I experienced an issue where some Windows 10 updates broke my favourite screen clipping tool, OneNote. Typically I’m using it all day long with the Winkey+Shift+S shortcut to send screenshots to OneNote. Is yours broken too, perhaps by Windows replacing it with the built in clipping tool? Here’s how I fixed mine:
Disable the Global Windows + S Shortcut Key
Another workaround is to disable the global shortcut key Windows + S. Follow this how-to article or make the registry changes using command line:
Press the Windows key + X to open the WinX menu, and then click “Command Prompt” or “Windows PowerShell“.
Copy the following command and then paste it into the command line. Press Enter. reg.exe add HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced /v DisabledHotkeys /t REG_SZ /d S /f
Reboot your computer and OneNote screen clipping shortcut key should resume to work.
This is an extreme measure, but it will get everything fixed up and create a new Default Notebook for you. If you have some corruption or severe sync problems, it may break the firstname.lastname@example.org system for your account. Here’s how to fix it:
Make sure you have copied or moved or backed up everything from your entire Default Notebook (the one where me@onenote emails usually go)
Close the Notebook in the desktop app and close OneNote 2013. I would also recommend closing this notebook on any other devices that may have it open.
Open OneDrive and navigate to your Documents folder
Select the Default Notebook (usually “YourName’s Notebook“), rename it, and then delete it
On you PC, go to the OneNote backup folder (something like C:UsersLuke JohnsonAppDataLocalMicrosoftOneNote15.0Backup) and move the folder relating to your now deleted Default Notebook somewhere else
Everything is basically nice and clean now. How do we get a new Default Notebook?
Go to your primary email alias for Microsoft (the one you just deleted the default notebook in) and send a test email to email@example.com – the content doesn’t really matter
At this point, OneNote will create a new Default notebook for you, it will make a Quick Notes section, and it will place the email in as a new page. Everything should now be ‘back to normal’.
Restart the desktop app and re-open the Notebook
Open the Notebook on any other devices
Here is the full message you might get if your OneNote to email service is broken: “We couldn’t save your email, please try again.”
Oops! Something went wrong.
It looks like you tried to send an email with the subject line ‘…………..’ to your notebook, but we were unable to save it. Please send the message again and we’ll do our best to make sure the email gets into your notebook this time.
Still having problems? Go to our help forum to report a problem.
OneNote is becoming a bit of an obsession lately. Its one tantalising step closer to a paperless life.
My latest project was to feed a large RSS reading list from Inoreader into OneNote (for offline use, archiving, searching etc). Inoreader has a paid version that can do this, but I’m always search for the free option…
The short version:
Subscribe to an RSS feed with your Microsoft account
Set up a rule to forward to firstname.lastname@example.org
The longer and more powerful way:
Set up a new Microsoft account (so we can use Quick Notes default notebook freely)
Make a Google account (if you don’t already have one)
Burn the RSS feed you want with Feedburner (I am using a large list from Inoreader, so I take that folder and burn it so I can use Email Subscription)
Subscribe to it via email with the Google account
Set up forwarding from the Google account to the Microsoft one. (I use the Google account so that I can do another thing later…)
Forward emails matching Subject line of subscribed RSS feed to the Microsoft email address
Make sure the Microsoft account is an approved alias for OneNote (step 3)
In Outlook email rules, forward emails matching the FROM address of the Google account to email@example.com
Share the default notebook from this newly created Microsoft account to your ‘real’ one.
Now, why do we use the Google account (step 6)? So that we can use this Google script to grab lots of stuff (from that Google account) and forward it to the OneNote Notebook and populate it with lots of interesting data. In my case, I had a few years worth of these daily RSS digest emails, and I applied a label to them in Gmail and then used the script to forward them to the Microsoft account. As the rule was set up in step 9 above, these are automatically forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org and then added to the OneNote Notebook.
Slowly but surely, this Notebook is filling up with thousands of pages of research that can be searched, taken offline and shared.