a blog
  • Collaborate with other users in OneNote
    • Mark co-author edits as read, view recent edits, find notes by author, hide author initials, mark notes as read or unread

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Organise and find notes (20–25%)
  • Organise notebooks
    • Merge sections, create new section groups, use colour to group notebooks and sections, protect with passwords, group and display sub-pages, use Quick Notes, add new pages
  • Search for content in OneNote
    • Search for content across notebooks, sections, and pages; display search results panes, search indexed recordings
  • Save and manage OneNote history and backups
    • Manage page versions, manage notebook recycle bins, manage backups, save notebooks, save current pages, save pages as alternate file types, convert for backward compatibility
  • Configure Quick Filing
    • Send email messages, insert notes from Outlook (messages, meetings, contacts, and tasks), insert web pages, insert screenshots, print to OneNote, insert media, set default locations
  • Create and manage tags
    • Apply tags, create new tags, modify existing tags, create tag summary pages, configure tag options, find tags

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Edit and link content in OneNote (25–30%)
  • Apply links and linked notes
    • Link Quick Notes to pages, sections, notebooks and wiki links; create new docked windows; link Quick Notes to web browsers; link Quick Notes to Office applications; copy links
  • Insert files in OneNote
    • Insert links to files, embed files, embed a spreadsheet or Visio document
  • Edit text in OneNote
    • Use the Format Painter, use styles, manage paste options, use format options, insert tables
  • Insert and modify visual elements
    • Insert images, insert symbols, work with the drawing tools, manage the pen options

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Who should take this exam?

Candidates for the Microsoft OneNote 2013 exam should have a fundamental understanding of the OneNote environment and the ability to complete tasks independently. They should know and demonstrate the correct application of the principal features of OneNote 2013.

Candidates should be able to create, edit and share notebooks for a variety of purposes and situations. They use OneNote as a digital notebook to facilitate their work and to integrate with other Office 2013 applications. Candidates work with the features of OneNote 2013 to organise and collaborate effectively. Notebook examples include class notes, minutes from meetings, event planning and to-do lists. Candidate roles might include students, instructors, administrative assistants, company teams, project managers and others.

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