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  • I have been an office user for over 10 years and have always found how Office performs switching or lack of this ability between the application a pain in the butt.


    I have a feeling that this has been brought up on multiple ocassions, but I feel pretty strongly about it.  Is Microsoft planning to provide a dashboard for their products?  Right now how I access your products is fragmented, inconvenient and difficult to switch between applications, I had great hopes that this would change in Office 2007, but it did not.


    If I am researching online and want to use One Note and then transfer some information to Word and then want to insert a picture and then add a new task or meeting date in Outlook.  I have to go into one of three places to start each of the programs.  The present setup is not intuitive to me.


    There has to be a better way.  I know that you don't enjoy comparisons to other products but an online office suite gives the user a dashboard to sign in to and then a switch between programs tab while in a program.  I find that this works really well.  I don't like their product nearly as much as I do Microsoft Office (it is rather primitive and buggy), but the integration of the different applications is more seamless than what Office does not provide.


    If you guys can do this "small" thing, it would make my satisfaction with your product much higher.


    Harold Shaw

    Sunday, January 20, 2008 2:08 AM


  • Hi Harold,


    Thanks for the suggestions.  You may want to consider using the Quick Launch bar to launch programs, which is part of the Windows tray at the bottom of the screen.  You can bring it up by right-clicking the tray and choosing Toolbars, then QuickLaunch.  Once a program is running, use the tray to quickly switch between open applications.


    OneNote also has an add-in for Internet Explorer.  Using IE7, you can select information (text & pictures) on a web page, then choose Send to OneNote from the Tools menu in the upper right.  Once the item is in OneNote, you can use the Task menu on the toolbar to create a new task from the item.


    Hope this helps,



    Monday, March 17, 2008 7:50 PM