Tags are a feature of Microsoft OneNote that are often overlooked by users, but which can have out-sized benefits for Business Analysts, students, or others who use OneNote as a tool for gathering notes and information from a variety of sources.
So what are tags you ask? Tags are essentially bits of metadata you can apply to anything inside a OneNote page and which you can then use to find the things you have tagged with a specialized search function. This includes any sort of text (of any size from a single letter in a sentence to multiple paragraphs), images, drawings, and even embedded files.
Tags can also be configured to add custom styling or icons to the content that has been tagged and you can even assign more than one tag to the same bit of OneNote content. However, one limitation is that you can’t apply them to the page, folder, or notebook structures themselves in OneNote. Not sure what that means? See the image below.
OneNote comes with some tags predefined, and you can use one by selecting the content to be tagged and applying a tag either by selecting it from the tag drop-down list (show below) or by using a tag hot-key combination.
In addition to the tags that come pre-configured with OneNote, you also have the ability to create your own custom tags. This means you can create custom tags for a wide range of purposes.
But the reason why you apply the tags is that once you have content in OneNote that is assigned one or more tags you can then easily bring up a list of those things by tag, quickly hop from one to another, or even copy all of the items with one or more tags from their current location into a new page.
The rest of the article is made up of two sections where I will show you:
- How to customize the tag list, and
- How to use the Tag Summary pane for finding and summarizing tag
- Some thoughts on how to leverage tags as a BA