Boost OneNote Productivity With the Quick Access Toolbar

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If you’re using the OneNote desktop app — as opposed to the OneNote app from the Windows Store — there’s an awesome convenience feature that you may not be aware of, especially if you just migrated over from Evernote.

It’s called the Quick Access Toolbar and it can make your life a whole lot easier.


By default, the Quick Access Toolbar sits right in the title bar. It contains a customizable set of commands that you can use at any time, regardless of which notebooks, pages, or ribbon tabs you’re currently viewing.

Navigate to File > Options > Quick Access Toolbar. Here you can add or remove a bunch of commonly-used commands, like formatting, insertions, drawings, and more. If you don’t see something, try changing the Popular Commands dropdown to All Commands.


The downsides are that the button sizes can’t be changed and the buttons can only be displayed on one row, even if you have dozens of them. Even so, the Quick Access Toolbar is great, so make sure you’re using it.

Keep going with these OneNote productivity tips along with these unique uses for OneNote. And if you weren’t aware, OneNote is totally free now so give it a try if you aren’t already using it!

How do you like OneNote? Got any productivity tips of your own? Share with us in the comments!

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