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Windows 7: Cropping images in OneNote

22 Sep 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Cropping images in OneNote

Does anyone know of a way to crop images in OneNote 2010? This was one of the things that I was *really* hoping they'd include in the new features but, as far as I can see, there's still no way to do it.

Does anyone know of a way? I've even searched for some sort of addon but no success.

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06 Oct 2010   #2

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

I would love to know the same thing. It's amazing to me that Microsoft wouldn't include such a basic feature in ON. The Screen Clipping feature is fine if you only want to copy what's on your display, but it's useless if you have a larger section to deal with. I heavily rely on the "print to ON" function to import pages from online textbooks. But I don't always need everything on certain pages. It'd be really nice to be able to "crop" out what I don't need instead of drawing a big "X" over it all with my ON pen!

Let me know if you hear of any good workarounds.
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06 Oct 2010   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Strange isn't it? They've done so much to improve it in other ways.

Most textbooks that we buy these days have CDs with a PDF version of the text so I am generally working from Acrobat rather than from on-line material. I use "print to ON" to capture whole pages but if I want just one portion of a page then I use the snapshot facility in Acrobat to capture just a that bit to the clipboard and then paste to ON.

If I'm working with on-line material then there are two approaches I use. One way is to use SHIFT-PrntScrn to capture to the clipboard, paste into Word, clip there, then paste into ON. This is longwinded and you lose image quality (such as it is from a PrntScrn). A better way is to use a screen clipping facility to capture just a portion of the screen (such as Corel Paint Shop Pro or one of the many freebies). Of course you have to accept the resolution of your screen. Firefox will at least allow you to enlarge your screen and thus get a better result but then you have the problem in ON that the only way to resize is by dragging a corner. You can't resize an image to a consistent size as there's no equivalent to Word's ability to size to a percentage. You can also just paste the images and text in separately via right click & copy on each separate element of the page. Tedious but works and gets the best possible resolution for images.

I really can't understand why they didn't incorporate both of these abilities (resize to % & clip) into the new ON! It's not as if either of them are going to be hard to implement and they are both obvious needs. Hopefully someone who's good with C++ will come along and produce an addon. (Pretty pleeeez....)

BTW - have you discovered in your exploring the option in ON that lets you specify where the result of a "print to ON" goes? The default is to have it put into the unfiled notes section (I think) but you can instead have it ask you and (for example) have it place the image onto the page you've just been working on.
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09 Oct 2010   #4

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

All of those are decent workarounds if you're only dealing with a page, but unfortunately none of them help with multi-page printing to ON. I could print to PDF, but then I'd lose the ability to highlight and draw like I can with ON.

Yeah, I've set my "print to ON" option so that it automatically prints to whichever page I'm on. I just make sure that I'm in the right spot in ON before printing from somewhere else.

Thanks for your thoughts! Here's hoping that Microsoft makes these improvements for the next version!
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09 Oct 2010   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Have you come across this?
One-Note Printout Manager

When you print multiple pages to ON and it inserts them consecutively one below the next, this addon will then take them and re-arrange them in rows/columns resized.
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10 Oct 2010   #6

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

I'll check it out. Thanks!
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