Upload Files to OneNote direct from OneDrive
Make a special "watch folder" available on OneDrive that would Insert the file along with an Image to OneNote whenever a file added to the Special Folder. For example placing a PDF file in the Folder would duplicate the OneNote for Mac Menu Option "Insert PDF Printout", or the "Insert File Printout" Menu option in OneNote for Windows.
I agree completely with this request!
Lora Evanouski commented
Please attend to this issue. We are rolling out approximately 7000 devices over the spring and summer to students and teachers. Need easy access to one drive from OneNote. The current method is tedious, not sure why you want everyone in the cloud but do not make the necessary connections to make teaching and storing from cloud based products easier.
Tony Tartaglia commented
I've set up a link to OneDrive in Edge. PDF files copied from my desktop to oneDrive can be accessed this way. Working through Edge, I can COPY TO via URL from OneDrive to OneNote. Tedious but it works.
Darryl Brooks commented
Came here searching for the same thing. Apparently, it's been requested for 3 1/2 years.
I see Microsoft is still not listening to customers.
Some kind of auto import / watch folder like Evernote is badly needed, in combination with OneDrive would be even more helpful.
Agree with general comments.
I have to get students to create a file. save it, close it, insert it/attach file then work and edit it... not then easy to save versions without the same process.
There needs to be some bridge between OneNote and OneDrive to transfer content; specifically in my case from OneDrive to OneNote. At the moment I have to download content from OneDrive to a local drive and then re-upload to OneNote. This results in duplication of files etc with attendent version issues etc.
If Microsoft wants to say it is a cloud base solution, then access to OneDrive in all products including Microsoft OneNote must be addressed. In an educational environment there are many times that students share computers/laptops, and saving documents locally is not an option. We have adopted the Office 365 platform and are fully vested in using OneNote/ClassNotebook for our ePortfolios and need to have this addressed ASAP. If the other Office products have this capability, then OneNote/ClassNotebook should have it as well. We have over 600+ students that need this access now. I can have each one of them saturate you with comments but just multiply my response by 600.
i've elaborate some thoughts on this
maybe you want to share your view on this with me
1) Allow for files to be added to a section. Don’t embedd the files in the section page, but show a different ‘tab’ on the section lever (or any suiting visual representation) for files linked to the section. Either show each file as separate tab, or one tab ‘Files’, showing all the files– Perhaps give the choice to insert a copy of the file or a shortcut.
2) Revert from the move in onedrive and onedrive for business (which even operate in different ways) to hide (or rather obfuscate) the underlying file/folder structure of the notebooks. (For users who want to see how this works in local (eg not onedrive integrated mode) , just create a notebook in one local folder, then create some sections and section groupings (and perhaps some sublevels as well) . Next go the folder in file explorer. You’ll notice that:
a) The notebook takes the parent folder as it’s name.
b) Every section page corresponds with a seperate file in the (parent) folder.
c) Every section group corresponds with a (sub)folder. In every section folder a new table of contents files is generated.
-> Moreover, manipulating this structure in the file explorer (creating subfolder will give section groups and creating (copying) section files will create section pages in the notebook).
In short, onenote just uses plain old file/folder paradigm to organise itself. This offers a lot of advantages. As you can use your file explorer (or it’s appbased or webbased counterpart) to organise your notes; from spefic tasks, this is more convenient then using the onenote interface)
I’m pretty sure the cloud solutions, onedrive and onedrive for business still behave like that. But instead of this file/folder structure we only see a stub file (onedrive for business or a link onedrive). This link is not an easy way to manage notes. Eg, it can even not be removed, you have to go to the webbased client in order te remove something. Hence the leverage of being able to use your file explorer is completely gone.
3) Combine 1) en 2) -> Have OneNote represent every element in the parent folder . Section pages show up as sections, subfolders show up as section groups (as explained in 2), but every other file is represented as well (eg next to the section pages) in some way.
So if someone would like to add some file to a notebook, the only thing that needs to be done is to save it (and/or a link to it perhaps) to the (sub)folder of the notebook involved. Automatically they wil show up. Vice verse if a file is added through the onenote interface, it should be showed as a seperate file in the folder (and not as an embedded file in the secion page.
4) This might alsof or the need of having onenote sync in it’s own way (it seems to sync seperatly from onedrive logic). Onedrive might just provide for syncing and sharing as it does for any other file.
5) Take this one step further, and the need for a onenote.toc file might be taken away as well. Just add folders to the onenote list and have onenote represent the folders with onenote ‘view’. I fit sees section files, i twill show them as section pages, i fit sees non-sectionfiles, it will represent them in some way, and if it sees subfolders is will show section groups. All this without the of a separatly maintained toc file.
From explorer offer the option to ‘show the directory in onenote’ so you immediately jump from any location to onenote-view. In onenote, don’t open notebooks, just add directories to some favorites folder.
Perhaps the whole specific caching structure might be abandoned as well, as onedrive might be allready doing this.
i rephrased my idea a bit