I love OneNote. I’ve become so much more organized since I’ve made it the central tool I use to all of my note taking and planning.
For me the key to being really proficient with it has been learning and using as many of the keyboard shortcuts as I can. One new keyboard shortcut that OneNote has added by default is for bulleted and numbered lists. I really like the default as it makes sense and is easy to remember. It is Ctrl + . for bulleted lists and Ctrl + / for numbered lists. The period naturally makes me think of a bullet and the slash is right next to the preiod and can also be remembered (at least for me) as a slanted “1” which of course we would begin our numbered list with.
The only problem is this is not the default and not uniform throughout the office suite of products. Here’s how to remedy this (at least for the bulleted and numbered list keyboard shortcuts. In Word 2007 click on the “Office Button”
Next, click on “Word Options” at the bottom right.
Then choose “Customize” on the left side
Click on “Keyboard shortcuts: customize” as shown below.
On the left side under categories scroll down until you see “all commands.” Click on that and then on the right side under commands scroll down until you see “FormatBulletDefault” and click on that. If that seems unintuitive to you then you are not alone. You’d think it would begin with Insert… right?
Now you click in the “Press new shortcut key” input box and then actually press the keyboard combination that you want to assign. Then click on “Assign” at the bottom left. You’re done!