7 Reasons Every Lawyer Needs OneNote

Today, there are many different kinds of technology tools to make a lawyer’s life easier. Smart phones and tablets. Legal Practice Management software. Document Management software. Private Cloud platforms. All of which are useful solutions that help law firms practice better.

Today, lets take a look at another useful tool for lawyers and law firms. One application in particular that should be a staple within every lawyer’s legal technology toolbox: Microsoft OneNote.

7 Reasons Every Lawyer Needs OneNote

OneNote is a powerful note-taking and record-keeping application made by Microsoft. It’s part of the broader Microsoft Office suite, and comes in both a full-featured version and a mobile-device-friendly edition.

While OneNote is useful for virtually any profession or person (your’ s truly included), lawyers and law firms especially will benefit from the functionality this handy tool provides.

At its core, OneNote is incredibly simple to use. You create notes: a page where you enter any information you like, free-form.You do this by simply typing or copy/pasting, like you would a Word document, or by hand-writing with your favorite laptop, tablet and stylus.

Each note is date and time-stamped and may contain images, attachments, and more. The flexibility and free-form nature of each note is part of what makes OneNote simple but powerful. Every note can contain written text, copied text, images, hyperlinks, embedded files, or any combination therein.

You organize notes into notebooks and tabs (just like a physical notebook). While not a replacement for proper practice management or document management software, OneNote is a powerful tool that will undoubtedly complement your practice management and document management solution.

Sidebar: OneNote and the Microsoft Surface

It’s no surprise that Microsoft’s line of Surface computers (including the Surface Pro tablet/laptop hybrid and the Surface Book laptop) are optimized to work with OneNote.

And they do so beautifully. The Surface Pro and Surface Book stylus are optimized for and work wonderfully with OneNote, from hand-writing notes to sketching a diagram. The click-button at the end of the Surface stylus is even programmed to automatically launch OneNote when you use it, by default.

At its core, OneNote is incredibly simple to use. You create notes: a page where you can type or hand-write information. Each note is date and time-stamped and may contain images, attachments, and more. You organize notes into notebooks and tabs (just like a physical notebook). While not a replacement for document management software, OneNote is a powerful tool that will undoubtedly complement your practice management and document management solution.

OneNote offers a ton of cool and useful functions. Of them all, here are the top seven functions and reasons that every lawyer should use OneNote.

1. Organization

What makes OneNote better than simply having a folder full of word docs is its clean and intuitive organization.

Notebooks
You can create one or more notebooks: for instance, maybe one for work and one for personal notes.

About the Author: Dennis Dimka
Dennis Dimka is the CEO and founder of Uptime Legal Systems, North America's leading provider of technology, cloud and marketing services to law firms. Dennis is the author of Law Practice as a Service: How and Why to Move Your Law Firm to the Cloud, and was an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist in 2016. Follow Dennis on LinkedIn.

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