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  • Published:
    November 8, 2011
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  • Audiences:
    Information workers
  • Technology:
    Microsoft Office 2010 suites
  • Credit toward certification:

OneNote 2010

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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 on the exam. The higher the percentage, the more questions you are likely to see on that content area on 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 containers, collapse and expand paragraphs, set an image as a background, save current page as template
  • Configure OneNote notebook Backstage
    • Configure notebook settings and properties, pin recently opened notebook to list
  • Create new OneNote notebook
    • Create a new notebook on OneDrive, create a new notebook on a network, create a new notebook on My Computer
  • Personalize OneNote
    • Default font and size, display settings, proofing settings, language settings, research and translation options
  • Personalize page setup
    • Page color, rule lines, grid lines, page title, paper size, full page view, dock to desktop

Preparation resources

Share and collaborate (15–20%)
  • Share OneNote notebooks
    • Share notebook on: OneDrive, SharePoint document library, network drive
  • Share OneNote content via email
    • Email others about the notebook and configure email options, invite others to view a notebook, email page in shareable formats
  • Collaborate in OneNote
    • Mark coauthor edits as read, view recent edits, find notes by author, hide author initials

Preparation resources

Organize and find notes (30–35%)
  • Use OneNote notebook organization tools
    • Merge sections, create new section group, color code notebooks and sections, protect with password, group and collapse subpages, use side notes
  • Search OneNote
    • Search for content across notebooks, sections, or pages; display search results pane
  • Use History and Backups in OneNote
    • Page versions, notebook recycle bin, open backup notebook
  • Save Notebook As
    • Save current page, save as alternate file types
  • Use Quick Filing
    • Send to email messages, meetings notes, contact notes, tasks, webpages, screenshots, print to OneNote
  • Use and manage tags
    • Apply tags to paragraphs, create new tags, modify existing tags, create tag summary page, configure tag options, find tags

Preparation resources

Who should take this exam?

This exam is designed for students, office workers, or instructors who need to navigate the Office software at the feature and functionality level. These users use OneNote as a digital notebook to facilitate their work and to integrate with other Office 2010 applications. They have the ability to use it for project management, organizing research, and collaboration and to access information from multiple locations. They have the skills and knowledge to problem-solve many issues that arise. They effectively use many of the common features and functions to organize and display digital information. The core OneNote 2010 user typically is accustomed to making decisions about his or her own work and is a competent user of Office 2010 applications. The user knows how to leverage his or her work for multiple purposes and how to use the major features and functions of OneNote to enhance project and task management. This user also understands how to collaborate via OneNote.

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